EXCLUSIVE: For its first content acceleration program, Imagine Impact has set a diverse roster of established talent to mentor the first round of aspirants. The mentors will be the Oscar-winning Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black, sitcom vet andblack-ish exec producer Stacy Traub, Burn Notice exec producer Ben Watkins, The Last O.G. showrunner Saladin K. Patterson, Gaz Alazraki, whose Nosotros los Nobleswas a monster hit in Mexico, and Kate Purdy, co-creator of the upcoming Amazon series Undone. They will be the six “Shapers” who will mentor the first group of “Creators,” meeting with their charges twice per week to create a saleable script, teleplay or presentation. After opening the admissions applications process online recently, Imagine Impact received over 37,000 website views from 102 countries, with over 4,000 Creator applications submitted during the two-week window.
Alazraki wrote, produced and directed Nosotros los Nobles, which in 2013 doubled the record for all time highest grossing Mexican film with 7.2 million viewers and $340 million pesos in ticket sales. He then co-created Club de Cuervos, Netflix’s first Spanish speaking original series produced in Mexico. That led to the spinoff The Ballad of Hugo Sanchez, on which Alazraki is co-creator and exec producer.