Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) has signed a landmark, multi-year partnership with Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated writer, producer and director Ava DuVernay.
Through this creative partnership, Ms. DuVernay and her Forward Movement production company will develop and produce television projects exclusively for Warner Bros. Television, beginning January 2019. The pact is set to include drama and comedy series, documentaries and digital content for broadcast, cable and streaming services alike.
The deal expands DuVernay’s existing relationship with WBTVG, which began in 2015 when she was signed on to produce Queen Sugar for OWN alongside Oprah Winfrey. In addition to Queen Sugar, which has had a historic all-female directing team for each season, DuVernay is an executive producer of Warner Bros. Television’s The Red Line.
“Ava DuVernay is one of the leading lights in our industry, a brilliantly talented writer, producer, director and entrepreneur whose ability to inspire with her art is exceeded only by her ability to entertain,” Peter Roth, CCO of WBTVG said. “We have had the great pleasure of working with her on Queen Sugar and The Red Line, and we are extremely excited about the new stories she has to tell.”
This marks the director’s first overall deal with any studio and extends WBTVG’s on-going strategic commitment to collaborate with the finest creators the industry.
“I’ve had nothing but beautiful experiences working with Peter Roth, Susan Rovner and Brett Paul. They love and support artists in wonderful and nourishing ways,” Ava DuVernay said. “Warner Bros. is a terrific partner about matters of visibility and belonging for all kinds and cultures of people, which is our mission at Forward Movement. I couldn’t be happier to call Warner Bros. TV my production home.”
DuVernay’s impressive resume extends far and wide. The director’s documentary 13th took home two Emmy Awards— Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special and Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming — and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Ms. DuVernay also served as director for the Oscar winning film Selma and made history as the first black woman to director to surpass $100 million at the domestic box office for Disney’s feature film A Wrinkle in Time.
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