Soul Food creator and TV legend Felicia D. Henderson, who as reported yesterday by The Hollywood Reporter just signed a multiyear, overall deal with 20th Century Fox. As part of the pact, she will develop new projects for 20th TV as well as join the company's juggernaut, "Empire," as a producer for its fifth season. The multiyear deal will see her showcasing her unique point of view developing family dramas, comedies and adapting graphic novels.
Henderson comes to 20th Century with a lengthy résumé and a proven ability to move fluidly from genre to genre, be it muscular-supernatural-action, character-driven dramas or half-hour comedies. Most recently, Henderson spent two years as a co-executive producer on Netflix's Marvel drama " The Punisher ." In addition to " Soul Food, " Showtime's longest-running African-American-themed drama series, she is know for writing and creating such half-hour hits as " The Fresh Prince of Bel Air ," " Family Matters ," " Moesha ," " Sister, Sister ," "Soul Food: The Series ," " Everybody Hates Chris ," BET's "The Quad" (also Executive Producer) and " Gossip Girl " to name a few. She also has a long history of writing comic books, with a catalog that includes Teen Titans, Justice Society of America and Static Shock for DC Comics.
After beginning her writing career in sitcoms, Felicia turned her attention to television drama writing and received three NAACP Best Drama Awards for the iconic Showtime hit series, television's first long-running drama featuring African Americans, "Soul Food: The Series." Henderson went on to win a Gracie Award for her depiction of women, a Prism Award for Accurate Depictions of Social Issues, and she also garnered a Writers Guild of America nomination for her work on the sci-fi hit Fox series "Fringe."
Felicia is a member of the Diversity Committee for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab; a trustee for the Humanitas Prize and mentor for their New Voices program. She is a board member of Dancing N.E.D. (a non-profit that raises funds for the treatment of women's cancers); an honorary board member of Los Angeles based Coalition for Restoring At-Risk Youth (a non-profit that provides social, mental and medical care to at-risk and homeless youth); and a Writers Guild of America trustee who serves on the Pension and Health Insurance Committee.
In addition to her remarkable television and comic book career, Felicia has written, rewritten, and polished screenplays for 20th Century Fox, MTV Films, Lionsgate and Warner Bros. Studios. Currently, she's writing a feature film, WHO'S THIS BETWEEN?, that she will also direct.