Ava DuVernay is expanding her relationship at Warner Bros. Television.
The filmmaker, most known for her feature directing efforts, pushes further into TV territory, inking a multi-year and multi-genre overall deal at the studio. According to the studio, the agreement “covers drama and comedy series, documentaries, digital content, event projects and longer-form projects for broadcast and cable, premium cable, as well as streaming services and other platforms.”
“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. They work within a traditional studio headed by Kevin Tsujihara that is stirring with untraditional energy and fresh protocols for intentional, inclusive image-making. 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 said.
“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. 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,” said Warner Bros. TV Group President and Chief Content Officer Roth.
The WBTV move comes as she also deepens her work at Netflix, where she debuted the documentary 13th and is bringing next year’s Central Park Five scripted miniseries. She also has set a Prince documentary at Netflix. But, at WBTV, which houses OWN’s Queen Sugar and her upcoming CBS drama The Red Line, she can sell projects to other networks and entities.
This also comes as networks and streamers are scurrying trying to lock down the biggest producers in the industry. Netflix has Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, Kenya Barris and more. DuVernay joins her The Red Line co-exec producer Greg Berlanti, who has the most series on-air right now (including The CW’s Black Lightning and CBS’ God Friended Me), at WBTV.
This isn’t DuVerany’s first $100M headline this year. She’s attached at Warner Bros. for $100M DC Comics film The New Gods.
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