Gamechanger CEO Effie T Brown on How Financing Fund Will Develop Diverse Voices

Trey Williams

Effie T. Brown got her start working in Hollywood as an intern in 1991’s “The Five Heartbeats,” directed and co-written and produced by Robert Townsend, one of black Hollywood’s preeminent figures. Since then, Brown has spent her career helping to produce films and TV that she says simply spoke to her, gave her life and had something to say about her experience — films such as “But I’m a Cheerleader,” “Real Women Have Curves” and “Dear White People.” As conversations in Hollywood increasingly steer toward issues of diversity and inclusion, however, Brown told TheWrap she felt there was more she could do than simply grind away as a producer trying to get things made. She recently joined the film and TV financing fund Gamechanger as its CEO, tweaking the mission from just focusing on funding projects from female filmmakers to include people of color, LGBTQ+ creators and those with disabilities. Also Read: Producer Effie T. Brown Named CEO of Female-Focused Film Financing Fund Gamechanger Now that she’s in a seat of power, and with the backing of investors, Brown said she’s ready to start changing the face of Hollywood. The producer caught up with TheWrap to talk about diversity and...

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