Political activist Najee Ali calls Reginald Hudlin a “living legend” for his contributions to black entertainment. His work on movies like HOUSE PARTY, BOOMERANG, BEBE’S KIDS and DJANGO UNCHAINED, television shows like THE BOONDOCKS, SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO, the OSCARS and the NAACP IMAGE AWARDS, and comic books like BLACK PANTHER and SPIDER MAN have made him, to quote cultural critic Jimi Izrael, “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.”
Hudlin’s latest movie is MARSHALL, a legal thriller about an early case in the career of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, which stars Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson and Sterling K. Brown. Reginald produced and directed the film, which debuts October 13th.
Hudlin is a producer on BURNING SANDS, a drama starring Trevor Jackson and Alfre Woodard, about hazing at a black fraternity. Hudlin received a Best Picture nomination from AMPAS for work as a producer on Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED, which won two Oscars and two Golden Globes.
Hudlin started his career as the writer and director of HOUSE PARTY, which is one of the highest grossing films of that decade. He followed that with BOOMERANG, the beloved romantic comedy starring Eddie Murphy, Halle Berry, Martin Lawrence, David Alan Grier and Chris Rock. The Boomerang soundtrack went double platinum, spawning one of longest running #1 songs in Billboard history, Boyz II Men’s END OF THE ROAD. The same year, he wrote and produced BEBE’S KIDS, an animated featured based on the comedy of the late great Robin Harris.
In television, Hudlin co-produced the 88th Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock. Hudlin has also produced the Governor’s Awards for Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and produces a bi-annual tribute Black Movie Soundtracks at the Hollywood Bowl. He is also a governor for the organization.
He has also co-produced the NAACP Image Awards for the past five years. Hudlin also was a producer for a pair of SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO specials for Fox.
During his more than three-year tenure as the first President of Entertainment for Black Entertainment Television, Hudlin reinvented the network with highly rated specials, original series and award-winning news programs.
Hudlin has been honored by The United Negro College Fund, The Sundance Film Festival, The American Film Institute, The San Diego Comic Con, The African American Film Critics Association, and many more organizations.