Issa Rae Has No Insecurities About Confronting Hollywood’s Diversity Problem
In addition to creating, co-writing, and starring in Insecure, the Emmy-nominated Issa Rae is devoted to creating opportunities for people of color in Hollywood. Complementing this reputation, Issa Rae’s ColorCreative has signed a multi-year production deal with Columbia Pictures to promote diversity in the writers’ room.
The agreement is presented as a mentorship program incorporated with a studio diversity initiative, where selected writers will work to further develop their own writing ideas in a studio alongside Rae. The mentorship will be developed by Columbia’s Vice President Bryan Smiley, in addition to ColorCreative’s Vice President Sara Rastogi, and COO Deneise Davis.
Issa Rae launched ColorCreative in 2015 with full intention to inspire diversity in entertainment especially through writing. Judging by the reaction of the support at Columbia, they’re looking forward to matching her enthusiasm. “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,” said Sanford Panitch of Columbia in a statement published at The Hollywood Reporter.
In spring of next year, the participants for the mentorship will be announced. In addition to her HBO series, which concluded Season 3 in September, Rae also has signed a first look deal with the network and will produce the shows Him Or Her and Sweet Life, and more to come. Rae also recently appeared in Drake’s “Nice For What” music video and The Hate U Give.
#BonusBeat: Issa Rae’s ColorCreative trailer: