9:00am PT by Patrick Shanley
Ubisoft Motion Pictures Reveals Recipients of Female Filmmakers Fellowship (Exclusive)
Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the film and television studio of game developers Ubisoft, have announced the recipients of a fellowship program specifically designed to attract and illuminate female voices within the entertainment industry.
Ubisoft film executive Margaret Boykin and director of television development Danielle Kreinik announced their selection of Mishna Wolff, for film, and Tasha Huo, for television. Over the next six months, Wolff and Huo will have the opportunity to mine Ubisoft’s extensive game library, which includes such franchises as Far Cry, Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs and Rabbids, for potential development, as well as participate in a one-on-one, open-door mentorship program led internally by Boykin, Kreinik and Ubisoft head of television and film Jason Altman.
“Tasha and Mishna are such incredibly smart, talented women and avid gamers — we feel lucky to be able to work with them in this fellowship,” said Kreinik.
Chosen from a wide field of submissions, Wolff and Huo stood out. Wolff, a comedian and live storyteller, is also the author of I'm Down, a memoir detailing her childhood growing up in a poor neighborhood and her struggles with identity issues. She is a contributor to NPR and an alumna of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Wolff is also an avid gamer.
“Writing and playing video games are my two greatest passions in life. I never dreamed they would come together," said Wolff.
She is repped by Sue Carls at CAA and Nathan Miller at Manage-ment.
Huo earned a blind deal at Warner Bros. in 2014, where she wrote a video game-inspired live-action adventure titled Torin. She previously ran a homeless shelter for addicts and felons on Skid Row in Los Angeles, and studied history and literature at Oxford University. Huo went on to work for Universal Pictures, where she worked on films such as 47 Ronin, Bourne Identity and Battleship. Shortly thereafter, she wrote Cyrus the Great: The First Emperor for Sobini Films.
Huo currently is finishing a fantasy thriller for EuropaCorp and an historical fantasy pilot for Character Seven, while her feature film Black Belle is set to star Zoe Kravitz with Shana Betz (Free Ride) directing.
“As a gamer, I understand why millions of people are drawn to playing video games. I can’t wait to explore that feeling and translate it to TV,” Huo said of her upcoming fellowship with Ubisoft.
She is repped by Gersh and Michelle Wolkoff, as well as Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman, inc. lawfirm.
“It’s more important now than ever to spearhead opportunities for female voices, so we’re very excited to see this fellowship come to life and have two such wonderful women to work with," said Boykin.
Ubisoft Motion Pictures released its first feature film, Assassin's Creed, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, last December. The studio currently has five other films in development, including Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, starring Tom Hardy.