Saturday, April 10, 2021

#MeToo Activist Tarana Burke Inks Overall Deal with CBS Studios
Tarana Burke, Mervyn Marcano / Twitter

*Activist and #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke and her producing partner Mervyn Marcano have inked an overall producing deal with CBS Studios 

Per Variety, the duo will develop scripted, unscripted and documentary projects for linear television and streaming platforms via their Field/House Productions. The team will “embrace complexity and highlight underrepresented voices,” and champion “narratives driven by storytellers who represent ‘the rest of us.’”

“In our quest to partner with compelling storytellers, Tarana and Mervyn stand out,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Studios. “Their drive and leadership as stewards of change brings a powerful and distinct voice to advancing stories of inclusion and impact. They are clearly magnets for many whose voices need to be heard and we’re excited to work alongside them in this new venture.”

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“Creating space for new narratives has always been an integral part of cultural change work,” said Burke. “Field/House is a platform for those new narratives. This partnership gives us the reach and scale to ensure that we build new audiences for new voices.”

Time Magazine named Burke Person of the Year in 2017, and USA Today crowned her Women of the Decade last year. In 2019, Burke was honored with Harvard Kennedy School’s Citizen Activist Award. She’s set to drop her memoir, “Unbound,” in the fall by Flatiron.

Marcano is known for his work on YouTube Original’s “Resist” series and BET’s “Finding Justice.” 

“We’re thrilled to be building a powerful vehicle for inclusive stories with CBS Studios,” said Marcano. “Our goal has always been to create a pipeline of culturally progressive programming with our diverse network of creatives and storytellers. We look forward to working with the team at CBS Studios as these stories find their homes across the media ecosystem.”

Burke, Marcano will also develop content for the CBS Television Network.

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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.



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