Marsai Martin to develop unscripted series on ‘trailblazing Black women’
The actress will produce the project alongside her parents Joshua and Carol Martin.
black-ish star Marsai Martin is producing a new unscripted series focused on trailblazing Black women.
Tentatively titled Baddies, the project is in collaboration with ITV America’s Sirens Media.
“Black women have always contributed to American culture,” said Martin in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “They’ve just never gotten the recognition. This show is a fun way of letting people know how dope we are.”
If picked up, Baddies would be the first series produced by the budding actress. Martin is the youngest star in Hollywood to ink a first-look deal with a studio (Universal Pictures), and the youngest to executive produce a major motion picture with 2019’s Little.
As part of her deal with Universal Pictures, Martin will produce the forthcoming comedy Queen under her Genius Productions banner, theGRIO previously reported. The film will be written by Camila Blackett, but the plot is currently a mystery.
“There are so many movies and content that are coming down the pipeline soon,” Martin said of her future projects in a Dec. 2019 interview with Galore magazine. “The upcoming project with Mandeville and Don Cheadle will be amazing. I also have Step Monster with my own production company, Genius Productions. Also, be sure to look out for more videos on my new YouTube Channel and subscribe as I have some cool ideas coming to life on that platform!”
Meanwhile, Shadow and Act reports that Baddies “aims to blend her curiosity and affinity for pop culture while highlighting previously unsung Black women from the worlds of sports, entertainment, politics and innovation,” the outlet writes.
“Our team continues to be blown away by Marsai on multiple levels,” said Sirens president Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh. “She’s a creative force of nature and an important voice in our culture, and aside from her obvious talents on camera, is a very deft and thoughtful executive behind the scenes. We’re proud to partner with her and Genius on this series that will shed light on vital stories in imaginative and unexpected fashion.”
Martin will EP Baddies alongside her parents Joshua and Carol Martin.
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