The Visionary Award honors producers across television, film or new media who share inspiring, uplifting stories that add unique value to society and culture. Past recipients include: Octavia Spencer, Kenya Barris, Ava DuVernay, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner’s Plan B Entertainment, Illumination Entertainment’s Chis Meledandri, Laura Ziskin and Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll.
Rae first garnered attention for her web series and subsequent best-selling book, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.” She created and stars in HBO’s “Insecure,” which just concluded its fifth and final season in December. Rae has received multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for the show. On the film side, Rae appeared starred in “The Hate U Give” and “The Lovebirds.”
Up next, Rae is developing several projects under her overall deal with HBO and HBO Max, including “Rap Sh*t,” an adaptation of the hit New York Times podcast “Nice White Parents” alongside Adam McKay, and an adaptation of the beloved Octavia Butler novel “Fledgling” with J.J. Abrams.
“Issa makes us excited for the future of television,” Producers Guild of America presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher said in a statement Thursday. “With her series ‘Insecure,’ she achieved the highest levels of comedy, perspective and performance possible, and her sharp wit and distinct voice will undoubtedly continue to drive quality entertainment featuring underrepresented voices. Beyond Issa’s prolific work, she is a role model and inspiration to the next generation of creatives through her mentorship programs like ColorCreative, and more recently, Project Greenlight. We are thrilled to honor Issa this year.”