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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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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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