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County communities in the San Gabriel Valley, South Bay, the Westside and central L.A. “It feels like a radical thing to put moms at the center of a story, to have two female leads, but it’s storytelling in places where stories haven’t been told.”. Nowadays, disco and the Bee Gees are widely beloved. www.theccnyc.com/creative-curriculum-2020. Speakers: “And it’s important to remind people of that truth, that you have what it takes to make an impact on your community through exercising your right to vote or being counted in the census or just taking care of yourself and showing up in your community, asking yourself: What is your hero’s journey? I think the same is true in any marginalized group,” she said. What is your invitation into your own path in life?” She pauses. Glenn Whipp covers film and television for the Los Angeles Times and serves as columnist for The Envelope, The Times’ awards season publication. “People need to know that they are way more powerful than Olivia Pope.”. Directed by Eva Longoria. As a producer, though, she felt like she needed to do more. Kerry Washington and Pilar Savone, the exec VP of production and development at Washington’s Simpson Street banner, first met on the set of Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.”. In the series, Washington and Reese Witherspoon play two mothers on very different ends of the socio-economic scale, and the stories of their two families become more and more intertwined. Asked how she’s doing educating her kids — Washington and her husband, former NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha, have a 6-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son, as well as a teenage daughter from Asomugha’s previous marriage — she laughs and says, “You’d have to ask them.”, “But I do enjoy it,” she adds. Washington and her Simpson Street production company will work on … A South Korean study raises concerns that six feet of social distance may not be far enough to keep people safe from the coronavirus. Sandra Oh layers in her ethnicity on ‘Killing Eve’ because white Hollywood does not, Obi-Wan Kenobi, ‘Secret Invasion’ series lead slate of 50+ (!) Kerry Washington and her Simpson Street production banner have renewed their overall deal with ABC studios for a further three years. “Once we met with them, the creatives there just got it. “You had to put it in programs so it’d be there when they’re home and still working out the ideas of the play,” Washington says. Infected after 5 minutes, from 20 feet away: South Korea study shows coronavirus’ spread indoors. Kerry Washington has signed a production deal with ABC Studios, the studio behind the hit series Scandal.According to Deadline, the studio will work with Washington's production company, Simpson Street. Kerry Washington pushes to flesh out ‘limited boxes of identity’ in her roles. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, before the Covid-19 pandemic forced closures of movie theaters. The ACLU lawyers, said Washington, “are our real-life Avengers.”. Visibility of a community is important. Simpson Street. As an actress, she knew she had done her job, opening people’s hearts and minds to the American experience of being a Black mother. The pair came together for a keynote conversation at Variety Virtual TV Fest, explaining precisely what the Simpson Street mission statement is and what particular projects they are attracted to. Right now, she wants people to understand their inherent power, and she pursues that mission both in her work — currently, the Netflix filmed version of “American Son” and “Little Fires Everywhere,” the Hulu limited series about race and motherhood — and in her social engagement and activism, which, of late have focused on voting rights, representation and the African American Policy Forum’s #SayHerName campaign, honoring and remembering women of color killed by police. Little Fires Everywhere was one of my favorite series this year and I look forward to seeing where it goes in the next season. This past May, Danny got an email from his longtime friend—and Hollywood A-lister—Kerry Washington. It’s uplifting for everyone to be vulnerable together in these moments.”. Five Points is an American teen drama web series that premiered on June 4, 2018 on Facebook Watch.The series was created and written by Adam Giaudrone and directed by Thomas Carter, both of whom also executive produce alongside Kerry Washington, Jon Avnet, Rodrigo García, and Jake Avnet.On December 13, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season. The new HBO documentary “The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” explores the brothers’ unlikely path to disco stardom and the backlash that followed. The impulse of transcending expectations, pushing for greater depth and meaning, has long defined Kerry Washington’s life and career. Or become a full-time organizer and activist. Frog eggs, space macarons, seafood chowder and everything else Baby Yoda, a.k.a. Under the two-year agreement, Simpson Street will develop broadcast, cable and digital projects exclusively for ABC Studios and ABC Signature. Kerry Washington, Actor and Founder, Simpson Street Pilar Savone, EVP, Production & Development, Simpson Street. “That awakening we got to live through and witness with audiences eight times a week at the Booth Theatre has now been embodied in the zeitgeist. Through her production company, Simpson Street, Kerry uses entertainment and technology to share narratives of our humanity, and pave the way for social change. With Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria. © Copyright 2020 Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. new Disney+ originals, Q&A: ‘The Mandalorian’s’ Katee Sackhoff has questions about Bo-Katan too, COVID-19 hit Latinos hard. Savone