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Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay behind New Series On OWN

03/02/2015 TV series

It was announced today that Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay, the dynamic duo who collaborated on the Oscar-nominated biopic, Selma, are producing a scripted drama series on Winfrey’s OWN network.

And—for the first time ever—Winfrey will have a recurring role on the series, Queen Sugar, the story of a woman living in Los Angeles who moves with her daughter to her father’s 800-acre sugar cane farm in Louisiana after his death. DuVernay will write and direct, and both DuVernay and Winfrey will executive produce.

This is not DuVernay’s first foray into television – she directed an episode of Shonda Rhimes‘ primetime hit Scandal in November 2013.
“I loved this book and immediately saw it as a series for OWN,” said Winfrey in a statement released by Shadow And Act. “The story’s themes of reinventing your life, parenting alone, family connections and conflicts, and building new relationships are what I believe will connect our viewers to this show.”

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