EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed writer-producer-director Dustin Lance Black, who won the Original Screenplay Oscar in 2009 for penning Milk. He most recently created and wrote the upcoming seven-episode ABC event series When We Rise, about the gay rights movement. He will also direct the final two episodes, with Milk helmer Gus Van Sant, Dee Rees and Thomas Schlamme also taking helming duties.

Black’s credits include writing J Edgar starring Leonardo DiCaprio and helmed by Clint Eastwood, and writing HBO’s Big Love. On the stage, his 2011 play 8, which covered the events in the overturning of California’s Proposition 8, was performed on Broadway and in L.A.

Black will continue to be repped by Hansen Jacobson.