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Writer-director Travon Free has signed a first-look producing deal with Endeavor Content after, along with co-director Martin Desmond Roe, winning the Oscar for best live-action short for Two Distant Strangers.
“Over the last year, I’ve developed some great creative relationships with some wonderful people at Endeavor Content, who I’ve found to be as committed as I am to making art that is not only entertaining, but challenges our society, our culture and the world we live in. I’m really excited about the road ahead and the chance to create with their impressive team,” Free said in a statement.
Two Distant Strangers tells the story of a Black man, played by rapper and actor Joey Badass, who is headed home to feed his dog, only to find himself confronted by a white police officer. Free is also a two-time Emmy award-winning writer and a stand-up comedian.
Joe Hipps, executive vp television at Endeavor Content, added in his own statement: “We are incredibly excited to be in business with Travon. Between his background as a comedy writer and his revelatory debut as a filmmaker, there is no genre or idea he can’t bring his unique perspective to. We are longtime fans of his work across genres, and look forward to supporting Travon as he builds his company.”
Free is currently writing a feature script that stars Idris Elba for Apple+. His credits include supervising producer on Peacock’s Wilmore, supervising producer on Amazon Studios’ Harlem, writer on HBO’s Showtime, producer on Showtime’s Black Monday, and producer on HBO’s Camping.
He is managed by AGI Entertainment and lawyer Jared Levine at Morris Yorn.
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