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Wendy Calhoun

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Prime time drama writer/producer, Wendy Calhoun’s credits include Co-Executive Producing and Writing for Fox’s hit series EMPIRE, awarded 2015 Program of the Year by the Television Critics Association. In addition, she’s written and produced for ABC’SNASHVILLE, FX’s JUSTIFIED, ABC’s REVENGE, and NBC’s LIFE. Calhoun served as the Narrative Consultant for Electronic Arts’ BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE video game. She has written, produced, and/or directed over 40 hours of non-fiction programs for PBS, Animal Planet, VH1, TLC, The Travel Channel, The Discovery Channel, and FBC with credits including Discovery's MONSTER HOUSE and Fox’s HELL’S KITCHEN. Calhoun received a 2010 Peabody Award and WGA Best New Series Nomination for JUSTIFIED, which was named as one of the WGA’s Best 100 Written Series. She received her second WGA Best New Series Nomination in 2012 for NASHVILLE. She actively participates with diversity and gender equality in entertainment initiatives including Google’s Computer Science for Diversity in Media events, and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. A native of Dallas, Texas, Calhoun studied film and television at Tisch School of the Arts as one of the university’s first Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars.

In 2016, Calhoun was awarded "The Big Apple Award" as an honored alumni at the 50th Anniversary Tisch Gala. There she met her inspiration, Professor Spike Lee.