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Netflix Orders Central Park Five Miniseries from Ava DuVernay

11 July 2017 9:20 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Ava DuVernay is bringing the case of the Central Park Five to the small screen. Recently, Netflix announced they've ordered a new limited series from the Queen Sugar executive producer.The five-part drama will chronicle the true story of five Harlem teenagers who were wrongly convicted of raping a woman in Central Park in 1989. Each episode will "focus on one of the five teenagers from Harlem -- Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise."Read More… »

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Ava DuVernay & Netflix announce Central Park Five series

6 July 2017 1:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Tony Sokol Jul 7, 2017

Ana DuVernay follows up 13th with a hard look at the Central Park Five, for Netflix...

The Central Park jogger case divided New York City at the end of the 80s. A group of young men attacked, raped and sodomized a complete stranger, Trisha Meili, leaving her in a coma for 12 days. Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise, were convicted.

Because of the press, it became embedded in the minds of New Yorkers, and beyond. Donald Trump put out $85,000 full-page ads calling for New York to reinstate the death penalty. Almost to this day, the president states with conviction that those Five Harlem teenagers are guilty. But the Central Park Five didn’t do it: their confessions were coerced, and they spent years locked up for a crime they didn't do.

Now, filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th, and the upcoming A Wrinkle In Time »

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Ava DuVernay, Netflix line up Central Park Five limited series

6 July 2017 1:07 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Drama centres on wrongful conviction true story.

Ava DuVernay is returning to the streaming service with a five-episode limited series based on the notorious true story of The Central Park Five.

Each episode will focus on one of the five teenagers from Harlem – Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise – who were wrongly convicted of raping Trisha Meili in New York’s Central Park.

The series will span the spring of 1989, when each was first questioned about the incident, to 2014, when they were exonerated and a settlement was reached with the city of New York.

DuVernay will write and direct the series. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey through Harpo Films, and Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions will serve as executive producers alongside DuVernay.

This marks DuVernay’s second project for Netflix following this year’s Oscar-nominated documentary 13th. DuVernay is also »

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Ava DuVernay returns to Netflix with limited series

6 July 2017 1:07 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

DuVernay’s drama centres on the story of The Central Park Five.

Ava DuVernay is returning to the premium streaming service with a five-episode limited series based on the notorious true story of The Central Park Five case.

Each episode will focus on one of the five teenagers from Harlem - Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise - wrongly convicted of raping Trisha Meili in Central Park.

The series will span from the spring of 1989, when each were first questioned about the incident, to 2014 when they were exonerated and a settlement was reached with the city of New York.

DuVernay will write and direct the series.  Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey through Harpo Films, and Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions will executive produce the series alongside DuVernay.

This marks DuVernay’s second project for Netflix following the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th. DuVernay also has »

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Ava DuVernay Adapting Story of Central Park Five for Netflix Miniseries

6 July 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

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Ava DuVernay is re-teaming with Netflix. Her first collaboration with the streaming giant led to Oscar-nominated doc “13th,” an investigation of the connection between slavery and mass-incarceration in the U.S. Her next project will see her tackling another story involving racism and the criminal justice system. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she’s signed on to write and direct a five-part miniseries about the Central Park Five, a group of five young black men who were wrongfully convicted of raping jogger Trisha Meili in Central Park in 1989.

“I had an extraordinary experience working with Netflix on ‘13th’ and am overjoyed to continue this exploration of the criminal justice system as a narrative project with Cindy Holland and the team there,” said DuVernay. “The story of the men known as Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades. In their journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn — from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for their execution by the man who would go on to be the President of the United States.”

Donald Trump was one of the most vocal during the Central Park Five witch hunt,” THR contextualizes. “He spent a reported $85,000 on full-page ads in the city’s major daily newspapers that called for New York to reinstate the death penalty. Even though evidence has since vindicated the five young men, Trump has referred to them guilty as recently as 2016.”

Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise — the so-called “Central Park Five” — were finally freed in 2014 after spending more than two decades behind bars for a crime they didn’t commit. DNA evidence ultimately proved that they weren’t the perpetrators.

“This is one of the most talked-about cases of our time and Ava’s passionate vision and masterful direction will bring the human stories behind the headlines to life in this series,” commented Netflix’s Cindy Holland. “After powerfully reframing the public conversation about criminality and injustice in ‘13th,’ Ava now turns a new lens to a case that exposes deep flaws in our criminal justice system.”

