Kat Candler, Paul Garnes Promoted To Exec Producers For Queen Sugar Season 3

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Kat Chandler, Paul Garnes Promoted To Exec Producers For Queen Sugar Season 3
Posted by Wilson Morales

October 17, 2017

Award-winning director/producer Kat Candler (“Hellion,” “13 Reasons Why”) and producer Paul Garnes (“Selma,” “Underground,” “Being Mary Jane”) have been upped to executive producer for the upcoming third season of OWN and Warner Horizon Scripted Television’s acclaimed drama series “Queen Sugar,” from creator/executive producer Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey. Candler previously served as the producing director in season two of the series, and Garnes was co-executive producer.

In addition to Candler and Garnes, DuVernay’s season three creative production team for “Queen Sugar” will also include DeMane Davis (“Lift”), who has been named a producer and will take over Candler’s former role as producing director. Season three will start production in 2018.

“Queen Sugar” (Wednesdays at 10 p.m.) recently had the midseason premiere of its second season on OWN on Tuesday, 10/3, and Wednesday, 10/4. The 10/3 episode averaged 1.737 million viewers in Live+Same Day viewing, up +9% versus the summer finale on 8/2, and ranked as the most-watched episode since the season two premiere on 6/20/17. Starring Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe, the series chronicles the complicated lives and loves of three estranged siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana.

“Kat has an incredible eye and brings her beautifully nuanced artistry to our vision for the series. Paul has been paramount to the growth and blossoming of the series since our very first season. And DeMane Davis is a vibrant leader on set who I’m pleased to have join us in a new producerial role,” said creator/executive producer Ava DuVernay. “I’m truly thrilled to work alongside these dynamic storytellers as we continue our ‘Queen Sugar’ journey together.”

Candler most recently served as producer and directed multiple episodes of “Queen Sugar” during its second season. She joined the series as a director in season one, handpicked by DuVernay to be part of the show’s all-female directorial team. Prior to “Queen Sugar,” Candler’s award-winning film “Hellion” played in competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and she was a participant at the Sundance Creative Producing Lab. She is also a grant recipient of the San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Her television work also includes “Being Mary Jane,” “12 Monkeys” and “13 Reasons Why.”

A frequent collaborator of “Queen Sugar” creator DuVernay, Garnes was a co-executive producer on season two of the series after having served as producer on season one. Previously, he was executive producer of the DuVernay-directed feature film “Selma,” which was Oscar®-nominated for Best Picture and won for Best Original Song. He also produced the film “Middle of Nowhere,” which was written and directed by DuVernay and won the John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards. Garnes’ television credits also include “Underground,” “Being Mary Jane,” “The Game” and “House of Payne,” among others.

Davis previously served as part of DuVernay’s all-female directorial team in season two of “Queen Sugar.” She has written and directed commercials and independent films. Her two feature films premiered in dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival, including “Lift,” starring Kerry Washington, which was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. Davis currently directs commercials for Sweet Rickey, a female-helmed production company.

About “Queen Sugar”
From award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, the contemporary drama “Queen Sugar” follows the Bordelon siblings who struggle to move forward with their lives as they strive to honor the legacy of their father following his unexpected passing. Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner, “Unforgettable”) relocates to Saint Josephine, Louisiana to help run the family business. As the only black female sugarcane mill owner, she must fight to regain her independence while rebuilding her relationships with her estranged siblings. Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe, “Girls Trip”) struggles to transform from a formerly incarcerated single father to a landowner in the eyes of his family as he works to restore his relationship with his son’s mother. Nova (Rutina Wesley, “True Blood”) finds herself torn between her activism and her desire to be loved. Together, they must learn to rely on one another as they navigate their tenuous bonds as family.

The expansive cast also includes Tina Lifford (“Parenthood”) as the siblings’ free-spirited Aunt Violet; Omar J. Dorsey (“Ray Donovan,” “Selma”) as Violet’s much younger boyfriend, Hollywood Desonier; Dondré T. Whitfield (“Mistresses”) as trusted Bordelon family friend Remy Newell; Timon Kyle Durrett (“Single Ladies”) as Charley’s estranged husband and pro basketball player Davis West; Nicholas L. Ashe (“The Lion King” National Tour) as Charley and Davis’ teenage son, Micah; Ethan Hutchison (“The Path”) as Ralph Angel’s son, Blue; and Bianca Lawson (“Rogue”) as Darla, Blue’s mother who battles drug addiction. Additionally, guest star Henry G. Sanders (“Rocky Balboa”) recurs as Prosper Denton, a farmer and longtime friend of the late Bordelon family patriarch, Ernest.

“Queen Sugar” is produced for OWN by Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.


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