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BoomGen Studios We are a storytelling factory founded by Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi. BoomGen Studios is a storytelling factory which is code for: we tell stories, make films and tv shows; and an audience engagement outfit which is code for we connect stories and audiences.

We are completely focused on high end content about that part of the world, you know, the one in the news a lot, the cradle of civilization, storytelling, science, etc.

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06/01/2022

"Live a life filled with joy and try to consciously consider how to bring joy to the lives of those around you as well."– Haydn Robarts

@RezaAslan and @RainnWilson asked @RobartsAdam: What can we learn about life from death? Last month on @MetaMilkPodcast. Watch the full podcast here https://youtu.be/NmtJsOoYHQQ or listen anywhere podcast live🎙️

"This deeply thoughtful tribute by a mourning father teaches us that with profound faith, the astonishing light of the soul will show us the way, even in the darkness of an inevitable and inconsolable loss."

Pick up 'Nineteen' by Adam Robarts here bit.ly/3acPxPA

🌟Congratulations Zar Amir-Ebrahimi on winning best actress Festival de Cannes for her role in Holy Spider. “The moment I...
06/01/2022

🌟Congratulations Zar Amir-Ebrahimi on winning best actress Festival de Cannes for her role in Holy Spider.

“The moment I realized that I wouldn’t be able to work anymore in Iran, after those things happened, my only motivation to continue living was cinema. I would have died if I stopped working in cinema.”

Learn more about her incredible journey here https://www.rferl.org/a/iran-zar-amir-ebrahimi-actress-cannes-exile/31877062.html

🌟Congratulations Zar Amir Ebrahimi on winning best actress Festival de Cannes for her role in Holy Spider.“The moment I ...
06/01/2022

🌟Congratulations Zar Amir Ebrahimi on winning best actress Festival de Cannes for her role in Holy Spider.

“The moment I realized that I wouldn’t be able to work anymore in Iran, after those things happened, my only motivation to continue living was cinema,” she said. “I would have died if I stopped working in cinema.”

https://bit.ly/3PXxzkA

05/28/2022

“Fahim is a comedy Jedi who has honed his craft over years, often in one of comedy’s legendary cauldrons: The World Famous Comedy Store. Super excited for this special. #ObiWan gonna have to wait.” Mahyad Tousi

https://youtu.be/HaTA-HVCo4w

05/24/2022

Reza Aslan and Rainn Wilson asked Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey: How do grown ups make friends? Catch the full #MetaphysicalMilkshake podcast anywhere podcasts live🎙️

Or tune into the full video 👉https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpQgnQziags

05/21/2022

From the fall of Kabul to the splintering of the Dugan family, we have laughed and cried this season of #UnitedStatesofAL 🇺🇸🇦🇫

Experience the warmth and magic again in this Season 2 recap.

05/21/2022

From the fall of Kabul to the splintering of the Dugan family, we have laughed and cried this season of #UnitedStatesofAL 🇺🇸🇦🇫

Experience the warmth and magic again in this Season 2 recap.

Entanglements were untangled last night in one of the most heartfelt finales on TV, catch up here 👉 spr.ly/6017zOjPl #Un...
05/20/2022

Entanglements were untangled last night in one of the most heartfelt finales on TV, catch up here 👉 spr.ly/6017zOjPl #UnitedStatesofAL 🇺🇸🇦🇫

What an incredible ride, thank you for taking this journey with us across these #UnitedStatesofAL 🇺🇸🇦🇫
05/20/2022

What an incredible ride, thank you for taking this journey with us across these #UnitedStatesofAL 🇺🇸🇦🇫

Don't miss the ✨series finale✨ of #UnitedStatesofAL now live on @CBS
05/20/2022

Don't miss the ✨series finale✨ of #UnitedStatesofAL now live on @CBS

To everyone who tuned into #UnitedStatesofAL, thank you for opening your hearts and taking a chance. It's been a fierce ...
05/20/2022

To everyone who tuned into #UnitedStatesofAL, thank you for opening your hearts and taking a chance. It's been a fierce joy and privilege to share the story of Al and the Dugans.

