Ava DuVernay
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After collecting 16 Emmy nominations and two wins for her 2019 Netflix miniseries “When They See Us,” it’s no surprise why the streaming service has loaded up on even more projects from this talented, outspoken filmmaker. Next for Netflix, DuVernay is executive producing the limited series “Colin in Black & White,” about athlete/activist Colin Kaepernick, and getting back into the director’s chair for an adaptation of Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.” She is also plenty busy outside Netflix as well, nabbing a second-season renewal for her OWN anthology series “Cherish the Day,” the first product of a $100 million multi-year deal she signed with Warner Bros. Television in 2018. She’s got a fifth season of her other OWN series “Queen Sugar” coming, as well as other projects set up at HBO Max and NBC.


  • 13TH


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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 10 Directors to Watch
  • TV Producers Impact
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact


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'Selma' Director Ava DuVernay Had a Surprising Start in Movie Work

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To celebrate Variety’s 115th anniversary, we went to the archives to see how some of Hollywood’s biggest stars first landed in the pages of our magazine. Read more from the archives here.Ava DuVernay is a force of nature. She was virtually unknown six years ago but now she’s one of the most recognizable filmmakers in Hollywood. Her background in PR was certainly a help — but her talents go way beyond a sense of promotion.Her role as a publicist was the...


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