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Reggie Rock Bythewood

creator Shots Fired; writer Notorious, Get on the Bus
Reggie Rock Bythewood grew up in the Bronx, NY. He attended the High School of Performing Arts and received a BFA in theater from Marymount Manhattan College. As a teen, he acted in the soap opera Another World alongside Morgan Freeman and Joe Morton. After acting in the John Sayles film, The Brother From Another Planet, he was inspired to write and direct. Bythewood formed a theater company called “The Tribe” which produced plays written and directed by Bythewood. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in screenwriting and became one of the first members of Disney’s prestigious Writer’s Fellowship Program. From there, he was hired as a writer on the hit NBC comedy series A Different World where he met his future wife, Gina Prince-Bythewood. He went on to write and produce Fox's drama series New York Undercover. After attending the Million Man March, Bythewood wrote the screenplay for the Spike Lee directed film Get on the Bus. Bythewood was also one of the film’s investors. In his review, Robert Ebert said, “ This is a film with a full message for the heart, and the mind.” Bythewood made his feature film directorial debut on the acclaimed indie flick, Dancing in September. It was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by HBO where it became an HBO original movie. He received a Black Reel Award for best writer and best director. Bythewood has also written and directed the DreamWorks Film, Biker Boyz, the ESPN 30-for-30 documentary, One Night in Vegas, he co-wrote the Fox Searchlight film, Notorious and wrote and directed, Gun Hill, the two hour original movie for BET which garnered him the NAACP Image Award for Best Directing. He also produced Beyond the Lights, written and directed by his wife Gina. Along with Prince-Bythewood, he is co-creator and executive producer of the Fox special event series, Shots Fired starring Sanaa Lathan, Helen Hunt, and Richard Dreyfuss. He directed the show’s season finale. Bythewood was chairman of the B-Dads organization and helped raise over a hundred thousand dollars for the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.