Barry Jenkins
David Bornfriend
United States
2021

PASTEL

Barry
Jenkins

Jenkins’ winning streak continued in 2021 with his acclaimed Amazon miniseries adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s novel “The Underground Railroad,” which received seven Emmy nominations, including one his directing. It marks another medium conquered by Jenkins, who in recent years has established a reputation as one of Hollywood’s leading writer/director/producers, with edgy explorations of race, sexuality and systemic criminal-justice abuses in films like “Moonlight,” which brought home three Academy Awards including best picture, and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which earned Regina King an Oscar for best supporting actress. In April 2021, Jenkins and his Pastel prodco partners signed a first-look television deal with HBO and A24.

Career

  • MOONLIGHT
  • THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
  • IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Education

  • Florida State University (FL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • 10 Directors to Watch
  • Inclusion Impact
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TV Auteurs From 'Hacks,' 'The Underground Railroad' and More Discuss What Sets Shows Apart in the Streaming Age

TV Auteurs From 'Hacks,' 'The Underground Railroad' and More Discuss What Sets Shows Apart in the Streaming Age

Amid a TV landscape widened by streaming and ripe with complex storylines, it's difficult for an individual show to stand out.During the TV Auteurs panel at Variety's FYC Fest, co-editor-in-chief Cynthia Littleton was joined by Paul W. Downs from "Hacks," John Hoffman from "Only Murders in the Building," Sterlin Harjo from "Reservation Dogs," Barry Jenkins from "The Underground Railroad" and Rafael Casal from "Blindspotting" to discuss what it takes to make it in today's television world.Hoffman pointed out that a...

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