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Cultivating talent in film and television: Producer Clara Levy
French-born producer Clara Levy found her own talent lay in recognising and cultivating the vision and passion of other artists. As part of the vanguard producing short form episodic content at French production company, Blackpills, she's fast garnered the respect of some of the industry's most prestigious collaborators, agencies, and talents.

Levy says, "Blackpills really allowed me to work as close as possible to the talents. That's how I realized that it was what I wanted to do. I like to be inspired by people who have a great point of view on the world, very singular voices that help put a strong message out there."

Blackpills, the flagship of short-form episodic content aimed at millennials, which has been slated by French newspaper Le Monde as "the future of TV," continues its meteoric ascendance due to the vision and guidance of Levy as she continues to find new and visionary collaborators.

Levy has played a central role in finding those singular voices within the film industry and bringing their stories to life. She spearheaded Blackpills expansion into the US market in 2017 as Head of Development and Production. After the critical acclaim of her passion project "Dead Woman Walking," she didn't miss a step moving forward to her next project, "Bonding," a seven-episode series loosely based on the experiences of writer-director Rightor Doyle ("Barry"), which has been picked up by Netflix for release next year as a global original series.

After turning heads at Canneseries, the Cannes Film Festival's International Series Festival, prescience was why Blackpills chose her from such a large group of qualified young producers, a decision that continues to pay dividends for the company. "Bonding" took home the prestigious Best Episodic Series Award from the 2018 OutFest Film Festival, and went on to be acquired by Netflix, which will be released worldwide later this year.

"Bonding" explores the rekindled high school friendship of Tiff, a top New York City dominatrix who's played by Zoe Levin from "Palo Alto," and Pete, played by Brendan Scannell ("Heathers"), a recently out gay man, as they reconnect years later and begin discovering each other's secrets.

Levy's passion for realising Doyle's vision is clear as she speaks about the project. She explains, "As soon as we heard about the story, we realized the project could be a very original, edgy and moving coming of age story. It's about friendship, but most of all, it's about accepting who you are. We believed that Rightor Doyle was the right person to tell this story as, of course, it was inspired by his life and we were excited to help him tell his story. And now that the show has been picked up by Netflix, we're looking forward to getting to continue that story."

Demonstrating the work ethic driving her continued success, Levy also partnered with Pulse films to bring to life the 12 part docu-series "Resist," which follows the struggles and protests of students and activists from the Justice LA and Dignity & Power Now movements as they fight against the construction of an LA city mega jail. Her passion for social justice and acute sense for telling authentic stories is what led her to take on the project after Pulse films brought it to her.

"Pulse told us about what Patrisse Cullors (Black Lives Matter co-founder) was trying to do, and it was a project that just made sense' explains Levy.' Not only was the team incredibly passionate about the project ? they were actually trying to make a change for the better! It was a unique opportunity to capture what shaking the establishment up looks like, and getting to be a part of that and hopefully a positive force for change really drove us," explained Levy.

The project comes at a historic time for the movement and for the fight against inequality within the US prison and judicial system.  With an earnest belief in the power of stories to motivate change, and a passion for bringing eye-opening and informative stories to the screen, it's no wonder that Levy jumped at the unique opportunity to bring "Resist" to Blackpills. "Resist," which was released in cinemas internationally in 2018, is currently available on the Blackpillsplatform.

Levy says, "With its local roots and subject matter, it's a docu-series that tells you about the current socio-political climate while capturing gripping true stories. It's authentic, and you get caught in each story in a unique and intimate way? These issues of over-policing of brown and black neighbourhoods, cash bail and mass incarceration, are more relevant now than ever."  

Levy's continued ability to find stories which speak to audiences and bring them to life in an evolving media market has made her a rare and visionary talent within the field. As audiences are consuming their entertainment increasingly on their devices and on the move, Levy's nimble and versatile skill set continues to position Blackpills at the forefront of short form episodic content.

She says, "I truly believe that storytelling is one of the biggest tools to make an impact on the world and that's why I feel it's a responsibility. Producing a work of art as a team that gets to be shared and can go out into the world and have an impact on anyone, that's special."

Ever searching for new projects and talent to collaborate with, Levy aims to continue finding new creatives with meaningful stories to tell.  

She says, "I think at the end of the day, of course it's about entertainment, but it's also about spreading a message that wouldn't have been out there otherwise. If you find talent with sensitivity and a clear vision, that person can do anything."

With her experience in France, Israel and now the US, we can look forward to more raw and remarkable projects from Levy and the Blackpills production team in the near future.

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