EXCLUSIVE: Writer/director Ava DuVernay is moving to CAA. DuVernay, whose last film Selma was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, had been at Paradigm. She rose from a publicist in Hollywood films to make a splash with Middle of Nowhere, which won her the Best Director prize at 2012 Sundance, becoming the first African American female director to win that honor.
Her breakout film was Selma, where she used her indie background to navigate obstacles that hobbled past attempts to make movies about Dr. Martin Luther King, and brought in a sweeping historical film about the Selma march that was a flash point in the civil rights movement, at a $20 million budget. The film won an Oscar for Original Song and she became the first African American female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe.
She has not definitively set her followup project, though at one time she was reported to be in the mix for the Marvel superhero movie Black Panther before passing on it, and there is another project she’s working on with Selma star David Oyelowo on Hurricane Katrina.