$ 100 M Multi-year Ava DuVernay Inks, Multi-Genre Warner Bros TV Overall Deal

The relationship between Ava DuVernay and the Warner Bros Television Group just got much deeper and richer, literally and figuratively.

The Emmy – winning and Oscar – nominated director signed a multi-year and multi-genre deal with the studio in Peter Roth.  The WRT production and development deal for DuVernay and its Forward Movement Shingle covers drama and comedy series, documentaries, digital content, event projects and long – form projects for broadcasting and cable, premium cable, streaming services and other platforms is a big leap for a primary filmmaker known as director.

It is the first pact of DuVernay with any studio and will begin in January.  ” I had only lovely experiences working with Peter Roth, Susan Rovner and Brett Paul, ” said DuVernay, also Queen Sugar and Red Line EP, today.  ” In fantastic and nourishing ways, they love and support artists.  They work in a traditional studio led by Kevin Tsujihara with unconventional energy and fresh protocols for deliberate, inclusive imaging.  Warner Bros is an excellent partner in matters of visibility and belonging to all kinds of people and cultures, which is our mission in the Future Movement.  I couldn’t be happier to call my production home Warner Bros TV. “

” We had the great pleasure of working with her on Queen Sugar and The Red Line, and we are very excited about the new stories she has to tell.” While DuVernay is no stranger to the contrary, many might have considered her a more natural fit in Netflix, where her Oscar- appointed 13th documentary was launched.  She also has the newly wrapped four- part Central Park Five drama coming from the streaming service next year and a Prince documentary with exclusive access to the archives of Purple One.

” Ava DuVernay is one of the leading lights in our industry, a brilliantly talented author, producer, director and entrepreneur whose ability to inspire her art is only surpassed by her ability to entertain,” said Roth, Chairman and Chief Content Officer of the Warner Bros Group.  ” We had the great pleasure of working with her on Queen Sugar and The Red Line, and we are very excited about the new stories she has to tell.” While DuVernay is no stranger to the contrary, many might have considered her a more natural fit in Netflix, where her Oscar- appointed 13th documentary was launched.  She also has the newly wrapped four- part Central Park Five drama coming from the streaming service next year and a Prince documentary with exclusive access to the archives of Purple One.

In an environment where everyone tries to lock up talent, however, it makes sense for DuVernay to move to a traditional studio when Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy go to the streamer.  For one thing, in addition to the range and reach offered by WBTV, one must take into account the relationship between the Selma helmer and the studio through the Warner Horizon Scripted Television-produced Queen Sugar, which was renewed in August for a fourth season at Oprah’s OWN, and the CBS event series Red Line, which the executive produces with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter in-house superman.  In addition, unlike a streamer, the WBTV deal offers DuVernay the opportunity to sell its shows to everyone, instead of being locked in one place.  It also does not affect the big – screen ambitions of the indie collective ARRAY founder, which will also see DuVernay directing a big – budget adaptation of the Jack Kirby created The New Gods for Warner Bros Pictures.  
New Gods will be the second such film for DuVernay, who was the first colored woman to host a $ 100 million live action movie earlier this year with Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time.
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