Reality Series to follow Blended Family of Six Kids and Features Sims’ Supermodel Mother, Beverly Johnson
Credit: Michael Letterlough
New York, NY – December 11, 2023 – WE tv, AMC Networks’ destination for compelling unscripted television, today announced the greenlight of The Barnes Bunch, a new reality series following NBA Champion, ESPN Analyst and successful Podcaster, Matt Barnes, and his fiancée: model and reality personality, Anansa Sims. Together, they parent six children ranging ages five to fifteen – Matt has two children from a previous relationship, Anansa has three from hers and, together, they have a young son. Both incredibly active and supportive parents, they are often aided by Sims’ supermodel and NY Times Bestselling mother, Beverly Johnson. The series is currently in production and will debut in the new year, exclusively on WE tv and sister streamer ALLBLK.
The Barnes Bunch follows the well-known couple as they navigate blending their over-the-top families while making their way to the altar. Each hour-long episode follows this full-court family as they navigate fame, love and parenting alongside their wild inner circle of close family, friends and staff. Coming off their engagement last year, cameras follow Matt and Anansa’s extensive planning of the engagement party and the wedding! Will the ‘bad boy of basketball’ finally settle down? And can this dynamic duo maintain their sanity while juggling six kids, busy careers and potentially another baby?
“We’re excited to give people an inside look at our big, beautiful, crazy, blended family. Stay tuned,” said Matt Barnes and Anansa Sims.
“The WE tv audience expects engaging, entertaining and boldly relatable personalities alongside talked about and explosively fun storylines. Matt, Anansa and their family and friends deliver on all notes,” said Brett Dismuke, Head of Content, WE tv and ALLBLK. “WE can’t wait to share their familial journey with the world and are grateful to the entire family for trusting us with their adventure.”
The Barnes Bunch is Executive Produced by Jamie Foxx and Datari Turner for Foxxhole Productions, Tara Long, Sun de Graaf, and Ben Megargel of Entertainment One (eOne), and Anthony Oji Singletary serves as Showrunner. Angela Molloy, SVP Development & Original Production, Unscripted and Noella Charles, VP Development & Original Production, Unscripted Executive Produce for WE tv.
About WE tv
With compelling, can’t miss unscripted shows, WE tv’s programming is fueled by personalities and relationships filled with purpose and passion. WE tv welcomes everyone and creates an inclusive experience across all platforms: on TV, online, on demand, and social media, embracing how today’s digitally savvy, socially engaged audiences connect through content, using it as a catalyst to drive conversation and build community. Further building on this mission, current WE tv originals are now available to stream on WE tv’s sister platform, ALLBLK. WE tv is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc., and its sister networks include AMC, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV and streamers Acorn TV, ALLBLK, AMC+, Shudder and Sundance Now.
About Foxxhole Productions
Foxxhole Productions is a full service film and television production company founded by Jamie Foxx. Most recent projects include The Burial (Amazon) They Cloned Tyrone (Netflix) Day Shift (Netflix), Luther Vandross: Never Too Much (SONY) Alert: Missing Persons Unit (FOX), Beat Shazam (FOX), Number One on the Call Sheet (Apple), Story Ave, Hip-Hop Family Christmas 1 and 2 (Paramount/ Viacom), Back in Action (Netflix), Million Dollar Wheels (TNT).
About Entertainment One (eOne)
Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution, and sales of entertainment content. As part of leading toy and game company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne’s expertise spans across film, television, and family programming. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.
eOne brings to market both original and existing content, through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies.