Salim Akil

Salim Akil

Highest Rated: 58% Jumping the Broom (2011)

Lowest Rated: 56% Sparkle (2012)

Birthday: Jun 22, 1964

Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA

Many directors study film in college, getting hands-on experience making student films. Many more, regardless of their institutional education, start their careers as production assistants or interns, or make the transition to directing after spending years working as actors, editors, cinematographers, and writers. Salim Akil, born and raised in Oakland, California, went another route entirely, working first in a mortuary, then in an out-patient clinic for mentally disturbed individuals, for the first decade of his professional life. In 1999 he wrote, co-produced, and acted in "Drylongso," which led to a job writing for and producing Showtime's hit series "Soul Food," which was based on George Tillman Jr.'s 1997 theatrical feature of the same name. Following his success there, Akil went to work on the UPN series "Girlfriends," which was created by his wife, Mara Brock Akil. Salim Akil directed 13 episodes of the series, which tells the stories of a number of powerful, charismatic African-American women. It earned him two Image Awards nominations for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series. "The Game," a spin-off of "Girlfriends," also produced by his wife, premiered in 2006; Akil directed 52 episodes. He also wrote for both programs. In 2011, he made his debut as a feature director with "Jumping the Broom," a wedding comedy starring Angela Bassett and Paula Patton. Modestly budgeted, "Jumping the Broom" became one of the most profitable films of 2011, in proportion to its budget, and earned eight Black Reel Awards nominations, including one for Akil's direction.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Being Mary Jane Director - 2013
56% 45% Sparkle Director,
Producer
$24.4M 2012
58% 58% Jumping the Broom Director,
Co-Producer
$37.3M 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Drylongso Mr. Yamada (Character),
Writer
- 1998

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 78% The Game Executive Producer 2021-2022
92% 49% Black Lightning Director,
Executive Producer,
Writer
2018-2021
No Score Yet 77% Being Mary Jane Director,
Executive Producer
2014-2015 2017 2019
80% 91% Love Is... Executive Producer 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Game Director,
Executive Producer
2006-2009 2013-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girlfriends Director 2005-2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul Food Director,
Writer
2000-2003