Reginald Hudlin is unique in the entertainment business because of his success as a writer, producer, director and executive. To quote cultural critic Jimi Izrael, “Hudlin is a modern-day Gordon Parks, a true monster in the game who totally re-did the blueprint: what some people used to call a renaissance man. I dig him because he made me think outside of the box. Hudlin writes and directs movies, pens a comic book, and he was running BET. That’s multi-tasking for your ass.”
Hudlin is a pioneer of the modern black film movement, creating movies like House Party, Boomerang and Bebe's Kids, which are some of the most profitable and influential films of his generation. He is the executive producer and writer of the Black Panther animated series and executive producer of The Boondocks. Hudlin also directed the pilot of the hit series Everybody Hates Chris, and was a producer and director of The Bernie Mac Show.
Hudlin produced Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Don Johnson. The film has won two Golden Globe awards, has been nominated for five Oscars, and it is on track to be the top grossing Western of all time.
During his more than three year tenure as the first President of Entertainment for Black Entertainment Television, Hudlin created 17 of the top 20 rated shows in the history of the network including the award-winning Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is; American Gangster; and Sunday Best. Under Hudlin’s stewardship, BET had its first ever telethon, which supported Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. He created the BET Hip Hop Awards and the BET Honors - two successful network franchises. He created a profitable home entertainment division for the network and completely rebuilt the news division, which went on to win 13 awards in two years.
Hudlin recently directed episodes of Modern Family, The Office, The Middle, Psych and Are We There Yet?
One of Reginald’s dreams came true when he was commissioned to write The Black Panther comic book series for Marvel Comics. The Black Panther is the most successful black super hero series ever, and Hudlin went on to adapt a six episode animated series, which became the top selling DVD in the Marvel Knights home video line. Hudlin also wrote an award-winning run of Spider Man, Marvel’s flagship character.
Hudlin co-authored his first book Birth Of A Nation in 2004. Birth is a comic novel about Hudlin’s hometown of East St. Louis seceding from the United States. The Random House publication received glowing reviews in Time, Entertainment Weekly and Publisher’s Weekly, among others.
Hudlin’s first feature film, House Party, was based on a short film he directed while a student at Harvard University. The feature version won the prestigious Filmmakers Trophy and the Best Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival and also received the Clarence Muse Youth Award and a New Visions, New Voices Award from the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.
House Party is one of the most profitable films of its decade and was critically acclaimed, receiving reviews from film critic Roger Ebert, the New York Times, Time, Newsweek and USA Today. The film launched a franchise, inspiring three sequels; a Saturday morning animated series and a comic book. When New Line Pictures successfully raised 100 million dollars in a public stock offering, House Party was the only film touted in their advertising campaign to the financial markets.
Hudlin then directed the Paramount Pictures romantic comedy Boomerang starring Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Halle Berry and Chris Rock. Boomerang earned 120 million dollars worldwide and produced a double platinum soundtrack by LA Reid and Babyface. The soundtrack featured Boyz II Men’s “End of The Road,” one of the longest charting #1 singles in Billboard history, and the debut appearance of the multi-platinum songstress Toni Braxton.
During this period, Hudlin simultaneously wrote and executive produced Bebe's Kids, the first African American animated feature film. Bebe's Kids was based on the comic routines of the late Robin Harris, who played "Pop" in House Party. Hudlin also created and co-executive produced Cosmic Slop, a hip “Twilight Zone”-type anthology special for HBO, which won two Cable Ace Awards.
He then went on to direct The Great White Hype, a Ron Shelton-scripted boxing comedy starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Damon Wayans, Jamie Foxx and Jon Lovitz. His next project, The Ladies Man, starred Saturday Night Live comedians Tim Meadows and Will Ferrell and featured critically acclaimed actress Julianne Moore. Expanding into new genres, Hudlin directed Serving Sara, a road comedy featuring Friends star Matthew Perry, Elizabeth Hurley and Cedric the Entertainer.
Reginald has directed television commercials for McDonalds, Burger King, AT&T and the Illinois State Lottery.
Reginald has been a featured speaker at Vermont Law School; the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Yale University; the Montclair Art Museum; The Directors Guild; the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; the American Bible Society; the San Diego Comic Con; and more.
Hudlin sits on the board of the UCLA Film, Television and Theatre Department. He is a member of the Motion Picture Academy, the DGA, WGA and, SAG.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Chrisette, daughter Helena and son Alexander.