Paul Feig champions female voices in film with ‘Powderkeg’ digital company

Film producer Paul Feig (Spy, The Heat, Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters) will continue to do his part of representing new voices through a digital content company called Powderkeg to be run by Laura Fischer. The company will champion the voices of female, LGBTQ and filmmakers of color.

“It has long been a goal of mine to create an outlet for new and little-heard voices, both in front of and behind the camera,” Feig said in a statement. “Entertainment needs to be fully representative of our entire population, and I am thrilled to have this outlet to help empower and bring exposure to as many distinct and varied new voices as possible.”

Powderkeg’s CEO Laura Fischer will helm the company aimed to develop scripted and unscripted series as well as incubator programs. “Paul has long championed the irrepressible power of women in comedy and his eye for talent is unparalleled” Fischer said. “I’m excited to bring Paul’s commitment to empowering diverse voices and their unique brand of comedy to the digital space. Now is the perfect moment in time to explore the surprising, authentic, and hilarious stories that have yet to be told.”

Our all-female team of critics at FF2 Media have longtime supporters of Feig’s film projects, including his 2016 female-led reboot of Ghostbusters. “I don’t know what it’s like to have grown up with the original Ghostbusters, but I do know what it’s like to love a movie for its pure fun and to take comfort in going back to it. To me, that feeling explains the excitement surrounding Paul Feig’s 2016 Ghostbusters, a fittingly zany new story that is a welcome revival of the world populated by green-gooey, glowing supernatural creatures.” To read our full coverage, click HERE.

© Brigid K. Presecky (3/16/18) FF2 Media

Photo: Paul Feig and the cast of Ghostbusters (2016)

Photo credit: Columbia PicturesLStar CapitalVillage Roadshow Pictures

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Brigid Presecky began her career in journalism at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. In 2008, she joined FF2 Media as a part-time film critic and multimedia editor. Receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Bradley University, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked in development, production and publicity for Berlanti Productions, Entertainment Tonight and Warner Bros. Studios, respectively. Returning to her journalistic roots in Chicago, she is now a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and certified Rotten Tomatoes Film Critic.
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