Janet Mock Becomes First Trans Woman of Color to Sign Deal With Major Studio With Netflix


In a three year, multi-million dollar deal with Netflix, Janet Mock is making history. Mock will be the first transgender woman of color to call all the creative shots when it comes to providing content for a major company such as the streaming service. She will serve as an executive producer and director for Ryan Murphy’s series Hollywood. Mock is allowed to continue as the writer-director for Murphy’s Pose on FX.

Mock stated in regards to the 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 that the deal:

“Will be a huge signal boost, industrywide, to empower people and equip them to tell their own stories.”

One of Mock’s upcoming projects will be a college-set drama that follows a young trans woman. Another is a series that centers around New Orleans after slavery was abolished. And another is a reboot of a classic sitcom.

Cindy Holland, the VP of Netflix’s original content, stated:

“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.”

Murphy recalls his first meeting with Janet Mock:

“Upon my first meeting with Janet, I knew she was a star and had the stuff moguls are made of. Being able to watch her grow, first as a writer, then a producer and now an acclaimed director who’s helmed four episodes for my productions, has been a gift. I am honored to be her mentor and friend, am grateful she’ll be joining me to write and direct on ‘Hollywood,’ and am so excited to see what she creates at Netflix. Janet is a cultural force, and the world needs her stories.”

Mock also went on to speak about her dream series. Which is the one about a young woman leaving her small town for the first time:

“It’s anchored deeply in my own experience,” she notes. “She decides to not be so open about being trans. What does it mean for a trans girl to just be in college? Just have her on a journey, and not so focused on her identity or origin story. What does it mean to be in this body and this world and to share space with people who don’t yet know you?”

We look forward to seeing what Mock cooks up for us with her new deal with Netflix!

Source: Variety