Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has been quietly let go of her Warner Bros TV deal after failing to produce any content.
Cullors, 39, signed the deal with the media giant in 2020 to much fanfare, but secretly ended in October 2022, it emerged on Friday.
“Unfortunately, the deal has not resulted in any shows being produced,” a source told the New York Post.
Cullors claimed in January 2022 that she was working on a documentary about how reparations were similar to the idea of landback, where Native Americans got their land back, and another about black social mobility.
She also reportedly had scripted series about marijuana and black women leaders, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Patrisse Cullors, 39, signed a TV deal with Warner Bros. in 2020, but it quietly ended in October 2022 after she failed to keep her promises
A Warner Bros. Discovery source said, “Unfortunately, the deal didn’t result in any shows being produced.” (Pictured is CEO David Zaslav)
Cullors posted a message on Instagram two days ago accusing the media of “lying” about her
“Black voices, especially black voices that have been historically marginalized, are important and an integral part of today’s stories,” she said.
“Our perspective and amplification is necessary and vital to shaping a new narrative for our families and communities. I am determined to take these stories to the next level in my new creative role with the Warner Bros. family.
“As a community organizer and social justice activist, I believe my work behind the camera will be an extension of the work I’ve been doing for the past 20 years. I look forward to amplifying the talent and voices of other Black creatives through my work.”
The multi-platform deal was made to produce shows across the company’s various revenue streams, including animated content, children’s content, scripted and unscripted shows.
The value of the deal has not been disclosed.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Cullors and Warner Bros. for comment.
The BLM activist posted a message on Instagram a few days ago accusing the media of “lying” about her.
“For the past 2.5 years I have been relentlessly attacked by the media. So many lies and so much misinformation. They are determined to destroy my life,” she wrote. “Even though I haven’t been with BLM since 2021, my face is still used to spread so many untruths. I am exhausted and daily fear for my life. The worst part is that so many people have just remained silent.
“Many have not and I am grateful to those who have helped fight the dangerous lies. But all of you. I don’t know how much more of this I can take.’
Cullors, 39, was expected to produce shows for the company’s various revenue streams, including animated films, children’s content, scripted and unscripted shows.
Cullors told the Hollywood Reporter in January 2022 that she was working on a documentary about how reparations were similar to the idea of landback, where Native Americans got their land back, and another about black social mobility
Cullors became a co-founder of BLM in 2013 before stepping down in 2021. The movement began ten years ago in the courtyard of her Los Angeles home.
Now Black Lives Matter’s national organization is on the verge of bankruptcy after its finances plunged $8.5 million into the red last year — while handing out multiple seven-figure salaries to its staff at the same time.
Financial disclosures obtained by The Washington Free Beacon show the perilous state of BLM’s Global Network Foundation, which officially emerged in November 2020 as a more formal way to structure the civil rights movement.
But despite the financial controversy and scrutiny, BLM GNF continued to hire Cullors family members and several board members.
Cullors’ brother, Paul Cullors, founded two companies in 2022 that received $1.6 million for providing “professional security services” for Black Lives Matter.
Paul was also one of BLM’s only two salaried employees during the year, receiving a $126,000 salary as “head of security” in addition to his consulting fees. He is best known as a graffiti artist, with no background in security.
Cullors defended hiring him, saying registered security firms who hired former police officers could not be trusted given the movement’s opposition to police brutality.
For the previous year, 2021, tax returns showed that BLM paid a company owned by Damon Turner, the father of Cullors’ child, nearly $970,000 to help “produce live events” and provide other “creative services.” to deliver.
“While Patrisse Cullors was forced to resign over allegations of using BLM’s funds for personal use, it appears she still keeps it all in the family,” said Paul Kamenar, an attorney for the National Legal and Policy Center- watchdog group.
She was accused of using the group’s $6 million mansion in Los Angeles (pictured) for “personal” use
A consulting firm led by BLM board member Shalomyah Bowers received $2.1 million for providing operational support to the organization. Bowers said the last BLM board approved the contract with his company when he was not a board member.
The filing also revealed that Cullors had reimbursed BLM $73,000 for a charter flight and paid the foundation $390 for private use of his $6 million Los Angeles mansion.
Bowers, who took over from Cullors when she stepped down, also benefited heavily from the group: In 2022, his consulting firm will receive $1.7 million for management and advisory services, the Free Beacon reported.
And the sister of former Black Lives Matter board member Raymond Howard was also employed in a lucrative consultant role.
Danielle Edwards’ company, New Impact Partners, received $1.1 million in 2022 for advisory services, according to the Free Beacon.
BLM GNF also agreed to pay an additional $600,000 to the consulting firm of an unknown former board member “in connection with a contract dispute.”
The nonprofit group ran an $8.5 million deficit and its investment accounts fell in value by nearly $10 million in its most recent fiscal year, financial disclosures show.
The group recorded a $961,000 loss on a $172,000 securities sale, suggesting the group suffered an 85 percent loss on the transaction. Further details of that protection have not been shared.
And the money flowing into BLM’s coffers has dropped dramatically.
Donations fell 88 percent between 2021 and 2022, from $77 million to just $9.3 million for the most recent financial year.
A year later, in May 2022, it was revealed that Black Lives Matter had spent more than $12 million on luxury properties in Los Angeles and Toronto — including a $6.3 million, 10,000-square-foot property in Canada that was purchased as part of an $8 million “out-of-country grant.”
The Toronto property was purchased with grant money intended for “activities to educate and support black communities, and to purchase and renovate property for charitable use.”
The group had said it intended to use the property as its Canada headquarters, and it has now been renamed the Wilseed Center for Arts and Activism.