Kat Candler (Hellion, 13 Reasons Why) has been named executive producer/showrunner for the third season of the hit OWN series Queen Sugar.  She replaces Monica Macer who served as showrunner in Season 2. Macer, in turn, replaced Season 1 day-to-day showrunner Melissa Carter.  Candler served as producing director on the second season of Queen Sugar, and will work alongside Queen Sugar creator/executive producer Ava DuVernay.

DeMane Davis, who directed two episodes of Queen Sugar‘s second season, will take over Candler’s former role as producing director, and Paul Garnes (Selma, Underground, Being Mary Jane) has been upped to executive producer.

Davis has written and directed numerous commercials and independent films. Her two feature films premiered in dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival, including Lift, starring Kerry Washington, which was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. Davis currently directs commercials for Sweet Rickey, a female-helmed production company.

“Kat has an incredible eye and brings her beautifully nuanced artistry to our vision for the series. Paul has been paramount to the growth and blossoming of the series since our very first season. And DeMane Davis is a vibrant leader on set who I’m pleased to have join us in a new producerial role,” said DuVernay. “I’m truly thrilled to work alongside these dynamic storytellers as we continue our Queen Sugar journey together.”

Season three will start production in 2018.

Queen Sugar recently had the midseason premiere of its second season on OWN on Tuesday, which averaged 1.737 million viewers in Live+Same Day, the series’ the most-watched episode since the Season 2 premiere in June. Starring Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe, the series chronicles the complicated lives and loves of three estranged siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana.

Congrats to Kat Candler and DeMane Davis on their new roles!

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