Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay just work well together.
OWN has renewed Queen Sugar for a third season, and Winfrey’s Harpo Films has also come to a deal with its showrunner, DuVernay, for a first-look at television and digital media from the creator, according to Variety.
“I’m so proud of Ava and her ability as a filmmaker to challenge the status quo and push for inclusiveness on screen and behind the camera. I love, love, love the work we have been able to create so far. I am looking forward to developing many more meaningful projects together,” Winfrey said.
The first project under the deal will be Central Park Five, a five-part series about the true story of five teenagers who were wrongly convicted of rape set to air on Netflix that will be produced by Harpo Films as well as Participant Media and Tribeca Productions.
“There is fresh air and room to roam. There is an artist-driven atmosphere and an intention to share stories that nourish. There is a spirit of inclusivity and imagination moving at all times,” said DuVernay. “This is the new era of OWN. I’m thrilled to continue to collaborate with Ms. Winfrey as we expand the scope of our storytelling. And I feel fortunate to be a small part of this network at such a wonderful time in its evolution.”