Amazon Studios is nearing a pilot deal finalization with The Climb, starring and written by Diarra Kilpatrick (Lila & Eve), from the Mark Gordon Co, per Deadline!

The Detroit set comedy, from Amazon Studios and the independent Mark Gordon Company, was written by Kilpatrick drawing on her experiences growing up in Detroit. In an age where the “curation of self” has surpassed baseball as the national pastime, two best friends stuck in the same dead-end job search for fulfillment by becoming Internet famous, though moxie is their only discernible talent.

Kilpatrick executive produces with Christina Lee and the Mark Gordon Co.

Kilpatrick, a writer/actress/director, was selected as one of the 11 2015 honorees of the WGA’s Writers Access Program for her drama pilot The Dirty Dozen. Her American Koko digital series, originally produced for her YouTube channel, received the Best Web Series Award at the American Black Film Festival. It was recently acquired by ABCd, with Viola Davis producing via JuVee Productions. Her other credits include Southland, Private Practice, Mike & Molly and Disaster Date.

This is very exciting news for Diarra Kilpatrick and we look forward to her comedy pilot!  If you aren’t already famaliar with her work, check out the clip below for her YouTube series American Koko.

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