Black Lives Matter leader Patrisse Cullors has secretly quit her TV deal
Warner Bros Television Group has secretly ended a multi-platform deal with former Black Lives Matter leader Patrisse Cullors, The Post has learned.
The Post can reveal that no shows were produced under the deal, although Cullors said she plans to produce dramas, comedies, documentaries and children’s animated programs.
“The studio signed an overall deal with BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors sometime in 2020,” a source familiar with the studio’s deal negotiations said on Friday.
“The contract expired at the end of October 2022.
“Unfortunately, the deal didn’t result in produced shows.”
The multi-year deal was to develop and produce original programs spanning black stories across streaming, cable and broadcast platforms.
It included animated and children’s content, as well as scripted and unscripted series. according to Varietywhich reported on the deal in October 2020.
According to a statement from the studio at the time, the agreement was intended to draw on Cullors’ experience as a leader of the movement, which began in the courtyard of her Los Angeles home in 2013.
The value of the deal was not disclosed at the time, Variety reported.
A spokeswoman for Warner Bros., now part of Warner Bros. Discovery, declined to comment on Friday.
Cullors did not respond to requests for comment.
The end of her contract in October 2022 was in stark contrast to an interview she conducted given to The Hollywood Reporter in January of this year.
She said she is working on documentaries about how the idea of ”landback” – giving back former tribal lands to Native Americans – could work as reparations. Another dealt with the social mobility of black people in the United States.
Cullors also said she’s working on a screenwriting project about marijuana and others about black female leaders and what she considers “the toll” of living “under a system that doesn’t see us or makes us hyper-visible and also hyper-visible.” designated. invisible at the same time.”
Cullors, 39, an artist and activist, resigned from Black Lives Matter in May 2021, a month after The Post reported that they were embarking on a $3.2 million real estate buying spree, purchasing properties in California and Georgia had.
She said at the time that she didn’t use any money from the nonprofit for the purchases and that she was stepping down to focus on a book and television deal.
“I’ve put in place the infrastructure and the support and the bones and foundation I need to go,” Cullors said, adding that her departure had been planned for some time and was not tied to what she considered the “right.” Attacks that tried to discredit my character.”
A year after signing the deal with Warner Bros., Cullors bought a sprawling 2,500-square-foot home in Los Angeles’ Topanga Canyon for $1.4 million in 2021, public records show.
She spent tens of thousands last year putting up a fence around the property and has recently been refocusing on art projects. Gallery exhibitions have reportedly opened in Los Angeles in recent months.
Cullors artworks were recently featured in an exhibition at a Gallery in Los Angeles.