Lena Waithe
Shayan Asgharnia
United States

Hillman Grad Productions


Fans celebrated “Waithe Wednesdays” with a double dose of TV projects on BET: A second season of “Boomerang” and the launch of the star’s series “Twenties.” Onscreen, Waithe joined the ensemble for the third season of HBO’s “Westworld” and appeared on her Showtime drama “The Chi,” which has been renewed for a fourth season and is one of three shows she created that are currently airing. After making her screenwriting debut with 2019’s “Queen and Slim,” Waithe’s big-screen moves in 2020 included voicing Pixar’s first openly gay character in the animated film “Onward” and starring in Justin Simien’s horror satire, “Bad Hair,” for Hulu. The multi-hyphenate’s Hillman Grad Productions also produced the Sundance Award-winning film “The Forty-Year-Old Version” from writer-director Radha Blank, and will lead a 10-month, tuition-free mentorship program for aspiring creative professionals in 2021.




  • Columbia College Chicago (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 10 Comics to Watch
  • Creative Impact Award
  • TV Producers Impact
  • Variety Power of Pride
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Launches Mentorship Lab for Writers, Actors, Executives

Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Launches Mentorship Lab for Writers, Actors, Executives

Emmy winner Lena Waite's production company has launched a 10-month mentorship lab to help shepherd a new generation of storytellers and executives.Hillman Grad Productions is now accepting applicants to its inaugural lab, one that provides opportunities for marginalized storytellers to connect, grow and accelerate their careers in television and filmTuition-free, the program grants 25 fellows the opportunity to enhance creative skills through personalized instruction from industry professionals. The Hillman Grad Mentorship Lab consists of three separate tracks: television writing, screen...


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