*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 difficulty of The New York Instances Journal, The 1619 Challenge, and hit New York Instances podcast, 1619, into an expansive portfolio of function movies, tv collection 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 steerage to the event and manufacturing of the 1619 Challenge.
Lionsgate, The Instances and Ms. Winfrey will be part of forces with Ms. Hannah-Jones, a 2020 Pulitzer Prize® winner, workers author at The New York Instances Journal, and one of many nation’s foremost investigative journalists, who will function the inventive chief and producer in creating function movies, tv collection, documentaries, unscripted programming and different types of leisure enlisting world-class Black inventive voices to assist adapt her celebrated collection chronicling the ways in which the unique sin of slavery in America nonetheless permeates all elements of our society as we speak. 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.
Some of the impactful and thought-provoking works of journalism of the previous decade, The Instances Journal’s 1619 Challenge was a landmark endeavor that linked the centrality of slavery in historical past with an unflinching account of the brutal racism that endures in so many elements of American life as we speak. It was launched in August 2019 on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the primary enslaved Africans within the English colonies that might develop into the US, and it examines the legacy of slavery in America and the way it formed all elements of society, from music and regulation to training and the humanities, together with the ideas 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 difficulty 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 among 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 collection of books with One World, a division of Penguin Random Home, and is already altering the way in which that American historical past is being taught in faculties.
“We took very severely our responsibility to seek out TV and movie companions that might 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 accomplice 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,” stated 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,” stated Oprah Winfrey. “I’m honored to be part of Nikole’s imaginative and prescient to deliver this mission to a worldwide viewers.”
“For a lot of People, The 1619 Challenge was an awesome awakening and a real historical past that you simply in all probability by no means discovered in class,” stated Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “For others, the mission was a contemporary evaluation of the historic document by one of many world’s main media authorities. We’re proud to accomplice with The New York Instances, Nikole Hannah-Jones and Oprah Winfrey, a inventive expertise with unparalleled stature, to amplify Nikole’s voice and attain throughout our worldwide platform to marshal all of our high inventive relationships to translate her imaginative and prescient right into a canon of storytelling for a worldwide viewers.”
“For the reason that publication of The 1619 Challenge final yr, we’ve got been trying to find the suitable companions to broaden the attain of its message into movie and tv whereas preserving the authenticity of its voice,” stated New York Instances Assistant Managing Editor, Sam Dolnick. “We imagine that Lionsgate and Oprah Winfrey are the right 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 mission.”
“Nikole Hannah-Jones and her deeply reported journalism has carried out nothing in need of difficult your entire historical past we thought we knew, revealing the true position of slavery and the influence of racial prejudice in shaping the America of as we speak,” stated 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 function movies and tv collection whose storytelling, breadth of scope, and world-class expertise do justice to their material.”