The WarnerMedia streamer has acquired the exclusive streaming rights to season 1 of the OWN series, which hails from “Moonlight” originator and producer Tarell Alvin McCraney. The show’s freshman season will be available to stream on HBO Max from July 16.
News of the acquisition comes around seven months after OWN renewed the show for a second season.
The series centers on a 14-year-old prodigy (Akili McDowell) from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied on by his hardworking mother (Alana Arenas) to find a way out of poverty. Set in South Florida, “David Makes Man” is inspired by events in McCraney’s own life and explores childhood trauma and the power of imagination to survive.
“David Makes Man” hails from Warner Horizon Scripted Television and is executive produced by McCraney, Michael B. Jordan, Dee Harris-Lawrence, Mike Kelley, Melissa Loy and Oprah Winfrey. Harris-Lawrence served as showrunner for season 1 and is set to return for the show’s second outing.
“It was an honor when we first started and engaged with OWN to do this project and a blessing, a real gift and show of God’s grace that Ms. Winfrey picked it up for the long haul,” said McCraney at the time of the show’s renewal lat last year.
Isaiah Johnson, Ade Chike Torbert, Travis Coles, Cayden K. Williams, Nathaniel Logan McIntyre, Jordan Bolger, and Phylicia Rashad also star.
McCraney recently participated in a drama showrunners conversation as part of Variety‘s virtual “A Night in the Writers’ Room,” during which he spoke about the origins of “David Makes Man” and the significance of the mass protests currently taking place across the country. He will be joined by Harris-Lawrence and Rashad for an exclusive Q&A and screening of “David Makes Man” as part of the Variety Streaming Room on July 8.