Rep Sheet Roundup: WME Signs MacArthur "Genius" Documentarian Stanley Nelson
Documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson has signed with WME in all areas. His work, which chronicles African-American history and experience, includes Freedom Riders and The Murder of Emmett Till, both of which won Emmys (the latter also won Sundance's Grand Jury Prize in 2003), The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution and Freedom Summer. His latest documentary feature, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, premiered at Sundance last year before airing on PBS. His independent production company Firelight Media, which he founded with writer and philanthropy executive Marcia Smith in 2000, produces socially conscious documentaries about diverse communities, particularly people of color.