July 23, 2024

Ava DuVernay’s “Cherish the Day” recognized for 50% female crew

Ava DuVernay
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Ava DuVernay has been recognized for another incredible milestone. The award-winning filmmaker and Warner Horizon Scripted Television was recently recognized for her new romantic drama series Cherish the Day, achieving full gender parity.

The anthology’s production crew will consist of over 50 percent women and 18 will serve as department heads, according to The Futon Critic. 

This news is proof that representation matters.

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Cherish The Day is created and executive produced by Duvernay and will be airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The series, which will premiere in Winter 2020, will focus on a couple’s relationship, with each episode focusing on a “single day.” Cherish The Day will focus particular moments that touch on the importance of valuing the people that we love in our lives. Winfrey, along with Paul Garnes and Tanya Hamilton will serve as executive producers. 

“Ava continues to break down barriers as a trailblazer,” Oprah Winfrey said, according to the site. “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.”

Women were hired to fill various roles such as directing, writing,  casting, hair, makeup, editing, set decoration,  transportation, stunts and many other roles, according to the site.  

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“Ava DuVernay has been a groundbreaking leader in the entertainment industry,” Peter Roth, Susan Rovner and Brett Paul, said from said Warner Bros. Television. “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.”

Cherish the Day is added to the other long list of noteworthy projects Duvernay has been involved in such as Selma, Netflx’s When They See Us and OWN’s Queen Sugar.


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