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Warner Bros. TV, Ava Duvernay ink exclusive multi-year deal

Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) and award-winning director and producer Ava DuVernay have teamed up for an exclusive, multi-year creative partnership, which will take effect in January 2019. Under the terms ...
November 27, 2018

Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) and award-winning director and producer Ava DuVernay have teamed up for an exclusive, multi-year creative partnership, which will take effect in January 2019.

Under the terms of the agreement DuVernay will develop television projects via her production company, Forward Movement, in a variety of genres, including documentaries and long form/event series for linear and digital platforms.

Forward Movement will work in association with Warner Bros. Television, Warner Horizon Scripted Television or the Television Group’s digital studio, Blue Ribbon Content.

Warner Bros. International Television Distribution will distribute the shows globally.

The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Deadline reported earlier Tuesday (Nov. 27) it was worth $100 million, while The Hollywood Reporter cited sources saying the sum was in the “high eight-figure range”. When reached by realscreen, WBTVG declined to comment.

DuVernay and WBTVG previously partnered in 2015 when Warner Horizon Scripted Television signed on to produce the drama series Queen Sugar for OWN, which DuVernay created and executive produces alongside Oprah Winfrey. The series completed its third season in August 2018 and has already been renewed for a fourth, which is slated to bow in 2019.

In addition to Queen Sugar, DuVernay is an executive producer on Warner Bros. Television’s upcoming series The Red Line for CBS.

Elsewhere, DuVernay is currently producing, writing and directing the Netflix miniseries Central Park Five. Her company Forward Movement has teamed with professional football player and social activist Colin Kaepernick to develop a comedy series based on his life during high school.

In 2017, DuVernay’s documentary 13th won two Emmy Awards and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. She is also working on a non-fiction project about musical icon Prince for the streamer.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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