EXCLUSIVE: The Black Listing and Google at the moment revealed the 4 writers who have been chosen because the inaugural Black Listing x YouTube Originals Black Voices Creator Fellows. The recipients are Beverly Chukwu, Shannon Hawkins, Brandon Hines, and Duchant Johnson. Extra details about the Fellows is under.
The Black Voices Fellowship offers monetary grants and inventive help to writers in growing proofs of idea for a tv present pitch. Every Fellow will obtain $40,000 every for the aim of manufacturing a proof of idea and growing a pitch for his or her tv collection that authentically displays the Black expertise.
The Black Listing and Google additionally pair every fellowship recipient with one showrunner mentor and two further author mentors. This yr’s showrunner mentors are Monica Owusu-Breen (Alias), Owen Smith (Blask-ish), Aaron Rashaan Thomas (Friday Night time Lights), and Larry Wilmore (Insecure). Extra author mentors included Kay Oyegun (This Is Us), Karen Joseph Adcock (The Bear), Amanda Idoko (Breaking Information In Yuba County) Pleasure C. Mitchell (Bridgerton), Felicia Pleasure (Gray’s Anatomy), Gia Gordon (Regulation And Order) Davia Carter (Queen of the South), and Jon Dorsey (This Is Us).
“In March of 2021, McKinsey & Company released a study estimating that Hollywood misses out on $10 billion every year due to anti-Black bias,” mentioned Black Listing founder Franklin Leonard. “That bias takes many forms. One of them is an underinvestment in the early careers of creators with extraordinary talent, and we’ve been incredibly proud to partner with Google alongside this incredible team of mentors to invest in exactly that sort of extraordinary talent. The folks who continue to do so will be rewarded greatly, as might we all if we have the opportunity to watch the shows that these folks are creating.”
The Black Listing and Google beforehand collaborated on a Storytelling Fellowship that supplied monetary and inventive help to 5 writers within the growth and execution of a brand new movie or TV pilot. Every of the 5 Fellows have been awarded $20,000 with the aim of supporting themselves for six months throughout their inventive course of. Their mentors included Max Barbakow (Palm Springs), Andy Siara (Palm Springs), Marja Lewis Ryan (The L Phrase), and Erica Rivinoja (Marry Me).
“When talented creatives are overlooked, we all miss out on great stories. We’re thrilled to partner with The Black List to help this incredible group of Black storytellers share their work and get us closer to a world where everyone can belong,” mentioned Miles Johnson, Head of Belonging Advertising, Google.
Concerning the Fellows:
Logline: After a really public miscarriage, a sheltered lady is exiled from her spiritual Nigerian group and compelled to begin over in an unfamiliar metropolis, the place she is haunted by the figures of her childhood imaginary world.
Beverly “Bev” Chukwu is a Nigerian-American author, filmmaker, and script marketing consultant from Garland, Texas. Chukwu’s producing initiatives have screened on the Girls in Horror Movie Pageant, Cine Las Americas, and AGLIFF, and her screenplay, Prince Of Lavendale Road, was the 2021 BlueCat Screenplay Competitors characteristic winner. She has spent over seven years working in numerous psychological well being arenas and a yr offering habits remedy to neurodivergent youth and adults. Chukwu has obtained fellowships from the Black Listing x WIF Episodic Lab and the James A. Michener Heart for Writers, the place she additionally obtained an MFA in screenwriting and fiction. Chukwu continues to advocate for filmmakers as EA to the Head of Movie and Artistic Media on the Austin Movie Society.
Logline: A lifelong wild youngster returns to her sleepy conservative hometown to boost her just lately deceased finest pal’s 9-year-old daughter, the place she struggles to navigate the challenges of co-parenting, PTA conferences, and mean-girl mothers with out shedding her personal rebellious spirit.
Shannon Hawkins is a comedic author and inventive who has devoted the majority of her post-grad life in the direction of the pursuit of episodic tv writing. As somebody who believes “all of our black stories are authentically black stories,” she focuses on showcasing the nuance and vastness of Black heritage inside the US. Extra particularly, her tales middle on Black protagonists thrust into unorthodox, off-kilter conditions and individuals who come of age later in life. Along with writing, Hawkins, works in advertising for a world leisure firm, was a 3x quarter-finalist at Austin Movie Pageant, and was an inaugural member of the Mentorship Issues 2021-2022 class.
Venture: Mess Corridor
Logline: A black queer New Yorker returns residence to Georgia after his estranged mom, an area jazz legend, passes away. To his shock, she has left him an deserted nightclub in her will, which is crammed with the bygones and ghosts of his household’s previous.
Brandon Okay. Hines is initially from Excessive Level, NC. After veering off the medical faculty path, Brandon climbed his manner up the manufacturing ladder, engaged on initiatives equivalent to: 30 Rock, Royal Pains, Intercourse and the Metropolis 2, and plenty of extra. After discovering his footing, Brandon found his love for TV writing and transitioned to working as a Script Coordinator and Author’s Assistant, gathering over a decade of writers’ room expertise, engaged on reveals equivalent to Crashing, Excessive Upkeep, and Awkwafina is Nora from Queens. In 2019, Brandon was given his first writing job on the ABC Worldwide/French M6 collection, Reef Break. Since, he has written for the MTV selection collection, Yo! MTV Raps: Asia, Season 2 of Harlem for Amazon Studios, and Fellow Vacationers for Showtime. To today, Brandon continues to create queer and various tales throughout numerous platforms.
Venture: 12 months Of The Goat$
Logline: In a land of hate, stereotypes and mumble rap, two Asian American finest mates with totally different views of success attempt to persuade the world they’re the way forward for hip hop.
Duchant Johnson is a screenwriter from Irvington, New Jersey. His past love was boxing. After profitable just a few newbie tournaments, he thought-about turning skilled however after an opportunity assembly with an lawyer whereas jogging in an upper-class suburb , Duchant determined to strive his hand at legislation faculty. It was immediate disappointment. Whereas in legislation faculty Duchant wrote his first script, Authorized Slackers, a comedy based mostly on his expertise as the one minority in his legislation faculty from the inside metropolis. He continued to hone his craft whereas boxing, hoping to do something aside from grow to be a lawyer. In 2015, Duchant graduated legislation faculty and is at present a constitutional lawyer. He continues to concentrate on his writing with hopes of transitioning right into a profession as a full time author.
The partnership was brokered by UTA Leisure & Tradition Advertising, the model consulting division of UTA, which represents Google.