Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s anticipated new romantic anthology drama “Cherish the Day” from award-winning creator Ava DuVernay (“Queen Sugar,” “When They See Us”) and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, achieved full gender parity with a production crew of over 50% women, including 18 female department heads.
Women were hired across directing, writing, production design, camera, set design, casting, key craft service, costume, hair, makeup, editing, medical, set decoration, sound, grip, electric, transportation, accounting, locations and stunts, along with serving as post-production supervisor, property master and script supervisor.
“Ava DuVernay has been a groundbreaking leader in the entertainment industry,” said Warner Bros. Television’s Peter Roth, Susan Rovner and Brett Paul. “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.”
“Ava continues to break down barriers as a trailblazer,” said Oprah Winfrey, CEO of OWN. “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.”
Chapter One of “Cherish the Day,” which will premiere on OWN in Winter 2020, chronicles the stirring relationship of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments that compel us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday. Xosha Roquemore (“The Mindy Project”) stars as Gently James and Alano Miller (“Underground”) stars as Evan Fisher. The couple meet and fall in love in Los Angeles, with the full installment spanning five years in eight episodes. Legendary Emmy-winning actress Cicely Tyson portrays Miss Luma, who Gently lives with and cares for.
“Cherish the Day” is created and executive produced by Ava DuVernay through Array Filmworks from Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes (“Queen Sugar”), Tanya Hamilton (“Queen Sugar,” “Night Catches Us”) and Oprah Winfrey are executive producers.
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About Warner Horizon Scripted Television
A division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Horizon Scripted Television was founded in 2006 and is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of dramatic and comedic programming for the cable and subscription/on-demand marketplace. Series produced by Warner Horizon Scripted Television include “Animal Kingdom” and “Claws” for TNT; “Cherish the Day,” “David Makes Man” and “Queen Sugar” for OWN; “The Flight Attendant” for HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s forthcoming streaming service; “Fuller House,” “Medical Police” and “You” for Netflix; “Krypton” for SYFY; “Pennyworth” for EPIX; “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” for Freeform; and “The Right Stuff” for National Geographic.
ARRAY is a multi-platform media company and arts collective based in Los Angeles. Founded in 2012 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, the company currently operates a trio of branded entertainment entities: ARRAY Releasing, ARRAY Creative Campus, and ARRAY Filmworks. ARRAY Filmworks develops and produces stories that center people of color and women of all kinds. Feature and TV projects include “When They See Us,” “13TH,” “Queen Sugar,” “Cherish The Day,” “The Red Line,” “Venus Vs,” “Middle of Nowhere,” “I Will Follow” and commercial and installation work for Prada, Apple and The Smithsonian. www.arraynow.com.