#AfghanRefugeesWelcome 🇺🇸🇦🇫

Cozy up with your favorite person and grab some popcorn because the *series finale* of #UnitedStatesofAL is live on #CBS
05/20/2022

Cozy up with your favorite person and grab some popcorn because the *series finale* of #UnitedStatesofAL is live on #CBS

Hi there. Did you know the #UnitedStatesofAL finale will be LIVE in less than an hour? We'll be waiting, right here, jus...
05/19/2022

Hi there. Did you know the #UnitedStatesofAL finale will be LIVE in less than an hour? We'll be waiting, right here, just for you =)

05/19/2022
Can Al keep juggling his love life? Find out tonight on the *SEASON FINALE* of #UnitedStatesofAL 830p/730c @CBS
05/19/2022

Can Al keep juggling his love life? Find out tonight on the *SEASON FINALE* of #UnitedStatesofAL 830p/730c @CBS

Riley is desperate to relieve himself of his guilty conscience, but at what cost? Find out tonight on the *finale* of #U...
05/19/2022

Riley is desperate to relieve himself of his guilty conscience, but at what cost? Find out tonight on the *finale* of #UnitedStatesofAL 🇺🇸🇦🇫

Will Riley and Vanessa be able to repair their relationship? Find out tonight on the series finale of #UnitedStatesofAL ...
05/19/2022

Will Riley and Vanessa be able to repair their relationship? Find out tonight on the series finale of #UnitedStatesofAL 830p/730c @CBS

05/19/2022

Ep 222 "Chaos / Khwast"

📺Teleplay by Maria Ferrari | Andy Gordon | Chuck Tatham📺

📜Story by Fahim Anwar | Ursula Taherian | Habib Zahori📜

✨Don't miss the *series finale* of #UnitedStatesofAL tonight at 830p/730c on CBS and streaming on Paramount+✨

05/18/2022

Riley thinks he needs to be cruel to be kind (in the right measure), on the finale tomorrow night on #UnitedStatesofAL 🇺🇸🇦🇫

05/17/2022

On the second season finale of #UnitedStatesofAL, this Thursday 830p/730c @CBS

#UnitedStatesofAL was the highest rated comedy cancelled this season 🇺🇸🇦🇫 Link in bio🙏🏽
05/16/2022

#UnitedStatesofAL was the highest rated comedy cancelled this season 🇺🇸🇦🇫

Link in bio🙏🏽

Repost from Mahyad #UnitedStatesofAL 🇺🇸🇦🇫"Thank you all so much for the love and support over the last two years and 35 ...
05/15/2022

Repost from Mahyad #UnitedStatesofAL 🇺🇸🇦🇫

"Thank you all so much for the love and support over the last two years and 35 episodes of @USofAlCBS. What a ride — can’t wait to do it again ❤️"

05/14/2022

Reza Aslan and Rainn Wilson sat down last month with author Peter Singer and dug into the question "What Do We Owe Each Other?" on Metaphysical Milkshake. You can listen/watch to the full podcast here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fY1_GE10yzw or anywhere podcasts live.

Timeline photos
05/13/2022

Timeline photos

Cheers to Brian Thomas Smith on his birthday! 🎂

05/13/2022

Last night on #UnitedStatesofAL 🇺🇸🇦🇫

Thanks for joining us tonight on #UnitedStatesofAL, until next time!
05/13/2022

Thanks for joining us tonight on #UnitedStatesofAL, until next time!

Would you look at that? A new episode is live across these #UnitedStatesofAL on #CBS and streaming on Paramount+
05/13/2022

Would you look at that? A new episode is live across these #UnitedStatesofAL on #CBS and streaming on Paramount+

Cheers to you #UnitedStatesofAL fam and thanks for tuning in, see you next week for the series finale!
05/13/2022

Cheers to you #UnitedStatesofAL fam and thanks for tuning in, see you next week for the series finale!

