Filmmaker Paul Feig's digital production company, Powderkeg, has greenlighted Muslim-American series "East of La Brea".
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the shortform show, which is the company's first original series, follows Aisha Hassan, a Black Muslim, and her Bangladeshi-American roommate, Farha Munshi.
Sameer Gardezi has created the show using a grant from the philanthropic fund Pop Culture Collaborative and working with MuslimARC to develop a project that is authentic to the Muslim-American experience.
Gardezi will also executive produce the series along with Powderkeg's Feig and Laura Fischer,
"The inception of this show is a story unto itself, but the stories told through this series are beautifully authentic, and we're so excited to partner on telling such a magnetic and diverse story," Feig and Fischer said in a statement.
"I'm beyond excited to be a part of this process and hope we can continue to build a pipeline for underrepresented voices both in front and behind the camera. I'm interested in growing diversity, not injecting it," Gardezi added.
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