According to The Hollywood Reporter, Issa Rae’s ColorCreative has signed a multi-year production pact with Columbia Pictures to promote emerging diverse writers.

The deal will run as a part mentorship program and studio diversity initiative where selected participants will have the opportunity to work with Rae and the studio to establish and write features based on their original ideas. The participants will be announced in the spring of 2019.

Rae said:

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“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. 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.”

 

Sanford Panitch, the head of Columbia Pictures added, Issa, is a force of nature, and a magnet for talented people. We couldn’t be more excited to join her in her mission to pave the way for fresh and authentic voices.”