Harlem Globetrotters: Play It Forward showrunner signs with A3

Ri-Karlo Handy has signed a contract with A3 Artists Agency to represent them in their Alternative Programming, Digital Media, Licensing and Branding division.

With over 25 years of experience producing and editing original scripted and unscripted content, Handy currently serves as showrunner on NBC’s Harlem Globetrotters: Play It Forward. Through his company Sunwise Media, he is also the brains behind all content for fintech firm Greenwood, including their branded iHeart podcast Money Moves, sponsored by MasterCard. The multiplatform media company has also landed several creative partnerships through which it is currently developing a number of projects.

“I look forward to being represented by A3 and knowing that my efforts and goals are supported by a team that not only believes in the creative impact we aspire to make as a company, but who follows our vision of equality in Hollywood.” ‘ says Cellphone.

“Ri-Karlo Handy’s incredibly diverse track record, as well as his ability to drive significant change across the industry through the Handy Foundation, is exactly the type of person we welcome to A3. We look forward to continuing to work with Ri-Karlo as he continues to build his brand,” said Robert Attermann, CEO of A3 Artists Agency.

Prior to joining the NBC series, Handy built a long résumé as a producer, editor, and showrunner on a variety of projects, including Bounce TV’s drama “Saints & Sinners,” which was recently added to Hulu. He has also directed reality and documentary projects for BET, MTV and OWN and received a Prism Award and NAACP Image Award nomination for his work on Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is. During his tenure as SVP of original programming at BounceTV, Handy oversaw the overall original programming budget, development and schedule, earning the network a #2 rating for the AA market.

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Handy also founded the non-profit organization The Handy Foundation after sparking widespread conversation in 2020 about the need for more black editors in Hollywood in 2020. The organization’s mission is to connect workers to the bottom line with Hollywood employment opportunities and provide professional development while supporting studios and networks to achieve diversity and inclusion goals. To date, The Handy Foundation has formed partnerships with Lionsgate, ITV, IPC, Warner Horizon, Bunim-Murray, Netflix, Urban League, NAACP, the California Department of Education and most recently the California Film Commission.

The producer has led the organization’s efforts to expand the foundation’s assistant editor program to all film and television careers since 2022, and is poised to begin his next vertical apprenticeship.