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Ava DuVernay, Peter Roth Launch Tech Platform to Connect Overlooked Talent With Hiring Managers in Hollywood

One year after the release of Emmy award-winning Netflix docuseries “When They See Us,” filmmaker and director Ava DuVernay launched her online learning platform, ARRAY, to encourage conversations around diversity and social justice. Now she’s taking her mission for inclusivity in Hollywood a step further with a joint venture alongside Warner Bros. Television chairman Peter Roth. Both DuVerynay and Roth have joined forces to announce the launch of Array Crew — a division of Array Alliance — which will act as a diverse database to highlight below-the-line talent in Hollywood, Variety reports. According to their announcement in the Los Angeles Times, the purpose behind assembling Array Crew is to offer Hollywood a solution to their diversity problem. The platform will ultimately bridge the hiring gap for women and people of color in the entertainment industry. Why do most film and TV sets look the same? The industry often tells us they’ve looked for Black folks, people of color and...

Dec 30, 2020

Comedian Robin Thede Secures Multi-Year Deal With Warner Bros. TV

Robin Thede is in her bag. The Emmy-nominated multi-hyphenate and creator of HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show” signed an overall deal with Warner Bros. TV, under which Thede will develop new content for streaming services, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The new television programming will be executive produced in part by Thede’s production company, For Better or Words, Inc. If you need me, I’ll be in my bag. 🙌🏽 — Robin Thede (@robinthede) August 25, 2020 “When I was creating ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show,’ I wanted to make a narrative sketch series where Black women could live grounded experiences in a magical reality,” Thede said in a recent interview with Variety . “So for us, it was a playground where we could create these sketches, and live these three-dimensional characters, and tell these stories that could recur throughout the season and throughout the series.” In addition to working on the second season of “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” the former late-night...

Aug 26, 2020

'Hair Love' Creator Matthew A. Cherry Inks First-Look Deal With Warner Bros. TV

Oscar-winning filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry is starting a new chapter in his career, beginning with his freshly-inked deal with Warner Bros TV, Variety reports . Let's get it! — Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 17, 2020 The “Hair Love” creator is taking his talents back to television under the terms of a multi-year first-look developmental deal where he will “create, develop and produce new material for multiple platforms,” according to The Hollywood Reporter . “I am beyond excited to be joining the Warner Bros. Television family in this exciting new capacity,” Cherry said. “It’s an important time to be a Black creative working in this industry, and I look forward to creating impactful projects and partnering with other talented marginalized voices in our community.” Cherry’s deal with Warner Bros. TV makes this his first for television. Cherry, best known for Academy Award-winning project “Hair Love,” has years invested in the entertainment industry,...

Jun 18, 2020