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2013 The Root 100

Writer and producer Mara Brock Akil keeps the hits coming with The Game and Being Mary Jane.

  • Influence: 166.3
  • Reach: 11.52
  • Substance: 7
  • Media Mentions: 140
  • Internet Mentions: 112000
  • Twitter Followers: 20834
  • Mara Brock Akil

  • Writer and producer of highly rated TV shows.
  • Job: Writer, producer
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @akilproductions
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Age: 43
  • Bio: Mara Brock Akil is the heart and brains behind some of the most beloved African-American television, including Girlfriends and The Game -- a huge ratings score for BET, where it found its second home. Her latest offering, Being Mary Jane, starring Gabrielle Union, debuted on the network with an audience of 4 million viewers, and will be on weekly at the top of next year. "I wanted to show regular, everyday emotions that you haven't seen through a black woman's point of view on television," says Brock Akil. She and her husband, director Salim Akil, have signed a multiyear development deal with BET, and their pilot with fitness trainer and life coach Jeanette Jenkins is currently in production. Visit her website and like her Facebook page.