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Journalist and Pose producer Janet Mock just became the first out transgender creator to enter a multiyear overall deal with Netflix, Variety reports.
As part of the deal, Mock will produce content exclusively for Netflix, and the streamer will have first-look at her feature projects. Mock will also serve as executive producer on Ryan Murphy’s upcoming Netflix Hollywood series as well as other projects from the Glee creator.
“As a best-selling author, producer and director, Janet Mock has demonstrated she knows how to bring her vision to thrilling, vivid life,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix vice president of original content. “She’s a groundbreaker and creative force who we think will fit right in here at Netflix.”
Mock confirmed the announcement in a Twitter video, posted below.
“There’s potential to introduce hundreds of millions of viewers to trans people, and showing people who may not understand us, that we can tell our own stories,” she said.
Today, @JanetMock makes history as the first Black trans woman to establish an overall deal with a major studio.— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) June 19, 2019
"...there's potential to introduce hundreds of millions of viewers to trans people, and showing people who may not understand us, that we can tell our own stories." pic.twitter.com/nXhaW0STvo
Mock told Variety that she hopes this deal will “be a huge signal boost, industrywide, to empower people and equip them to tell their own stories.”
She is repped by CAA, 3 Arts, and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano.
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Dominic-Madori Davis is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California. She covers the internet, politics, and social issues.