Reginald Alan Hudlin (born December 15, 1961) is an American film screenwriter, director and producer and comic-book writer. Along with his older brother Warrington Hudlin, he is known as one of the Hudlin Brothers. From 2005 to 2008, Hudlin was President of Entertainment for Black Entertainment Television (BET). Hudlin has also written numerous graphic novels. He co-produced the 88th Academy Awards ceremony in 2016 as well as other TV specials. Hudlin's breakout film was 1990's House Party, and he worked as a producer on Quentin Tarantino's 2012 film, Django Unchained, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. He also directed the 1992 film Boomerang.
|Born||December 15, 1961|
Centreville, Illinois, U.S.
|Known for||House Party|
|Relatives||Warrington Hudlin (brother)|
The Hudlins grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois, where the family had deep roots. The Hudlin Brothers are paternal great-great-grandsons of Peter and Nancy Hudlin, who were part of the Underground Railroad. Their great uncle was tennis instructor Richard A. Hudlin, who mentored Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson.
The Hudlins attended Katherine Dunham's Center for the Performing Arts, an experimental school, Warrington for high school and Reginald for after school martial arts classes. Hudlin has said that the experience was formative, and led to his older brother attending Yale University, and his attending Harvard University. In 1979, Hudlin graduated from Assumption High School in East St. Louis.
While an undergraduate at Harvard University, Hudlin directed his thesis project, a short film called House Party, which received numerous awards including first place at the Black American Cinema Society Awards. The film was inspired by his experience growing up in East St. Louis. In 1983, Hudlin graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies. His short film thesis was the basis for his first feature film, House Party.
After college, Hudlin and his brother formed a production company and made music videos for such artists as Heavy D, Jamaica Boys, and others.:234 They additionally created the "Hey Love" 1980s TV commercial for a various-artists compilation record, that played regularly on late night TV.
Hudlin directed—with older brother Warrington producing—his first feature-length film, 1990's low-budget teen hip-hop comedy House Party, which starred Kid 'n Play. One of the messages of the film was its promotion of safe sex. The film, distributed by New Line Cinema, was, according to Variety, one of the most profitable films of the decade. New Line wanted to make sequels, but the Hudlins did not feel the compensation or deals were adequate.:446
Hudlin directed 1992's Boomerang, again with older brother Warrington producing. The film was a big-budget romantic comedy that starred Eddie Murphy, who had a term deal at Paramount Pictures and hired the Hudlin Brothers because he liked House Party. It starred an all-black cast that included Robin Givens, Halle Berry, Martin Lawrence, David Alan Grier, and Chris Rock. Boomerang was based on an original idea by Murphy and was written by Saturday Night Live writers Barry W. Blaustein and David Sheffield.
A celebration of the 25th anniversary of Boomerang's release was held on July 1, 2017, at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., with a conversation between Hudlin and producer George Alexander.
In 1992, while making Boomerang, Hudlin directed the first Black animated film, Bébé's Kids, which was championed by Paramount's Brandon Tartikoff, and was made in memory of comedian Robin Harris, who had died in 1990.
In 1994, the Hudlin Brothers produced the HBO anthology multi-ethnic horror series Cosmic Slop, of which Hudlin directed the episode "The Space Traders." It was an adaptation of a Derrick Bell short story found in his book Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism.
He then directed The Great White Hype, The Ladies Man, Serving Sara (2002), two episodes of the TV series Modern Family, an episode of The Office, an episode of The Middle, and several episodes of Outsourced. He was also a recurring producer and director of The Bernie Mac Show for three years.
From 2005 to 2008, Hudlin was the President of Entertainment for BET. Notable shows shepherded by Hudlin at that time included the documentary series American Gangster and Sunday Best, a gospel-music singing-competition show. Hudlin created The BET Honors and the BET Hip Hop Awards.
Hudlin was a producer of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson. On January 10, 2013, Hudlin received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture for the film.
Since 2013, Hudlin has been executive producer of the NAACP Image Awards.
In 2014, Hudlin produced the Black Movie Soundtrack celebration of Black music in movies, held at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl and hosted by Craig Robinson. Black Movie Soundtrack II, also hosted by Robinson, was held in 2016.
In 2015, DC Comics announced that Hudlin and artists Denys Cowan and Derek Dingle would be part of the relaunch of the publisher's Milestone Media imprint, founded by Cowan, Dingle and Dwayne McDuffie. The comic line returned in September 2020 with the Hudlin-penned Milestone Returns #0.
