Big Moves: Michael B. Jordan's Production Company Signs First-Look Deal With Warner Bros.

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January 23rd 2019

Michael B. Jordan is continuing to make big money moves! Jordan and his production company, Outlier Society, has signed a first-look deal with Warner Bros. Pictures Group. Warner Bros. Pictures' Production and Development President Courtenay Valenti, Jordan's agency, WME, and attorney Bloom Hergott worked with Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich on the deal.

The deal was announced Wednesday by Emmerich and will, according to the press release, "focus on culturally rich storytelling, representative of the global community and providing a platform for the next generation of talent to thrive."

“Michael has become a leading voice in a new generation of talent and is creating real change in the industry,” Emmerich said in a statement. “His talent is undeniable, and beyond that, his commitment and conviction around representation and inclusion are inspiring—he truly walks the walk.  We’re extremely proud to be in business with him and excited about a number of projects on the horizon.”

Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros Kevin Tsujihara also released a statement about how the partnership between Jordan and Warner Bros. will advance the studios' focus on storytelling endeavors.

“Michael has been part of the WarnerMedia family since starring on ‘The Wire’ for HBO when he was 15-years-old,” he said. “From our work with him on the two ‘Creed’ films and more recently on ‘Just Mercy,’ we’ve come to know him as someone who is thoughtful, focused and serious about making great films that are representative and inclusive of new voices and new talent on camera and on set.  We’re honored that he’s chosen Warner Bros. as his creative home.”

“Warner Bros. is the perfect home for myself, my brilliant president of production Alana Mayo and Outlier Society,” added Jordan. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for their visionary leadership and commitment to producing a broad slate of films, which gives us more range and more opportunity as producers. Most importantly, they share my passion for telling unique, creatively-fulfilling stories and giving a voice to the next generation of talent.”

This deal is a continuation of Jordan and Warner Bros.' partnership following their joint production diversity policy established in 2018. The policy, the first of its kind, will have Jordan's upcoming film, Just Mercy, as its first film under the policy's guidelines.

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by Monique Jones on January 23rd 2019
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