This week, Warner Bros. Television Group signed a multi-year deal with Patrisse Cullors, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Cullors is set to develop and produce programming across Warner Bros. platforms, including scripted and unscripted series. In a statement, WBTVG noted it will collaborate with Cullors on amplifying the work of the Black Lives Matter movement and creating opportunities for Black storytelling.
“Black voices, especially Black voices who have been historically marginalized, are important and integral to today’s storytelling,” Cullors said. “Our perspective and amplification is necessary and vital to helping shape a new narrative for our families and communities.”
In addition to being an activist leader, she is an artist and educator. Cullors developed a social and environmental arts practice MFA program at Prescott College in Arizona, for which she is the faculty director. She earned her own MFA from the University of Southern California in 2019. Also, Cullors is a former writer and actress for Freeform’s “Good Trouble.” In 2018, she became a New York Times best-selling author with her book “When They Call you a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.”
Alongside Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, Cullors has instigated a watershed moment in American history. She has been on the frontlines of criminal justice reform for 20 years, becoming one of the most influential leaders in American public life by forging a global campaign against racism. This year, she was on TIME’s 100 Most Influential People and 100 Women of the Year lists.
“As a long time community organizer and social justice activist, I believe that my work behind the camera will be an extension of the work I’ve been doing for the last twenty years,” she said. “I look forward to amplifying the talent and voices of other Black creatives through my work.”