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Nzingha Stewart Will Make Episodic TV Directing Debut w/ Episode Of 'The Game'

by Courtney
December 6, 2012 7:10 PM
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Nzingha Stewart

The following was posted on the Disney ABC Talent Development & Diversity Facebook page earlier today:

We’re excited to share that acclaimed music video director Nzingha Stewart (Joss Stone, Eve, Common, Jay-Z and Fifty Cent) is about to make her debut as an episodic TV director. Though we’d like to think our Directing Program had something to do with it, we know that through her own amazing talent she has been hired to direct an upcoming episode of the cable show “The Game.” Congrats, Nzingha!!!!

Indeed! Congrats Nzingha, especially on this being your debut as an episodic TV director.

And for her next trick... Nzingha, whose name has come up a few times on this blog over the years (revisit the entire For Colored Girls/Tyler Perry debacle for starters), is currently working on a web series with Gabrielle Union starring (look out for it), and she was also recently tapped to write the script for Walt Disney Pictures' remake of the 1984 Garry Marshall comedy The Flamingo Kid, with Brett Ratner and Michael Phillips producing.

She's busy, which is good! 

Of course, we're anxious to eventually see some of her big screen projects realized as well!

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  • Jeni | December 7, 2012 4:54 PMReply

    Awesome news. I hope she can help turn that show around, even if only for one ep.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | December 7, 2012 4:37 PMReply

    Congrats to her but I hope she has better luck than Sanaa Hamri, who is an ex video director as well. Alot of people have complained that Sanaa Hamri films look like music video shots or clips thrown together which can be very distracting when your watching a full feature film. I had the same problem with the Akils. Jumping the Broom and Sparkle both look like Lifetime made for TV films not movies and you can't always blame that on a small budget because Ive seen directors do much better with less. It has alot to do with the talent and skills of the directors. JMO

  • Jeni | December 7, 2012 5:16 PM

    Why bother throwing out unnecessary shade re Sanaa Hamri? Judge this sister on her own merits. She's intelligent and has a good eye for aesthetics, so I'm glad she's making moves in TV, regardless of her past genre of work.

  • Uncredited Rewrite | December 7, 2012 4:24 PMReply

    I still remember her video for Bilal's song Soul Sista. Perhaps the sexxiest video EVER!

  • naysue | December 6, 2012 10:50 PMReply

    Are we referring to BET's "The Game" or am I mistaken?

  • willie dynamite | December 7, 2012 12:35 PM

    Nadia is correct Sergio, until some one actually hires you for a gig, rarely does your previous work mean much. This is huge for Director's of color, and women. She is getting a shot, a shot that can serve as a catalyst to a career in episodic television. The Game today, Modern Family tomorrow!

  • Nadia | December 7, 2012 11:44 AM

    @ Sergio - Unless we're both reading different things, the post says that she's making her episodic TV directing debut, which means it's her first time directing for TV. The point still stands. She's not a known talent, despite directing music videos. I doubt she's on any studio executive's top list of directors for hire. And directing episodic TV and music videos are different worlds. This might be the highest profile job she's gotten.

  • sergio | December 7, 2012 11:07 AM

    It's not her first directing gig. She 's directed dozens of music videos, including as well a documentary and a short. Or do those don't count?

  • Nadia | December 7, 2012 10:32 AM

    You people are unfortunately blind. It's not whether it's "The Game" or any other show. It's about the fact that she'z breaking in. This is her first directing gig. You gotta start somewhere. They aren't going to immediately give her a job directing "The Walking Dead" or "Mad Men" or "Homeland." And hate on "The Game" all you want. Even though I don't watch it, last I checked, it's a hit show, which could lead to other directing gigs for her. Many of the industry's most in-demand and respected directors today didn't get there overnight. Open up your minds and think before rushing to dismiss.

  • The black Police | December 7, 2012 9:54 AM

    Lol. Is "the game" anything to rejoice over? Just asking. It seems that many black people hate on it

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