SHOWTIME GREENLIGHTS SERIES PILOT "THE GAME" FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS SPIKE LEE AND SAM KITT SPIKE LEE TO DIRECT PILOT

New York, NY, April 25, 2003 -- Showtime has greenlit the series pilot entitled "THE GAME," it was announced today by Jerry Offsay, President of Programming for Showtime Networks Inc. Produced by 40 Acres And A Mule for SHOWTIME, the pilot will be executive produced by Spike Lee and Sam Kitt. Spike Lee has also signed on to direct the pilot episode. The pilot for THE GAME was written by Alex Tse (Superfly, 87 Fleer). Production is slated to begin on the pilot in June.
 
THE GAME takes a gritty look at the dangerous world and life choices of a diverse group of characters in and around the unique gang culture of San Francisco. Nick is a 19 year-old white teen who wants desperately to work in corporate America, but resorts to arranging drug deals and credit card fraud to make ends meet. He and his parents are gentrified out of their once low-income area and forced to move into the city's last slum, Hunters Point. There, he and his family are victimized by members of the "V-Dub" gang, especially Leon, the gang's second in command. Leon is a hot head who looks for trouble and enjoys confrontations with their rival gang, the Point Mob. Leon's behavior irks his fellow gang member K-Luv, who is more interested in money than violence. K-Luv befriends Nick who helps him burn CDs for bootlegging purposes after seeing how profitable this has become in Chinatown.
 
In Chinatown, Lincoln is a Chinese teen who leads a crew called the Grant Street Boys. They make their living collecting "protection" money for and doing the bidding of Mr. Tsing, the leader of a Chinese crime organization. Lincoln is skimming money from the funds he is extorting from local merchants and he will do anything, including murder, to keep this a secret. But that's not all he's holding back from Mr. Tsing -- he is secretly having an affair with his precious daughter Angela.
 
Danielle Gelber serves as the creative executive on behalf of Showtime Networks.
 
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