EXCLUSIVE: Four months after aligning with The Black List to find new writing talent in under-served demos, Warner Bros has selected the first writer who’ll get a two-step WGA minimum deal. It’s Tasha Huo, and the surprising thing is that the aspiring screenwriter has worked as an assistant at Universal since 2009. Huo was chosen for her writing sample The Darkness, a revenge thriller about The Black Belle, a young woman who carries out a mission that will allow her to avenge the murder of her mother. Huo graduated Mills College, has an MFA from Boston University and attended Oxford. Greg Silverman, who initiated the two-year deal with The Black List’s Franklin Leonard, will oversee the project with Jesse Ehrman. They chose Huo from among 10 scripts selected by The Black List from scripts that were hosted on the site. That writing deal is worth about $93,000. Huo is repped by Gersh and Cousin Pete Productions and Management.
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