Welcome to Thursday.

Facebook is expected to release its first original TV episodes mid-August. The platform will release short-form programming and will also fund more in-depth shows later, but those plans have not been made public. Users will have access to scripted and user-generated content.

We’re living in an extremely exciting time that provides multiple avenues for digital content creators to gain exposure for their work. The TV and film industries are experiencing a boom in rich narratives derived from people of color. Facebook expanding its model will open more doors that were traditionally shut.

Web series pioneer Issa Rae is one of my favorite success stories to watch as she’s in season two of her HBO show Insecure. Tracy Oliver is a former writer on Rae’s web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and co-wrote the new box office hit Girls Trip with Black-ish creator Kenya Barris. Issa and Tracy are two of the many creators that took advantage of the digital storytelling wave and made it big. (Lena Waithe from Netflix’s Master of None is another young talent crushing the game. Get into her.)

And to think, these opportunities wouldn’t have been available fifteen even ten years ago for black creators in the entertainment industry. And it’s all thanks to diverse, digital possibilities.The next crop of show creators (including me) are on the horizon.

Today is my Friday, therefore, I’m knocking out my to-do list then taking the rest of the day to work on some scripts. Sherrell is back tomorrow with your Founder Friday message and video recap. Enjoy the rest of your work week. Catch you on Monday!

-Tyler 

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