Elizabeth Banks has partnered with YouTube Space to launch a new production program to support women in comedy, the company announced on Monday.
The program will invite creators to nine YouTube Space locations around the world, where they will develop female-centric comedy content with mentorship from Banks and her digital media company WhoHaHa.
In 2018, selected creators will produce a digital pilot for their YouTube series with the help of professionally designed sets and assistance from trained production crews.
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“At WhoHaha we believe it’s not only important but essential for women to have a platform to be able to share their voices and creativity. That’s why we’re excited to be teaming up with YouTube Space on this initiative that’s providing such a groundbreaking opportunity to creators all over the world,” Banks said in a statement.
“Women are underrepresented in the entertainment industry and we want to do our part to help put women front and center. This new partnership with Elizabeth Banks and WhoHaHa is our latest effort towards this goal. We are thrilled to be collaborating with one of the funniest in the business to support the talented female comedians on YouTube,” added Chris D’Angelo, director of production and programming, YouTube Space.