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Roc Nation join Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses series

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jay-Z's entertainment company Roc Nation has joined the team behind the TV adaptation of Malorie Blackman's novel series

JAY Z’S ROC NATION has joined the team behind the TV adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses series.

The rapper’s company and Participant Media have come onboard as executive producers of the programme.

Roc Nation will be responsible for curating and releasing the soundtrack of the six-part series.

Blackman, the author of the Noughts & Crosses novels, said: "I am so thrilled and excited Roc Nation and Participant Media are going to be involved in the Noughts & Crosses series as executive producers. They're going to bring an extra dimension to the production that I can’t wait to see - and hear!"

Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses novel series follows the story of a young couple from two rival classes.

In the story, which is set in a alternate world where black people are the privileged and powerful class and white people are poor and disadvantaged, Callum, a white nought, and Sephy, a black cross, navigate a world in which their love is forbidden.

The series is being made for the BBC.

On Twitter, Blackman, who has joined the Doctor Who writing team, shared her reaction to the announcement saying that she “still can’t believe this”.

“When we saw Noughts & Crosses, we were captivated immediately. Music and popular culture are huge parts of the fabric of the show, and we couldn’t be more excited that Roc Nation is joining the team,” Jonathan King, president of narrative film and television at Participant Media said.

Last month, it was revealed that Blackman was publishing a fifth book as part of the Noughts & Crosses series.

Entitled Crossfire, it will be released in the summer of 2019, published by Penguin Random House.

The much-loved and critically acclaimed story, which has been a BBC Radio 4 play, is also set for the stage.

The theatre production, adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz and directed by Esther Richardson, will open next year and tour around the country.

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