Candler is taking over for Season 2 showrunner Monica Macer, who took the mantle from the original showrunner, Melissa Carter, in Season 1, and will be working closely with creator and executive producer Ava DuVernay in her new role.
The series follows the three Bordelon siblings (Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe and Rutina Wesley) who struggle to move forward with their lives as they strive to honor the legacy of their father following his unexpected passing.
For Season 3, Paul Garnes has been promoted to executive producer as well and DeMane Davis is taking over Candler’s former role as producing director on the series.
“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,” DuVernay said in a statement. “I’m truly thrilled to work alongside these dynamic storytellers as we continue our ‘Queen Sugar’ journey together.”
Candler joined the show in Season 1 as a director and is now one of Queen Sugar’s all-female directing crew. She has also directed episodes of Being Mary Jane, 13 Reasons Why and 12 Monkeys. Candler is represented by ICM Partners.
Season 2 of Queen Sugar currently airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m on OWN. Season 3 will begin production in 2018.