Tara Duncan inks overall deal with Hulu, sets up adaptation of Zakiya Dalila Harris’ upcoming novel ‘The Other Black Girl’

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Tara Duncan has made an overall deal with Hulu, setting up an adaptation of Zakiya Dalila Harris’ upcoming novel “The Other Black Girl” at the streaming service.

Duncan is the ex-Netflix executive who worked on “Orange Is The New Black” and “Narcos,” according to Deadline, which reports that Hulu’s overall deal with Duncan helped it secure the project in a fierce bidding war.

“The Other Black Girl,” which is in development, will be co-written by Harris. The author will be an executive producer alongside Duncan and Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Adam Fishbach. Laura Quicksilver and Julie Waters will oversee for Temple Hill, according to Deadline.

Due to be published by Atria/Simon & Schuster in 2021, “The Other Black Girl” is described by Deadline as “a darkly comedic take on workplace politics and the importance of female friendship.”

Harris’ story centers on Nella, an African American editorial assistant working her way up at an established and predominantly white New York publishing firm. She is excited to have an African American co-worker when a new girl named Hazel arrives, but over time, “The Other Black Girl” turns Nella’s working world upside down.

Harris spent almost three years working in editorial at Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group before leaving in March 2019 to write the book, which she based on her time at the publisher.

In 2018, Duncan, who recently launched a film and television production company called tetraVision, left Netflix, where she was a senior creative executive. She worked with filmmakers including Spike Lee, Baz Luhrmann and The Wachowskis at Netflix.

Before that, she produced the pilot for Amazon’s “Bosch” and worked at AMC, where she developed “The Killing,” “Rubicon” and “The Prisoner.”

Duncan is a founding member of Who’s In The Room, an executive mentoring program for Time’s Up, and she began her career at George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh’s production company, Section Eight, where she worked on the HBO series “Unscripted” and Clooney’s 2005 period biopic “Good Night, And Good Luck.”


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