The Ava Effect: OWN Anthology Drama 'Cherish The Day' Successfully Reaches Full Gender Parity
Photo Credit: S & A
News , Television

The Ava Effect: OWN Anthology Drama 'Cherish The Day' Successfully Reaches Full Gender Parity

Ava DuVernay’s reach continues to change the entertainment industry with her OWN anthology drama series Cherish the Day. Created and executive produced by DuVernay, the series reached full gender parity in its debut season, with over 50 percent of women employed in production, including 18 female department heads.

The show’s gender parity stretches across a wide variety of divisions behind the scenes, including writing, directing, production design, set design, set decoration, camera, casting, costume, hair, makeup, key craft service, medical, sound, electric, grip, transportation, accounting, stunts and locations. Parity also includes women serving as post-production supervisor, script supervisor and property master.

“Ava DuVernay has been a groundbreaking leader in the entertainment industry,” said Warner Bros. Television’s Peter Roth, Susan Rovner and Brett Paul in a statement. “By achieving gender parity on her first chapter of Cherish the Day she continues to provide invaluable opportunities for new creative talent. It’s this kind of conviction and commitment to inclusion that will have a long-lasting and positive effect on our industry and beyond.”

Oprah Winfrey, OWN’s CEO also commented on DuVernay’s effect on the industry.

“Ava continues to break down barriers as a trailblazer,” she said in a statement. “Achieving a production crew of over 50% women is an incredible accomplishment and we are so proud that Ava has a space at OWN to provide opportunity for new voices and faces in the entertainment industry.”

The first chapter of Cherish the Day will premiere on OWN during winter 2020. The series will star Xosha Roquemore, Alano Miller and Cicely Tyson. Chapter one will span eight episodes, detailing five years of a couple’s life. Roquemore will play Gently James and Miller will play Evan Fisher, two people who fall in love in Los Angeles. Tyson will play Miss Luma, who Gently lives with and provides care for.


‘Cherish The Day’: Ava DuVernay’s OWN Romance Anthology Series Casts Cicely Tyson As Series Regular

‘Cherish The Day’: Ava DuVernay’s OWN Romance Anthology Series To Star Xosha Roquemore And Alano Miller For Season 1

The Ava Effect: ‘When They See Us’ Has Been The Most-Watched Series On Netflix Each Day Since It Debuted

After ‘When They See Us,’ The Exonerated Five Are ‘Still Surviving,’ And Fighting Back [INTERVIEW]

Ava DuVernay And The ‘When They See Us’ Cast On Why There Should Be No Hesitation To Watch The Powerful Series

Photo: OWN

From Harlem to Hollywood, get the Black entertainment news you need in your inbox daily.

Shadow and Act is a website dedicated to cinema, television and web content of Africa and its global Diaspora. With daily news, interviews, in-depth investigations into the audiovisual industry, and more, Shadow and Act promotes content created by and about people of African descent throughout the world.

© 2022 Shadow & Act. All rights reserved.