Daytime Emmy Award-Winner and 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' Director, Joe Terry, Executive Produces First Scripted Comedy Web Series

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Female-Driven ‘WIP (Work in Progress)’ – Brainchild of Terry’s Daughter, ‘USA High’ Star Marquita Terry – Serves up Life-in-Los Angeles-Inspired Laughs as Comedy Web Series on YouTube

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There are many platforms in which you can create content and a web series is a perfect way to reach people who are looking for fresh and diverse forms of entertainment.

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Fresh off of his recent Daytime Emmy Award nomination for his work on “The Steve Harvey Show,” Joe Terry – longtime director of the “The Oprah Winfrey Show” – has executive produced his first scripted series. The female-driven comedic web series entitled “WIP (Work in Progress)” also reunites “USA High” alums Marquita Terry and Kristen Miller with Emmy Award-winning director, Mary Lou Belli (“Hart of Dixie,” “Girlfriends”). The first 10 episodes of “WIP (Work in Progress)” are currently streaming on YouTube at channel http://www.youtube.com/WIPtheseries and on the show’s website: http://www.wiptheseries.com.

“After a long career of producing and directing news and information and talk shows like Daytime Emmy Award-winning ‘The Steve Harvey Show,’ I wanted to be a part of creating stories that speak to an audience with levity.” Joe Terry said about his venture into scripted series. “There are many platforms in which you can create content and a web series is a perfect way to reach people who are looking for fresh and diverse forms of entertainment.”

Delightfully funny, “WIP (Work in Progress)” follows the lives of four different, 30-something women living and working in Los Angeles, California. As the women strive toward their goal of successfully establishing a fashion PR firm, life interferes via exes, secrets, “frenemies” and the dreaded competition. Film and TV fans will notice a few more familiar faces rounding out the cast, including Richard T. Jones (“Godzilla,” “Hawaii Five-O”) and Vinessa Antoine (“General Hospital”).

“My life was my real inspiration,” said show creator, writer and producer Marquita Terry. “Being of ‘a certain age’ with new stories to tell, I felt that positive, feel-good stories with strong, funny, relatable women were scarce and needed.” She added, “And as an African-American woman, I am of course inspired by content creators like Shonda Rhimes who produce shows with no color lines. The ladies of ‘WIP’ are real women telling real stories where race is never an issue.”

Early praise on social networks for web series “WIP (Work in Progress)” has rolled in from celebrity fans like Melissa Rauch (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Pat Harvey (CBS2 News). The show was a 2015 Hollyweb Awards Official Selection, and actress Nefetari Spencer recently snagged an International Academy of Web Television Awards nomination for Best Female Performance in a Comedy for her portrayal of “Tracey” on the series. Terry and crew hope that the buzz parlays into loyal viewership for “WIP (Work in Progress)” and the platform to produce more projects together.

“Producing ‘WIP’ with my daughter was a tremendously rewarding experience. There are so many more stories about women that can and need to be told,” said Joe Terry.

About "WIP (Work in Progress)"
"WIP (Work in Progress)" introduces best friends Peyton (the working mom trying to keep it together), Chloe (the vain – yet loveable – divorcee), and Paige (the pregnant hippie) who have big dreams for their Los Angeles-based fashion PR firm. The only problem is, Murphy’s Law is in full effect and everything that can go wrong is just about to. Peyton’s little sister Tracey makes a surprise visit, Chloe’s got the cheating ex-husband blues and Paige is about to pop. Can these women keep calm and stay out of the tabloids long enough to make a name for themselves? “WIP” the web series is about to show that girls (nay, women) really do run the world.

"WIP (Work in Progress)" is created and written by Marquita Terry. Directors are Mary Lou Belli and Marc Cadieux. Producers are Joe Terry, Marquita Terry and Kristen Miller. Cast includes Marquita Terry (Petyon), Kristen Miller (Chloe), Jen Drohan (Paige), Vinessa Antoine and Nefetari Spencer (Tracey), Dawn Joyal (Fern), and Richard T. Jones (RJ). Original music is provided by chief WaKil.

For photography and additional information, please visit the “WIP (Work in Progress)” website: http://www.wiptheseries.com. For press inquiries, please contact Jessica Jones at Jessica(at)jessicajonespr(dot)com.

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