- Oscar-winning filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry has signed a multiyear first-look deal with Warner Bros. Television.
Warner Bros. Television Group announced that it has signed a new first-look development deal with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry (Hair Love).
“I am beyond excited to be joining the Warner Bros. Television family in this exciting new capacity,” Cherry said. “It’s an important time to be a Black creative working in this industry, and I look forward to creating impactful projects and partnering with other talented marginalized voices in our community.”
Under terms of the pact, Cherry will develop new television programming — comedies, dramas, longform/event series and more — for all platforms: on-demand/streaming services (including WarnerMedia’s HBO Max), premium/pay and basic cable channels, and the broadcast networks.
Cherry previously directed episodes of CBS’ The Red Line and ABC’s Whiskey Cavalier. Future projects will be via his Cherry Lane Productions banner in association with Warner Bros. Television, Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Warner Bros. Animation, or Blue Ribbon Content, depending on the platform. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution will distribute the series outside the U.S.
Cherry won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for Hair Love at this year’s Oscars. The animated short film is about an African-American father attempting to do his daughter’s hair for the first time. Cherry’s accompanying picture book of the same name (illustrated by Vashti Harrison) is a New York Times Best Seller.
His first feature film The Last Fall, debuted at SXSW in 2012 followed by the 2016 9 Rides which was shot entirely with an iPhone 6s and also premiered at SXSW. Cherry’s additional television credits include directing episodes of Black-ish, Mixed-ish, The Unicorn, Saved by the Bell, and The Last O.G., as well as writing and directing the web series Almost 30 and Almost Home.
Cherry is represented by ICM Partners, Blue Key Management, and The Law Offices of R. Vaughn Gill.