Academy award nominated director, writer, producer, Ava DuVernay has penned down a multi-year pact deal with Warner Bros. Television. The newly signed deal is said to be worth a total of $100 million for Ava.
The executive producer for Queen Sugar will be assigned to develop new projects for the Warner Bros. TV embodying drama, comedy, longform and event series, documentaries, digital content and more; which will also serve on platforms such as broadcast, basic and premium cable, as well as streaming and on-demand platforms.
In a release statement by Peter Roth, WBTV chief content officer, read, “Ava DuVernay is one of the leading lights in our industry, a brilliant talented writer, producer, director and entrepreneur whose ability to inspire with her art is exceeded only by her ability to entertain. 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 responded to the news in a shared statement saying, “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.” She described her experience with the executive of WBTV as something beautiful and personally as individuals who support artists in wonderful and nourishing ways.
Ava currently executive produces OWN’s Queen Sugar and CBS’ midseason drama, The Red Line. She stands as the first female black director to have her 2014 produced film, Selma nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. DuVernay’s 2018 fantasy film A Wrinkle in Time doubles her as the first American black woman to direct a film, which generated a whopping $100 million domestically, despite not making full profit from the film.
The deal begins in January 2019.