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#BlackHistoryNow: Marsai Martin Becomes The Youngest Person To Sign A First-Look Deal With Universal

“My goal is to show young women and girls that our voices and ideas matter and you are never too young to dream BIG!" she said.


At only fourteen, Marsai Martin just made history as the youngest person ever to sign a first-look deal with Universal Studios. The Black-ish actress has commendable ambitions, and recently became Hollywood’s youngest executive producer with her upcoming movie Little.

This exciting new deal with Universal will allow Martin to create original content under her Genius Productions company that will resonate with her audience, especially young women.

“Working with emerging talent is a cornerstone of Universal’s overall slate strategy, and Marsai is a star on the rise,” expressed Peter Cramer, the president of Universal Pictures.  “She is not only tremendously talented in front of the camera but offers a unique perspective as a creator and producer that will resonate with all audiences. We look forward to moviegoers getting to see how brilliant she is in Little and watching her evolve as a filmmaker here at Universal.”

The first project being developed by Genius Productions is a comedy film called StepMonster, which tells the story of a teenage girl, played by Martin, who must adapt to life with a new stepmother.

Universal has signed deals with many Black creatives, including Kevin Hart, Jordan Peele, Janelle Monáe Will Packer, and Malcolm D. Lee.

“I am so excited for the magic I’ll be able to create and produce with Universal,” said Martin. “My goal is to show young women and girls that our voices and ideas matter and you are never too young to dream BIG!”

Congratulations, Marsai! May she continue to break barriers, make history, and reach goals that our ancestors would be especially proud of.

Be sure to support Martin’s upcoming film Little, which is set to be released on April 12th. The comedy features an all-star cast, including Regina Hall and Issa Rae. Watch the amusing trailer below:

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Hi! I’m Ayanna, a 26-year-old writer and artist. Although I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with two degrees in art and psychology, I’ve had a passion for writing for as long as I can remember. By following my dreams and utilizing my creativity, I designed Jaro Magazine with the ultimate intention of bringing more positive stories in the black community to the forefront, while also highlighting our versatile and vibrant culture through Jaro’s four modes: film, books, art, and music. I’m into spirituality, nature walks, music festivals, poetry, traveling without a destination in mind, painting, and discussing everything out of the ordinary with other curious minds. Also, I'm an INFP!

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