BY RASHAD GROVE
Issa Rae has become a force to be reckoned with in the film industry. Rae’s hit HBO series Insecure, which she co-writes and stars in, is a pop culture phenomenon. Now with a new deal with Columbia pictures, Issa is positioned to give opportunities to a diverse group of people to make their mark in film and entertainment.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rae has just signed a multi-year deal with Columbia Pictures to promote up-and-coming writers with diverse backgrounds.
The Columbia Pictures deal was struck with ColorCreative, the platform for diverse writers Rae cofounded with current COO Deniese Davis in 2015. The production company currently has a romantic musical in the works called Love in America.
“Working with Bryan Smiley and Columbia Pictures to further the mission ColorCreative set out to achieve four years ago in creating access for underrepresented writers, has been a dream come true,” said Rae on her deal. “All of the projects we are working on are fresh and promising and we can’t wait to continue the work. We hope to set a precedent and inspire the industry at large to invest in undiscovered talent, original IP, and fresh stories and perspectives.”
Those who are chosen to participate will be announced in the spring of 2019. The participants have the opportunity to work closely with Rae and the studio to develop and write features based on their original ideas.