Anna Sheffer
June 19, 2019 11:14 am

Though there’s still far to go, over the past few years, LGBTQ people have been slowly breaking down barriers, and transgender people, in particular, have been gaining more visibility. And now, writer and director Janet Mock has made history by signing an overall deal with Netflix.

Netflix announced the deal with Mock in a June 19th tweet, noting that the Pose writer and director is the first black transgender woman to sign an overall deal of this kind with a major studio.

The streaming giant also shared a video of Mock discussing some of her plans for the deal. She explained that she will continue writing and directing, and she is also working on a new half-hour drama and college series.

According to VarietyMock’s three-year Netflix contract will give the streaming service exclusive rights to her TV series, as well as first rights to any movies that she might create. Under the deal, Mock will be a director and executive producer for Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix series, Hollywood. She’ll also keep working on the FX drama Pose.

It was already clear that Mock has many talents, so we’re ecstatic to see her recognized with this historic deal. We’re also excited to see how Mock’s creative control may open doors for more LGBTQ people of color to have their stories represented at Netflix and beyond. Consider our Netflix subscription renewed.