Lena Waithe
Shayan Asgharnia
United States
2019

Hillman Grad Productions

Lena
Waithe

Actor / Writer

Waithe made history as the first woman of color to win an Emmy for best writing in a comedy for the “Thanksgiving” episode of Netflix’s “Master of None,” then the Chicago native created Showtime’s “The Chi,” which led to a first-look deal with the cable net to develop projects through her Hillman Grad Productions. In 2019, Waithe inked a rich overall deal with Amazon Studios, which had locked a two-season order of her horror anthology “THEM,” and she’s deep in business with BET, as the channel renewed her “Boomerang” reboot and greenlighted her comedy series “Twenties,” which she wrote in her 20s. Waithe’s feature writing debut, Universal’s “Queen & Slim,” hits theaters in November, and she’s set to star in season three of HBO’s “Westworld.”

Career

  • DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
  • MASTER OF NONE
  • THE CHI

Education

  • Columbia College Chicago (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 10 Comics to Watch
  • TV Producers Impact
  • Variety Power of Pride
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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TV News Roundup: BET Releases Trailer for Lena Waithe's 'Twenties'

TV News Roundup: BET Releases Trailer for Lena Waithe's 'Twenties'

In today's TV news roundup, Ali Wong gets two new Netflix comedy specials and BET releases the first look at Lena Waithe's "Twenties" series.  CASTINGMichael Beach (“ER”), Anne-Marie Johnson (“For The People”) and Kellee Stewart (“Guess Who”) have been cast in Ava DuVernay’s romantic anthology series, “Cherish The Day.” They join Xosha Roquemore, Alano Miller and Emmy-award winner Cicely Tyson. Also, Blitz Bazawule, Aurora Guerrero (“13 Reasons Why”) and Deborah Kampmeier (“Queen Sugar”) join Tanya Hamilton (“Vampire Diaries”) as directors. Joel McHale will return to...

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