Mara Brock Akil

Brock Akil first began her career in 1994 writing for the critically acclaimed but short-lived Fox series South Central. In 1999, she served as supervising producer and writer on The Jamie Foxx Show after writing for Moesha for four seasons. In 2000, Brock Akil created and executive produced (along with Kelsey Grammer) another UPN series Girlfriends.The series earned multiple honors including the Shine Award and  Prism Award, and numerous NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series. She also created and executive produced the spin-off series The Game.

In June 2007, Brock Akil and her husband signed to The Weinstein Co. Their first project under the new pact will be a film about a woman who starts a business to investigate the mates of high-powered women after she herself is left at the altar. Mara Brock Akil will write the screenplay and Salim Akil will direct, reports Variety. The pair’s Happy Camper Productions banner will produce.

In 2009, Brock Akil became a consulting producer and writer for the ABC suburban sitcom Cougar Town.

Recently, Essence magazine featured her as one of the “Outstanding Women under 40,” and she was featured in Newsweek’s “Women & Power” issue which highlighted influential women from all walks of life. She holds a B.A. from Northwestern University.

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