Lena Waithe Gets Development Deal with Sight Unseen Pictures

Though her new series The Chi has just premiered on Showtime, Lena Waithe shows no signs of slowing down. The actress/writer/producer has recently signed on to work with Sight Unseen Pictures.

The studio and Waithe will develop independent projects from new talent that aren’t always represented in the business.

“I’m so excited to be partnering with such a forward thinking production company like Sight Unseen,” said Waithe. “My mission is to help introduce the industry to new and exciting voices, while putting money in those writers pockets.”

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Lena Waithe as Denise in Netflix’s Master of None. Source: Time

Waithe has been on a roll since winning an Emmy for comedy writing for Master of None, a first for an African-American woman. In addition to The Chi, TBS has ordered a pilot of her show Twenties.

“All of us at Sight Unseen are thrilled to be partnering with the exceptionally talented Lena Waithe. We share the same goal of championing fresh, new and interesting stories and Lena embodies that unique perspective. We aim to continue to elevate talented writers and directors who tell stories that push cultural and social boundaries,” said Julia Lebedev, Eddie Vaisman, and Oren Moverman, co-founders of Sight Unseen.

Waithe can next be seen as Aech in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, which loads into theaters March 29.

Source: Variety


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