MARA BROCK AKIL
Executive producer of “Black Lightning”
Mara Brock Akil is the executive producer of The CW’s hit drama “Black Lightning.”
Writer and producer of over 300 episodes of television, Akil has truly left her mark on Hollywood. Starting as a writer on “South Central,” “Moesha,” and “The Jamie Foxx Show,” she quickly emerged as an incredibly talented producer. In 2000, she created “Girlfriends,” which aired for eight seasons, and then developed “The Game.” Upon cancellation, loyal fans of “The Game” took to social media and helped garner record-breaking ratings when the show switched to BET and ran for a total of 147 episodes. In 2013, she and her husband/producing partner Salim Akil, developed their first one-hour drama, “Being Mary Jane,” which debuted to over 4 million viewers. Under the Akils’ deal with Warner Bros. Studios, in addition to “Black Lightning,” they also have the series “Documenting Love.”
Consistently recognized as a leader by her peers in the industry, Akil has been named one of the 50 Power Showrunners by The Hollywood Reporter multiple times, as well as making The Hollywood Reporter’s The Power 100 list in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2013, she was honored at Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood luncheon as well as received the Black Girls Rock award.
Akil’s impact transcends entertainment as she dedicates a great deal of time to philanthropic efforts. She held leadership roles and contributed to LAXArt, The Underground Museum, The Samburu Project, Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Studio Museum of Harlem. In 2014, Girls, Inc. honored Akil for her work inspiring and advocating for girls everywhere. In addition to being a board member on Northwestern University’s School of Communication National Advisory Council, Akil serves on the advisory board of the Humanitas Prize and the board of directors for the WGA West. Akil will be inducted into the Medill Hall of Achievement this fall for the positive impact she has made in television and film.
Akil currently resides in Los Angeles.