Janet Mock has made history, the director, writer, and producer just signed a huge deal with streaming giant, Netflix, making her the first transgender woman to become a lead creative and drive content at a major content producer.
The deal is reportedly for 3 years, worth an undisclosed amount, but is worth millions of dollars. Netflix will receive exclusive rights to Mock's TV shows and the deal also gives Netflix the first-look option on feature films. One of her first Netflix projects will be Hollywood, which she will director and serve as the executive producer. The deal still gives Mock the opportunity to continue to write and direct foe Pose, the FX hit series.
The Netflix deal will allow Janet Mock to bring to a large amount of viewers communities that have been underrepresented and frankly, ignored by Hollywood, such as being a woman, a person of color, and a transperson.
Mock said of the historic deal, “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. And more than embraced. Given not just a seat at the table but a table of my own making.” She hopes partnership with Netflix will create an industry surge, to motivate people to tell their own stories.
Currently, Mock is searching for creative executives through interviews for her production company. She is planning on creating projects such as a college-set drama following a young trans woman, a series about New Orleans after the abolishment of slavery, and is also toying with the idea of rebooting of a classic sitcom.
Netflix's VP of Original Content, Cindy Holland spoke highly of Mock, saying, “As a best-selling author, producer and director, Janet Mock has demonstrated she knows how to bring her vision to thrilling, vivid life. She’s a groundbreaker and creative force who we think will fit right in here at Netflix.”