OWN drama “Queen Sugar” has made a name for itself on television thanks to creator Ava DuVernay’s decision to hire only women to direct the show, now in its seventh and final season. diversity spoke to all 42 directors (including DuVernay), who highlighted how their daring mandate transformed not only their careers — 39 of whom received their first episodic recognition — but their lives as well.
“Talk about a powerful idea!” exclaims Executive Producer Oprah Winfrey of DuVernay’s revolutionary vision. “Talk about out-of-the-box!”
Working on “Queen Sugar” had practical advantages: many of the directors secured entry into the DGA, gained health insurance and found representation for the first time. But perhaps the biggest win was her newfound confidence in her talents. It was a hard-fought victory in an industry that has made it so difficult for women for so long. Together they refer to the changes brought about by the Queen Sugar initiative as “the Ava Effect”.
Here are their stories.
https://variety.com/lists/queen-sugar-42-women-directors-ava-duvernay/ Queen Sugar: Meet the show’s 42 female directors, including Ava DuVernay