NBC has given a put pilot dedication to the Native American household drama “Sovereign,” which boasts Ava DuVernay amongst its government producers.
The pilot was written by Sydney Freeland and Shaz Bennett from a narrative by DuVernay. All three will government produce with Bird Runningwater co-executive producing. Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes of DuVernay’s ARRAY Filmworks may even co-executive produce. ARRAY will produce in affiliation with Warner Bros. Television, the place DuVernay is presently below an total deal.
Per NBC, “Sovereign” marks the primary Native American household drama developed for community tv. The mission chronicles the lives, loves and loyalties of a sprawling Indigenous household struggling to management the way forward for their tribe in opposition to exterior forces and themselves.
“Sovereign” marks the newest TV mission for DuVernay, who’s presently government producer on the OWN exhibits “Queen Sugar” and “Cherish the Day.” She additionally arrange the unscripted sequence “Home Sweet Home” at NBC earlier this 12 months, whereas she is presently prepping a restricted sequence about Colin Kaepernick at Netflix. She was behind the Emmy-winning Netflix restricted sequence “When They See Us” final 12 months, whereas she additionally gained an Emmy and obtained an Oscar nomination for her documentary “thirteenth.” She can be identified for her function work, having been nominated for the very best director Oscar for “Selma” whereas additionally having helmed movies like “A Wrinkle in Time” and “Middle of Nowhere.”
Runningwater belongs to the Cheyenne and Mescalero Apache Tribal Nations, and grew up on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico. Since 2001, he has guided and mentored the worldwide Indigenous movie neighborhood and has supported greater than 140 totally different Indigenous filmmakers by way of his work.
Freeland is a movie and tv author/director and a member of the Navajo Nation. Her debut function, “Drunktown’s Finest,” debuted at Sundance in 2014. She directed the digital sequence “Her Story,” which obtained an Emmy nomination in 2016 for greatest brief kind comedy or drama sequence. Her TV directing credit embrace “Fear the Walking Dead,” “P-Valley,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Bennett made her episodic tv directing debut on “Queen Sugar.” She has additionally directed episodes of exhibits equivalent to “Billions,” “Bosch,” and “Animal Kingdom.” She has additionally written for “Bosch” in addition to exhibits like “The Glades” and “UnREAL.” Her debut function, “Alaska Is a Drag,” gained greatest function movie and jury awards for steering at Leeds, Chattanooga, Urbanworld, the Smithsonian African American Film Festival and New Filmmakers LA.
(Pictured, from left to proper: Ava DuVernay; Bird Runningwater; Shaz Bennett; Sydney Freeland)