Emmy Award winning writer-actress Lena Waithe (The Chi, Master of None) has officially joined forces with financing and production company Sight Unseen Pictures in an effort to develop and finance independent projects that identify and champion emerging voices currently underserved in the marketplace.

“All of us at Sight Unseen are thrilled to be partnering with the exceptionally talented Lena Waithe. We share the same goal of championing fresh, new and interesting stories and Lena embodies that unique perspective. We aim to continue to elevate talented writers and directors who tell stories that push cultural and social boundaries,” said Julia Lebedev, Eddie Vaisman, and Oren Moverman, co-founders of Sight Unseen.

“I’m so excited to be partnering with such a forward thinking production company like Sight Unseen. My mission is to help introduce the industry to new and exciting voices, while putting money in those writers pockets,” said Waithe.

Waithe is the creator and executive producer of Showtime’s breakout new drama series The Chi, which was recently renewed for a second season. Last year, Waithe became the first black woman to win an outstanding writing for a comedy series Emmy for Netflix’s Master of None, on which she also has a recurring role. Recently she made a guest appearance on the NBC hit series This Is Us, and recently received a pilot green light by TBS to her upcoming single-camera comedy Twenties.  Waithe can be seen on the big screen in the Steven Spielberg film Ready Player One.

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