Writer Dan Charnas examined the money side of the Hip-Hop industry in his 2011 book, The Big Payback: The History Of The Business Of Hip Hop. VH1 has ordered a TV movie pilot based on the book, and has the working title of The Breaks.
Charnas, a notable journalist and record company executive, has received high praises for his book. The Big Payback takes a focused look into major business developments within the Hip-Hop genre from the 1960s until modern times. Charnas co-wrote the script for The Breaks alongside Seith Mann and will also serve as one of the executive producers.
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The Breaks (working title) chronicles the journey of Nikki, David and DeeVee, three friends united by their love of hip-hop, as they work to make their big mark in the music industry.
Like VH1’s Hindsight, the film will be set in the ’90s in New York, where the music industry’s artists and hustlers intersect in the dance clubs and the street corners of the still crime-ridden city. The story centers around Nikki Jones, a brilliant recent grad who abandoned a scholarship to law school to pursue her dream of becoming a record exec. Her boyfriend, David Aaron, is the scrappy son of a legendary music producer who is unwilling to rest on his father’s laurels and notorious reputation. DeeVee is an aspiring producer on the hunt to find the next big rapper on the come-up.
The Breaks will be VH1’s third TV movie after CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story and Drumline: A New Beat. The show will make its debut this fall.