Ava DuVernay by Julia Sarantis November 28, 2018
Ava DuVernay continues to boss up. The pioneering filmmaker inked a multi-year and multi-million dollar deal with the television branch of the historic heavyweight Hollywood studio, Warner Bros.
According to the studio, the deal is set to span multiple genres from “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.”
Having already worked with DuVernay on Queen Sugar and the CBS drama series, The Red Line, Warner Bros. expressed their excitement in continuing their collaboration with DuVernay, declaring,
“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.”
A major gain from DuVernay’s deal with Warner Bros. is that the filmmaker can sell her projects to other networks and not be restricted to a singular distribution platform. In broadening her distribution outlets, more and more people will have access to see her important, critical and formative work.
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“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.
In the meantime, DuVernay has continued to expand her collaboration with Netflix since the streaming service released her first feature all the way back in 2010, with I Will Follow. Since then, she has debuted the documentary 13th and is directing and serving as executive producer to the scripted miniseries on the Central Park Jogger case, called Central Park Five which is set to be released next year.
Plus, last month it was announced that DuVernay will direct a Netflix documentary on the legendary artist and musical genius, Prince.
DuVernay’s career, however, is already a firm and emphatic demonstration that she isn’t in it exclusively for herself. She has been helping people all along the way, making sure everyone,and I mean, everyone gets their shine.
One only has to look at her female-led directors’ initiative — a kind of informal enacting of affirmative action by DuVernay for women to direct episodes of her series Queen Sugar.
In the short time DuVernay has been directing, she has been a major success.
Importantly, her success has also made serious ground for women and particularly women of color to take their spot at the directors’ chair as well as work behind the scenes.
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If I can do this time and time again, this whole industry can. So why don’t we? Rare shot of a rare directorial unit. More women than men. All people of color. Rare as hell. Proud as hell. Saluting my legendary First AD, the great #HHCooper, and our team: Second AD Jamiyl Campbell, Second 2nd AD Amrita Kundu and Additional Second AD Kyler Griffin. #DGA #CentralParkFiveFilm [📸:@jimagraphy]