The streets of Chicago’s South Side have a lot to say. WE tv today announced it has greenlit a new scripted drama series, Kold x Windy, from creators Kenny Young, Phil James, and Vernon “Xtreme” Brown. Exposing the reality behind Chicago’s South Side and its street culture that has influenced our entire nation, the original series consists of 8 one-hour episodes and will debut this Fall on WE tv and its sister platform ALLBLK.
Sources tell SCREEN this new series will be filming in both Atlanta and Chicago, with production starting up in Georgia this month. Chicago shoot dates are expected to be announced in the weeks ahead.
Kold x Windy follows rising hip hop and drill star Malika (stage name “Kold”), who is desperate to create a better life for her and her son in Chicago’s south side. Her trusted confidant and group member Renee (stage name “Windy”) is a rapper with a strong dedication to the city streets. As Malika’s career begins to ignite, her lifelong hustle – credit card fraud – catches up with her and rival drill artists see her as a threat. Faced with increasing pressure to make music, a checkered past, a new love and her troubled son, Malika finds herself at a crossroads and must decide which path to choose. However best friend Renee, who like Malika chose the hustle of credit card fraud, believes maintaining an allegiance to the streets is what’s most important to help their reputation in the hip hop and drill game. Renee is not in support of Malika’s strong desire to change her image and will stop at nothing to prevent it. Will Malika be able to break free of her life of street crime to achieve her music dreams and save her family?
Kold x Windy is a significant and thought-provoking survival story shedding light on the strong influence Drill culture has on our city streets and social media that has become so controversial,” comments Brett Dismuke, General Manager of ALLBLK & WE tv. “Our goal is to pull back the curtain and give viewers a first-hand look at these strong female characters humanizing them as we paint a vivid picture of the personal relationships, real-life challenges and on-going cycles that can be challenging to overcome.” Added Dismuke, “Notably, Kold x Windy will mark the return of WE tv into the scripted space after several years, and to do so with such a culturally relevant and timely story as this, feels like an excellent opportunity for us to introduce a new element to WE tv’s current programming mix.”
“We are thrilled to partner with WE tv on Kold x Windy as we work together to bring this gritty and honest series to life,” comments Co-creator Phil James, Chalice Entertainment. “The earnest story of Malika and Renee is extremely reflective of the many struggles those in our city streets face today.” Added James, “Being from Chicago, and emotionally invested in what’s happening there, this a truly a passion project for us. We want Kold x Windy to entertain, educate and inspire. It takes teamwork to make the dream work”
Kold x Windy is Co-Created by Kenny Young, Phil James, and Vernon “Xtreme” Brown of Chalice Entertainment. Lauren Gellert, EVP of Production & Development, David Stefanou, SVP of Production and Development and Nikki Love, SVP of Production and Development for ALLBLK serve as Executive Producers for WE tv.
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