HBO Max held a presentation on Tuesday for investors to hear the current line up of content the streaming service has in development. As of late, HBO Max has been releasing content news every week. They’ve made big splashes in the news with announcements like ordering a Grease spinoff, picking up Sesame Street, and working with talent like Ava DuVernay. Tuesday’s presentation revealed that Elizabeth Banks, Mindy Kaling, and Issa Rae have joined the roster of talent at HBO Max.
Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max, said in a release after the presentation, “Elizabeth Banks, Issa Rae, and Mindy Kaling are three of the most gifted women in our industry, and are now bringing their impressive, original projects to HBO Max.”
Rae (Insecure, A Black Lady Sketch Show) is working on a thirty-minute comedy Rap Sh*t. The show is set in Miami and follows a female rap group trying to break into the music industry. Rae will write the pilot and executive produce the series. The project is still in development.
Kaling (The Mindy Project) will bring her project titled College Girls to the streaming sight. Deadline reporting it as, “The 13-episode half-hour, single-camera comedy follows three 18-year-old freshman roommates at Evermore College in Vermont. A bundle of contradictions and hormones, these sexually active college girls are equal parts lovable and infuriating.” Kaling will be the writer, executive producer, and showrunner. The project was ordered straight to series.
Banks (Pitch Perfect, Charlie’s Angles) will executive produce DC Superhero High through her company Brownstone Productions. The series follows, “A group of students experiencing the fun and drama of adolescence at a boarding school for gifted kids. These teens are just trying to navigate the pressures of high school, but none of them realize that someday they will become legendary DC Super Heroes.” Scott Weinger (Full House) will serve as the pilot writer to this half-hour comedy; it is not known yet if the show will be live-action or animated. The project is still in development.
“These three incredible talents embody the distinct and diverse voices that will give flight to the quality HBO Max brand promise across all audiences,” Kevin Reilly said chief content officer of HBO Max.