‘Moonlight’ director creates content for OWN

The series, which is yet to be titled, will be produced for OWN by Page Fright and Outlier Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. 

Tarell Alvin McCraney

Tarell Alvin McCraney, co-writer and executive producer of the Academy Award-winning Best Picture Marking his first television series,  will create, write and executive produce a new coming-of-age drama for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Set in South Florida at the end of the Obama legacy, it’s a lyrical drama inspired by events in McCraney’s own life and follows a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out.

“When Tarell shared his powerful story with us there wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” said Oprah Winfrey. “I knew this was something special that our viewers will without a doubt connect to and feel compelled to explore with us. I am honored to be working with Tarell and the rest of the producers on this project.”
Playwright, actor and producer Tarell Alvin McCraney received an Academy Award, with director Barry Jenkins, for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing the 2016 film “Moonlight,” which also won for Best Picture. The movie was based on McCraney’s semi-autobiographical script In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.
McCraney currently serves as the chair of playwriting at the Yale School of Drama. This will be his first foray into creating a scripted drama series for television.

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