‘Girlfriends’ Creator Mara Brock Akil Inks Production Deal With Netflix

Mara Brock Akil (Credit: Emma-Feil/Netflix)

Mara Brock Akil , the creator of Girlfriends, Being Mary Jane and The Game, has inked a multi-year production deal with Netflix, the streaming giant announced Wednesday.

As part of the agreement, Brock Akil will create scripted and other original content for the company.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mara Brock Akil to Netflix. Her signature storytelling, authentic perspective and captivating characters have long entertained audiences and proven to be relevant, timely and endlessly engaging. We look forward to bringing her distinct voice, vision and passion to our global members,” Channing Dungey, Netflix’s vice president of original series, said in a statement.

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Brock Akil also produced Black Lightning for The CW and created Love Is for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Her new Netflix deal comes as many Hollywood studios look to amplify Black voices.

“It is a dream to partner with the force of Netflix, for we have the same goals — telling human stories for a global audience,” Brock Akil said. “I’m excited to have a home that allows me the creative freedom and support to do what I do best — paint portraits and murals of women, Black people and anyone else whose story is missing from this golden age of television. Representation matters and so does who you build with — I can’t wait to work closely with Channing Dungey and her team to launch some great stories.”

The news dropped just before Netflix starts streaming Girlfriends on Sept. 11. The Game began streaming on the platform last month.