WINNING: Ava DuVernay inks $100 million overall deal with Warner Bros.
The 'Queen Sugar' creator will develop drama, comedy series, documentaries, digital content and more under the new deal.
Ava DuVernay stays winning.
The Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning director of A Wrinkle in Time, and Selma and creator of OWN’s hit series, Queen Sugar, has inked an impressive $100 million overall deal with Warner Bros TV.
According to Deadline, the overall deal with DuVernay’s Forward Movement production company begins in January and includes 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,” Ava Duvernay told 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 also weighed in on the news.
“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,” he said. “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.”