*Leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) announced a new deal today that grants Hulu the exclusive U.S. streaming rights for “The Book of Negroes,” a six-part mini-series starring Academy Award® winner Cuba Gooding Jr., Aunjanue Ellis, Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Primetime Emmy® winner Louis Gossett Jr. and Lyriq Bent.
A universal story of loss, courage and triumph, the complete acclaimed series is now available to stream on Hulu. The deal was brokered by eOne’s Joey Sabella, Head of U.S. and Latin American Sales.
An epic dramatic adaptation of the critically acclaimed Oprah Winfrey listed novel by Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes depicts the extraordinary life of Aminata Diallo (Ellis) – an indomitable African woman who survives against all odds in a world that forever underestimates her.
Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, before ultimately securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century.
The Book of Negroes launched last year on BET to a total of 8.2 million viewers and on CBC in Canada to an impressive 1.9 million viewers making it the highest rated original drama for the network since Road to Avonlea’s January 7, 1990 premiere.
The mini-series has garnered many accolades including The Cablefax Award for Best Miniseries and the NAACP award for Outstanding writing in a Motion Picture as well as Critic’s Choice Television Award nominations for Best Limited Series and Best Actress in a Limited Series and a Satellite Award nomination for Best Limited Series.
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Clement Virgo (“The Wire”, Poor Boy’s Game) and co-written by Hill and Virgo, The Book of Negroes alsostars Oscar® nominee Jane Alexander (The Cider House Rules), Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line) and Allan Hawco (“Republic of Doyle”).
An official Canada-South Africa treaty co-production, The Book of Negroes was produced by Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment, eOne and Idlewild Films.
Executive producers include Damon D’Oliveira (“What We Have”, “Lie with Me”) and Clement Virgo for Conquering Lion Pictures; Lance Samuels (“Inescapable”, Bang Bang Club) from Out of Africa Entertainment; Bill Niven (Heartbeat) of Idlewild Films; and eOne’s Carrie Stein (Coco Chanel, Burn Up, Diamonds) and Margaret O’Brien (“Bitten”, “Rookie Blue”).
Other executive producers include Daniel Iron (“Cairo Time”, “Away From Her”) and Michael Levine (“The Republic of Doyle”).
The Book of Negroes
The Book of Negroes was produced with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund, Shaw Rocket Fund, Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia through the Equity Investment Program, Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia through The Eastlink Independent Production Fund, and with the participation of Cogeco Production Program.
The series was produced with the assistance of the Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. eOne handles the worldwide rights to the mini-series in all media.
The Book of Negroes was produced in association with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Black Entertainment Television.