Janet Mock Signs Groundbreaking Three-Year Overall Deal with Netflix

by Sam Cronin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday June 19, 2019

Janet Mock, producer, writer and director of "Pose" has made history as the first out trans woman to sign an overall deal with a major studio. The deal will give Netflix exclusive rights to her future TV projects and a first-look option on movie projects.

The deal also includes an executive producer and director role on Ryan Murphy's upcoming series "Hollywood." She had first worked with Murphy starting in 2017 on his FX series "Pose."

"As someone who grew up in front of the TV screen, whether that was watching talk shows or family sitcoms or VHS films, I never thought that I would be embraced," Mock told Variety. "And more than embraced. Given not just a seat at the table but a table of my own making."

Mock said she hopes the deal "will be a huge signal boost, industrywide, to empower people and equip them to tell their own stories."

"As a best-selling author, producer and director, Janet Mock has demonstrated she knows how to bring her vision to thrilling, vivid life," Cindy Holland, Netflix VP of original content told Variety. "She's a groundbreaker and creative force who we think will fit right in here at Netflix."

According to Entertainment Weekly, Mock is one of the first trans women to sign a deal like this with a major studio, and the first trans woman of color, she is joining a small group of LGBTQ industry leaders, "like the non-binary Transparent creator Jill Soloway, who has a production deal at Amazon, and Lilly and Lana Wachowski, who helmed The Matrix franchise before producing the sci-fi series Sense8 for Netflix."

In a video about the announcement, Mock spoke excitedly about the opportunities this deal would create to expose people to new trans stories in an authentic way.

"This is the first deal of its kind for a trans person, no less a trans woman of color. Eighty-four percent of Americans say they don't know and/or work with a trans person, so there's potential now — with Netflix's worldwide audience — to introduce hundreds of millions of viewers to trans people, and show people who may not understand us that we can tell our own stories!"

Watch the full announcement video below:

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