Mara Brock Akil

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Mara Brock Akil (born Mara Dionne Brock, May 27, 1970) is an American screenwriter and television producer.wikipedia
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The Game (American TV series)

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She created UPN comedy series Girlfriends (2000–2008) and its spin-off The Game (2006–2015).
The Game is an American comedy-drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil.

Being Mary Jane

She later created the first drama series for BET Being Mary Jane (2013–2019).
Being Mary Jane is an American drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil and starring Gabrielle Union, that debuted January 7, 2014 on BET.

Black Lightning (TV series)

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In 2018, she produced Black Lightning for The CW and created Love Is for Oprah Winfrey Network. The Akils created and executive produced a scripted superhero series, Black Lightning, based on DC Comics' Black Lightning series.
Black Lightning is an American superhero television drama series, developed by Salim Akil, that premiered on The CW on January 16, 2018.

Love Is (TV series)

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In 2018, she produced Black Lightning for The CW and created Love Is for Oprah Winfrey Network.
Love Is (stylized as Love Is ___) is an American drama television series created and produced by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil.

Kara Brock

Demeter left Los Angeles and moved to Kansas City, where she was able to work her way up from an entry level position at Marion Labs to a computer programmer while raising Brock Akil and her two siblings, including younger sister actress, Kara Brock.
She is the younger sister of the writer/producer Mara Brock Akil.

Girlfriends (2000 TV series)

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She created UPN comedy series Girlfriends (2000–2008) and its spin-off The Game (2006–2015). In 2000, Brock Akil created and executive produced (along with Kelsey Grammer) another UPN series, Girlfriends.

Melanie Barnett

Following the launch of the CW network, Brock Akil created a spin-off series to her first show that follows the life of Joan's cousin, Melanie Barnett, played by Tia Mowry.
Melanie was created by producer Mara Brock Akil.

Northwestern University

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She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and became a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
Alumni who have made their mark on film and television include Ann-Margret, Warren Beatty, Jodie Markell, Paul Lynde, David Schwimmer, Anne Dudek, Zach Braff, Zooey Deschanel, Marg Helgenberger, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Meghan Markle (later known in the United Kingdom as the Duchess of Sussex), Jerry Orbach, Jennifer Jones, Megan Mullally, John Cameron Mitchell, Dermot Mulroney, Charlton Heston, Richard Kind, Ana Gasteyer, Brad Hall, Shelley Long, William Daniels, Cloris Leachman, Bonnie Bartlett, Paula Prentiss, Richard Benjamin, Laura Innes, Charles Busch, Stephanie March, Tony Roberts, Jeri Ryan, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, McLean Stevenson, Tony Randall, Charlotte Rae, Patricia Neal, Tom Virtue, Nancy Dussault, Robert Reed, Mara Brock Akil, Greg Berlanti, Bill Nuss, Dan Shor, Seth Meyers, Peter Spears, Frank DeCaro, Zach Gilford, Nicole Sullivan, Stephen Colbert, Billy Eichner, Sandra Seacat and Garry Marshall.

Moesha

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In 1999, she served as supervising producer and writer on The Jamie Foxx Show after writing for Moesha for four seasons.
Though not direct spin-offs of Moesha, the shows Girlfriends and The Game were created by Moesha writer Mara Brock Akil and exist in the same universe as Moesha.

Black Lightning

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The Akils created and executive produced a scripted superhero series, Black Lightning, based on DC Comics' Black Lightning series.

Sparkle (2012 film)

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Following the 2011 release of their first feature, Jumping the Broom, Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil, the creative team behind the TV series The Game and Girlfriends, took on Sparkle as their next project, with Houston executive producing and starring as the mother of the three girls.

BET

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She later created the first drama series for BET Being Mary Jane (2013–2019).

The CW

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In 2018, she produced Black Lightning for The CW and created Love Is for Oprah Winfrey Network.

Oprah Winfrey Network

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In 2018, she produced Black Lightning for The CW and created Love Is for Oprah Winfrey Network.

Los Angeles

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She was born in Los Angeles, California to Joan Demeter, and was raised primarily in Kansas City.

Kansas City metropolitan area

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She was born in Los Angeles, California to Joan Demeter, and was raised primarily in Kansas City.

Delta Sigma Theta

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She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and became a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

Chicago

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After she graduated from Northwestern in 1992, Brock Akil decided to put her career plans in journalism on hold to work as a manager at the Howard Street Gap in Chicago and look for opportunities to work within Chicago's entertainment industry.

With Honors (film)

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She decided to change careers after securing the role of Ms.Moore in the 1994 film With Honors.

Fox Broadcasting Company

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Brock Akil first began writing for television in 1994 writing for the critically acclaimed but short-lived Fox series South Central.

The Jamie Foxx Show

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In 1999, she served as supervising producer and writer on The Jamie Foxx Show after writing for Moesha for four seasons.

Kelsey Grammer

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In 2000, Brock Akil created and executive produced (along with Kelsey Grammer) another UPN series, Girlfriends. She struck a deal with Kelsey Grammer, and his involvement with Paramount Pictures was able to sign on as an executive producer for the show.

UPN

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In 2000, Brock Akil created and executive produced (along with Kelsey Grammer) another UPN series, Girlfriends.

Cougar Town

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In 2009, Brock Akil became a consulting producer and writer for the ABC suburban sitcom Cougar Town.

Paramount Pictures

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She struck a deal with Kelsey Grammer, and his involvement with Paramount Pictures was able to sign on as an executive producer for the show.