ColorCreative.TV, the company set up by writer/actor/producer Issa Rae (Insecure) and producing partner Deniese Davis have officially chosen The Awoken by Katelyn Howes as the winner of their new talent initiative Fresh Wave!  Fresh Wave! is an initiative launched by Rae and Davis to “find the next breakout writer.”

The initiative was backed by New York-based producer Talos Films and Sky Vision, the distribution arm of European pay-TV giant Sky, and is described as “a writing competition designed to give emerging and underrepresented writers an opportunity to pitch an original television series idea and see it go from script to screen.”

The Awoken is a sci-fi drama chosen from more than 2,000 entries, and revolves around Alabine Rivers, a teenager who was cryogenically preserved in 2017 only to be resurrected in 2103.  The protagonist also struggles to piece together flashbacks and memories of Max, a fellow activist and the love of her life who she assumes she left behind in the 20th century.

According to the official description, “Alabine is forced to join an underground network of rebels fighting for the basic human rights of The Awoken – others like her who have been frozen and then resurrected – who are ruthlessly hunted down by a regime that has restricted scientific advancement and technology and returned the country to an agrarian distopia.”

Howes beat 2,000 other entries to win the competition.


Rae, who recently earned her second Golden Globe nomination for her comedic work on HBO’s Insecure, said of the initiative: “Providing a platform for underrepresented voices is extremely important to me, particularly with so many polarizing views dominating the mainstream right now. I’m so pleased that Fresh Wave! has produced not just a fantastic winner in Katelyn [Howes, creator of The Awoken], but a wealth of new voices amongst the other finalists, showing that there is a huge amount of diverse young talent out there ready to light up our screens.”

Congrats to Katelyn Howes!



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