Making Moves: Pilot Orders, First-Look Deals, & Female-Founded Funding

Source:  Essence

Source: Essence

In this week’s Making Moves post, we’re sharing five women who are making. it. happen. From film to fashion and everything in between, these ladies are showing up and showing off in their respective roles.

Source:  Variety

Source: Variety

At just 14 years old, actress Marsai Martin has signed a first-look deal with Universal, making her the youngest person ever to do so. Through the partnership, Marsai will develop original content that offers opportunities for other young actors.

Source:  Forbes

Source: Forbes

Fashion startup Cuyana raised $30 million in one of the largest rounds raised by a female-founded fashion retail company. Founded by Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah, the direct-to-consumer brand also recently announced it’s now profitable.

Source:  Technically

Source: Technically

In Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani’s new book, Brave, Not Perfect, she shares why embracing failure can actually be the key to success. “Display your rejections proudly,” she told NPR. “They're a mark of your bravery."

Source:  Variety

Source: Variety

A pilot by Emmy-winning Rick & Morty writer Jessica Gao’s has been ordered by ABC. The untitled series will feature a first-generation Chinese woman who struggles to set healthy boundaries with her crazy, exhausting family. 

Pixar’s newest short, Purl, tells the story of director Kristen Lester’s experience as the only woman in a male-dominated field. Learn more about the story behind in the short in a behind-the-scenes interview with Kristen and producer Gillian Libbert-Duncan.