Homegrown, led by Stephanie Allain, Mel Jones and Gabrielle Ebron, will collaborate with Level Forward to continue extending the influence of their creative work by upholding the company’s inclusion rider, gun-neutral commitment, and impact programming across its properties. Homegrown is known for telling stories across multiple platforms, grounded in authentic representation and diverse points of view.
Level Forward has been investing in inclusion- and innovation-focused entertainment-related companies and properties since it launched, born from a partnership forged late last year between Killer Content and Abigail Disney.
In addition to Homegrown, Level Forward announced a similar deal with Maximum Entertainment, award-winning producers and managers of commercial theater.
Homegrown’s 2019 release slate features the third season of Justin Simien’s Dear White People, and on the film side Stella Meghie’s The Weekend, as well as Clark Johnson’s Juanita for Netflix, starring Alfre Woodard. Next up for Homegrown is The Fighting Shirley Chisholm starring Viola Davis with Maggie Betts directing for Amazon Studios, and the Untitled Sylvia Robinson project at Warner Bros, which Simien will direct.
For television, Homegrown is developing several acclaimed books including Black Fortunes by Shomari Wills, The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers, and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors’ memoir When They Call You a Terrorist. Homegrown Pictures, who was behind such features as Hustle & Flow and Beyond the Lights, just premiered Life-Size 2 starring Tyra Banks on Freeform as part of their “25 Days of Christmas.”
Homegrown is repped by UTA, Artists First and Jackoway Austen.