Magazine article Screen International

51 Entertainment to Launch with Brie Larson's 'Unicorn Store'

Magazine article Screen International

51 Entertainment to Launch with Brie Larson's 'Unicorn Store'

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Lynette Howell Taylor’s company aims for gender parity and greater diversity in its projects.

Lynette Howell Taylor has announced the formation of 51 Entertainment to focus on filmmaker-driven content across multiple platforms.

Samantha Housman (pictured at bottom) has joined the company and will serve alongside Taylor and creative executive Derek Iger.

Unicorn Store, directed by Brie Larson from a script by Samantha McIntyre, will be the first film produced under the new company. Larson also stars in the film alongside Samuel L Jackson.

Larson’s directoral debut centres on a woman who moves back in with her parents and receives an invitation to a store that will test her ideas of what it really means to grow up.

Howell Taylor most recently wrapped the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga film A Star Is Born. She produced Matt Ross’ 28 Hotel Rooms and Captain Fantastic, and is developing Tomorrow And Tomorrow for Ross to direct.

In the television arena, Howell Taylor is developing American Lion for Lionsgate and HBO, with Sean Penn attached to play former US president Andrew Jackson.

Howell Taylor helped launch the Horizon Award with Cassian Elwes and Christine Vachon to support a new generation of female filmmakers. …

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