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“Black-ish” Actor is Youngest Ever Exec. Producer at 14

By Victor Trammell and Nomalanga Mhauli-Moses

Photo credits: Paul Smith, Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock

Marsai Martin (pictured), the girl who plays the adorable Diane Johnson on ABC’s Black-ish has made a milestone move as a teen in the entertainment business.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Martin, 14, will become Hollywood’s youngest executive producer for her contributions to Little, an upcoming comedy starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall, as well as Martin herself. The film is an adoption of the 1988 movie Big, which was headlined by Tom Hanks.

Tracy Y. Oliver, Little’s screenwriter, said in a social media post that she personally pitched the idea for the film along with Martin in a meeting with chief decision makers at Universal Pictures. At that time, Martin was only 11-years-old. However, her dream came true.

“True story: I went into Universal to do a joint pitch with a then 11 year old Marsai Martin for this movie that SHE dreamt up. So young but so confident! Thank you for the honor of writing this movie! Proud of you, girl!” Oliver wrote in a recent post on Twitter.

Martin also talked about the power-brokering process that was undertaken for Little come to fruition. “@tracyoliver is the writer. I had an idea…we took it to @kenyabarris, he told @willpowerpacker…we met with Kenya & Tracy to get the pitch perfect and the rest is history,” Martin posted on Instagram.

Before Little was even shot, the 14-year-old Tinsel Town phenom also spoke exclusively with Entertainment Tonight’s Courtney Tezeno about her experience becoming Hollywood’s youngest-ever executive producer.

“This is the first movie I have been in front of the camera and behind the camera. And it’s not gonna be the last,” Martin said.

“In Little, a woman named Jordan Sanders (played by Regina Hall) is transformed by a curse back into her 13-year-old self (Martin), having to relive her younger years in the process,” wrote Alex Ungerman, a writer for Entertainment Tonight’s blog.

This exciting upcoming film hits theaters on April 12.

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