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Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has ordered its first animated series, “The Mound” from filmmaker Munirah Safiyah Jones. Jones is the creator of OWN’s NAACP Image Award-nominated animated short form series “Sincerely, Camille and the viral hit Junt Land.”
“The Mound”, which is described as a dramedy by Jones, is set in the 1980s in the Orange Mound neighborhood of Memphis and follows the lives of Duke and Naomi Wiley-King as they “balance marriage, family, and careers with the more pressing community issues of salon gossip, bougie aunties, suspect potato salad, and aerobicized colonizers.”
“’The Mound’ is about community. It’s about showing up, despite personal or interpersonal issues, for the good of the whole … even when your neighbor keeps blocking your driveway,” said Jones. “This show is for the men and women who built Orange Mound from the ground up and who deserve a joyful, relatable, hilarious portrayal of the community they love.”
The Mound is produced for OWN by executive producers Jones and Harpo Films, in association with Bent Image Lab.