The last time we spoke to Quinta Brunson, she was as far at the top as we could see. We could not have predicted that in the span of seven months, the BuzzFeed Motion Pictures producer and development partner would be taking her hit series, Broke , over to debut on YouTube Red. (For the record, the first month is free when you sign up for the subscription service.) Through this partnership, Brunson will release 11 episodes for the first season.
"YouTube speaks the same language as BuzzFeed, so it’s just an opportunity to work in a different space and help to build their platform and in the meantime build ours with this subscription-based service," she says. "[It] shows our potential as far as bringing an audience into Broke that isn’t homegrown in BuzzFeed already, so it’s been really seamless."
The other day, we caught up with Brunson while she was in town for the week. She filled us in on everything that's been going on in her super-busy life and explained how she's completely focused on maintaining control in the industry by pushing her own narrative. Read all about it in the interview, below.
Broke officially premieres on YouTube Red on September 28. Watch the first episode here.
I’m technically a showrunner, but I co-directed it with Jared because I’m not behind the camera. I wrote four episodes singularly and then helped with the development of the other episodes with writers Kate [Peterman] and Garrick [Bernard]. So, I wrote four episodes myself, helped with their development, and produced it too. This was a great run into producing it and actually showrunning the process.