Issa Rae Sets Unscripted Series On Young, Black South LA And 'Project Greenlight' Reboot At HBO Max
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Issa Rae Sets Unscripted Series On Young, Black South LA And 'Project Greenlight' Reboot At HBO Max

HBO Max has announced unscripted series that in the works at the streamer from Issa Rae. One is Sweet Life: Los Angeles and the other is a reboot of the series Project Greenlight.

Sweet Life: Los Angeles gives "an honest and unique look into what it means to be young, Black, and in constant pursuit of one's dreams in the heart of South Los Angeles. The series follows a group of young, strong-willed, ambitious Black friends showcasing their relatable, authentic and sometimes stumbling mid-20s moments as they embrace the joy and struggles of love and family, while building their careers as tastemakers and influencers in the city where they grew up."

“We are thrilled to partner with Issa Rae on this fun, dynamic series about a real group of friends and their unique, yet intertwined experiences in South Los Angeles, which has a one-of-a-kind culture that deserves a spotlight all its own," said Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president, Non-Fiction and Live-Action Family.

"We're so proud to present a grounded and fun slice of young Black LA life. We hope the HBO Max audience will relate to and fall in love with this group of friends as much as we have," added Rae.

Project Greenlight, like its predecessor, is a docuseries focusing on the next generation of talented female filmmakers who are given the chance to direct a feature film. Rae will appear in every episode as an executive producer, "providing guidance and mentorship to these aspiring filmmakers." The finished film will air on HBO Max.

“At HBO Max, we are committed to providing a platform for diverse, up-and-coming talent," said O'Connell of the project. "Issa is uniquely skilled in this space, and we are thrilled to be partnering with her and Miramax as a promising group of filmmakers is inspired and challenged with their biggest opportunity yet.”

“By relaunching the iconic PROJECT GREENLIGHT with the brilliant Issa Rae and HBO Max, we continue our efforts to mine the Miramax library and create exciting, groundbreaking new content as well as forge opportunities for a new generation of innovative voices to be heard," said Marc Helwig, Head of Worldwide Television, Miramax.

Sweet Life: Los Angeles is produced by HOORAE; Main Event Media, an All3Media America Company; and Morning Dew Pictures. Issa Rae, Montrel McKay, Jimmy Fox, Sheri Maroufkhani, Leola Westbrook and Sun de Graaf serve as executive producers. Rajah Ahmed and Pyongson “Sunny” Yim serve as co-executive producers. Sara Rastogi and Ashley Calloway serve as producers.

Project Greenlight is produced by HOORAE and Miramax. The series is executive produced by Issa Rae and Montrel McKay through HOORAE, along with Jonathan Berry and Dave Becky through 3 Arts Entertainment. Amanda Klein, SVP of Development, is shepherding the project for Miramax TV. Sara Rastogi serves as a co-executive producer through HOORAE.