Tracy Oliver, one of the writers behind the blockbuster hit Girls Trip, has an eight-figure multiyear deal with Apple.
Apple bid the highest for the Black scriptwriter’s talent, securing its Apple+ platform. The partnership between Oliver’s company, Tracy Yvonne Productions, and Apple is slated to develop TV and featured films aimed at a young and diverse audience, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This is not the first time Oliver has created an original TV show for an online platform. In 2019, her BET+ series, First Wives Club, based on the 1996 American comedy film which is based on the best-selling 1992 novel, premiered with some fanfare. The TV series got renewed for another season.
As TheWrap reported, Apple has been signed deals with Oprah Winfrey, Malala Yousafzai, Idris Elba, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Alfonso Cuarón, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jon Stewart, Kerry Ehrin, Jason Katims, Lee Eisenberg, Monica Beletsky, Sharon Horgan, Alena Smith, Simon Kinberg, and Cary Fukunaga.
In 2020, Tracy Yvonne Productions and BET rebooted Cre8, a pilot competition that supports creative comedic programming. The winner will have their content’s script purchased from BET for $25,000 and then work with Oliver to make it into a BET series.
It is also worth noting that Oliver also worked on hit movies like Little, starring Marsai Martin and Regina Hall, The Sun Is Also a Star that is based on the Nicola Yoon novel, and Barbershop: The Next Cut. Oliver starred in the web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl with Issa Rae before she was a staff writer on ABC’s The Neighbors and STARZ’s Survivor’s Remorse.
Oliver wrote alongside her real-life partner Kenya Barris, best known for his work Black-ish, and together the duo made a film that grossed more than $140 million worldwide.
The comedic film, starring Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish, ranks 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.