Lena Waithe

United States

Emmy® Award-winning writer, creator, producer, actor, and founder of Hillman Grad, Lena Waithe continues to lead the cultural revolution in Hollywood. Waithe expertly taps into emerging societal trends by speaking to myriad experiences from her unique perspective while challenging audiences to think outside of conventional norms. Through her production company, Hillman Grad, Waithe and her team fight against the status quo by giving marginalized storytellers the opportunity to access the industry and tell their stories. Acclaimed credits include projects like Netflix’s MASTER OF NONE and BEAUTY, Showtime’s THE CHI, BET’s TWENTIES, Universal’s QUEEN & SLIM, Sundance award-winner THE FORTY YEAR-OLD VERSION and more. Upcoming producorial projects include Focus Features and AV Rockwell's A THOUSAND AND ONE which received the Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival Awards, and is set for a March 31, 2023 theatrical release date; KOKOMO CITY, which received the NEXT Audience Award and NEXT Innovator Award at Sundance 2023, and has since been acquired by Magnolia Pictures; Disney+’s CHANG CAN DUNK which will premiere March 10th; and BEING MARY TYLER MOORE, which is set for a world premiere at this year’s SXSW in March. Waithe will serve as the Ambassador at this year’s American Black Film Festival in June.