Brooke Payne, New Edition’s first manager, is played by Wood Harris in The New Edition Story. The original members of New Edition, Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell, Corey Rackley and Travis Pettus, formed under Brooke Payne’s management in 1978. Payne, Brown, Bivins, Bell, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant produced the BET series.
Payne is one of the best choreographers in the world but he played a more important role in the group member’s lives. None of the members of New Edition had father figures so Payne fulfilled that role. As the group’s mentor, he stood by their side through numerous trials and tribulations.
|New Edition First Manager Brooke Payne|
Payne decided to name the group “New Edition” because he wanted the boys to be a new edition of the legendary Jackson 5.