Posted on May 31, 2023

BLM Leader Patrisse Cullors Secretly Dumped From Warner Bros TV Deal

Isabel Vincent and Sara Nathan, New York Post, May 26, 2023

Warner Bros Television Group secretly ended a multi-platform deal with Patrisse Cullors, the former leader of Black Lives Matter, The Post has learned.

The Post can reveal no shows were produced under the deal, despite Cullors saying she planned dramas, comedies, documentary series and animated programming for children.

“The studio signed an overall deal with BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors at some point in 2020,” said a source familiar with the studio’s contract negotiations Friday.

“Deal expired at end of October 2022.

“The deal unfortunately did not result in any produced shows.”

The multi-year agreement was to develop and produce original programming to include black stories across streaming, cable and broadcast platforms.

It encompassed animated and children’s content as well as scripted and unscripted series, according to Variety, which reported on the deal in October 2020.

The agreement was meant to draw on Cullors’ experience {snip}


The end of her contract in October 2022 was in stark contrast to an interview she gave to The Hollywood Reporter in January of that year.

She said that she was working on documentaries on how the idea of “landback” — in which Native Americans have former tribal lands returned — could work as reparations. Another was on black social mobility in the US.

Cullors also said she was working on a scripted project about marijuana, and others on female black leaders and what she called “the toll” of life “under a system that doesn’t see us, or makes us hyper-visible and also hyper-invisible at the same time.”