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Salim Akil        

Director of Popular TV Shows Including "Black Lightning" & "Being Mary Jane"

Salim Akil is a television director and writer known for his work on popular black television shows.

Akil started as a staff writer for Showtime's award-winning "Soulfood" and quickly worked his way up to series Executive Producer, on top of directing and writing several episodes.

He has worked as a Director on several other episodic TV series, including UPN's "Girlfriends" CW's/BET's "The Game" and BET's "Being Mary Jane."

Recently, he developed a television series based on DC Comics' "Black Lightning" along with his wife and frequent collaborator Mara Brock Akil.

Akil has also forayed into film. He wrote and co-produced the film Drylongso (1999) which was featured at the Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival. Additionally, he directed the feature film Sparkle (2012), a Sony Pictures remake of the 1974 musical of the same name.


OWN Orders Relationship Dramedy Series From Mara Brock Akil ...
Oprah Winfrey has recruited The Game and Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil and her husband, writer-director Salim Akil, for a new series on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Created and executive produced by the Akils, the hourlong dramedy, titled Love Is ___, is set to debut in 2018. Drawing inspiration from ...

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