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Tina Andrews is an international award-winning writer, producer, director, as well as author, playwright, and multi-media visual artist. She has also been one of Hollywood's busiest script doctors. Her nonfiction book, Sally Hemings An American Scandal: The Struggle to Tell The Controversial True Story, won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literary Nonfiction" and the Literary Award of Excellence from the Memphis Writers Conference. The book was based on her award-winning CBS miniseries, Sally Hemings: An American Scandal which she wrote and Executive Produced. It was the highest rated, most watched miniseries of its season garnering Tina the Writers Guild of America Award for "Outstanding Longform Television," and the NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding TV Movie, Miniseries or Special." CBS bought the miniseries based on her play The Mistress of Monticello, which Tina originally wrote and directed at the Chicago Dramatists Workshop. Tina's work in film and television has led to other accolades, including a Proclamation from the City Council of New York.
Currently, Tina is adapting her new novel: Princess Sarah, Queen Victoria's African Goddaughter (The Malibu Press) into a feature-length motion picture. The novel examines the unknown life of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, an African princess who was rescued from beheading in Dahomey by a British naval officer, brought to London and became goddaughter to Queen Victoria on whom she had an enormous influence. The film will become Tina's directorial debut to be shot in London and Belguim. Tina (and her company TAO Entertainment Group) will serve as producers along with producer Wendy Kram (Mad Money).
Tina is also the Executive Producer and writer of a new six-hour CBS miniseries: MLK: An American Conspiracy being produced by TAO Entertainment Group, in association with Todd Black and Escape Artists (Roman J. Israel, Fences). It is based on Tina's book MLK An American Conspiracy: The FBI, the Mafia and the Trial Revealing Who Killed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The book will be released in 2019 for the 20th anniversary of the 1999 conspiracy trial revealing who killed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tina previously sold to Amazon Studios her original series, Queen Charlotte slated to helm as series creator, EP, and writer (also being produced by her company TAO Entertainment Group). Based on her historical fiction novel, Charlotte Sophia: Myth, Madness, and the Moor, the series chronicles Britain's Queen Charlotte Sophia who was of African descent. She first adapted the novel into Buckingham, a play which she directed to sold-out audiences at Santa Monica's acclaimed Highways Performance Space; and in New York at the Southampton Cultural Center. The East Hampton Press called the play "...beautiful and brilliant writing..."; "...told magnificently and with much wit," and The Southampton Press said it was "...destined for the Broadway stage..." The play is being prepped for a regional run followed by a commercial run in Manhattan which Tina will direct.
Tina wrote and executive produced the CBS miniseries, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, and wrote the Warner Bros. film, Why Do Fools Fall in Love starring Halle Berry. She also wrote, produced and directed the popular Showtime series Sistas 'n the City; and has an essay in the book, The First Time I Got Paid for It: Writers Tales From The Hollywood Trenches (Public Affairs). Tina has published essays in the Los Angeles Times, The WGA's Written By and Creative Screenwriting magazines among others.
After New York University where she majored in theater, Tina performed as an actress in over 100 film and television roles including Conrack, starring Jon Voight, Carny starring Jodie Foster, and originated the seminal role of "Valerie Grant" on Days of Our Lives in daytime television's first interracial romance. But it was the role of Kunta Kinte's girlfriend "Aurelia" in the acclaimed miniseries Roots which led to an incredible relationship with her literary mentor, author Alex Haley. Together they collaborated on the PBS miniseries, Alex Haley's Great Men of African Descent. It led to Tina's' first script sale to Colombia Pictures.
Tina has been a guest on Oprah; CBS This Morning; Frontline (PBS) and more. She has lectured on writing at New York University, University of Southern California, UCLA, Indiana University and the University of North Carolina. She serves on the board of directors of the Writers Guild Foundation, the famed Southampton Cultural Center; and on the advisory board of Highways Performance Space in the acclaimed 18th St. Arts Complex in Santa Monica, CA.
Tina has directed the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, and Venus in Fur by David Ives at the renowned Guild Hall Theater in East Hampton. Her play, The Mistress of Monticello--which she also directed--based on her award-winning CBS miniseries, had a successful run at the Southampton Cultural Center. Additionally, Tina directed her one-woman show: Coretta: Promise to The Dream, in which she starred as Coretta Scott King at the Southampton Cultural Center, where she was just named Playwright-in-Residence.
Among many other accolades throughout her career, Tina had been named one of 50 To Watch by Variety.
Tina divides her time between New York, Los Angeles and London.