Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman launch production company at CBS studios


Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman team up to create a new production company under the umbrella of CBS Studios, Variety has learned.

The company, 25 Stories, is built around promoting the voices of people of color and guiding them towards career paths in entertainment. NBC veteran Bruce Evans has joined the team to lead the company, serving as executive vice president.

“25 Stories started in my kitchen in 2017 during a marathon scriptwriting weekend for about 25 women of color, all amazing writers,” said Lumet. “I knew I wanted to bring a premium writers of color television to market, and I started thinking about how to create a space where marginalized voices are centered. A space where seasoned and new voices have room to breathe. I have thought about the scale a lot: intimate stories, family stories, positive stories. I wanted people to come out of their 25 Stories experience with the tools to start their own business. Ultimately, a space that will launch creators. These 25 writers in my kitchen brought me here.

Lumet is currently the subject of a global deal with CBS Studios, as is Kurtzman through Secret Hideout. Kurtzman will continue to Secret Hideout, who is responsible for the current “Star Trek” television universe. 25 Voices will have its own separate team from Secret Hideout and will focus on developing more grounded stories for broadcast, cable and streaming.

“I have been so lucky to do a job that I am proud of working with brilliant people,” Kurtzman said. “The best way to stand up for everything Jenny and I believe in is to support the mission of 25 Stories. Building a company solely dedicated to this mission seemed like an important next step, to expand the work we have been doing at Secret Hideout We are delighted that Bruce is joining us and we thank CBS Studios for believing enough in this effort to make it a reality.

Lumet is the co-creator and co-showrunner of the upcoming “The Man Who Fell to Earth” series at Showtime alongside Kurtzman. She and Kurtzman also co-created the CBS series “Clarice”. The duo previously co-wrote the “Runaway” episode of “Star Trek: Short Treks,” with Lumet also serving as executive producer on “Star Trek: Discovery” and co-creator and executive producer on the upcoming “Star Trek: Strange new worlds. She is currently developing a limited series at Showtime about her grandmother, legendary artist and activist Lena Horne.

“It is imperative for us as a studio to support the growth of diverse storytelling, providing an environment for the emergence and flourishing of creative voices,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Studios. “This new imprint is in line with the studio’s evolving goals to be more diverse, carefully inclusive and strategically fair in telling more types of stories. And no one is better positioned to support those voices than Jenny, Alex and Bruce. Their combination of experience and creative flair makes them the ideal trio to lead this business. We are honored to be the home of this new and important enterprise.

In addition to his work on all new “Star Trek” shows and the previously mentioned projects with Lumet, Kurtzman also recently produced “The Comey Rule” for Showtime, where he is also executive producer of the series “Kavalier and Clay,” an adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Michael Chabon “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay”.

Evans was most recently the Executive Vice President of Current Programming at NBC. While on the network, he worked on shows like “This Is Us”, “Manifest”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “The Good Place” and the “Chicago” and “Law & Order” franchises.


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