Landmark Studio Group, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, is developing the new Crackle Plus original series Inside the Black Box.
Inside the Black Box will spotlight esteemed BIPOC artists—from actors and directors to producers, writers and musicians—as they reflect on how their skin tone influenced their journey to success. Among those featured in the series are Debbie Allen, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Phylicia Rashad, Shonda Rhimes, Sherri Shepherd and Tamara Tunie. Each one-hour episode, filmed in a theater setting and hosted by Tracey Moore and Joe Morton, will include conversation, performance, workshops and discussions about the role race plays in the entertainment industry.
The interactive aspect of Inside the Black Box gives home audiences an opportunity to participate in the forum via mobile through script reading, Q&As and auditioning for a chance to participate in the sponsor experience. The series is slated to premiere exclusively on Crackle Plus on Juneteenth 2021 (June 19, 2021).
Inside the Black Box is created by Moore, an acting coach, and stage actor Morton (Scandal, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, Godzilla, King of the Monsters, The Good Wife), producer and creative consultant Rachel Weintraub (The View, The Gayle King Show) and David Kolin. It is executive produced by Moore, Morton, Weintraub, Kolin, Scott Weinstock, Bob Maurer (Impractical Jokers, Project Dad) and Landmark’s (Wally’s Wonderland, Safehaven, Trigger Point) David Ozer and Tim Rouhana.
Morton said: “Inside The Black Box is an innovative, interactive, interview show that brings fresh perspectives and insights of the entertainment industry through the experiences of people of color.”
Moore said: “I’m grateful and excited to have a phenomenal team to produce Inside the Black Box, a platform for people of color to honestly share their stories of trials and triumphs in the entertainment business.”
Landmark CEO David Ozer added: “Inside the Black Box delivers a new spin on the interactive interview show with each 60-minute episode delivering a live-wire ‘themed’ discussion, and we are thrilled to work with Tracey, Joe, David, Rachel and the entire production team and roster of incredible talent we plan to secure to participate in this unique and engaging series.”