Boris Kodjoe Makes Directorial Debut with TV ONE Thriller Film “Safe Room” Starring His Wife Nicole Ari Parker

Courtesy of TV ONE

SILVER SPRING, Md. (July 23, 2022)  TV One’s new suspense-filled movie, Safe Room, will premiere tomorrow, Sunday, July 24 at 9/8C. Marking his directorial debut, Boris Kodjoe directs real-life wife Nicole Ari Parker (Chicago P.D., Empire), Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos), Nik Sanchez (The Rookie) and Mackenzie Astin (The Magicians) in the home invasion movie.

The TV One thriller, Safe Room, centers on recently widowed Lila Jackson (Nicole Ari Parker) and her 14-year-old autistic son, Ian (Nik Sanchez). Since the death of her husband, Lila is grateful for her kind neighbor, Neil (Boris Kodjoe), who looks out for them. After Ian accidentally witnesses a break-in across the street, recording the horrific murder of the homeowner, Lila becomes embroiled in a deadly struggle to protect her son. Dominic (Mackenzie Astin) and Rocco (Drea De Matteo) will stop at nothing to retrieve the video evidence of the crime and silence them. Trapped in a makeshift panic room created by her late husband, Lila and Ian must use all their strength and intelligence to outsmart the intruders and save themselves.

Safe Room is produced by Astute Films. Executive producers include Dominique Telson and Karen Kaufman Wilson. Boris Kodjoe directs from a script by Nneka Gerstle. Viewers can join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv). Be sure to follow SAFE ROOM on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #SAFEROOM.

Production photo courtesy of TV ONE


TV One Networks is the hub of black culture and entertainment with a broad offering of original programming and classic series, serving both diverse audiences for TV One and CLEO TV. Launched in January 2004, TV One currently serves 43 million households, and CLEO TV, launched in January 2019, is the sister network with a 34.9 million household reach. Each network has a unique audience that serves viewers with fan favorites from TV One such as Unsung, Uncensored, Fatal Attraction, ATL Homicide, Life therapy, Don’t Waste Your Pretty, and Urban One Honors. While CLEO TV, a lifestyle and entertainment network targeting Millennial and Gen X women of color, delivers content that uplifts and inspires today’s, modern-day women. Viewers of CLEO TV can expect award-winning content in both original and acquired series including Culture Kitchen, Living by Design, New Soul Kitchen, Just Eats with Chef JJ, Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix, and All Things Adrienne House to Home. Both networks are solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK,], the largest African-American-owned and operated multi-media company.

Press release courtesy of TV ONE. Header image courtesy of Blex Media.


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