also discussed how coronavirus pandemic and the wave of Black Lives Matter protests taking place across the country are affecting her and Washington’s creative decisions at Simpson Street. So why is Hollywood so set on messing with them? Combining the best of Rural and Urban locations, Ian Stephenson's Studio, Simpson Street Studios comprises a mixing/mastering room close to Newcastle Upon Tyne and a large recording complex in Thropton (in association with Coquetdale Music Trust), Northumberland. Dr. Seuss’ original “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and its 1966 adaptation, are perfect. Having one woman in the room means that woman gets tokenized and isn’t really empowered to use her voice right. Movie theaters closed. But that sure wasn’t the case 40 years ago. “We haven’t told a ton of story about what it feels like to be a mom, what it looks like,” Washington said. As of Thursday, there were 3,850 hospitalized COVID-19 patients in L.A. County, including 856 in ICU beds — both records. The online platform feels like a natural fit for entertainers like Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks. And being witness to their minds unfolding and growing. Recent discussions of race and policing have given the movie a new life on Netflix, though Washington says little has shifted between the play’s 2018 Broadway premiere and now. And Mia doesn’t see her job as making everyone comfortable.”. It felt like a way for people other than Black mothers to understand a little bit about the unique experience of what it means to raise a Black child. Washington weighed in saying that the “courage to make room for alternative additional inclusive voices is really important.”, “Diversity is not enough. “Kerry saw Mia as a person who wasn’t going to do the work for people,” Tigelaar says, “meaning we as women, then I would say doubly so for Black women ... if something’s awkward or uncomfortable, women are supposed to smooth it over and make it better. They were super collaborative with us, they were amazing partners. Kerry Washington watched audiences stagger out of Broadway’s Booth Theatre after the devastating ending of “American Son,” Christopher Demos-Brown’s play about a mother agonizing over the whereabouts of her missing Black son. We have absolutely gone back and looked at a couple of our projects and said, ‘We have to push ourselves here, we have a responsibility to make really great content and to say something, and right now it’s not saying something, so we have to figure out what it is that we can say.’ It’s absolutely had an impact on us in in more ways than one,” Savone said. Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale in “American Son”. “It’s really important to have different perspectives in the room, but to also have a multitude of different perspectives in the room, several white, women several black women, to really allow space for honesty and fluidity and thought.”. They got into the weeds with us to figure out how we could do this, how we could make it look great and get it done.”. But this idea of shifting your idea of who is the protagonists and who’s to post what stories, need to be told whose stories deserve to be told.”, Some of the projects Simpson Street has produced so far include the 2016 HBO movie “Confirmation,” in which Washington plays iconic lawyer and academic Anita Hill, and more recently the Netflix drama “American Son.”, Washington said Simpson Street boarded both projects because they “felt like stories that had never been told before, that deserved to be in the narrative landscape.”. “Since its inception, Simpson Street has focused on using art and entertainment to amplify the human experience and weave narratives that honor our unique differences while connecting us through our shared humanity,” said Washington. Prepare for adventures with our outdoors gift guide for the 2020 holiday season featuring shoes, hats, bags, and other resources. Kerry Washington discussed representation and humanity in a roundtable conversation with seven other actors. The Scandal star has tapped Django Unchained producer Pilar Savone to head development for her ABC Studios-based Simpson Street production banner. For her role, she was twice nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and once for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. Washington maintains that after “Scandal” ended its seven-season run in 2018, her goal was to “take a nap.” Or be a full-time parent. Column: ‘The Grinch Musical!’ is everything that’s wrong with everything. Washington is perhaps best known for her role as powerful D.C. fixer Olivia Pope on Scandal, which aired on ABC from 2012-2018. A group of accountants band together against their firm's male colleagues to solve a fraud case that will save their jobs. Washington is at home in Los Angeles, where she has spent the last few months “doing a lot of home schooling and a lot of cleaning bathrooms,” as well as working with her producing partner, Pilar Savone, to further develop projects they plan to pursue once Hollywood resumes filming after the COVID-19 shutdown. Being forced into your home in the middle of March and realizing the world is changing, even when you’re reading things, you’re like that’s not resonating with me anymore or is that a story that we want to tell? Her portrayal of Anita Hill in the HBO television political thriller film, Confirmation Yahoo Celebrity. She gained wide public recognition for starring as crisis management expert Olivia Pope in the ABC drama series Scandal (2012–2018). It’s not our responsibility to educate you,’” Tigelaar says. That impulse of transcending expectations, pushing for greater depth and meaning, has long defined Washington’s life and career. After receiving multiple Emmy nominations Tuesday morning, including one for her role in Little Fires Everywhere, Washington and her Simpson Street Productions has extended and expanded her overall deal with ABC Studios. What’s on TV Saturday, Sunday Talk: A Bee Gees documentary, What’s on TV Saturday, Dec. 12, plus Sunday Talk shows: “The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” on HBO; Timothée Chalamet and Bruce Springsteen on “Saturday Night Live” College Football: USC at UCLA, Baby Yoda has eaten his way through ‘The Mandalorian.’ So we made him a food diary. Simpson Street’s latest project, Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere,” also fits within the company’s creative vision, Washington explained. 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The Paley Center for Media to Pay Tribute to Kerry Washington When “American Son” premiered on Netflix, Washington made sure the guide was available online. She founded her production company Simpson Street… In terms of why “American Son,” which is based on the Broadway play, ended up at Netflix, Savone said the idea was to broadcast the film and its message to as large an audience as possible. Or travel more. Education is a clear passion, and Washington, 43, doesn’t limit herself in scope. L.A. County coronavirus surges hit upscale suburbs as well as the inner city. “I’ll fantasize about doing other things, but I’m so drawn in by narratives that I think reveal new truths about the human experience and, in particular, humans who happen to be women and women of color,” she says. “It’s up to white people to educate themselves.”, How to make stories that matter when ‘white Hollywood does not write our culture’. Concert venues fell silent. That’s been really great.”. Variety and the Flying V logos are trademarks of Variety Media, LLC. The guide explores implicit bias and offers resources for audiences to support groups working for equitable and accountable policing. Broadway went dark. I haven’t watched The Prom yet as I am currently not into musicals. Watch a Clip From Kerry Washington's 'The Fight', Mothers and Daughters at the March on Washington, The Women's March on Washington, In Pictures. The good news for Kerry Washington keeps on coming! Kerry Washington and her Simpson Street production banner have renewed their overall deal with ABC studios for a further three years. Back in August, Washington posted a photo of herself, Pilar Savone for Simpson Street, Larry Wilmore of Wilmore Films, co-executive producers … Photo Credit: WWD It’s a big day for all of us here at byte: Kerry Washington has joined team byte as a Creative Advisor and Investor. Kerry Washington is adding to her development team. ALSO: 8 Photos Of Kerry Washington Before She Went Olivia Pope On Us “OMG,” Kerry reportedly wrote in her IG Story. Kerry Marisa Washington (born January 31, 1977) is an American actress, producer, and director. During the last few traumatic months marked by pandemic and protests following the police killing of George Floyd and others, she has encouraged everyone at her Simpson Street production company to deal with heavy emotions and to practice self-care. They’re poetry. Kerry Washington in “Little Fires Everywhere”. Having three women in the room means that these women can actually all speak their truth and advocate for women, but not feel like they have to be the monolithic face of the race for all women. The character’s willingness to confront painful truths, Tigelaar adds, made her all the more powerful in the current moment. The Emmy, SAG, and Golden Globe nominated actor, director, producer, and activist will inform the creative strategy, helping make oral care more accessible worldwide. I appreciate that Kerry uses her production company Simpson Street to tell stories that don’t center whiteness or maleness like most shows. This had never been done before in Broadway history, but Washington felt like she needed to provide a resource for audiences — and nobody leaving that theater was going to be in any shape to walk up to a table and pick up a booklet after seeing the show. Just as there was no reason for a Black woman not to be the center of a network drama, Washington says, “because there are millions of Black women in the world who are the center of their own stories of their lives,” every person can shape and star in their own narrative. Moderated by Caroline Framke, Chief TV Critic, Variety But she realizes that those dreams (the occasional nap notwithstanding) aren’t likely in the cards any time soon. ... Simpson Street, Variety reports. Savone had been working for some time with Tarantino, and Washington had been learning from “amazing numbers ones” on the call sheet like Jamie Foxx, but together, they decided to form Simpson Street to start producing their own work, telling the kinds of stories they had always wanted to tell. Kerry Washington already has the perfect plan for 2021: “I’m really excited about taking a nap.” Reflecting on her incredibly busy year — both in front of and behind the camera — one thing her 2020 résumé makes clear is that she hasn’t had time for some good shut-eye in a while. That’s one of the reasons I was so drawn to the material. ... she has encouraged everyone at her Simpson Street production company to … Many of us Kerry Washington fans believed he should have won an Emmy for her portrayal of Olivia Pope in Scandal, but I digress. “Even prior to the Black Lives Matter movement, even just being in COVID has changed the way that we’ve looked at things. Production company founded by @kerrywashington. “I really enjoy being witness to the intellectual development of our family. “We all felt like Broadway and theater is inaccessible to many people and we wanted the opportunity for more people to see ‘American Son’ and obviously with Netflix, with a global audience, they seemed to be the right home,” Savone said. L.A. County at ‘catastrophic’ COVID-19 levels, with 13,815 new cases and more than 500,000 total. “Right now, Black women and men are being able to say, ‘Hey, white people, it’s not our job to teach you. “She started doing these yoga sessions,” Savone says, “and we would all join, and one day I thought, ‘This is the best part of my day.’ Because they were coming from her heart and she was putting herself in a vulnerable position, and I think everyone’s vulnerable right now. Which brings us back to “American Son” and Washington’s decision, as a producer, to work with the social justice lab the Opportunity Agenda to include a discussion guide in the show’s Playbill program. Welcome to our comprehensive gift guide for the 2020 holiday season. Now officials must build trust around vaccine in the community. “As a Black woman, things haven’t changed,” she says. Washington and Pilar Savone of Washington’s Simpson Street banner will […] Entertainment. Having two women in the room becomes a competitive situation. The race of Washington’s character in “Little Fires Everywhere,” Mia, a nomadic artist raising a teenage daughter, was unspecified in Celeste Ng’s bestselling 2017 novel. “Kerry Washington is not only a great actress but a smart, creative producer, and we’re thrilled to have her new production company Simpson Street as … Later on, the conversation turned to inclusion in the entertainment industry, particularly at production companies and in below-the-line spaces. What’s on TV This Week: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ ‘The Stand’ and more, TV highlights for Dec. 13-19 include “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and a new adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand.”, Movies on TV this week: ‘White Christmas’ on AMC and more, Movies on TV this week, Dec. 13: “White Christmas” on AMC and more, Why celebrities are saying goodbye to TV infomercials and hello to Talkshoplive. But that revelatory awakening to the experience of Black parenthood is something I’ve been living with for two years now [with ‘American Son’].”. Waiting in the lobby of Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street production company (named after the street in the Bronx where her mother grew up), I hear her finishing up a call. “So proud of @simpsonstreet and this incredible cast and crew.” Kerry launched her production company, Simpson Street, back in … “In order to really firm that, we are focused on centering otherness and even that idea of like what is other depends on who you are. Kerry Washington is currently developing her own drama with ABC: Patrol, which the Emmy nominee will executive produce. “Our focus is really about understanding and celebrating the idea that heroes can look like all of us,” Washington told moderator and Variety Chief Television Critic Caroline Framke. Especially showbiz. Many of us Kerry Washington fans believed he should have won an Emmy for her portrayal of Olivia Pope in Scandal, but I digress. Kerry Washington, Actor and Founder, Simpson Street Grogu, has eaten in two seasons of “The Mandalorian” on Disney+. And right when I want to quit and go off and do other things, I’ll read something like ‘American Son’ or ‘Little Fires’ that pulls me back in, and I think, ‘Oh, I have to be a part of this.’”. When Washington attended George Washington University, she thought she might pursue teaching as a career. We had a very small window to shoot, we had five days actually to shoot it, and they were super helpful. The familiar voice muffled by a closed door, I make out her giving clear and positive directives for upcoming projects, peppered with much hearty laughter. When Washington became involved, she brought her own take to the character, series creator Liz Tigelaar says. The 22 best gifts for people who love to be outside. Winner of “Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture” for Ray at the NAACP Image Awards in 2005 and nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for “Best Actress” in the film Lift in 2002, Kerry Washington is a versatile and fearless actress who has built an impressive list of credits in a relatively short amount of time. Cate Blanchett, Cynthia Erivo, Nicole Kidman, Regina King, Hugh Jackman, Sandra Oh, Jeremy Strong and Kerry Washington instill humanity in their roles first. Posts IGTV Tagged. “We have the ability to be the heroes of our families, our communities and our lives,” Washington says. Show More Posts from simpsonstreet. Gateshead AND Northumberland. Pilar Savone, EVP, Production & Development, Simpson Street, Moderated by Caroline Framke, Chief TV Critic, Variety. She had a favor to ask: Her growing production company, Simpson Street, had moved into the famed Sunset Gower Studios building (the same spot where she films the ABC drama “Scandal”). Washington’s message has been on point since she landed the lead role in “Scandal” eight years ago, becoming the first Black woman to star in a network television drama, and she’s been even more laser-focused in the last four years when people have often jokingly clamored for her “Scandal” character, master political fixer Olivia Pope, to come in and save the day. Washington received widespread public recognition for her role as Olivia Pope on the hit … Emmy-winning, SAG, and Golden Globe-nominated actor, director, producer, and activist Kerry Washington is a versatile and fearless multi-­‐hyphenate who continues to astound with the depth of her talent. Actress Kerry Washington, of "Scandal" fame, founded her own production company, Simpson Street, in 2016 and now shares some of the secrets to her career success. Kerry Washington discussed representation and humanity in a roundtable conversation with seven other actors. To know that they are way more powerful in the cards any time.... 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