(January 23, 2019 – Burbank, CA) – Coming off 2018 record-breaking films, including Academy Award Best Picture nominee “Black Panther” and “Creed II,” actor/producer Michael B. Jordan has signed a first-look deal for his production company Outlier Society with Warner Bros. Pictures Group, it was announced today by Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. This marks a continuation of their partnership following the unveiling of a joint production diversity policy in September 2018, the first of its kind. Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming “Just Mercy,” a Jordan-starring and producing vehicle, became the first film under the new policy.
Warner Bros. Pictures is also coming off a critically and commercially successful year delivering its best-ever results at the worldwide box office.
This powerful marriage will focus on culturally rich storytelling, representative of the global community and providing a platform for the next generation of talent to thrive.
“Michael has become a leading voice in a new generation of talent and is creating real change in the industry,” said Emmerich. “His talent is undeniable, and beyond that, his commitment and conviction around representation and inclusion are inspiring—he truly walks the walk. We’re extremely proud to be in business with him and excited about a number of projects on the horizon.”
“Michael has been part of the WarnerMedia family since starring on ‘The Wire’ for HBO when he was 15-years-old,” said Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. “From our work with him on the two ‘Creed’ films and more recently on ‘Just Mercy,’ we’ve come to know him as someone who is thoughtful, focused and serious about making great films that are representative and inclusive of new voices and new talent on camera and on set. We’re honored that he’s chosen Warner Bros. as his creative home.”
“Warner Bros. is the perfect home for myself, my brilliant president of production Alana Mayo and Outlier Society,” said Jordan. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for their visionary leadership and commitment to producing a broad slate of films, which gives us more range and more opportunity as producers. Most importantly, they share my passion for telling unique, creatively-fulfilling stories and giving a voice to the next generation of talent.”
Courtenay Valenti, President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Pictures, worked closely with Emmerich on this deal, along with Jordan’s agency, WME, and attorney Bloom Hergott.
Michael B. Jordan Bio
Actor/producer Michael B. Jordan garnered critical acclaim for his multi-dimensional portrayal of the tormented Erik Killmonger in Disney/Marvel’s Academy Award-nominated film “Black Panther,” directed by longtime Jordan collaborator, Ryan Coogler. To date, it has grossed over $1.3B at the global box office and has been cemented in history for its cultural and societal relevance. Jordan most recently starred in and produced “Creed II,” returning to the role of Adonis Creed. “Creed II” broke 2018 box office records as the highest-grossing live-action film to ever open on Thanksgiving Weekend.
Among an impressive slate of upcoming projects, he will be seen next in “Just Mercy” for Warner Bros. In 2013, Jordan garnered industry acclaim starring as Oscar Grant in Coogler’s first feature, “Fruitvale Station.”
Outlier Society is a cutting-edge production company focused on bringing an eclectic and inclusive lineup of diverse stories and voices to market, meeting the viewers where they are. The company was founded by Michael B. Jordan in 2016 and was one of the first companies to publicly adopt the inclusion rider. Under the helm of President of Production Alana Mayo, Outlier Society has co-produced the Emmy-nominated HBO Films’ adaptation of “Fahrenheit 451,” which netted Jordan a Producers Guild Award. Their forthcoming projects include WWII action drama ‘The Liberators,” the anime-style 3D series “gen:LOCK,” the sci-fi hour-long series “Raising Dion,” and the OWN drama series “David Makes Man” from Oscar-winning Moonlight co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney.
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