Janet Mock, the director, producer, and writer for the FX series Pose, has signed a three-year multimillion-dollar deal with Netflix, Variety reports, making her the first known transgender woman to establish a major studio deal.
The deal will enable Mock to “create programs that employ and highlight communities that have historically been ignored by Hollywood, including the intersectional space Mock herself occupies as a woman of color and a highly visible trans person,” according to Variety.
“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,” Mock said. “And more than embraced. Given not just a seat at the table, but a table of my own making.”
Mock will be allowed to continue as a writer-director on Pose, a drama highlighting the icons of New York’s underground ball culture, a movement that first gained notice in the 1980s. The show features the largest cast of transgender actors in a series regular role, according to FX.
Mock, 36, was born in Hawaii and transitioned as a teen. She told her story in her 2014 memoir, Redefining Realness. She worked for years as an editor at People magazine, coming out as trans in a 2011 essay for Marie Claire. She said she hopes the Netflix deal “will be a huge signal boost, industrywide, to empower people and equip them to tell their own stories.”
I'm excited to announce that I am partnering with Netflix to tell stories on a global platform. So proud to join the ranks of digital content moguls as the first trans woman to call her own creative shots at a major content company. https://t.co/ZXBOlXv1fM #girlslikeus
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) June 19, 2019
Her dream series, she told Variety, would involve a young woman who leaves her small town and goes off on her own for the first time. “It’s anchored deeply in my own experience,” she said. “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?”
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