Jamila Daniel

TV Writer/Producer at NBC/Universal

MA, Media Studies, 2012

Born and raised in New York City, Jamila Daniel is a television and film writer living in Los Angeles. She attended La Guardia High School of Performing Arts (where she was a vocal major) and went on to earn a B.A. in Literature from Purchase College. She began her writing career as an entertainment journalist, contributing to The Source and Essence magazines and the New York Village Voice. Jamila went on to produce syndicated entertainment segments for Clear Channel Radio, interviewing celebrities such as Beyonce, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Idris Elba and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. In 2008 she produced the hour-long radio special “A Call for Change,” which documented Barack Obama’s historic presidential campaign. In 2010, Jamila began graduate studies at The New School, during which she worked with the Oscar winning documentary film company Simon & Goodman Picture Company as well as MSNBC’s Emmy winning “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Upon moving to Los Angeles in 2012, she worked her way up at Warner Bros., starting as an assistant to Television President Peter Roth before moving to showrunner Julie Plec’s office. There she began as a Production Assistant on the CW Network’s “The Originals” and later worked as the Executive Producer’s Assistant on “The Vampire Diaries.”

In 2015, Jamila was selected as a finalist for the Sundance Episodic Television Lab for her original pilot “Dope Man.” The following year, she was chosen to participate as a fellow in the FOX Writers Intensive. Her writing credits include “STAR,” a television drama from Lee Daniels, the Oscar winning writer-director and creator of the hit television series EMPIRE, as well as writing credits on the TV series CHICAGO FIRE, BLACK LIGHTNING and THE EQUALIZER, starring Queen Latifah.

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The MA in Media Studies gives students experience in creative media making, critical analysis, and entrepreneurialism. The Media Management MS offers the practical experience you need to succeed in today's media industries. The Documentary Studies Certificate program provides an opportunity to study documentary filmmaking in a small, tightly focused program. The Media Management Certificate Program provides a strong foundation of management principles and leadership skills to find work in the ever-changing global media landscape.