Black Box Management Signs Writer, TV Host Reza Aslan

EXCLUSIVE: Black Box Management has signed Emmy and Peabody Award-nominated writer, producer, commentator and scholar of religions Dr. Reza Aslan for representation, Deadline has learned.

Boasting producing and writing credits including HBO’s The Leftovers and hit CBS comedy United States of Al, Azlan is otherwise perhaps best known as the host and executive producer of CNN’s Believer, which follows him as he embarks on a spiritual adventure, immersing himself in religious traditions both familiar and downright bizarre to experience life as a true believer.

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A recipient of the prestigious James Joyce award, he’s the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, and An American Martyr in Persia: The Epic Life and Tragic Death of Howard Baskerville. He’s also the host and executive producer of Topic’s talk show Rough Draft with Reza Aslan, as well as co-host with Rainn Wilson of the podcast Metaphysical Milkshake.

Stated Black Box partners Mike Dill and Lowell Shapiro on the signing, “Reza’s storied list of credentials and capabilities as a show creator and world builder speak for themself. Given the challenging information climate we are in, we feel a voice like Reza’s is ever more important than ever to serve as an anchoring force in our world. True to Black Box form, we believe a high-end creator like Reza benefits from integrated services across multiple domains, and we’re excited to chart the course for his next chapter.”

Founded by CAA veteran Dill and WME alum Shapiro, who met as kids at summer camp, Black Box reps a diverse roster of writers, directors, actors, comedians, documentarians and creators across film, television, digital and branded content. Other notable clients include John Patton Ford (Emily the Criminal, Huntington), Tone Bell (Trigger Warning, Survival of the Thickest), Harper Dill (Marry Me), Lisa Cortes (Little Richard: I Am Everything), Luke Korem (Milli Vanilli) and Michael B. Nichols (The Perfect Wife), to name just a few.

Aslan continues to be repped by CAA.

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