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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'Star Wars' Director Victoria Mahoney, Ava DuVernay Developing 'Dawn' Sci-Fi Series at Amazon

'Star Wars' Director Victoria Mahoney, Ava DuVernay Developing 'Dawn' Sci-Fi Series at Amazon

Victoria Mahoney, who last year became the first woman to direct part of a "Star Wars" film, is developing a new sci-fi project at Amazon.Mahoney is teaming up with Ava DuVernay, her Array banner and Macro Television Studios to adapt Octavia E. Butler’s 1987 science-fiction novel "Dawn" for the small screen. Macro had previously optioned the rights to the award-winning book about an African-American woman who works with aliens to resurrect the human race 250 years after a nuclear war.Published in...


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