Ava DuVernay
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Film Director

DuVernay made a rare misstep in 2018 with her adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time,” but she rebounded in 2019 with Netflix’s “When They See Us,” a fact-based miniseries about five African-American teens falsely convicted of rape that racked up 16 Emmy nominations. The onetime publicist, nominated for an Oscar for best documentary feature for “13th” (2016) and Golden Globe for best director for “Selma” (2014), signed a $100 million multi-year deal with Warner Bros. Television in November 2018 that starts with the 2020 OWN anthology “Cherish the Day” on the heels of her first OWN success, “Queen Sugar,” just renewed for season five. She’s also set to direct the DC Comics epic “The New Gods” for Warner Bros., about a race of cosmic beings.


  • 13TH


  • University of California–Los Angeles (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 10 Directors to Watch
  • TV Producers Impact
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Ava DuVernay, Kat Candler to Develop Texas Labor Union Series at TNT

Ava DuVernay, Kat Candler to Develop Texas Labor Union Series at TNT

The "Queen Sugar" team of Kat Candler and Ava DuVernay are re-teaming for a drama series that is in development at TNT.The currently untitled one-hour drama follows a struggling young wife and mother who, in the aftermath of a deadly oil refinery explosion that takes the life of an old friends, will go on to lead one of the biggest labor union strikes in Texas history.Candler will serve as the writer and executive producer on the project, with DuVernay executive...


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