By June 2017, Hudlin had been hired to direct a movie based on the comic Shadowman. That October, Hudlin's film Marshall, about Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court justice, starring Chadwick Boseman, was released.
Hudlin contributed a story to the Black Panther Annual #1, released in February 2018. By July the following year, Hudlin had been hired to direct the Walt Disney Pictures film Safety for Disney+.
|Bébé's Kids||No||Executive||Yes||Also song writer ("I Ain't Havin' It", "Freedom Song", "Straight Jackin'")|
|1996||The Great White Hype||Yes||No||No|
|2000||The Ladies Man||Yes||No||No|
|2019||The Black Godfather||Yes||No||No||Documentary|
- Ride (1998)
- Django Unchained (2012)
- Burning Sands (2017)
- Blazing Samurai (2017) (Executive Producer)
|1986||She's Gotta Have It||Dog 4|
|1990||House Party||Burglar #1|
|1996||Joe's Apartment||Rodney Roach (voice)|
|2000||The Ladies Man||Aloysius|
|1985||Reggie's World of Soul:234||Yes||No|
|1986||The Kold Waves:234||Yes||No|
|1994||Cosmic Slop||Yes||No||No||TV movie;|
Segment "Space Traders"
|2000||City of Angels||Yes||No||No||Episode "When Worlds Colitis"|
|2002–2005||The Bernie Mac Show||Yes||Yes||No||11 episodes|
|2005||Richard Pryor: The Funniest Man Dead or Alive||Yes||Executive||No||Documentary film|
|Everybody Hates Chris||Yes||No||No||Episode "Everybody Hates the Pilot"|
|2009||Raising the Bar||Yes||No||No||Episode "Making Up Is Hard to Do"|
|The Middle||Yes||No||No||Episode "Christmas"|
|2009–2010||Modern Family||Yes||No||No||Episode "Fears" and "Come Fly with Me"|
|2010||Better Off Ted||Yes||No||No||Episode "The Great Repression"|
|Sons of Tucson||Yes||No||No||Episode "Father's Day"|
|Marvel's Black Panther||No||Executive||Yes||Also developer;|
Actor as President (voice) in Episode "To the End"
|2010–2011||Outsourced||Yes||No||No||Episodes "Temporary Monsanity" and "The Todd Couple"|
|2010–2012||Psych||Yes||No||No||Episode "Ferry Tale" and "True Grits"|
|2011||Friends with Benefits||Yes||No||No||Episode "The Benefit of Being Shallow"|
|2012||Are We There Yet?||Yes||No||No||Episodes "The Expensive Purse Episode",|
"The Master of Ceremonies Episode" and "The Quarantine Episode"
|2013||Bones||Yes||No||No||Episode "The Party in the Pants"|
|How to Live with Your Parents
(For the Rest of Your Life)
|Yes||No||No||Episode "How to Run the Show"|
|2014–2015||Bad Judge||Yes||No||No||Episodes "Knife to a Gunfight" and "Lockdown"|
|Marry Me||Yes||No||No||Episodes "Stand by Me" and "Change Me"|
|Murder in the First||Yes||No||No||Episodes "Punch Drunk", "State of the Union" and "Bruja Blanca"|
|2015||Weird Loners||Yes||No||No||Episode "Weird Knight"|
|New Girl||Yes||No||No||Episode "Panty Gate"|
|Telenovela||Yes||No||No||Episode "Evil Twin"|
|Angel from Hell||Yes||No||No||Episode "Angel Appreciation Day"|
|Uncle Buck||Yes||No||No||Episodes "I Got This" and "Going to Jail Party"|
|2019||Black Monday||Yes||No||No||Episodes "295" and "243"|
|The Last O.G.||Yes||No||No||Episodes "Criminal Minded", "Your Mom's in My Business"|
and "Fight the Power"
Executive producer only
|2005–2008||The Boondocks||31 episodes|
|2006||Somebodies||Executive in Charge of Co-Productions|
|2008||Brothers to Brutha||Network Executive|
|2017||Blue & Green||TV movie|
|1994||The Last Days of Russell||Co-Executive Producer, Director, Writer|
|2006||Bring That Year Back 2006: Laugh Now, Cry Later||Network Executive Producer|
|BET Hip Hop Awards||Executive in Charge of Production|
|2008||The BET Honors||Executive in Charge of Production|
|2010||Burr and Hart||Director|
|2013||44th NAACP Image Awards||Executive Producer|
|45th NAACP Image Awards|
|2015||46th NAACP Image Awards|
