Sidney Poitier documentary in production at Apple

Oprah Winfrey is to serve as executive producer for a documentary about the career and life of the late Sidney Poitier in production at Apple, a source close to the project has confirmed to Variety

Apple and Winfrey, the magazine reports, have been in production on the documentary for more than a year. Poitier’s family is participating in the project as well.

The documentary comes from Harpo Productions and Network Entertainment. Reggie Hudlin will serve as director. Hudlin’s previous directorial credits include 90’s films like “House Party” and “Boomerang,” as well as episodes of TV series like “The Last O.G.” and “Black Monday.” He is also a prolific producer across film and television, serving as a regular executive producer for the NAACP Image Awards since 2013. Hudlin directed the 2019 documentary “The Black Godfather,” which examines the life of music producer Clarence Avant.

Hudlin is also already executive producing two other projects for Apple TV Plus. He will direct “Number One on the Call Sheet,” a documentary that examines the history of Black leading men in Hollywood. He is attached to a sister documentary about Black leading women, which Shola Lynch is set to direct.

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