Tune in for new #UnitedStatesofAL *live* on #CBS 🇺🇸🇦🇫
05/13/2022

Tune in for new #UnitedStatesofAL *live* on #CBS 🇺🇸🇦🇫

New #UnitedStatesofAL in *half an hour* on #CBS
05/13/2022

New #UnitedStatesofAL in *half an hour* on #CBS

Finals are coming up, can Al make the grade? Tonight on #UnitedStatesofAL 🇺🇸🇦🇫
05/12/2022

Finals are coming up, can Al make the grade? Tonight on #UnitedStatesofAL 🇺🇸🇦🇫

05/12/2022

Tonight on #UnitedStatesofAL 🇺🇸🇦🇫

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Trailer for Dear Refugee. Love, Zarmina now out as part of the Community Stories Film Festival! Docs In Progress thank you for featuring this film! #documentary #womeninfilm #internationalwomensday #refugees BoomGen Studios Reza Aslan
Along with the Afghan-American Foundation- AAF, the MPAC Hollywood Bureau is proud to present a conversation with Los Angeles Times TV Critic Lorraine Ali and the writers, actors, and producers of CBS's prime time comedy United States of Al. In light of recent events in Afghanistan, United States of Al is doing an incredible job representing the plight of Afghan refugees and their families to millions of Americans. We’re looking forward to hearing from Fahim Anwar, Azita Ghanizada and BoomGen Studios's Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi about their efforts to elevate Afghan and Afghan-American stories through their show. Muslim Public Affairs Council - MPAC Join us for our panel discussion next Wednesday at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET. Register here: https://bit.ly/3oUhQHV Also, if you missed last week’s powerful season 2 premiere of #UnitedStatesofAl, you can access it on YouTube free of charge for the next week: https://youtu.be/wduoNcDXr-s #AfghanRefugeesWelcome
“THAT guy is a gift from God!” That’s how we feel about all interpreters. Thank you, United States of Al & BoomGen Studios #NOLBMoralObligation
Strong comments by Hillary Clinton Clinton Foundation on Fareed Zakaria supporting SIVs! We have to get this right. United States of Al BoomGen Studios
An inspiring story of an Afghan journalist who is now writing for the TV show the UNITED STATES OF AL. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/04/05/a-mullah-walks-into-a-bar-from-war-torn-kabul-to-a-writers-room BoomGen Studios
Our first double feature is PACKED with insights on Chuck Lorre’s latest project, United States of Al! Chuck Lorre eagerly took on the role of executive producer, a man called the “King of sitcoms” and the mastermind behind critically acclaimed series such as: 3rd Rock From The Sun and The Big Bang Theory. How did Mahyed Tousi and Reza Aslan of BoomGen Studios land this unprecedented show with CBS? and WITHOUT settling for anything less than reasonable representation BOTH in front of and BEHIND the camera? Their sitcom, United States of Al, describes the relationship between an Afghan interpreter and a Marine who bring their intimate relationship from Afghanistan to rural Ohio. You’ll laugh, cry, and rethink what you think you know about Afghanistan. United States of Al premieres THIS Thursday at 8:30e/7:30c on CBS. 🔥 Please tune in and vote with your views! 🎤Click the link in the comments to listen or search “Stories of Transformation'' in your favorite podcast app! 💌As always, please be sure to rate and review the podcast so we can continue to serve transformational stories to your inbox, every week. Produced by Joe Gangemi Digital Marketing & Media by Katherine An Theme music by Qais Essar Artwork by Masheed Ahadi Additional Music “Metamorphosis” by The Bows ”New World” by Ian Post ”Landing On The Ground” by Sivan Talmor
Can a sitcom change legislature? The CBS sitcom United States of Al sure wants to! The creators, Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi of BoomGen Studios NEVER want “to see a show in which the writer’s room doesn’t look like the subject they’re writing about.” So they are CREATING the model for future shows to follow! All you need to do is tune in and vote with your views. ⭐ We explain it all in this week’s double feature! 🔗Click the link in the comments to listen or search “Stories of Transformation'' in your favorite podcast app! Produced by Joe Gangemi Digital Marketing & Media by Katherine An Theme music by Qais Essar Artwork by Masheed Ahadi Additional Music “Metamorphosis” by The Bows ”New World” by Ian Post ”Landing On The Ground” by Sivan Talmor
