George Tillman Jr.

George Tillman Jr.

Highest Rated: 97% Mudbound (2017)

Lowest Rated: 31% The Longest Ride (2015)

Birthday: Jan 26, 1969

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Listing Martin Scorsese, Gordon Parks and Spike Lee as influences, writer-director George Tillman Jr made short, experimental video projects as a Milwaukee teenager before creating a public access cable show "Splice of Life," using local talent. He established himself as a filmmaker of original vision with an award-winning 30-minute short "Paula," which followed the story of a 17-year-old single black mother who works in a diner and inspires the people around her. Bolstered by that success, Tillman wrote and directed the feature "Scenes for the Soul," financing it with $150,000 he and producer Robert Teitel raised through a group of Chicago investors. When he and Teitel drove to Los Angeles, they sold the film to Savoy Pictures for $1 million, though Savoy's subsequent bankruptcy prevented its release. (It was subsequently sold to HBO.) Inspired by the Sunday dinners prepared by his grandmother, Tillman wrote a script that Tracey E Edmonds and her husband Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds felt would be the perfect choice for their new production company's feature debut. The result, "Soul Food" (1997), was the kind of feel good, family story that doesn't get made often in Hollywood and proved to be a sleeper hit.




97% 83% The Hate U Give Director,
$29.6M 2018
97% 85% Mudbound Executive Producer - 2017
90% 66% Barbershop: The Next Cut Producer $54.0M 2016
31% 71% The Longest Ride Director $37.4M 2015
84% 88% The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Director $487.3K 2013
42% 52% Faster Director $23.2M 2010
52% 65% Notorious Director $36.8M 2009
54% 42% Nothing Like the Holidays Producer $7.5M 2008
66% 70% Roll Bounce Producer $17.4M 2005
38% 62% Beauty Shop Producer $36.3M 2005
69% 48% Barbershop 2: Back in Business Producer $65.0M 2004
83% 62% Barbershop Producer $75.1M 2002
42% 81% Men of Honor Director $48.8M 2000
81% 86% Soul Food Director,
$43.5M 1997


86% 72% For Life Executive Producer,
94% 76% This Is Us Director 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2018
81% 81% Power Director 2014 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul Food Executive Producer 2000-2004