*New York, NY/Santa Monica, CA – Pulitzer Prize®-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Instances (NYSE: NYT) have chosen world content material chief Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) to be the house for a wide-ranging partnership to develop Ms. Hannah-Jones’ landmark challenge of The New York Instances Journal, The 1619 Challenge, and hit New York Instances podcast, 1619, into an expansive portfolio of characteristic movies, tv sequence and different content material for a worldwide viewers.
As a part of the ground-breaking enterprise, Lionsgate has partnered with media titan Oprah Winfrey as a producer who will present stewardship and steering to the event and manufacturing of the 1619 Challenge.
Lionsgate, The Instances and Ms. Winfrey will be a part of forces with Ms. Hannah-Jones, a 2020 Pulitzer Prize® winner, employees author at The New York Instances Journal, and one of many nation’s foremost investigative journalists, who will function the artistic chief and producer in creating characteristic movies, tv sequence, documentaries, unscripted programming and different types of leisure enlisting world-class Black artistic voices to assist adapt her celebrated sequence chronicling the ways in which the unique sin of slavery in America nonetheless permeates all elements of our society at present. Her colleague at The Instances Journal, Caitlin Roper, an editor of The 1619 Challenge and head of scripted leisure at The Instances, may even produce.
One of the crucial impactful and thought-provoking works of journalism of the previous decade, The Instances Journal’s 1619 Challenge was a landmark endeavor that related the centrality of slavery in historical past with an unflinching account of the brutal racism that endures in so many elements of American life at present. It was launched in August 2019 on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the primary enslaved Africans within the English colonies that may turn into the US, and it examines the legacy of slavery in America and the way it formed all elements of society, from music and legislation to training and the humanities, together with the rules of our democracy itself.
Ms. Hannah-Jones created and was the architect of the initiative at The Instances Journal with contributions from Black authors, essayists, poets, playwrights, and students comprising a particular challenge of the journal and a particular part within the print version of The New York Instances produced in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s Nationwide Museum of African-American Historical past & Tradition, in addition to a five-part podcast that topped the Apple Podcast charts.
One in all The Instances’ most generally learn items of journalism final yr, The 1619 Challenge has been mentioned within the Senate, is being tailored right into a sequence of books with One World, a division of Penguin Random Home, and is already altering the best way that American historical past is being taught in colleges.
“We took very severely our obligation to seek out TV and movie companions that may respect and honor the work and mission of The 1619 Challenge, that understood our imaginative and prescient and deep ethical obligation to doing justice to those tales. By means of each step of the method, Lionsgate and its management have proven themselves to be that associate and it’s a dream to have the ability to produce this work with Ms. Oprah Winfrey, a trailblazer and beacon to so many Black journalists,” mentioned Ms. Hannah-Jones. “I’m excited for this chance to increase the breadth and attain of The 1619 Challenge and to introduce these tales of Black resistance and resilience to much more American households.”
“From the primary second I learn The 1619 Challenge and immersed myself in Nikole Hannah-Jones’s transformative work, I used to be moved, deepened and strengthened by her empowering historic evaluation,” mentioned Oprah Winfrey. “I’m honored to be part of Nikole’s imaginative and prescient to deliver this challenge to a worldwide viewers.”
“For a lot of People, The 1619 Challenge was an ideal awakening and a real historical past that you simply most likely by no means discovered in class,” mentioned Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “For others, the challenge was a contemporary evaluation of the historic document by one of many world’s main media authorities. We’re proud to associate with The New York Instances, Nikole Hannah-Jones and Oprah Winfrey, a artistic expertise with unparalleled stature, to amplify Nikole’s voice and attain throughout our worldwide platform to marshal all of our prime artistic relationships to translate her imaginative and prescient right into a canon of storytelling for a worldwide viewers.”
“Because the publication of The 1619 Challenge final yr, now we have been looking for the best companions to increase the attain of its message into movie and tv whereas preserving the authenticity of its voice,” mentioned New York Instances Assistant Managing Editor, Sam Dolnick. “We imagine that Lionsgate and Oprah Winfrey are the proper mixture of companions who perceive the editorial integrity of The Instances and the gravity of The 1619 Challenge’s message, and have the attain, sources, compassion, and expertise relationships to affix with us and with Nikole in producing movies, tv, and different programming for a worldwide viewers that do justice to the challenge.”
“Nikole Hannah-Jones and her deeply reported journalism has achieved nothing in need of difficult your complete historical past we thought we knew, revealing the true position of slavery and the influence of racial prejudice in shaping the America of at present,” mentioned Lionsgate Movement Image Group Chairman Joe Drake and Lionsgate Tv Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. “The truths she uncovers are painful and disturbing, however we’re higher for it as a result of her crowning accomplishment in shining a highlight on the beforehand untold contributions of Black People delivers a strong message of empowerment and inclusion. That’s the message that we wish to advance by means of characteristic movies and tv sequence whose storytelling, breadth of scope, and world-class expertise do justice to their material.”