Janet Mock is about to make a huge mark on the streaming landscape.
Variety broke the news Wednesday that the “Pose” writer-director-producer has signed a multimillion-dollar deal with Netflix.
The three-year agreement gives Netflix exclusive rights to Mock’s upcoming TV series, as well as first-look rights on feature-film projects and makes her the first out transgender woman to be a top creative at a major content company.
Mock told Variety she hopes her Netflix deal “will be a huge signal boost, industrywide, to empower people and equip them to tell their own stories.
“As someone who grew up in front of the TV screen, whether that was watching talk shows or family sitcoms or VHS films, I never thought that I would be embraced. And more than embraced. Given not just a seat at the table but a table of my own making.”
Mock also said she got advice from “Pose” creator Ryan Murphy.
“He told me what [being your own boss] looks like and what it costs,” she recalled.
As for the sort of series Mock plans to produce, she said her dream is a show about a young woman who leaves her small town to experience the wider world for the first time in her life.
“It’s anchored deeply in my own experience,” she explained. “She decides to not be so open about being trans. What does it mean for a trans girl to just be in college? Just have her on a journey, and not so focused on her identity or origin story. What does it mean to be in this body and this world and to share space with people who don’t yet know you?”