Executive Producer of “Black Lightning”
Salim Akil is the executive producer and showrunner of The CW’s hit drama “Black Lightning.”
With over two decades in the entertainment industry, writer, director and producer Salim Akil has established himself in both the television and film worlds.
Akil started his entertainment career with the 1998 independent feature film “Drylongso,” which he co-wrote and co-produced with Cauleen Smith on a budget of just $25,000. Featured in the 1999 Sundance and Berlin film festivals, “Drylongso” won the Grand Jury Prize at the Urbanworld Film Festival. In 2011, Akil directed the feature film “Jumping the Broom,” which was followed by the remake of “Sparkle” in 2012, and the TV movie “The Start Up.” In 2013, the Akils developed their first one-hour drama, “Being Mary Jane,” which debuted to over 4 million viewers overall.
He would go on to direct the long-running series “Girlfriends,” including the two-part series finale, as well as episodes of “The Game,” a comedy about wives and girlfriends of professional football players. He co-wrote and directed “The Game” finale with his wife, Mara Brock Akil. After three seasons on The CW, “The Game” was picked up by BET. Season four premiered in January 2011 to a record-breaking 7.7 million viewers, making it the #1 ad-supported sitcom telecast in cable history.
Born in Oakland, Akil was raised in nearby Richmond, California. He attended Columbia college in Los Angeles where he studied film and television production.