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Ava DuVernay to Direct Central Park Five Series For Netflix

July 6, 2017

Ava Duvernay

Ava DuVernay will bring the historic case of The Central Park Five in an upcoming dramatic limited series for Netflix. DuVernay created the series and will also write and direct the five-episode series. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey/Harpo Films, Jane Rosenthal, and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions and DuVernay will executive produce.

DuVernay said:

“I had an extraordinary experience working with Netflix on ’13TH’ an am overjoyed to continue this exploration of the criminal justice system as a narrative project with Cindy Holland and the team there. The story of the men known as Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades. In this journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn– from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for their execution by the man who would go on to be the President of the United States.”

Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content for Netflix said:

“This is one of the most-talked about cases of our time and Ava’s passionate vision and masterful direction will bring the human stories behind the headlines to life in this series. After powerfully reframing the public conversation about criminality and injustice in ’13TH’, Ava now turns a new lens to a case that exposes deep flaws in our criminal justice system.”

Jonathan King of Participant Media said:

“It’s an honor to be partnering again with Ava, a uniquely tenacious and inspiring artist. The events of this shocking story continue to resonate today, and the way Ava has chosen to focus intimately on the five young men foregrounds the human costs of this kind of tragedy. We are looking forward to working with Netflix, Tribeca and Harpo on Participant Media’s first scripted episodic series.”

Based on the true story that gripped New York and the world, the series will have a five-episode limited, scripted series that exposes the breakdown of our criminal justice system at every phrase of the notorious Central Park Five case. Each part will focus on one of the five teenagers from Harlem– Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise– wrongly convicted of raping Trisha Meili in Central Park. The series spans from the spring of 1989, when each were first questioned about the incident, to 2014 when they were exonerated and a settlement was reached with the city of New York.

 

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