As one of the most successful directors in Hollywood Ava DuVernay is again making waves, but this time on the the TV screen.
The Wrinkle in Time director just signed an $100 million dollar production deal with Warner Bros. TV, according to a report by Deadline. Under the agreement, DuVernay will develop and execute new content including drama, comedy, documentaries, digital content, event projects and longer-form projects under her production company Forward Movement. The deal will officially launch in January 2019, according to the outlet.
“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 Warner Bros. Television chief Peter Roth in a statement. “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.”
DuVernay made the leap to the smaller screen as a show runner of the groundbreaking drama, Queen Sugar. The show premiered on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network in September 2016.
“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,” DuVernay said. “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 also thanked her supporters for their well wishes on Twitter.
“Warner Bros is a terrific partner on matters of visibility + belonging for all kinds + cultures of people, which is our mission at Forward Movement. Couldn’t be happier to call Warner Bros TV my production home.” Thanks for the love and light, folks. Really appreciated. xo, A. pic.twitter.com/5ndgbJd3qL
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 27, 2018
“‘Warner Bros is a terrific partner on matters of visibility + belonging for all kinds + cultures of people, which is our mission at Forward Movement. Couldn’t be happier to call Warner Bros TV my production home.’ Thanks for the love and light, folks. Really appreciated. xo, A,” she wrote.