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Kravitz Design Inc. to Create and Style Show Set for The Queen Latifah Show

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Kravitz Design Inc. to Create and Style Show Set for The Queen Latifah Show

12:33 EDT Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Creative Design Team for the New Daytime Entertainment Show from Sony Pictures Television, Flavor Unit and Overbrook Entertainment to be Lead by Kravitz Design Inc. Founder Lenny Kravitz

CULVER CITY, Calif., June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Pictures Television announced today that they have partnered with the Lenny Kravitz led design firm, Kravitz Design Inc. to create and style the set for the new, daytime entertainment talk show The Queen Latifah Show, premiering this fall.  The show will film in front of a live audience in a newly refurbished soundstage on the Sony Studio lot in Culver City, CA.  

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"It's a thrill to be designing the set for The Queen Latifah Show," said founder Lenny Kravitz.  "This is the first time Kravitz Design has created an environment for television, which makes it a very exciting project for us.  The set reflects Latifah's personality and spirit and will be an inviting, comfortable space for her guests, studio audience and viewers. I never thought of designing for television but, I suppose growing up in a TV studio watching my mother has come full circle."

"Lenny is not only an incredible musician but an incredible designer, and I almost can't believe he is designing the set for my show," said host Queen Latifah. "I can't wait for people to see it."

"Lenny and his Kravitz Design team are designing a set that exceeds everything we ever thought possible for daytime television," said Executive Producer and Overbrook Entertainment's Jada Pinkett-Smith. "Their creation blew us away!"

For nearly two decades, Lenny Kravitz has been widely recognized as a creative visionary, both as a successful musician and a style icon known for influencing generations. Kravitz's desire to expand his creative energies beyond making music led him to found Kravitz Design Inc. (KDI).  The firm provides commercial and residential design services, as well as specializing in product development and branding. Located in New York's Soho neighborhood, KDI's interiors and products are reflective of Kravitz's eclectic global lifestyle. The Kravitz Design aesthetic translates well to a diverse set of circumstances through its use of superior materials, unusual textures, and classic compositions. The Kravitz designed set for The Queen Latifah Show will include bold architectural features and employ an elegant mix of materials including refined metal screens, warm woods, and organic marbles.  These design elements together with an eclectic mix of furnishings create a warm and inviting environment.

The Queen Latifah Show, a daytime, talk-variety series launches September 16, 2013.   Hosted by multi-talented entertainer Queen Latifah , the show is produced by Flavor Unit, Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television. Corin Nelson is executive producer.  The Queen Latifah Show is cleared on major station groups around the country, including the CBS Television Stations.

About Kravitz Design, Inc. Kravitz Design (KDI) was founded by Renaissance man and legendary music icon Lenny Kravitz. Focusing on residential, commercial, product conception and design, the company's team encompasses a diverse group of creative professionals that have executed a variety of projects throughout the world.  KDI touts a portfolio of noteworthy ventures, with a range that includes chandeliers for Swarovski's Crystal Palace Collection, suites at the SLS Hotel Miami Beach and a two story penthouse recording studio at the Setai Hotel and Residences. Most recently KDI undertook the creative vision for the downtown Miami, FL. 47-story bay front condominium project Paramount Bay, as well as a collection of ceramic tiles for Lea Ceramiche and the re-interpretation of Philippe Starck's Mademoiselle chair for Kartell. www.kravitzdesign.com

About Sony Pictures TelevisionSony Pictures Television (http://www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, around the world and for a multitude of platforms.  In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 15 countries outside the U.S. and also maintains offices in 32 countries. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio includes 124 channel feeds available in 159 countries, reaching more than 800 million households worldwide.  SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of cable channel Game Show Network (GSN), 3D channel 3net, premier horror/thriller website and VOD service FEARnet and national U.S media sales company ITN Networks, Inc.  SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT's syndicated series as well as in U.S. digital businesses including FEARnet, DrOz.com and PlayStation. 

About Flavor UnitFlavor Unit Entertainment is a production company owned and operated by Queen Latifah and her partner, Shakim Compere. Flavor Unit Entertainment, which started in New Jersey and is now based in Miami, is quickly establishing itself as one of the most important production companies in the film industry. They began by executive producing Disney's box office # 1 hit Bringing Down the House and then continued with Beauty Shop for MGM and The Perfect Holiday for Paramount. They have also produced The Cookout with Lion's Gate, as well as the film Just Wright with Fox Searchlight. On the small screen, they executive produced HBO's critically acclaimed film Life Support which garnered a number of awards including an Emmy nomination and Golden Globe win for Queen Latifah. Flavor Unit Entertainment made a multi-year deal with BET to create new original programming including the original movie The Cookout 2 and its first-ever scripted romantic comedy titled Let's Stay Together which premiered with 4.4 million viewers. In 2011, Flavor Unit Entertainment's original film Single Ladies, was expanded into VH1's first hour-long scripted series with approximately 3 million viewers throughout its two season run. Flavor Unit produced Latifah's film Joyful Noise. Most recently, Flavor Unit produced Lifetime's Original Movie, Steel Magnolias which stars Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott and Alfre Woodard. The movie premiered in October 2012 as the third most-watched telecast ever on the network, averaging 6.5 million total viewers.  Flavor Unit most recently struck a multi-year licensing deal with Netflix. Their first release includes the thriller, House of Bodies which stars Terrence Howard and Peter Fonda.  

About Overbrook EntertainmentOverbrook Entertainment, founded by partners James Lassiter, Will Smith and run along with partner Jada Pinkett Smith, is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment focused in film and television and has produced a diverse slate of both critically acclaimed and blockbuster feature films, which have generated more than $2.5 billion dollars in worldwide box office receipts and even more in home video sales.  Some of Overbrook's most successful films include Ali, Hitch, Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend, Hancock, Secret Lives of Bees, and most recently, The Karate Kid. Overbrook's next feature project is After Earth, which is set for a May 31st, 2013 release.

SOURCE Sony Pictures Television

For further information: KRAVITZ DESIGN INC & LENNY KRAVITZ;Carleen Donovan or Katie Leggett, Press Here Publicity, (212) 246-2640, carleen@pressherepublicity.com, katie@pressherepublicity.com; Marianne Romano, Sony Pictures Television, 310/244-6467 phone, Marianne_romano@spe.sony.com

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