Ava DuVernay is the most recent artist stepping into the podcast sport. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker has inked a multiyear cope with Spotify, underneath which she’ll develop and produce unique unique podcasts through her firm, Array. Variety confirmed the news.
That includes scripted and unscripted programming, DuVernay’s Spotify slate will “amplify quite a lot of voices and views,” per the audio streamer. Array Filmworks president Sarah Bremner will oversee the tasks.
“Recognizing the plain energy of voice and sound, I’m thrilled to increase Array’s storytelling into the realm of podcasts,” DuVernay said. “The chance to work with Lydia Polgreen [managing director of Spotify’s Gimlet studio] and her passionate crew drew us to Spotify as a house for our audio narratives and we couldn’t be extra excited to start this new inventive journey.”
“Spotify’s partnership with Array continues our dedication to bringing the world’s strongest and artistic voices into podcasting,” mentioned Daybreak Ostroff, Spotify’s chief content material and promoting enterprise officer. “We look ahead to Spotify listeners listening to from the distinctive creators that Array will likely be bringing to our world platform.”
Earlier this month DuVernay and Array Alliance, Array’s nonprofit arm, unveiled an inclusive database of below-the-line expertise, Array Crew. The useful resource for execs and hiring managers is in its mushy launch stage.
“Selma” and “A Wrinkle in Time” are amongst DuVernay’s movie credit. She made historical past as the primary girl of colour to helm a $100 million-plus live-action movie with the latter. She acquired an Oscar nod and two Emmys for “13th,” her documentary linking mass incarceration to slavery. Her packed slate contains HBO Max’s DC comics adaptation “DMZ” and “Sovereign,” a Native American household drama within the works at NBC. DuVernay’s OWN household drama, “Queen Sugar,” returns for its fifth season February 16.