PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06:  Executive producer Mara Brock Akil speaks onstage during the 'The Game' panel at the BET Networks portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on January 6, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mara Brock Akil

Mara Brock Akil

TV Producer/Writer

Mara Brock Akil is a trailblazer for women in television. This Kansas City–raised Northwestern University alum began her writing career in 1994 on Fox’s groundbreaking comedy-drama South Central. She moved on to the UPN series Moesha, earning the title Producer after four seasons. Later Akil served as Supervising Producer on The Jamie Foxx Show, an in 2000, she created her own show, Girlfriends, which she and Kelsey Grammer executive produced. She also created and executive produced The Game, which moved from CW to BET, becoming the number one scripted show on cable TV.  Vibe magazine listed Akil on its “Top 100 Hottest People List.” She is married to executive producer/director Salim Akil, with whom she created the hit BET series Being Mary Jane.