wings of fire animated series

The Wings of Fire book series from author Tui T. Sutherland is becoming an animated Netflix show executive produced by Ava DuVernay. The story is set in a world where different dragon tribes are at war, and five young dragons “rise to end the bloodshed and bring peace back to the land.” Dan Milano (Glitch Techs), Christa Starr (Mystery Science Theater 3000), and Justin Ridge (Star Wars Resistance) serve as executive producers and showrunners, with Milano and Starr adapting the book series for television.

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Celebrity podcasts

Spotify is one of the key players in the audio space, but as you might expect, there are several other companies that want a sliver of that pie. In an effort to differentiate themselves, drive listeners to their platform, and hopefully convert some of those listeners into premium subscribers, Spotify is partnering with several recognizable Hollywood (and Hollywood-adjacent) names on celebrity podcasts and new shows based around brands like DC Comics. Get the latest on newly announced projects from The Russo Brothers, Ava DuVernay, former President Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen, and more.
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Spotify Strikes Deal for Ava DuVernay Podcasts

Ava DuVernay directed the powerful drama about the famed march led by Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, the eye-opening documentary 13th about the history of racial inequality in our prison system, and the harrowing story of five teens from Harlem falsely accused of a brutal attack in When They See Us. The filmmaker is also making huge waves in building diversity behind the camera through her her nonprofit company ARRAY Alliance. Now she’s expanding into the world of audio storytelling with a new podcast partnership at Spotify. Read More »

diversity database

The film industry’s systemic struggles with hiring non-white actors have been well documented, but director Ava DuVernay knows that what’s in front of the camera is only half the battle. It’s important that attention be paid to diversity efforts on film crews, as well.

Through her nonprofit company Array Alliance, DuVernay has created a diversity database that studios like Warner Bros., Disney, Netflix, and Sony have invested in. The aim is to widen the insular circles that form in the production world and letting more women and people of color onto the playing field. Read More »

Naomi TV series

Ava DuVernay is set to direct the DC movie New Gods, and now she’s developing another DC property – Naomi, the story of a teenage superhero from an alternate Earth that uses energy-based power. DuVernay is developing a Naomi TV series for the CW with Arrow writer and co-executive producer Jill Blankenship. The comic hails from writers Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker and illustrator Jamal Campbell.

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dmz limited series

As the American experiment hurdles wildly towards oblivion with each passing day, HBO Max has decided what we all need right now is a limited series about a modern-day civil war. The streaming service has ordered a DMZ limited series, based on the comic series of the same name. The show hails from Roberto Patino and Ava DuVernay and stars Rosario Dawson and Benjamin Bratt.

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caste movie

Ava DuVernay is sticking with Netflix. The filmmaker will write, direct, and produce Caste, based on the book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. Like the book, the film will explore “the unspoken system that has shaped America and chronicles how our lives today are defined by a hierarchy of human divisions dating back generations.”

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One Perfect Shot TV series

One Perfect Shot, the Twitter account which celebrates iconic moments of cinematography in films and TV shows, soon might be able to have the meta experience of sharing a photo from its own show.

HBO Max has greenlit a new documentary series inspired by the account, which will give directors the visual tools to put them inside a 360 recreation of one of their most memorable shots. Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma and 13th, will executive produce and narrate the show. Get more details below. Read More »

Colin in Black and White

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay and NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick are joining forces for a new Netflix series.

They’ve created Colin in Black and White, a limited series which “will focus on Kaepernick’s formative high school years, lending meaningful insight into the acts and experiences that led him to become the activist he is today.” But this isn’t a documentary series – it will be scripted, and Kaepernick will serve as the show’s narrator. Read More »

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selma free rental

As protests continue, more and more people in the entertainment business are taking notice. Today, Paramount has decided to make Ava DuVernay‘s Selma available for free rental on digital platforms through the end of the month. The Best Picture-nominated film tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr. and his involvement with the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches. This is good news – but it comes with a slightly sour bit of info, as both DuVernay and star David Oyelowo have revealed that Academy members refused to vote for the film after the cast and crew wore “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts in remembrance of Eric Garner.

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