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Lena Waithe
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United States
2018

Hillman Grad Productions

Lena
Waithe

Actor / Writer

On the heels of “Master of None,” Waithe found her star rising. She made history as the first woman of color to win an Emmy for best writing in a comedy series for a second-season
episode of the Netflix dramedy. Then the Chicago native created Showtime’s “The Chi,” a drama about her hometown that led to a first-look deal with Showtime to develop projects through her company, Hillman Grad Productions — a beloved throwback to “A Different World.” The romantic drama “Queen & Slim” should start production in January for Universal, she’s writing/exec producing the single-camera TBS pilot “Twenties,” about a queer black girl and her straight best friends, and she is exec-producing a dark comedy starring comedian/
vlogger Kid Fury, in development at HBO .

Career

  • DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
  • MASTER OF NONE
  • THE CHI

Education

  • Columbia College Chicago (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 10 Comics to Watch
  • TV Producers Impact
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Lena Waithe on Why She's 'Forever Connected' to Vanity Fair's Radhika Jones

For Variety’s latest issue, we asked Lena Waithe to write a tribute to Radhika Jones, one of 50 people to make our New Power of New York list. Here’s why Jones, the editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, represents a new generation of movers and shakers that capture the best of Manhattan. For the full list, click here.Radhika Jones. Today I honor you.For the contributions you’ve made to entertainment and the world. By putting someone who looks like me on the cover...

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