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 May 29, 2023

BLM leader Patrisse Cullors quietly loses television deal

Patrisse Cullors, the former leader of Black Lives Matter (BLM), has lost her television deal. 

The New York Post reports:

Warner Bros Television Group secretly ended a multi-platform deal with Patrisse Cullors, the former leader of Black Lives Matter, The Post has learned.

A production deal was reached between Warner Bros Television and Cullors at some point in 2020.

2020, of course, was the year that the infamous BLM riots took place across the country, causing large amounts of destruction. The riots followed the death of George Floyd.

Variety, in October 2020, reported on the deal between Cullors and Warner Bros.

Per the outlet:

Characterized as multi-year and wide-ranging, the pact will see Cullors develop and produce original programming across all platforms, including broadcast, cable, and streaming. Cullors’ agreement encompasses scripted and unscripted series, longform series, animated and kids programming, as well as digital content. Together, WBTVG and Cullors will look to amplify the work of the Black Lives Matter . . .

The report includes a statement on the deal from Cullors, in which she says that she looks forward "to amplifying the talent and voices of other Black creatives through my work."

Further specifics about the deal - such as how much it was worth - have not been revealed. But, Cullors did buy a $1.4 million Los Angeles home after signing the deal.

In a January 2022 interview, Cullors did supply some more details about her plans. The Hollywood Reporter, at the time, wrote:

As for her projects at WBTV, she is at work on docs that will explore the idea of how “landback,” in which Native lands are returned to Indigenous people, can work as reparations for Black Americans and what Black mobility looks like in the U.S. context.

It turns out, though, that the project never really got off the ground.

The Post cites "a source familiar with the studio’s contract negotiations" as revealing:

The studio signed an overall deal with BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors at some point in 2020. Deal expired at end of October 2022. The deal unfortunately did not result in any produced shows.

What we do not know is why Warner Bros. let the deal with Cullors expire. Neither Cullors nor Warner Bros. has released a comment on the Post's report.

What is known, however, is that both Cullors and BLM appear to have lost most of the momentum that they may have had in 2020.

Cullors, for her part, resigned from BLM in May 2021 after it was reported that she spent some $3.2 million on U.S. real estate - something that critics said was at odds with her so-called activism.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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