|2016||47th NAACP Image Awards|
|88th Academy Awards||Producer|
|Showtime at the Apollo||Executive Producer|
|2017||48th NAACP Image Awards|
|2020||72nd Primetime Emmy Awards|
- 1986: Black American Cinema Society (film archives of the Western States Black Research Center), Black Independent Video and Film-maker's Awards, $1,500 first prize for House Party (short)
- 1990: Sundance Film Festival, Filmmakers Trophy for House Party
- 1990: Sundance Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize for House Party – nominee
- 1990: Deauville Film Festival, Critics Award for House Party – nominee
- 1991: Film Independent Spirit Award, Best First Feature for House Party – nominee
- 1991: Film Independent Spirit Award, Best Director for House Party – nominee
- 1995: CableACE, Dramatic or Theatrical Special for Cosmic Slop
- 2012: American Film Institute Awards 2012 for Django Unchained, Top 10 Films
- 2013: Academy Award for Best Picture for Django Unchained – nominee
- 2013: Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama for Django Unchained – nominee
- 2013: PGA Awards, Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures for Django Unchained – nominee
- 2015: Comic Con, Icon Award
- 2016: African-American Film Critics Association, Salute to Excellence Award
- 2016: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program for 88th Academy Awards – nominee
Leadership and membershipEdit
Works and publicationsEdit
- McGruder, Aaron; Hudlin, Reginald; Baker, Kyle (illustrations) (2004). Birth of a Nation: A Comic Novel. New York: Crown Publishers. ISBN 978-1-400-08316-9. OCLC 54857618.
- Hudlin, Reginald (writer); Romita Jr., John (penciler); Janson, Klaus (inker); White, Dean (colors) (2005). Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther. New York: Marvel. ISBN 978-0-785-11748-3. OCLC 780282040.
- Hudlin, Reginald (writer); Tan, Billy (pencils); Buckingham, Mark (pencils) (2005). Marvel Knights Spider-Man [Vol. 04], Wild Blue Yonder. New York: Marvel Comics. ISBN 978-0-785-11761-2. OCLC 830159672. – Contains material originally published in magazine form as Marvel Knights Spider-man #13-18
- David, Peter; Straczynski, J. Michael; Hudlin, Reginald; Wieringo, Mike (artist); Deodato, Mike (artist); Lee, Pat (artist) (2006). Spider-Man: The Other. New York: Marvel Pub. ISBN 978-0-785-12188-6. OCLC 62714568.
- Hudlin, Reginald (writer); Eaton, Scot (pencils) (2006). Black Panther: The Bride (Direct ed.). New York: Marvel. ISBN 978-0-785-12107-7. OCLC 948817543.
- Hudlin, Reginald (writer); Eaton, Scot (penciler); Garcia, Manuel (penciler); Turnbull, Koi (penciler); To, Marcus (penciler) (2007). Black Panther: Civil War. New York, NY: Marvel. ISBN 978-0-785-12235-7. OCLC 144224099.
- Hudlin, Reginald (writer); Portela, Francis (pencils) (2007). Black Panther: Four the Hard Way. New York: Marvel. ISBN 978-0-785-12655-3. OCLC 751756495. – Contains material originally published in single magazine form as: Black Panther #26-30
- Hudlin, Reginald (writer); Portela, Francis (penciler); Rodriguez, Carlos (penciler); Sharpe, Kevin (penciler); Cafu (penciler); Portela, Francis (inks); Hennessy, Bit & Andrew (inks); Staples, Val (colors) (2008). Black Panther: Back to Africa. New York: Marvel. ISBN 978-0-785-12452-8. OCLC 540015636. – Also includes Black Panther: Black to the Future
- Hudlin, Reginald (writer); Stroman, Larry (pencils); Lashley, Ken (pencils); Paris, Roland (inks); Cuevas, Carlos (inks); Sibal, Jon (inks); Milla, Matt (colors); Staples, Val (colors); Petit, Cory (letters) (2008). Black Panther: Black to the Future. New York: Marvel. ISBN 978-0-785-12452-8. OCLC 540015636.
