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TVOne’s ‘The Bobby DeBarge Story' filming in Atlanta

A biopic about one of R&B’s most famous families is set to come out this summer.

ATLANTA — A biopic about one of R&B’s most famous families is set to come out this summer.

TV One has announced that production is underway in Atlanta for its new original film “The Bobby DeBarge Story,” slated to premiere in June 2019.

 The film's stars include Roshon Fegan (Shake It Up, Greenleaf) in the lead role as Bobby DeBarge Bobby DeBarge, Tyra Ferrell Tyra Ferrell (Boyz InThe Hood, White Men Can't Jump) as Etterlene DeBarge Etterlene DeBarge, and Adrian Marcel Adrian Marcel as James DeBarge James DeBarge.

Big Boi (Outkast) portrays legendary music mogul Berry Gordy, while Lloyd Lloyd appears as Switch member Gregory Williams.

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 19: Big Boi takes the stage with The Roots at the Bud Light Factory during the Bud Light Music Showcase on March 19, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Bud Light - America's most popular and inclusive beer brand, and first time sponsor of South By Southwest® - transformed Austins Brazos Hall into the Bud Light Factory, bringing exclusive performances to SXSW attendees from March 16-19. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Bud Light)

The movie explores the tumultuous life of the former lead singer of the 70's R&B/Funk Band Switch, also the eldest sibling of the world-famous pop group DeBarge.

 Despite his success in music, the iconic falsetto found his life in peril as he struggled with fame and fortune while coping with the memories of his dysfunctional childhood.

 "The Bobby Debarge Story continues TV One's tradition of telling the story of unsung music heroes. While our audience knows Bobby's group, Switch, and his musically-gifted family, DeBarge, they may not know Bobby DeBarge's contribution to creating the sound that changed the music landscape for decades to come. A falsetto master, Bobby DeBarge was a musical genius who battled demons of his own for many years.  ‘The Bobby Debarge Story’ is the quintessential story of sex, drugs and rock and roll,"  Karen Peterkin, Director of Scripted Original Programming and Production said.

Petrerkin also serves as Executive in Charge of Production for TV One.

 Atlanta’s Swirl Films has been tapped to produce the network feature.

 Leading the production are Executive Producers, Eric Tomosunas and Teri DeBarge.

The film is written by Norman Vance, Jr., directed by Russ Parr with casting provided by Leah Daniels Butler (Leah Daniels Butler Casting) and George Pierre (Pierre Casting).


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