Kat Candler and Paul Garnes have been upped to executive producer for the upcoming third season of Queen Sugar on OWN.

Candler, who was previously producing director for Season 2, will be showrunner. She joined the series as a director in season one, handpicked by DuVernay to be part of the show’s all-female directorial team.

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Garnes was a co-executive producer on season two of the series after having served as producer on season one. He was an exec producer on Selma and also has credits on Underground and Being Mary Jane.

SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Producer Paul Garnes poses at the Lincoln Motor Company tent during the 30th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 21, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. The Lincoln Motor Company was onsite to celebrate the beauty and balance of independent filmmaking with filmmakers and the 2015 MKZ Hybrid. Lincoln underscores the idea that luxury car buyers need not compromise style and substance to be environmentally responsible. Lincoln will also make a donation to Project Involve, Film Independent's signature diversity program to cultivate the careers of filmmakers. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Lincoln Motor Company)
Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Lincoln Motor Company)

DeMane Davis has been named a producer and will take over Candler’s former role as producing director. Davis previously served as part of DuVernay’s all-female directorial team in season two of Queen Sugar.

DeMane Davis

“Kat has an incredible eye and brings her beautifully nuanced artistry to our vision for the series. Paul has been paramount to the growth and blossoming of the series since our very first season. And DeMane Davis is a vibrant leader on set who I’m pleased to have join us in a new producerial role. I’m truly thrilled to work alongside these dynamic storytellers as we continue our ‘Queen Sugar’ journey together,” said Ava DuVernay. 

Queen Sugar will start production in 2018.

As showrunner, Candler replaces Season 2 showrunner Monica Macer who served as showrunner in Season 2. Macer replaced Season 1 showrunner Melissa Carter.