Pioneer director Neema Barnette (Queen Sugar, Being Mary Jane) has joined season 4 of Amazon’s upcoming series Bosch.  The popular digital series follows a relentless LAPD homicide detective as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood.

Barnette is a Hollywood pioneer who has spent a lifetime breaking down barriers. In 1986, while only 25 years old, Barnette became the first African-American woman to direct a sitcom, and, years later, the first to earn a production deal from a major studio. Over the past few decades, she has accumulated an immense body of episodic work that ranges from classics such as The Cosby Show and A Different World, and has directed classic films such as Civil Brand and Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day.Along the way she’d also racked up a host of accolades including an Emmy, Peabody and NAACP Image Award.

Recently, Barnette was chosen by powerhouse film director Ava DuVernay to join the all female directorial team of the OWN hit series Queen Sugar to serve as director/producer of the series during the first season. In her director/producer role, Barnette directed two episodes herself, and helped to mentor other directors as they transitioned from from television to film throughout the entire production.

Shortly after her work on Queen Sugar Barnette went on to direct episodes of the Vh1 series The Breaks in addition to episodes in seasons 3 and 4 of the BET fan favorite Being Mary Jane.

Barnette currently owns her own production company, Hope Entertainment, and has served as a professor at USC, UCLA, and AFI.  She also has an ongoing web series with her husband called Black History Mini Docs which are 90 second docs about black history.

Season 4 of Bosch is likely set to premiere on Amazon Prime Spring 2018.