Burbank, CA – Warner Bros. Television Group has signed a wide-ranging, multi-year deal with Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors in order to have her develop and produce a plethora of programming in order to give more attention to “black voices.”
“Black voices, especially black voices who have been historically marginalized, are important and integral to today’s storytelling,” Cullors said in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“Our perspective and amplification is necessary and vital to helping shape a new narrative for our families and communities,” the statement said.
Cullors, who is credited with have coined the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, co-founded Black Lives Matter along with Melina Abdullah seven years ago, the Los Angeles Times reported.
She has touted herself and her fellow Black Lives Matter followers as “trained Marxists” who “are super-versed on…ideological theories,” the Washington Examiner reported.
“I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk,” Cullors said of her plan back in 2015, according to the Washington Examiner.
Warner Bros. inked the overall deal with Cullors on Oct. 15, and vowed to collaborate with her to create additional opportunities for black writers, producers, and other talent.
The studio refused to discuss the financial terms of the agreement, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The Black Lives Matter co-founder said she will help the studio to develop a wide range of programming, including scripted comedies and dramas, animated shows for children, and docuseries.
The programming will cover all platforms, including streaming, cable, and five broadcast networks, Deadline reported.
“I am committed to uplifting these stories in my new creative role with the Warner Bros. family,” Cullors said in the statement, according to Variety. “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. I look forward to amplifying the talent and voices of other black creatives through my work.”