Gina Prince-Bythewood

Director
Before making a splash at 2000's Sundance Film Festival with her debut feature "Love & Basketball", writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood worked in television, helming and penning episodes of series including NBC's "A ... Read more »
Born: 06/10/1969 in United States

Filmography

Writer (7)

Beyond the Lights 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Secret Life of Bees 2008 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Love & Basketball 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Different World 1992 - 1995, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Writer

Felicity 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Writer

South Central 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Story Editor

Sweet Justice 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Story Editor
Director (6)

Beyond the Lights 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Secret Life of Bees 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bernie Mac Show 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Disappearing Acts 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

Love & Basketball 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

What About Your Friends? 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director
Producer (2)

Biker Boyz 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Courthouse 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Co-Producer

Biography

Before making a splash at 2000's Sundance Film Festival with her debut feature "Love & Basketball", writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood worked in television, helming and penning episodes of series including NBC's "A Different World" and The WB's "Felicity". This UCLA graduate began working on "A Different World" in 1992 and saw three of her scripts on the small screen that season. She served as story editor of 1994's "South Central" (Fox) and wrote one of the comedy/drama series' ten aired episodes. Prince-Bythewood returned to NBC, where she was the executive story editor of the NBC courtroom drama "Sweet Justice" (1994-95). Here she also proved her writing skills, penning a pair of compelling and memorable episodes. She stayed with the courtroom drama genre after the demise of "Sweet Justice", co-producing and writing episodes of the short-lived CBS series "Courthouse" (1995). In 1995, Prince-Bythewood made her TV directing debut with the "CBS Schoolbreak Special" presentation "What About Your Friends?". A drama about three middle-class African-American teenage girls and their post-high school plans, the program featured sympathetic, multidimensional characters and was emotionally credible, faring better than the average melodramatic teen-aimed special.

Relationships

Reggie Rock Bythewood Writer

Husband
Married May 24, 1998

Cassius Bythewood

Son
Born March 1, 2001 father, Reggie Rock Bythewood

EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1991

Milestones

2008

Directed the film adaption of Sue Monk Kidd's bestselling novel "The Secret Life of Bees"

2005

Directed epidsodes of the UPN series "Girlfriends"

2003

Produced the film "Biker Boyz"

2000

Made feature debut with "Love & Basketball" co-starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan

2000

Directed the HBO original film "Disappearing Acts" with Lathan; based on Terry McMillan's popular novel

1999

Was a writer and co-producer for the first season of the WB series "Felicity"

1998

Directed the short film "Bowl of Pork," starring David Chapelle

1995

Wrote and co-produced episodes of the short-lived CBS series "Courthouse"

1995

Directed the "What About Your Friends?" installment of the CBS Schoolbreak Special

1994

Was writer and executive story editor for the NBC legal drama "Sweet Justice"

1994

Worked on the FOX drama "South Central" as a writer and story editor

1992

Was a writer for the NBC sitcom "A Different World"

Bonus Trivia

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Gina Prince-Bythewood on "Love & Basketball" (2000): "When I first started showing the script around I was told it was soft. I guess they wanted more images of 'the Black Experience,' like people chasing each other in the hood with knives." - quoted in Flaunt magazine, April 2000

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