Ava DuVernay: 23 Million Netflix Accounts Streamed ‘When They See Us’
June 26, 2019
Ava DuVernay, creator of Netflix’s When They See Us, says the controversial miniseries has been streamed by more than 23 million accounts worldwide since bowing May 31.
When They See Us is based on the 1989 Central Park jogger assault and rape case that sent five wrongly-convicted African American teens to jail on sentences ranging from five to 15 years.
DuVernay, who was nominated for Golden Globe and Oscar awards for Selma and 13th, disclosed the data in a tweet June 25.
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Netflix , which is traditionally reticent about disclosing streaming data, June 12 tweeted the series has been its most-watched domestic daily program in June.
The convictions were later overturned and the young men exonerated on all charges after another man confessed to the crime that drew racially-charged attention nationwide.
Defendants Raymond Santana, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson and Korey Wise collectively received $41 million in compensation from the state of New York for their wrongful convictions. In 2016, they received another $3.9 million in a separate settlement.