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M88 Signs ‘The Brothers Sun’ Scribe Justin Calen-Chenn

EXCLUSIVE: Justin Calen-Chenn, a staff writer on Netflix’s recent crime action series The Brothers Sun from creators Brad Falchuk and Byron Wu, has signed with M88 for management.

Starring Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh, Justin Chien and Sam Song Li, the show watched as Charles Sun (Chien), a Taipei gangster who’d settled into his life as a ruthless killer, headed to L.A. to protect his mother and younger brother after his father was shot by a mysterious assassin.

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Calen-Chenn drew on much of his own personal life experience in the writers’ room, having been homeless as a teenager and fallen into a life of crime before departing that life many years later after a severe tragedy occurred.

Previously serving as an executive story editor on the second season of Peacock’s Bel-Air, from EPs including Will Smith and Malcolm Spellman, the Taiwanese-American creative is a writer and co-producer on the forthcoming third season. Most recently, he sold a sports/crime TV series to Paramount alongside NBA legend Carmelo Anthony and Justin Simien’s Culture Machine.

A 2020 Sundance Episodic Lab fellow, Calen-Chenn is also writing feature projects for an array of industry heavy hitters, including Fifth Season, Matt Jackson, Ma Dong Seok (Don Lee), Chernin, Netflix Africa, Taraji P. Henson, RuPaul, Roth/Kirschenbaum, Made With Love, AMC, and more. Other projects include a rap horror feature with Eli Roth, 50 Cent, and 3BlackDot, as well as a crime actioner with Universal and 87North, which has Ludacris set to star.

Calen-Chenn continues to be represented by CAA and Yorn, Levine, Barnes.

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