Alex Phiillips - Creative Executive
Rocio Melara - Creative Executive
Marquis Phifer - Marketing Executive
Margie Gilmore - Executive Dir. of Mentorship Labs
Executive Director of Mentorship Labs
About Hillman grad
Hillman Grad Productions is a development and production company committed to creating art that goes against the status quo and gives a platform to marginalized storytellers by providing a platform for diverse voices across all mediums. Founded by Emmy-Award winning writer Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani, the company currently has projects at Netflix, Disney, BET, Showtime, HBO and Amazon.
Their comprehensive slate includes the box-office hit Queen & Slim (Universal), released Thanksgiving weekend 2019, written by Waithe and directed by Melina Matsoukas. Other projects include the returning sophomore season of Boomerang on BET, Along with the new highly-anticipated show, Twenties, also on BET. Twenties is a coming-of-age series loosely based on Waithe's life when she moved to Los Angeles. We follow the adventures of a queer black girl and her two straight best friends, spending most of their days chasing their dreams and talking shit.
Other projects currently in various stages of production: How to Make Love to a Black Woman which is for Showtime; Them: Covenant for Amazon; Untitled Kid Fury Project for HBO; and the Sundance Film Festival 2020 selection The 40-Year-Old Version, Radha Blank’s groundbreaking film, which blends real life and fiction to follow its protagonist, a down-on-her luck New York playwright, who decides to reinvent herself and salvage her artistic voice by becoming a rapper at age 40.