Oscar-winner Matthew A. Cherry has signed a first-look deal with Warner Bros. Television Group, Shadow And Act has learned.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but we are aware that this is a multi-year agreement. Under the pact, Cherry will “develop new television programming — comedies, dramas, longform/event series and more — for all platforms: on-demand/streaming services (including WarnerMedia’s HBO Max), premium/pay and basic cable channels, and the broadcast networks.”
“I am beyond excited to be joining the Warner Bros. Television family in this exciting new capacity. It’s an important time to be a Black creative working in this industry, and I look forward to creating impactful projects and partnering with other talented marginalized voices in our community,” says Cherry.
Prior to this deal, Cherry directed episodes of Warner Bros. Television shows The Red Line and Whiskey Cavalier.
The projects under the deal will be produced by his production company, Cherry Lane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television, Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Warner Bros. Animation or Blue Ribbon Content, depending on which platform a project ends up at. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution will distribute the series outside the U.S.
Cherry’s short film, Hair Love, won the Oscar for Best Animated Short at last year’s Oscars. His first feature, The Last Fall, debuted at SXSW in 2012. He followed this up with 9 Rides, which debuted at SXSW in 2016. He’s also directed episodes of black-ish, mixed-ish, The Unicorn, the upcoming Saved by the Bell series and more.
He is represented by ICM Partners, Blue Key Management, and The Law Offices of R. Vaughn Gill.