Madam C. J. Walker (TV series)

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Madam C. J. Walker
Based onOn Her Own Ground
by A'Lelia Bundles
Written byNicole Asher
StarringOctavia Spencer
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)
  • SpringHill Entertainment
  • Zero Gravity Management
Original networkNetflix

Madam C. J. Walker is an upcoming American drama web television limited series, based on the biography On Her Own Ground by A'Lelia Bundles, that is set to premiere in 2020 on Netflix.[1]


Madam C. J. Walker tells "the untold and highly irreverent story of black hair care pioneer and mogul Madam C. J. Walker and how she overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and some trifling family to become America’s first black, self-made female millionaire."[2]

Cast and characters[edit]



On November 10, 2016, it was announced that Zero Gravity Management had optioned the screen rights to A'Lelia Bundles' biography of Madam C. J. Walker, entitled On Her Own Ground, with the intent of developing it into a limited series. The production was expected to be written by Nicole Asher, directed by Kasi Lemmons, and produced by Octavia Spencer, Christine Holder, and Mark Holder.[3]

On July 6, 2017, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order consisting of eight episodes. Executive producers are expected to include LeBron James, Maverick Carter, Mark Holder, Christine Holder, Janine Sherman Barrois, and Elle Johnson. Kasi Lemmons is set to direct and executive produce the first episode. Production companies involved with the series are slated to consist of SpringHill Entertainment alongside Zero Gravity Management.[2]


Alongside the initial development announcement, it was confirmed that the series would star Octavia Spencer as Madam C. J. Walker.[3] On August 6, 2019, it was reported that Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo, Blair Underwood, Garrett Morris, and Kevin Carroll had joined the cast.[4] On August 21, 2019, Bill Bellamy was cast in the miniseries.[1] On October 15, 2019, Zahra Bentham and Mouna Traoré were cast in recurring roles.[5]


Filming for the limited series is scheduled to take place from July 26, 2019 to September 20, 2019 in the Canadian cities of Mississauga, Ontario[6], St Catharines, and Stratford, Ontario.[7] and at Parkwood National Historic Site, Oshawa Ontario


  1. ^ a b Petski, Denise (August 21, 2019). "'Madam CJ Walker': Bill Bellamy Joins Netflix Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (July 29, 2018). "Netflix Orders 'Madam C.J. Walker' Limited Series Starring Octavia Spencer & Produced By LeBron James – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (November 10, 2016). "Octavia Spencer To Star In & Produce Madam C.J. Walker Limited Series For Zero Gravity". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  4. ^ Bennett, Anita (August 6, 2019). "Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo, Blair Underwood, More Join Netflix's 'Madam C.J. Walker' Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (October 15, 2019). "'Madam CJ Walker': Zahra Bentham & Mouna Traoré To Recur In Netflix Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  6. ^ "Current Productions | IATSE 873". IATSE 873. Archived from the original on May 26, 2019. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  7. ^ Walter, Karena (August 2, 2019). "St. Catharines attracts slice of Hollywood". The St. Catharines Standard. Retrieved August 21, 2019.

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