Netflix is officially in the Regina King business.
The streaming service has locked down the director, producer, and award winning actress in a multi-year first look deal to produce films and series through her production company Royal Ties. Her sister, Reina King, will serve as the shingle’s head of production.
The actress, who nabbed an Emmy Award for her role in Netflix’s “Seven Seconds,” was named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people of 2019. She most recently won an Academy Award for her role as Sharon Rivers in feature film If Beale Street Could Talk and has worn many hats behind the camera directing episodes of This is Us, The Good Doctor, and the season three finale of Insecure among others.
She is next set to star in Damon Lindeloff’s upcoming series Watchmen.
“Regina King is a multi-faceted talent both behind and in front of the camera. She’s been a trailblazer for years, with boundless creativity and impeccable taste in projects, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that she will bring her formidable talents to Netflix,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix.
Said Regina King, “I am beyond thrilled to join the Netflix family. They are at the top of their game and as an artist I am so excited to come play in this wonderful sandbox they have created for storytellers.”
In celebration of King’s power move, here’s a throwback to her second feature film in 1993, and second under the direction of fellow USC Trojan, John Singleton. From the radio roundtable room at the Poetic Justice junket, Regina talks about her co-star, Janet Jackson.