MasterClass Announces Issa Rae to Teach Creating Outside the Lines

The American actress shares inspiring lessons on finding your own unique story and paving your own path.

MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world’s best across a wide range of subjects, today announced that Issa Rae will teach a class on creating outside the lines. Through a series of empowering lessons, the Emmy® Award-nominated star and creator of HBO’s Insecure uses her signature do-it-yourself ethos, humor, and voice to offer members the motivation and tools they’ll need on their creative journey, from developing their own voice to taking ideas to the next level. Rae’s class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access to all 100+ instructors with an annual membership.

“Issa is one of the most celebrated creators in recent history because of her authenticity and unflinching boldness when it comes to storytelling,” said David Rogier, founder, and CEO of MasterClass. “Her MasterClass at its core is about inspiring action and not being discouraged by roadblocks; our members will walk away feeling motivated and ready to act on the ideas and stories that have been brewing within them.”

In her MasterClass, Rae will empower members to stop waiting for the right opportunity to land at their feet and instead share their stories by collaborating, using available resources, and finding the right platforms. Breaking down scenes from her series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and Insecure, Rae will teach members how to develop a pilot, build multidimensional characters and dialogue, and work with and through feedback. She will also share practical advice and exercises to help members shape their creative process, establish good writing habits, and get started on their writing journey. With engaging, candid storytelling, Rae shares anecdotes of personal failures and past disappointments to help inspire and push members to pursue turning their vision into a reality.

“A lot of people enter the industry thinking their ideas have to be perfect and fit into a specific kind of box, but that’s never been part of my process,” Rae said. “In my MasterClass, I want to tell you everything that I’ve gone through, every mistake that I’ve made, and everything that I’ve learned so far so that you can do better than I did. If you have a desire to create, this class is for you.”

Rae jump-started her career in 2011 with the award-winning web series and accompanying New York Times bestselling book of the same name, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. Originally launched on YouTube, the series quickly generated critical and commercial acclaim. It won a Shorty Award for Best Web Series in 2012. The series laid the foundation of success for Rae to write and produce her own award recognized HBO series, Insecure. Working as co-creator with award-winning host and producer Larry Wilmore, Rae set out to make a series that examined “the complexities of ‘Blackness’ and the reality that you can’t escape being Black.”

With its unique humor and authenticity, the show has been celebrated for the relatable and often-overlooked portrayals of the Black experience. Rae has opened a range of new doors in the acting space, making her film debut in the acclaimed drama The Hate U Give and later Netflix’s romantic comedy Lovebirds. Recently she appeared in HBO’s political-satire drama Coastal Elites. Outside of her screen credits, Rae has been honored for her influence and impact as a Black creator. In 2018, she was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world.

Launched in 2015, MasterClass is the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world’s best. With an annual membership, subscribers get unlimited access to over a hundred instructors and classes across a wide range of subjects, including Arts & Entertainment, Business, Design & Style, Sports & Gaming, Writing, and more. Step into Anna Wintour’s office, Ron Finley’s garden, and Neil Gaiman’s writing retreat. Get inspired by RuPaul, perfect your pitch with Shonda Rhimes, and discover your inner negotiator with Chris Voss. Each class features about 20 video lessons, at an average of 10 minutes per lesson. You can learn on your own terms—in bite-size pieces or in a single binge. Cinematic visuals and close-up, hands-on demonstrations make you feel like you’re one-on-one with the instructors, while the downloadable instructor guides help reinforce your learning. Stream thousands of lessons anywhere, anytime, on mobile devices, tablet, desktop, Apple TV®, Android™ TV, Amazon Fire TV®, and Roku® players and devices.

WarnerMedia Expands Relationship with Steven Soderbergh With 3-Year Overall Deal for HBO Max and HBO

Deal Builds Upon Previously Announced HBO Max Original Soderbergh Film ‘Let Them All Talk’

Announced today from the stage at the WarnerMedia Television Critics Association (TCA) Day, legendary filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has signed a three-year deal to develop content for both HBO Max and HBO, which shall be exclusive in all forms of television and a first-look for features. Soderbergh’s first project with HBO Max is the previously announced feature Let Them All Talk starring Meryl Streep, Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest, Lucas Hedges, and Gemma Chan, which tells the story of a celebrated author who takes a journey with some old friends to have some fun and heal old wounds. The film will launch on HBO Max in 2020. Soderbergh has been making films with Warner Bros. Pictures since 2001 and remains a long-time collaborator with HBO.

“This arrangement grew out of talks Michael Sugar and I were having with Sarah Aubrey during the negotiations for Let Them All Talk, and there were four things tractor-beaming me toward this deal: One, I have a history with both HBO and Warner Bros.; two, my definition of a good product, a good process, and a good working culture is shared by the WarnerMedia family; three, the wide range of potential outlets aligns with my range of interests, and four: I get to witness and participate in the building of something new at a very large scale. Oh, and there is a financial aspect, so that’s probably five,” said Steven Soderbergh.

“Steven is a groundbreaking filmmaker who not only tells unique, irresistible stories, but is also a master of so many genres,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. “In many ways, he is the anti-algorithm constantly surprising, never predictable and his career is living proof that one gifted filmmaker can impact our culture again and again. I can’t wait for the projects that we’re working on together to premiere on HBO Max.”

From Behind the Candelabra, to The Knick and Mosaic, we know first-hand that Steven Soderbergh’s creative genius knows no bounds,” said Casey Bloys, President, HBO Programming.  “An indefatigable innovator, we couldn’t be more excited to continue our relationship with Steven and provide a home for his future projects.”

The deal was brokered by Michael Sugar of Sugar 23 and Jamie Feldman of LGNAFC (Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler, Feldman & Clark).