- Hudlin, Reginald (writer); Portela, Francis (art) (2008). Black Panther: Little Green Men. New York: Marvel. ISBN 978-0-785-12657-7. OCLC 191890888. – Contains material originally published in magazine form as Black Panther #31-34
- Hudlin, Reginald (writer); Neary, Paul (inks); Lashley, Ken (pencils) (2009). Black Panther: The Deadliest of the Species. New York: Marvel. ISBN 978-0-785-13342-1. OCLC 765104721. – Collecting Black Panther #1-6
- Hudlin, Reginald (writer); Cowan, Denys (pencils) (2010). Captain America/Black Panther: Flags of Our Fathers. New York: Marvel Worldwide. ISBN 978-0-785-14401-4. OCLC 780283834.
- Maberry, Jonathan (writer); Hudlin, Reginald (writer); Conrad, Will (art) (2010). Black Panther: Power. New York: Marvel. ISBN 978-0-785-13861-7. OCLC 437299872. – Contains material originally published in magazine form as Black Panther #7-12
- Tarantino, Quentin (adapted from the original screenplay by); Hudlin, Reginald (adaptation); Guéra, R.M. (art by); Latour, Jason (art by); Cowan, Denys (art by); Žeželj, Danijel (art by); Floyd, John (art by) (2014). Django Unchained. New York: Vertigo. ISBN 978-1-401-24709-6. OCLC 877860979. – Originally published in single magazine form in Django Unchained #1-7
- Maberry, Jonathan (writer); Hudlin, Reginald (writer; Conrad, Will (artist); Eaton, Scot (artist); Moll, Shawn (artist); Gugliotta, Gianluca (artist) (2017). Black Panther: Doomwar. New York: Marvel Worldwide, Inc. ISBN 978-1-302-90416-6. OCLC 951950784. – Contains material originally published in magazine form as Doomwar #1-6
- Hudlin, Reginald (September 10, 2000). "If It's a Question of Money . . ". Los Angeles Times.
- Hudlin, Reginald (January 21, 2015). "'Django Unchained' Producer on 'Selma' Oscar Snubs: Did Voters Have "Racial Fatigue"? (Guest Column)". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Otfinoski, Steven (2014). African Americans in the Visual Arts. Facts On File. p. 99. ISBN 9781438107776.
- Hudlin, Reginald; Hudlin, Warrington; Glicksman, Marlaine (May 1990). "They Gotta Have It". Film Comment. 26 (3): 65–69. JSTOR 43454842.
- Hudlin, Reginald; Hudlin, Warrington; Kantor, Michael (1990). "Tearing the Roof Off the Sucker: An Interview with Reginald and Warrington Hudlin". Cinéaste. 18 (1): 22–23. JSTOR 41687018.
- Donalson, Melvin Burke (2003). "Chapter 9: Not Without Laughter: Directors of Comedy and Romance, Chapter 10: Off the Hook: Comedy and Romance with a Hip-Hop Flavor". Black Directors in Hollywood. Austin: University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-79875-5. OCLC 55731956.:234
- Greenberg, James (March 4, 1990). "In Hollywood, Black Is In". The New York Times.
- Franklin, Donald E. (February 27, 2000). "Its History Rides on the Underground Railroad". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis. p. C.1. ISSN 1930-9600. ProQuest 40400223.
- Elliott, Debbie; Dryden, Jim; Dunham, Katherine (May 27, 2006). "Katherine Dunham Helped Teach the World to Dance" (Audio interview). NPR.
- "The Reginald Hudlin Story". Hudlin Entertainment.
- "Metro East native Reginald Hudlin receives Oscar nod for 'Django'". The St. Louis American. January 11, 2013.
- Thomas, Kevin (January 27, 1986). "Winning Black Videos, Films Highlight Youth". Los Angeles Times.
- $hort, Too; Loco, Bobby (March 8, 2017). "Writer / Director Reginald Hudlin" (Audio podcast). Too $hort's Boombox. PodcastOne.
- Gross, Terry (July 10, 1992). "Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 10, 1992: Interview with Warrington Hudlin and Reginald Hudlin" (Audio, starts at 36:13). Fresh Air. NPR. OCLC 971502139.
- ""Hey Love" 1980s TV Commercial – No My Brother". 1980s.
- Hudlin, Reginald (September 10, 2000). "If It's a Question of Money..." Los Angeles Times.
- Alexander, George (2003). "Reginald Hudlin". Why We Make Movies: Black Filmmakers Talk About the Magic of Cinema. New York: Harlem Moon. ISBN 978-0-307-41959-0. OCLC 53445264.
- Dowd, Maureen (June 28, 1992). "FILM; He's Never Been Happier, or More Glum". The New York Times.
- Morales, Wilson (July 1, 2012). "Exclusive: Director Reginald Hudlin talks Boomerang 20 Years Later, Black Panther, and producing Django Unchained". BlackFilm.com.
