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Issa Rae reality show heads to HBO Max

Issa Rae (right) in Insecure

WarnerMedia-owned US streamer HBO Max has ordered a reality series rom Insecure creator and star Issa Rae that will follow a group of young black friends as they try to make it in LA.

Produced by Rae’s prodco Hoorae alongside Main Event Media and Morning Dew Pictures, Sweet Life: Los Angeles will look at what it means to be young, black and in constant pursuit of one’s dreams in the south of the city.

Rae, Montrel McKay, Jimmy Fox, Sheri Maroufkhani, Leola Westbrook and Sun de Graaf serve as executive producers, while Rajah Ahmed and Pyongson ‘Sunny’ Yim are co-executive producers. Sara Rastogi and Ashley Calloway produce.

Jennifer O’Connell, executive VP of non-fiction and live-action family at HBO Max, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Issa Rae on this fun, dynamic series about a real group of friends and their unique yet intertwined experiences in South Los Angeles, which has a one-of-a-kind culture that deserves a spotlight all its own.”

Rae added: “We’re so proud to present a grounded and fun slice of young black LA life. We hope the HBO Max audience will relate to and fall in love with this group of friends as much as we have.”

The commission follows March’s news that HBO Max parent WarnerMedia had signed a five-year overall deal to work with Rae on new series.


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