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Regina King lands 1st look deal with Netflix

Regina King (Photo Credit: Bang Media)

Regina King has signed a first-look deal with Netflix.

The 48-year-old actress and director has agreed to a multi-year contract which will see her Royal Ties production company produce films and series’ for the streaming service with her sister. Regina will serve as head of the production.

The If Beal Street Could Talk star previously had a production deal at ABC and collaborated with Netflix on the crime drama series “Seven Seconds,” which had a one-season run on the platform in 2018.

In a statement, King said: “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.”

Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer, said: “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.”

She has done her fair share of TV directing, at the helm of episodes including “This is Us” as well as “The Good Doctor,” while she recently winning her third Emmy for her role as Latrice Butler in “Seven Seconds.” She also scored an Oscar for her role as Sharon Rivers in If Beale Street Could Talk.

The award-winning drama — based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name — followed the daughter of King’s character, pregnant Tish, (KiKi Layne) in New York City in the early 70s, whose boyfriend Fonny (Stephan James) is jailed for a crime he didn’t commit.