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Felicia D. Henderson

writer/executive producer Empire, Marvel's The Punisher, The Quad, Gossip Girl
FELICIA D. HENDERSON is the award-winning creator of the landmark Showtime Network hit Soul Food: the series, television’s first successful drama featuring African Americans. Currently, Felicia co-executive produces the Netflix adaptation of Marvel’s The Punisher and has signed a multi-year deal at 20th Century Fox to write, produce and direct television dramas and comedies. Under this deal, she is a consulting producer on Fox's Empire. She also co-created and executive produced The Quad, a one-hour drama for BET Networks, named one of the “Top 15 Shows to Watch” by The New York Times in 2017.

The successful writer, director, producer also wrote and produced such high-profile shows as Gossip Girl, Fringe, and Everybody Hates Chris. Felicia also received an Emmy nomination and three NAACP Best Drama Awards for Soul Food; a Gracie Allen Award for her depiction of women; and a Prism Award for Accurate Depictions of Social Issues. She also garnered a Writers Guild of America nomination for Fringe and a Gracie Award for The Quad.

Having earned BA and MFA degrees from UCLA, Felicia was honored with UCLA’s Tom Bradley Alumnus of the Year Award in 2014 and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2010. Continually in pursuit of knowledge, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA. Her research interests include: culture, class, race, and gender issues in television writers’ rooms, political economics of the 2007 WGA strike, and the “othering” of single women in the media. She has written chapters for two text books, and her critical essays have been published in some of the most prestigious academic journals in her field.