TCA17: OWN Renews Ava DuVernay’s ‘Queen Sugar’ Series

Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films inks first look movie deal with director

Beverly Hills -- Oprah Winfrey has extended her partnership with filmmaker Ava DuVernay through OWN’s renewal of the DuVernay-produced series Queen Sugar as well as the inking of a first–look deal for television and digital media.

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Queen Sugar will return to the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) for a third season in 2018. The series, which chronicles the lives and loves of the Bordelon siblings in Louisiana, is currently averaging 2.4 million viewers (Nielsen Live+3 ratings) during its sophomore campaign, which debuted June 20.

The first-look deal between Winfrey and DuVernay includes the recently announced Netflix limited series Central Park Five, produced by Participant Media, Tribeca Productions and Harpo Films. 

“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,” said Winfrey in a statement. “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.”