Magazine article Variety

Pharrell's Film Game

Magazine article Variety

Pharrell's Film Game

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Seeing the word "producer" attached to Pharrell Williams' name is nothing new. As half of the Neptunes and later as a solo artist, the Virginian has put his stamp on more hit songs than almost anyone this millennium. But with the 2016 release of "Hidden Figures," Variety's Creative Impact in Producing honoree became one of a different type.

Though he'd been credited as an executive producer on 2015's Sundance hit, "Dope," "Hidden Figures" marks Williams' first venture as a proper film producer. He came onboard the project, which stars Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae and Taraji P. Henson as the real-life African-American women who played key roles at NASA in the run-up to John Glenn's famous 1962 voyage, back in April with his producing partner Mimi Valdes. At the time, he noted that the Theodore Melfi-directed film was "an extraordinary story about black women with genius mathematical minds who contributed to American history. …

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