Matthew A. Cherry is starting a new chapter in his career.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker behind Hair Love has signed a multiple-year first-look deal with Warner Bros. Television, for whom he will create, develop and produce new material for multiple platforms. This marks Cherry’s first TV deal.

“I am beyond excited to be joining the Warner Bros. Television family in this exciting new capacity,” Cherry said. “It’s an important time to be a Black creative working in this industry, and I look forward to creating impactful projects and partnering with other talented marginalized voices in our community.”

The first-look pact marks an extension of sorts for Cherry with the indie studio for whom he directed episodes of CBS’ The Red Line and ABC’s Whiskey Cavalier. Cherry will produce all future projects via his Cherry Lane Productions banner.

The deal follows Cherry’s February Oscar win for writing and directing the animated short Hair Love, about an African-American father attempting to do his daughter’s hair for the first time. Released last year, the title was based on Cherry’s best-selling book of the same name.

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