- House, Jermaine; Hernandez, Shrita (June 29, 2017). "African Americans and the Advertising Industry Series Leads the National Museum of African American History and Culture July Programming" (Press release). National Museum of African American History and Culture.
- Ekokobe, Reggie (July 1, 2017). "Exclusive: Director Reginald Hudlin talks 'Boomerang' 25 Years Later, 'Marshall,' and More". First Klass Breakfast.
- Meisler, Andy (November 7, 1994). "Using Fun to Show Blacks to Whites". The New York Times.
- Bell, Derrick (1992). "Chapter 9: The Space Trader". Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism. New York City, New York: Basic Books. pp. 158–194. ISBN 978-0-786-72323-2. OCLC 904402741.
- Dowell, Masha (February 14, 2013). "Interview: Reginald Hudlin On His Oscar Journey, Working w/ RZA, Directing Again, More". IndieWire.
- Gardner, Chris (February 25, 2016). "Oscar Producer Plans Second 'Black Movie Soundtrack' at the Hollywood Bowl". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Betancourt, David (January 21, 2015). "Exclusive: Milestone Media rises again. Hudlin, Cowan and Dingle will revive company with eye toward characters of color". The Washington Post.
- Obenson, Tambay A. (August 4, 2015). "Watch: Reginald Hudlin and Denys Cowan Talk Milestone 2.0". Indiewire.
- Johnston, Rich (August 23, 2020). "Milestone Returns #0 Previews in Three Weeks from DC Fandome for Free". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
- Melrose, Kevin (March 11, 2015). "Reginald Hudlin Joins CBLDF Board of Directors". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved July 4, 2020.
- McMillan, Graeme (June 13, 2017). "Reginald Hudlin to Direct Valiant's Supernatural Superhero Movie 'Shadowman' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Hipes, Patrick (June 9, 2016). "Open Road Acquires Thurgood Marshall Biopic Starring Chadwick Boseman". Deadline Hollywood.
- Sava, Oliver (February 15, 2018). "Iconic creators return to Wakanda in this Black Panther Annual exclusive". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on June 13, 2018.
- Kit, Borys (July 12, 2019). "'Django Unchained' Producer Reginald Hudlin to Direct Sports Drama for Disney+ (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Variety Staff (January 6, 2003). "Chrisette Suter and Reginald Hudlin". Variety.
- Owens, Donna M. (January 13, 2016). "California Attorney General Kamala Harris Plans to be America's Next Black Female Senator". Essence.
- Hudlin, Reginald (2016). "Top Ten Heroes of the Year". HudlinEntertainment.com.
- Vanity Fair article about how the Hudlins set up Emhoff
- NYT article about Emhoff and Harris
- "Winners & Nominees 2013". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. 2013.
- "Reginald Hudlin and Joss Whedon Are the Latest Comic-Con Icon Award Recipients!". Comic-Con International: San Diego. July 29, 2015.
- Galuppo, Mia (December 15, 2015). "Oscars Producer Reginald Hudlin to be Honored at AAFCA Awards". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Executive Board – Reginald Hudlin". UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. 2017.
- Alexander, George (2003). "Reginald Hudlin". Why We Make Movies: Black Filmmakers Talk About the Magic of Cinema. New York: Harlem Moon. ISBN 978-0-307-41959-0. OCLC 53445264.
- Donalson, Melvin Burke (2003). "Chapter 9: Not Without Laughter: Directors of Comedy and Romance, Chapter 10: Off the Hook: Comedy and Romance with a Hip-Hop Flavor". Black Directors in Hollywood. Austin: University of Texas Press. pp. 204–277. ISBN 978-0-292-79875-5. OCLC 55731956.
- Gates, Jr., Henry Louis (2005). "Independent Means: Reginald Hudlin". America Behind the Color Line: Dialogues with African Americans. New York: Warner Books. ISBN 978-0-446-69390-5. OCLC 57551433.
- Eichenbaum, Rose (2014). "Reginald Hudlin". In Hirt-Manheimer, Aron (ed.). The Director Within: Storytellers of Stage and Screen. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press. pp. 82–90. ISBN 978-0-819-57494-7. OCLC 893600248.
- SDCC 2015 Spotlight On Reginald Hudlin: Part 1 (Video). Hudlin Entertainment. August 31, 2015 – via Comic-Con International. "Part 2". "Part 3". "Part 4". "Part 5".
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