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Ava DuVernay, producer and director, achieved the promise instigated by Regina King at the Golden Globes, to make future projects fifty percent women. Ms. King challenged those in positions of power to stand in solidarity and Ms. DuVernay answered successfully. Her new project with the OWN Network, Oprah Winfrey Network, “Cherish the Day,” includes eighteen department heads behind the scenes. She not only hired females, she also gave women leadership positions.

“Cherish the Day” production crew stats surpass the average of twenty percent on sets and only eight percent of directors, as per the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. The study confirmed thirty one percent of employment were women based on tracking of five thousand behind the scene credits and five hundred films from 9/2018–5/2019.

Ms. DuVernay’s new creation, “Cherish the Day”, is a romantic drama premiering in Winter 2020. It stars Cicely Tyson, Gently James and Alano Miller. The eight episodes, based in Los Angeles, will feature the young couple falling in love over a five year period.

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About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for a premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN’s original scripted series include “Queen Sugar,” “Greenleaf,” “The Haves and the Have Nots,” “If Loving You is Wrong,” “Ambitions” and”David Makes Man.” OWN’s Saturday night unscripted programming lineup includes “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” “Ready to Love,” “Love & Marriage: Huntsville” and “Black Love.” OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platformOprah.com. Access OWN anytime onWatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.

About Warner Horizon Scripted Television

A division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Horizon Scripted Television was founded in 2006 and is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of dramatic and comedic programming for the cable and subscription/on-demand marketplace. Series produced by Warner Horizon Scripted Television include “Animal Kingdom” and “Claws” for TNT; “Cherish the Day,” “David Makes Man” and “Queen Sugar” for OWN; “The Flight Attendant” for HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s forthcoming streaming service; “Fuller House,” “Medical Police” and “You” for Netflix; “Krypton” for SYFY; “Pennyworth” for EPIX; “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” for Freeform; and “The Right Stuff” for National Geographic.

About ARRAY

ARRAY is a multi-platform media company and arts collective based in Los Angeles. Founded in 2012 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, the company currently operates a trio of branded entertainment entities: ARRAY Releasing, ARRAY Creative Campus, and ARRAY Filmworks. ARRAY Filmworks develops and produces stories that center people of color and women of all kinds. Feature and TV projects include “When They See Us,” “13TH,” “Queen Sugar,” “Cherish The Day,” “The Red Line,” “Venus Vs,” “Middle of Nowhere,” “I Will Follow” and commercial and installation work for Prada, Apple and The Smithsonian. www.arraynow.com.

 

Photo by Ser Baffo @2019 Warner Bros Entertainment.  Courtesy of OWN