The deals continue to roll in for some of Black Hollywood’s most talented acts and creatives. Award-winning director and writer Ava DuVernay has signed a $100 million multi-year, multi-genre TV deal with Warner Bros. Television Group. Under the agreement, DuVernay will develop and produce television projects exclusively for Warner Bros. through her production company Forward Movement. This includes drama and comedy series, documentaries, digital content, event projects, and longer-form projects for broadcast and cable, premium cable, streaming services, and other platforms.
“I’ve had nothing but beautiful experiences working with Peter Roth, Susan Rovner, and Brett Paul,” DuVernay tells Deadline. “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.”
Warner Bros TV Group President and Chief Content Officer Peter Roth calls Ava DuVernay “one of the leading lights in our industry” and speaks on what makes her the perfect fit for this partnership.
“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,” said Roth. “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.”
Ava’s deal with Warner Bros. goes into effect in January. Other projects for the A Wrinkle In Time director include Netflix’s Central Park Five four-part-drama, slated for 2019, as well as Prince documentary with exclusive access to archives also coming to the streaming service.