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Elliot Page signs first-look deal with UCP

Director, producer and Oscar-nominated actor Elliot Page has inked a first-look deal with Universal Content Productions (UCP), a division of the Universal Studio Group, to develop unscripted and scripted projects ...
September 1, 2021


Director, producer and Oscar-nominated actor Elliot Page has inked a first-look deal with Universal Content Productions (UCP), a division of the Universal Studio Group, to develop unscripted and scripted projects for cable, broadcast and streaming platforms.

Page, who currently stars in the UCP and Netflix series The Umbrella Academy, has previously been involved with non-fiction projects like the Emmy-nominated Vice documentary series Gaycation. He came out as transgender in 2020 and uses his platform to speak on issues like violence against trans people and political attacks on trans healthcare. In March 2021, Page was the first transgender man on the cover of TIME magazine solo.

“Elliot Page is a changemaker in film and television, and we love collaborating with him on The Umbrella Academy,” said Beatrice Springborn, UCP president, in a release. “He, and all of us at UCP, champion the many and varied transgender and other underrepresented voices and stories in media. We are thrilled this partnership will amplify Elliot’s work through exciting projects that cross genres and reflect distinct and diverse experiences.”

“I’ve always had great experiences working with UCP,” added Page. “Beatrice and the rest of the leadership team support my desire to tell compelling and authentic stories from historically marginalized perspectives — stories that are desperately needed at this moment in time. I’m honored to continue my relationship with UCP in this capacity and I can’t wait to get to work.”

Photo by Wynne Neilly

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Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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