Project Greenlight Digital Studios and Issa Rae’s ColorCreative.TV have announced Minimum Wage, a six-episode comedic anthology series.
Minimum Wage stems from Project Greenlight and ColorCreative.TV’s The New Normal writing contest, created by the two companies to find underrepresented voices in media.
Written by Rebecca Hu, Arpita Kumar, and Maya Houston, the series centers around five unique employees who work at a run-down fast food restaurant in LA’s Koreatown as they try desperately to improve its business in addition to their personal lives. Cindy Fang and Deniese Davis executive produce. Aaron Covington, who co-wrote the 2015 film Creed, will direct the series’ cast which includes John Yuan, Halleta Alemu, Gabriel Brown, Alma Delfina, and D’Lo.
Rae will serve as an executive producer on the project.
“I’m so proud of the writing team behind Minimum Wage. It is the beautiful product of collaboration, creativity and inclusion. We’re so happy to have partnered with Project Greenlight Digital Studios to find, out of over 2,000 submissions, these dynamic women writers.” – Issa Rae
ColorCreative TV is a platform that showcases the work of minority writers. Through this company, Rae aims to help highlight stories that expand the narratives around the black community, while increasing opportunities for women and minority TV writers to showcase and sell their work, both inside and outside the existing studio system.
Rae has been dedicated to increasing the visibility of minorities in entertainment for quite some time. In 2014, Rae and her team at ColorCreative TV introduced three new half-hour television pilots by underrepresented talent into the TV landscape by giving them the opportunity to showcase their work on her site: The three pilots, ‘Bleach,’ ‘Words With Girls,’ and ‘So Jaded,’ are online now and can be found HERE.
“This could be complete bull, but I would say that 40% of my time is spent producing and working with other writers of color, and the other 60% is developing and working on my own stuff.” – Issa Rae