Emmy-nominated Insecure co-star Yvonne Orji is tapping into her expertise as a Nigerian-born, first-generation American in First Gen, a half-hour comedy, which is in growth at Disney+. She has A-list collaborators on the undertaking in British-born Nigerian-American actor David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey. twentieth Television is the studio.
Written by Orji, First Gen relies on Orji’s private experiences rising up as a Nigerian immigrant in America. As a toddler, she’s caught between making an attempt to honor her mother and father and tradition whereas concurrently making an attempt to assimilate to American life.
Orji government produces with Harpo’s Winfrey and Carla Gardini and Oyelowo through his Yoruba Saxon Productions.
This is the second collaboration between Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon and Winfrey’s Harpo Films. The two corporations lately produced Oyelowo’s characteristic directorial debut, The Water Man, by which Oyelowo additionally stars. The movie premiered on the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. Additionally, Oyelowo headlined Ava DuVernay’s characteristic Selma, which Winfrey produced and co-starred in.
In 2020, Orji earned a Supporting Actress in a comedy sequence Emmy nomination and gained a Black Reel Award for her function as Molly in HBO’s Insecure. She is repped by UTA, Odenkirk Provissiero, and Del Shaw Moonves.
Oyelowo can at present be seen starring reverse Angelina Jolie within the fantasy drama Come Away, which he additionally produced, and in George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky, which was one of many most-watched titles on Netflix throughout the holidays and is on track to be watched by 72M households inside its first 4 weeks.
Next, he might be seen in Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking with Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland, and in Sony’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway with Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson. Oyelowo is at present in manufacturing on Searchlight Pictures untitled homicide thriller thriller, by which he stars alongside Saoirse Ronan and Sam Rockwell. H CAA, Hamilton Hodell and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano.
Winfrey is an Oscar-winning actress, iconic discuss show host, media mogul through her OWN enterprise with Discovery and a prolific producer through Harpo. In 2020, Winfrey partnered with Lionsgate and The Times to adapt The 1619 Project right into a portfolio of content material throughout movies, tv and varied platforms. In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 2018, she was honored with the Cecil B deMille award by HFPA.
Gardini joined Harpo Films in 2008 and is a producer of movie and tv along with overseeing scripted programming for the Oprah Winfrey Network.