PEACOCK PRODUCTIONS SIGNS AUTHOR SOLOMON JONES

NBC’s Peacock Productions has entered into a development deal with award-winning columnist and author Solomon Jones. The announcement was made today by Sharon Scott, Senior Vice President of Peacock Productions.

“Solomon is unique talent who brings a variety of experiences and ideas to the table. We are thrilled to be working with him,” said Scott.

Solomon Jones is an author, journalist and producer who rose from homelessness to critical acclaim.

In 1993, following a series of losses, Jones began his writing career from a homeless shelter. While penning articles for the Philadelphia Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Magazine, he worked his way through college as a doorman, and in the process, completed his first novel, “Pipe Dream.” In 2002, the American Library Association named “Pipe Dream” one of the year’s 10 best crime novels, and in 2003, Jones’s second novel, “The Bridge,” became an Essence best-seller. Jones later penned the critically acclaimed urban mysteries, “Ride Or Die” (St. Martin’s Press, 2004) and “C.R.E.A.M.” (St. Martins Press, 2006). His latest novel, “Payback” (St. Martin’s Press) was released in March 2009.

In addition to being a successful mystery writer, Jones has gone beyond his creative endeavors to succeed in the political arena, both as a senior staffer in Philadelphia City Council, and as a spokesman for U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah.

Jones, a married father of three, has poured himself into work that has made him a national voice on fatherhood. A recipient of the American Cities Foundation’s “Men Making A Difference” award, and the Father’s Day Rally Committee’s “Father of the Year” award, Jones created Weekend Warrior, a family sitcom based on his Philadelphia Daily News column. Jones’s column, which focuses on the ups and downs of fatherhood, recently was awarded first place, editorial column writing, by the Society of Professional Journalists, Philadelphia region. Jones wrote “Keeping Up With The Jones,” a 2004 collection of his award-winning family humor columns that were originally published in the Philadelphia Weekly. He has contributed to a parenting blog for the Partnership for A Drug Free America. In addition, Jones’s Clearchannel radio commentaries on relationships and parenthood were published in 2005 as a spoken word CD titled “Wisdom,” which has been used as a teaching tool by the School District of Philadelphia, the Atlantic City Board of Education, and the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission.

Jones teaches creative writing at his alma mater, Temple University, and serves on the community advisory board for Ready Willing and Able.

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