Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Lena Waithe Continues Extending Her Reach Via Hilman Grad Productions

*Lena Waithe stay getting checks.

Recently it was announced that the Emmy-winning writer will be producing new television programming through Hilman Grad, her production company. The entities include HBO Max as well as cable, WarnerMedia’s five broadcasting networks and external streaming services.

The exclusive, multi-year agreement between the Emmy-winning writer was announced recentlyy in a press release.

First up is a scripted project inspired by the cult classic 90s basketball documentary “Hoop Dreams,” which followed two Black teens as they tried to navigate Chicago’s supremely competitive basketball circuit and make it pro.

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“To have our first project together be an adaptation of the seminal documentary Hoop Dreams is a testament to the ambition of our partnership. Hoop Dreams was more than just a documentary, it was a groundbreaking window into a community that was rarely ever seen,” Waithe and her Hillman Grad partner Rishi Rajani said in a joint statement.

“We look forward to bringing the legacy of Hoop Dreams back to the screen,” they continued.

Waithe and Rajani will executive produce under their Hillman Grad banner, along with Scott Huff, David A. Stern, and Colin Callender of Playground Entertainment.

Lena Waithe and Hillman Grad previously had a two-year overall deal with Amazon Studios.

Ricardo A. Hazell began his career in journalism in 1996 as a Research Intern for the prestigious Editor & Publisher Co. His byline has appeared in The Root, Washington Post, Black Enterprise and he helped define culture within the African Diaspora as Senior Cultural Contributor at The Shadow League. Currently working on the semi-autobiographical novel "Remorse".




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