Lena Waithe
Shayan Asgharnia
United States
2019

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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Lena Waithe, Andrea Riseborough, Julie Taymor Set For Sundance London

Lena Waithe, Andrea Riseborough, Julie Taymor Set For Sundance London

Lena Waithe ("The Chi"), Andrea Riseborough ("Luxor") and Julie Taymor ("The Glorias") will be among the luminaries participating at this year's virtual Sundance London event in August.Waithe and Riseborough will be joined on a panel by Jeff Deutchman, executive VP of acquisitions and production, Neon; Julia Oh, senior commissioning executive for Film4; and Mathieu Ajan, BFI Network executive and founder of Bounce Cinema. The session, entitled "(Re)Imagining the Future of Independent Film," will examine evolving viewing patterns, to paths forward...

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