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The Bourbon Kings - NBC Buys a Kentucky Bourbon Drama Written by a Empire Producer

How is this for an unexpected hot drama arena this pitch season — the Kentucky bourbon family business. NBC has bought The Bourbon Kings, a drama project from Endemol Shine Studios. It is based on the best-selling novel The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward, which Endemol Shine acquired in a bidding situation.

Empire co-executive producer David Rambo will write the adaptation, a scorching family saga centered on the Bradfords, an aristocratic Kentucky family who made their fortune in the bourbon industry. Entertainment 360′ Daniel Rappaport, Ben Forkner and Marcus Blakely executive produce.