Pose writer-director and transgender advocate Janet Mock has signed a landmark creative deal with Netflix.
As Variety reports, Mock, known for her television work and her memoir, Surpassing Certainty, secured a sweeping deal with Netflix, making her the first black transgender woman ever to have this much decision-making power at a major content production company.
Today, @JanetMock makes history as the first Black trans woman to establish an overall deal with a major studio.
“…there’s potential to introduce hundreds of millions of viewers to trans people, and showing people who may not understand us, that we can tell our own stories.” pic.twitter.com/nXhaW0STvo
— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) June 19, 2019
The multi mullion-dollar deal, which spans three years, will give Netflix exclusive rights to Mock’s TV series and a first-look option on any future feature film projects. It also solidified her partnership with Pose collaborator Ryan Murphy on Hollywood, his upcoming Netflix original series. She’s also got “a few hush-hush projects” in the works, too, including a half-hour drama and a college series.
Oh, don’t worry: She’s permitted to continue her groundbreaking work on Pose for FX, too. It’s especially exciting since the series just got renewed for Season 3.
“This is the first deal of its kind for a trans person, no less a trans woman of color,” Mock said in a Netflix video announcing her contract. “You know, 84% of Americans say that they don’t know and/or work with a trans person. And so, there’s potential now with Netflix’s worldwide audience to introduce hundreds of millions of viewers to trans people, and showing people who may not understand us, that we can tell our own stories.”
Mock told Variety she hopes the deal will help her spotlight other marginalized people, including fellow transgender women of color. She believes it “will be a huge signal boost, industry-wide, to empower people and equip them to tell their own stories.”
Nick Adams, director of transgender media and representation at GLAAD, said in a statement that Netflix’s choice to empower Mock, a “trans woman of color, to create and greenlight her own films and TV shows” is “truly groundbreaking.”
“For stories about transgender people to be truly real and authentic, trans people need to be behind the camera as well as in front of it,” Adams added.