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Warner Bros. secures overall deal with BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has inked an exclusive, multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group. The partnership marks the first overall studio agreement for Cullors (pictured) and will ...
October 16, 2020

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has inked an exclusive, multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group.

The partnership marks the first overall studio agreement for Cullors (pictured) and will see the political strategist and author working with Warner Bros. to develop and produce original programming across all platforms.

Notably, Cullors and the studio will collaboratively create unscripted docuseries, scripted dramas and comedies, and animated programming for children, young adults and families.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Through this agreement, WBTVG and Cullors will collaborate on programming that will amplify the work of the Black Lives Matter movement and will create further opportunities for prominent Black storytelling.

“Black voices, especially Black voices who have been historically marginalized, are important and integral to today’s storytelling,” said Cullors in a statement. “Our perspective and amplification is necessary and vital to helping shape a new narrative for our families and communities.

“As a long-time community organizer and social justice activist, I believe that my work behind the camera will be an extension of the work I’ve been doing for the last 20 years,” she added. “I look forward to amplifying the talent and voices of other Black creatives through my work.”

Cullors has spent the better part of two decades on the frontlines of criminal justice reform. In 2013, she co-founded the Black Lives Matter social movement alongside Melina Abdullah following George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin.

Additionally, Cullors serves as the founder of the Los Angeles–based grassroots organization Dignity and Power Now, the faculty director of a new Social and Environmental Arts Practice MFA program at Prescott College, and is a New York Times best-selling author via 2018′s When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.

Cullors is represented by CAA; 3 Arts; Sarah Weichel; and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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