Paramount + Drama Inspired by New York Construction Chief McKissack

Cheryl McKissack Daniel, CEO, McKissack & McKissack (McKissack, Wikipedia / ViacomCBS, iStock / Illustration by Steven Dilakian for The Real Deal)

A New York construction mogul serves as inspiration for an upcoming streaming series.

“Construction,” a new Paramount + series, will follow a fifth generation, a black and female construction leader in New York City as they navigate business and family, Deadline reported. The show’s premise echoes the life story of Cheryl McKissack Daniel, President and CEO of McKissack & McKissack.

McKissack Daniel heads the eponymous firm, which presents itself as the older minority and owned by women professional design and construction company in the United States. She will serve as an executive producer on the streaming project, according to Deadline.

“If people don’t know Cheryl McKissack, they’re going to have a blast,” said Sheila Ducksworth, the new chair of a production partnership between CBS Studios and the NAACP. “She is truly one of a kind.”

According to Deadline, the show will be written by Davita Scarlett, who is an executive producer of two of the network’s other hit shows, “The Good Fight” and “Evil.” It is not known when production of the series will begin.

The show is part of a list of five joint venture series. According to Deadline, other shows in the works include a reboot of the movie “Soapdish” starring Whoopi Goldberg, a limited series on the Little Rock Nine, and an autobiographical series on the lives of comedians DL Hughley and Earthquake, respectively.

McKissack Daniel in 2020 secured a place on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s real estate reopening board, created to guide the industry’s economic restart following the pandemic.

The company has led some of New York City’s most significant construction projects in recent years, including the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Harlem Hospital. The group’s current projects include the renovation of Terminal 1 at John F. Kennedy Airport, which is expected to begin in mid-2022 with a price tag of $ 9.6 billion.

[Deadline] – Holden Walter Warner