Warner Signs Deal with Patrisse Cullors

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Warner Bros. Television Group has signed an exclusive, multi-year overall deal with artist, author, political strategist, and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder & Executive Director Patrisse Cullors.

This marks Cullors’ first pact with Warner Bros. and her first studio overall agreement. Per Studio practice, terms were not disclosed.

Under terms of the wide-ranging content partnership, Cullors will develop and produce original programming for all platforms: streaming services, cable, and the five broadcast networks.

This includes but is not limited to live-action scripted drama and comedy series; longform/event series; unscripted docuseries; animated programming for co-viewing among kids, young adults and families; and original digital content.

For the last 20 years, Cullors has been on the frontlines of criminal justice reform and advocating for Black lives. Since co-founding the global Black Lives Matter social movement seven years ago in 2013, she has become one of the most influential thought leaders in American public life, focusing long-overdue attention on racial inequity throughout society and leading a global campaign against anti-Black racism.

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.

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

I am committed to uplifting these stories in my new creative role with the Warner Bros. family.

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 twenty years. I look forward to amplifying the talent and voices of other Black creatives through my work.”

The agreement continues WBTVG’s long-standing commitment to collaborate with singular creators and distinctive voices, and to support their storytelling vision by taking advantage of the artistic freedoms that the Studio can provide — producing series for HBO Max, HBO and other WarnerMedia-affiliated channels, as well as external platforms not affiliated with the company.

Artist, organizer, educator, and popular public speaker Patrisse Cullors is a Los Angeles native, co-founder and executive director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, and founder of the Los Angeles–based grassroots organization Dignity and Power Now. Cullors’ work for Black Lives Matter recently received recognition in TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020 list and TIME Magazine’s 2020 list of the 100 Women of the Year.

Cullors is a New York Times Best Selling author of “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” (2018). She is also the faculty director of a new Social and Environmental Arts Practice MFA program that she developed at Arizona’s Prescott College.

Cullors is a former staff writer at Freeform’s “Good Trouble” television series, as well as an actress on the show. For the last 20 years, Cullors has been on the frontlines of criminal justice reform and led Reform LA Jails’ “Yes on R” campaign, a ballot initiative that passed by a 73% landslide victory in March 2020.