Regina King Lands Production Deal with Netflix

Oscar and Emmy-winning actress and director Regina King has locked in a "first-look deal" with Netflix to produce films and television series, the streaming service announced. Netflix announced on April 1 that King’s production company, Royal Ties, is entering into a multi-year deal to produce films and series for the streaming platform. Her sister, Reina King, will serve as head of the production company.

“Regina King is a multi-faceted talent both behind and in front of the camera. She’s been a trailblazer for years, with boundless creativity and impeccable taste in projects, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that she will bring her formidable talents to Netflix,” Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, said in a statement. “I am beyond thrilled to join the Netflix family,” King said in a statement. “They are at the top of their game and as an artist I am so excited to come play in this wonderful sandbox they have created for storytellers.”

King, 48, has won a multitude of awards over the years. She won her third Emmy in 2018 for her role in the Netflix’s limited series Seven Seconds, and an Oscar earlier this year for best supporting actress in the film adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk.

The actress has also worked behind the camera, directing episodes of television series such as This is Us, Insecure, Shameless, Scandal, and The Good Doctor. She is currently working on Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen series for HBO, which is set to be released later this year. This is the second project the two have worked on together since collaborating on HBO’s television series The Leftovers, which earned King a Critics’ Choice Award during the series’ second season.

King fans and supporters took to social media to congratulate her on the Netflix deal. “It is @ReginaKing's TIME, y'all. After winning almost every acting award (Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe, AAFCA, etc), she just inked a first-look deal with @Netflix. Regina will produce films + series content for the streaming service. CONGRATS!!” one Twitter user wrote on Wednesday.

“Excited for the untapped writers, directors, actors, etc who will now have a platform because a star has been passed the baton to nurture fresh stories. Regina King's stamina in an industry quick to discard Black actresses is beyond admirable,” another tweeted.

During her career, King has won one Golden Globe award, one BET award, one Critic’s Choice Movie award, one Critic’s Choice Television award, seven NAACP Image awards, among others.

King was also named one of the most influential people of 2019 by TIME magazine. Fellow award winner Viola Davis wrote that King enjoys seeing other actors succeed, and noted that she is excited for King’s new chapter as a director with Netflix. “I think she’s excited for her growth as an actor but also the other side: being a director, being a leader, having a production company,” Davis wrote. “Because that changes the game: the power of what’s on the page is going to change how people of color and women are seen in the business.”

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