What is the danger of a single story? What is the danger of the stories told FOR us, but not FROM us? BoomGen Studios is working with CBS to escape the pigeonhole of toxic roles assigned to actors and actresses from the Greater Middle East/ The sitcom, United States of Al - premiering on April 1st, 2021 at 8:30e/7:30c - takes on the challenge of presenting the FIRST Middle Eastern PROtagonist ⭐ in American primetime cable television. 📅 Please mark your calendars and tune in to vote with your views. This is one small way we can help create policy change. But how did Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi of BoomGen Studios go from being stopped at the Hollywood gates to becoming the “gatekeepers” ? 🎧 You know what to do! Tune in and hit subscribe on your favorite podcast player! ⬇ 🔗Click the link in the comments to listen or search “Stories of Transformation'' in your favorite podcast app! 🔔 If you like this episode, make sure to subscribe and we’ll see you next week with another story of transformation. 😎 Happy #transformationtuesday ! Produced by Joe Gangemi Digital Marketing & Media by Katherine An Theme music by Qais Essar Artwork by Masheed Ahadi Additional Music “Metamorphosis” by The Bows ”New World” by Ian Post ”Landing On The Ground” by Sivan Talmor #storiesoftransformation #storiespodcast #storiesoftransformationpodcast #afghancontentcreators #transformationpodcast #documentarians #afghanmillenials #culturepodcast #muslimstories #podcastinterview #podcastepisode #podcastnews #podcastersofig #tedxspeaker #podcastcommunity #podcastseries #transformationstory #intimatestorytellers #tedxtalks #tedx #afghani #freespeech #podcastlife #podcaster #transformation #refugees #unitedstatesofal #habibzahori #nft #chucklorre #mariaferrari #marines #SIV #sitcom #nooneleftbehind #cbs #premiere
We are so humbled by United States of Al and BoomGen Studios standing SHONA BA SHONA - Shoulder-to-Shoulder - with No One Left Behind. This show is about friendship and honor. Millions of American are about to fall in love with the characters 🇺🇸🇦🇫. This is how we change the SIV program and keep our #NOLBMoralObligation to our allies.
In the coming year, the narrative duel over what our country is, & our vision of what is should be, will become more intense. The line between #popculture & politics will dissipate. And with our partners, we will draw on one of pop culture’s greatest superpower: immersing audiences in fictional worlds that challenge our perspective and help us believe that a new way of life is possible. We gather courage from the #popculture for social change field of artists, activists, strategists and more with whom we're organizing to do the hard work of forging a just, pluralistic society—inspiring millions of people to co-create with them So, without further ado Meet 🙌🏾 Our 🙌🏾 New 🙌🏾 Grantees 🙌🏾 Some are continuing their culture-changing, narrative shifting work and others are new to the #PopCollab fam, and all of them are making justice pop in a MAJOR way. https://popcollab.org/grants/spring-2019-grantees/ 5050by2020; ARRAY & Ava DuVernay; Break the Room Media Sameer Gardezi & Paul Feig; Storyline Partners; Yes, And...#LaughterLab Mik Moore & Caty Borum Chattoo; Color Of Change; Define American; IllumiNative; The League; Cast Iron Company; For Freedoms; Paola Mendoza; Department of the Future; BoomGen Studios; The Think Tank for Inclusion and Equity; TransLash Imara Jones; The Opportunity Agenda; The Soze Agency; CultureStrike; Pillars Fund Kashif Sheikh; Sparks and Honey; The Light Alliance; One Day At A Time; Unleashing Giants; Accelerate Impact; and our newest Senior Fellows, Storm Smith and Emanuel Brown.