Matthew Cherry’s Oscar-Winning Short ‘Hair Love’ to Become HBO Max Animated Series

Hair Love writer-director Matthew A. Cherry has had some great wins this year. Amid all of the things transpiring in the world, the pro-athlete turned filmmaker became an Academy Award winner. And now, he’s becoming a showrunner.

HBO Max has ordered a 12-episode animated series based on Cherry’s Oscar-winning short Hair Love from Cherry and Sony Pictures Animation.

Cherry will showrun the series Young Love alongside Carl Jones who is widely known for his smash animated hit The Boondocks. They’ll be joined by former Insecure writer and executive producer Dayna Lynne North.

Hair Love, the animation and the book, introduced us to Zuri and her Black American family while her father attempted to do her hair for the first time.

“Young Love” will dive deeper into that family and explore the intricacies of millennial marriage and parenthood.

The series will take an honest look into the world of the Young family – including millennial parents Stephen and Angela, their daughter Zuri and her pet cat Rocky – as they juggle their careers, marriage, parenthood, social issues, and multi-generational dynamics all while striving to make a better life for themselves.

“I am beyond excited to continue telling the story of Stephen, Angela and Zuri and further explore the family dynamics of a young Black millennial family we established in our short film Hair Love as an animated series,” said Cherry. “Couldn’t ask for better partners in Sony Pictures Animation and HBO Max in helping us get Young Love out to the world.”
Hair Love struck a chord that is still resonating deeply with audiences of all ages,” said Billy Wee, SVP, Original Animation, HBO Max. “Matthew and Sony Animation’s creative voices are a welcomed addition to the HBO Max family and we can’t wait to bring this joyous story to the world.”

The series will be executive produced by Blue Key Entertainment’s Monica A. Young (producer of Hair Love) along with Lion Forge Animation’s David Steward II and Carl Reed.

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Bryant Lydell

Bryant Lydell is creative, personable and quick-witted Howard and USC alum. He's the founder of The Top Tea, a songwriter, screenwriter and member of the casting team for Netflix's NAACP Image Award-winning hip-hop competition series Rhythm + Flow.

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