HBO To Develop Female Skateboarding Comedy
Crystal Moselle directed and co-wrote “Skate Kitchen” that is the inspiration of a new HBO series about female skateboarding. She is seen here attending New York Screening at House of Vans on July 30, 2018 in New York City – Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images North America.
HBO is developing a female skateboarding comedy series that hails from Crystal Moselle and Lesley Arfin, according to a report by Joe Otterson of the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety.
Inspired by the film “Skate Kitchen,” which Crystal Moselle directed and co-wrote, the untitled HBO series is set against the backdrop of New York City and will follow a diverse group of young women navigating their lives through the predominantly male oriented world of skateboarding.
Crystal Moselle and Lesley Arfin will write and executive produce the HBO series, with Moselle also attached to direct.
“As girls we were never brave enough to try skateboarding,” Lesley Arfin and Crystal Moselle said. “We’re excited to work on a project that could potentially get other girls to feel inspired enough to face their fears, fight the patriarchy and start shredding. Women are changing the game across industries all over this country. Why not add skateboarding to that list?”
Moselle’s Sundance film ”Skate Kitchen” was distributed by Magnolia. Crystal Moselle is also known for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize award winning documentary, “The Wolfpack.” In the last decade she has been working with short-form storytelling for publications such as Vice and The New York Times, where she created a series called “Something Big, Something Small,” featuring talent such as Pharrell Williams and Shepard Fairey. Most recently she directed a documentary short series for National Geographic entitled “Our Dream of Water” about women dealing with water crisis in Haiti, Peru and Kenya.
Arfin co-created the Netflix series “Love” along with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust. The show ran for three seasons. Her other TV credits include “Brooklyn Nine Nine,” “Awkward,” and being on the original writing staff of HBO’s “Girls”. Prior to her career in television, Lesley was the author of the Vice Magazine column “Dear Diary.” She was also editor-in-chief of Missbehave, a women’s magazine based in Brooklyn.
Crystal Moselle is repped by UTA and Gray, Krauss, Sandler, Des Rochers. Lesley Arfin is repped by UTA, Artists-First Management, and Ginsburg Daniels.