Reginald Hudlin Becomes First-Ever Black Executive Producer Of The Emmys

by Duke Magazine

Acclaimed producer and director, Reginald Hudlin, has been named the first Black producer in the history of the Emmys. He will be joining the production team for the biggest night in TV’s telecast serving as executive producer with show host Jimmy Kimmel and Done+Dusted’s Guy Carrington, David Jammy and Ian Stewart.

“I’m excited to collaborate with this outstanding team as we produce a show that celebrates the best of what we do and reflects this moment in history,” Hudlin said in a statement.

“Each year Done + Dusted has produced the Emmys, they’ve brought new ideas and a great collaborative spirit, and with the addition of Reggie Hudlin, it promises to be a truly exceptional night,” Frank Scherma, Television Academy chairman and CEO said.

“In this year of tremendous challenge, we look forward to the joint team innovating even more, delivering a reimagined Emmys to honor the exceptional television that has brought us together while we’ve had to remain apart.”

The Emmy awards will be virtually aired on Sunday, September 20.

Born on December 15, 1961, in Centreville, Missouri, Hudlin was raised in East St. Louis, Illinois, by his parents Warrington W. Hudlin, Sr. and Helen (Cason) Hudlin. In 1983, Hudlin received his B.A. degree from Harvard University where his senior thesis project was the first version of the film, House Party.

From music videos, live-action movies, animation, documentaries and television for over 30 years, Hudlin has seen it all. He earned an Emmy nomination for producing the Oscars, and he is credited with executive producing the NAACP Image Awards for nearly a decade.

Hudlin has directed classic ’90s films such as ‘House Party’ and ‘Boomerang’ and most recently, a Netflix documentary about music industry legend Clarence Avant titled ‘The Black Godfather’.

In the early 2000s, Hudlin served as the first president of entertainment for BET. He’s known for also producing films and TV shows including Django Unchained and The Boondocks. He is behind the storyline for the Marvel Comic series Black Panther, the first modern Black superhero.

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