‘Queen Sugar’ Director DeMane Davis Signs Multiyear Deal With Warner Bros. TV

DeMane Davis headshot. Credit: Courtesy of WBTVG

DeMane Davis has inked an overall, multiyear deal with Warner Bros. Television Group and one of her first projects will be the new DC drama series Naomi.

The Queen Sugar director will serve as producing director on Naomi, helming multiple episodes throughout the season and overseeing the show’s directing team, Urban Hollywood 411 has learned.

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The series comes from executive producers/writers Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship, Array Filmworks, and Warner Bros. Television for The CW.

“Growing up, I would scarf down Cap’n Crunch while watching Bugs Bunny every Saturday. I imagined a lot of things, but back then seeing him lean up against the Warner Bros. logo, I don’t think I imagined this,” Davis said in a statement Monday. “I’m forever grateful to Ava for putting me in this rocket ship. Getting to go ‘home’ and work with her and my Array family on Naomi is a gift.”

According to WBTVG, Davis will also develop new original programming for all platforms, including WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, external streaming services, cable, and the broadcast networks.

She is reuniting with DuVernay who opened the door for her television directing debut on OWN drama series Queen Sugar.

Davis’ previous work includes directing episodes of The Red Line for CBS and You for Netflix, as well as the last two episodes of the four-part limited series Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam CJ Walker for Netflix, all produced by WBTVG. She also directed episodes of Shondaland’s How to Get Away with Murder, Station 19, and For the People for ABC. Most recently, she was co-executive producer of the CBS drama Clarice and directed the two-part season finale.

Davis began her career writing and directing indie features. Both of her films premiered in Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and internationally at Edinburgh. Her first major film Lift about a professional shoplifter or “booster” starred Kerry Washington in her first leading role.

Davis is represented by APA. Terms of her deal with WBTVG were not disclosed.