Ava DuVernay & Oprah “Queen Sugar” Series
Upcoming drama television series
The contemporary drama Queen Sugar, set in the fictional town of Saint Josephine, Louisiana, chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings: Nova (Rutina Wesley, True Blood), a worldly-wise journalist and activist; Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Unforgettable), the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star; and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe, Awkward), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption.
After a family tragedy, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run a struggling sugarcane farm in the Deep South. Led by acclaimed film director Ava DuVernay, who directed the first two episodes, all Queen Sugar episodes in the series’ debut season are directed by women.
Queen Sugar is produced for OWN by Warner Horizon Television. The executive producers for Season 1 are Ava DuVernay, Melissa Carter and Oprah Winfrey. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.
Tune in to the two-night series premiere September 6 and September 7 at 10/9c.
About the producers
AVA DUVERNAY. Award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay is the creator and executive producer of Queen Sugar. She also wrote several episodes and directed the first two episodes of the series.
Ava’s most recent feature film, Selma, was one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2015. Her previous feature, Middle of Nowhere, won at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in the category of U.S. Directing Award: Dramatic. Ava’s earlier directorial work includes I Will Follow, Venus vs., My Mic Sounds Nice and This Is the Life. In 2010, she founded Array, a distribution collective for women filmmakers and filmmakers of color, named by Fast Company in 2016 as one of the most innovative companies in Hollywood. Ava was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
OPRAH WINFREY. Oprah Winfrey is a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress. She has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world for nearly 30 years, making her one of the most respected and admired people today. As chairman and CEO, she’s guiding her successful cable network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and is the founder of O, The Oprah Magazineand Harpo Films.
Oprah is an Oscar®-nominated actress for her role in The Color Purple and earned critical acclaim in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. In 2014, she produced and acted in the Oscar-winning film Selma. In October 2015, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls—South Africa celebrated its fifth graduating class. Oprah established the school in 2007 to provide education for academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Graduates of the school have continued on to higher education both in South Africa and at colleges and universities around the world. Oprah was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013, the highest civilian honor in the United States. For 25 years, Oprah was host of the number one–rated, award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show.