Ken Burns directed a critically acclaimed doc about the case in 2012.

Spanning from 1989 to 2014, the new miniseries “will offer a breakdown of how the criminal justice system handled each phase of the infamous case, each part focusing on one of the five Harlem teenagers,” THR details.

The project’s producers include DuVernay, frequent collaborator Oprah Winfrey and her Harpo Films, and Jane Rosenthal of Tribeca Productions.

The second season of DuVernay’s Own family drama “Queen Sugar” debuted a few weeks ago. As was the case with the debut season, every episode will be directed by a woman.

The “Selma” director recently made The Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful People in Entertainment List. When asked who she’d want to switch jobs with in Hollywood for a day, DuVernay said, “[Netflix’s] Ted Sarandos. I’d like to know how it feels to be the industry’s biggest disruptor and have those deep pockets too. I’d make it a shopping day.”

DuVernay’s herstory-making next feature, “A Wrinkle in Time,” is set to bow March 9, 2018.

Ava DuVernay Adapting Story of Central Park Five for Netflix Miniseries was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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Ava DuVernay Teaming With Netflix on Central Park Five Series

6 July 2017 11:26 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ava DuVernay is teaming with Netflix on a limited series about the Central Park Five. Each installment of the narrative, five-episode series will focus on one of the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise — wrongly convicted of raping Trisha Meili in Central Park. The series spans from the spring of 1989, when they were first questioned about the incident, to their 2014 exoneration. “I had an extraordinary experience working with Netflix on ’13th’ and am overjoyed to continue this exploration of the criminal justice system as a narrative project with Cindy »

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Ava DuVernay Reunites With Netflix to Write and Direct Central Park Five Limited Series

6 July 2017 11:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Ava DuVernay and Netflix are teaming up once again. The duo earned an Oscar nomination last year for the acclaimed documentary “13th,” and now the director is set to write and direct a five-part miniseries for the streaming giant based on the historic case of The Central Park Five. Netflix is targeting a 2019 release date.

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The Central Park Five was the name given to five young black men — Antron McCray, Korey Wis, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam — who were wrongly convicted of raping 28-year-old Trisha Meili. The attack left the woman in a coma for 12 days. The five men weren’t proven innocent until 2014, when DNA evidence proved they were not responsible for the attack. The case was the subject of a 2012 Ken Burns documentary of the same name.

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Ava DuVernay Reunites With Netflix to Write and Direct Central Park Five Limited Series

6 July 2017 11:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ava DuVernay and Netflix are teaming up once again. The duo earned an Oscar nomination last year for the acclaimed documentary “13th,” and now the director is set to write and direct a five-part miniseries for the streaming giant based on the historic case of The Central Park Five. Netflix is targeting a 2019 release date.

Read More: Anthony Bourdain Lashes Out at ‘Baby Driver’ and Ava DuVernay Comes to Its Defense

The Central Park Five was the name given to five young black men — Antron McCray, Korey Wis, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam — who were wrongly convicted of raping 28-year-old Trisha Meili. The attack left the woman in a coma for 12 days. The five men weren’t proven innocent until 2014, when DNA evidence proved they were not responsible for the attack. The case was the subject of a 2012 Ken Burns documentary of the same name.

“I had an »

- Zack Sharf

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Ava DuVernay Bringing Central Park Five Limited Series to Netflix

6 July 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ava DuVernay is continuing her relationship with Netflix, bringing a limited series about the Central Park Five case to the streaming giant, Variety has learned.

Netflix has greenlit the five-part scripted series for a 2019 debut. DuVernay created the project and will write and direct all five installments.

Participant Media, Tribeca Productions and Harpo Films are behind the limited series with Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh serving as executive producers alongside DuVernay. The project is the latest collaboration for Winfrey and DuVernay who worked together on the Oscar-winning “Selma” and Own’s “Queen Sugar.” For DuVernay, the project marks a return to Netflix for the filmmaker who wrote and directed the platform’s 2016 documentary “13th.”

“I had an extraordinary experience working with Netflix on ’13th’ and am overjoyed to continue this exploration of the criminal justice system as a narrative project with Cindy Holland and the team there,” said »

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