“Trained Marxist” and BLM founder inks production deal with Warner Bros.

by Peter Heck · Oct 19th, 2020 9:22 am

Last Updated Oct 20th, 2020 at 9:44 pm

Self-described "trained Marxist" and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has signed a production deal with entertainment giant Warner Bros. The provocative social justice activist said that she looks forward "to amplifying the talent and voices of other black creatives" in her new role.

"Black voices, especially black voices who have been historically marginalized, are important and integral to today's storytelling," Cullors said. "Our perspective and amplification is necessary and vital to helping shape a new narrative for our families and communities. I am committed to uplifting these stories in my new creative role with the Warner Bros. family."

The terms of the production deal were not released, nor was it specified precisely what kind of programs she will produce.

But in 2015, Cullors had expressed the desire to put her communist training to use, in order to "build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk." That longing is likely to be met with contractual access to distribution channels including DC Films, New Line Cinema, Castle Rock Entertainment, CNN, TNT, TBS, and several others.

Warner Bros. is not the only avenue at Cullors's disposal. Earlier this month, YouTube announced its new "Resist" documentary series, which includes the 36-year-old activist.


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