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CBS Studios signs deal with Me Too founder Tarana Burke, Mervyn Marcano

CBS Studios has struck an overall producing deal with racial justice, anti-violence and gender equity advocate Tarana J. Burke — founder of the Me Too movement — and her producing ...
April 7, 2021

CBS Studios has struck an overall producing deal with racial justice, anti-violence and gender equity advocate Tarana J. Burke — founder of the Me Too movement — and her producing partner, storyteller and communications strategist Mervyn Marcano.

As part of the deal, Burke (pictured right) and Marcano (left) will partner with the studio to develop unscripted, documentary and scripted content for linear TV networks and streaming platforms through their Field/House Productions.

The partnership, which includes a commitment to develop content for the CBS Television Network as well as the ability to sell programming to third-party platforms across the media landscape, follows the CBS Studios/NAACP production pact signed in July.

“Creating space for new narratives has always been an integral part of cultural change work,” Burke said in a statement. “Field/House is a platform for those new narratives. This partnership gives us the reach and scale to ensure that we build new audiences for new voices.”

“We’re thrilled to be building a powerful vehicle for inclusive stories with CBS Studios,” Marcano added. “Our goal has always been to create a pipeline of culturally progressive programming with our diverse network of creatives and storytellers. We look forward to working with the team at CBS Studios as these stories find their homes across the media ecosystem.”

For three decades, Burke has worked at the intersection of racial justice, arts and culture, anti-violence and gender equity. She has received numerous accolades, including Time Person of the Year (2017), Time‘s 100 Most Influential People (2018), Harvard Kennedy School’s Citizen Activist Award (2019) and USA Today‘s Women of the Decade in 2020. Her debut memoir, Unbound, will be published by Flatiron in the fall.

Marcano, meanwhile, is currently executive producing an untitled long-form docuseries set at HBO and a film special for HBO Max.

His prior television work includes the YouTube Original series, Resist, and Finding Justice for BET.

Marcano also heads communications and storytelling work at Blackbird, a strategy hub for racial and social justice movements.

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