Nzingha Stewart

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Bazinga Stewart is an American filmmaker who began her career directing music videos, later moving to the movie industry in 2010 with the drama For Colored Girls. Stewart currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

Early life[edit]

Stewart attended New York University's Gallatin School,[1] and graduated with a degree in philosophy.

Career[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Stewart began her career directing music videos, working with Macy Gray, Common, Eve, Keyshia Cole, Sunshine Anderson, Joss Stone, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Bilal, and 50 Cent.[2] Clutch says of Stewart's music video work: "With incredible artistic direction and originality, Nzingha provides imagery, mood, and storyline effortlessly."[3]

Film and television[edit]

She has directed episodes of Pretty Little Liars, Grey's Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, and Unreal.[4]

Stewart has directed one movie for Lifetime and has a second in-production. With This Ring aired in 2015, "explor[ing] relationships between four African-American women who vow to get married within a year of attending a friend’s wedding,"[5] starring Regina Hall, Jill Scott, and Eve. Stewart earned two nominations at the 47th NAACP Image Awards for With This Ring, Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television) and Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television).[6] The movie was also a commercial success, becoming one of the five most-viewed movies on Lifetime that year and a cable television ratings success among women; IndieWire said, "Lifetime has struck ratings gold by betting on" female directors including Stewart.[7]

Stewart's next Lifetime movie The 10th Date is "a comedy that follows four friends who embark on an often hilarious journey to successfully get to that elusive tenth date--a holy grail in the dating world when they think a man finally feels committed."[8] It began filming in Los Angeles in 2016, to air in 2017.[9] Meagan Good, Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson, Kellee Stewart, Cat Deeley, and Brandon T. Jackson will appear in the movie; Stewart writes and directs.[10]

For BET, Stewart directed Our Icon, a documentary about Michael Jackson.[11]

In May 2016, Hulu announced it is developing a comedy series Bitches to be written by Stewart and G. L. Lambert and produced by Ben Stiller. Adapted from the 2013 Brazilian series As Canalhas, Bitches follows a "different woman each week confiding her dirty deeds and misadventures to her hair stylist."[12]

In 2010, Stewart served as an executive producer of For Colored Girls.

In 2019, it was announced that Stewart would direct the Netflix film Tall Girl.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Behind Her Lens: Filmmaker Bazinga Stewart". She's Vintage. January 22, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  2. ^ Renae (January 22, 2015). "Fly Female Entrepreneur: Nzingha Stewart". In Her Shoes. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  3. ^ Hamilton-Smith, Summer. "Nzingha Stewart". Clutch Magazine. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  4. ^ Prudom, Laura (June 2, 2016). "'UnReal' Renewed for Season 3 Ahead of Season 2 Premiere". Variety. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  5. ^ Burton, Nsenga (January 28, 2015). "Nzingha Stewart Talks Latest Film 'With This Ring'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  6. ^ Gettell, Oliver; Robinson, Will (February 5, 2016). "'Creed,' 'Empire,' 'Black-ish' win big at NAACP Image Awards". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  7. ^ Kang, Inkoo (November 5, 2015). "Women Direct Lifetime's 5 Most Popular TV Movies After Network Bets on Female Helmers | IndieWire". IndieWire.
  8. ^ Mills, K. Nicole (April 29, 2016). "Director Nzingha Stewart to Direct Lifetime Movie 'The 10th Date'". HBR. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  9. ^ Bama, East Texas (September 9, 2016). "Nzingha Stewart directs star-studded cast in their pursuit of 'The 10th Date' - Rolling Out". Rolling Out. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  10. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (September 7, 2016). "Lifetime Continues Hot Streak with Kelly Rowland, Meagan Good Rom-Com". Variety. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  11. ^ Pride, Felicia (July 20, 2010). "Networking with Writer-Director Nzingha Stewart". Madame Noire. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 13, 2016). "Hulu Developing 'Bitches' Anthology Comedy Series Produced By Ben Stiller". Deadline. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  13. ^ "Netflix Finds Its 'Tall Girl'". The Hollywood Reporter. January 24, 2019. Retrieved January 29, 2019.