20th Century Fox/Multi-Year Deal – WaterWalk Productions
You may not know the name Felicia D. Henderson, but you know her work as a television writer and producer. Newly signed to a multiyear, overall deal with 20th Century Fox, Henderson will continue as a producer of “Empire” for a fifth season while also developing family dramas, comedies and adapting graphic novels. Her lengthy resume includes two years as a co-executive producer on Netflix’s Marvel drama “The Punisher.” In addition to “Soul Food,” Showtime’s longest-running African-American-themed drama series, where she earned three NAACP Image Awards, Henderson is also known for writing and creating such half-hour hits as “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” “Family Matters,” “Moesha,” “Sister, Sister,” “Soul Food: The Series,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” BET’s “The Quad” (also Executive Producer) and “Gossip Girl” to name a few. She has also written for such comic book series as Teen Titans, Justice Society of America and Static Shock for DC Comics.
You began your career with shows like “Everybody Hates Chris,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” “Family Matters,” and you talk about how you had a boss who encouraged you to write scripts after you had made comments about scripts. Was that something that you had the vision to do eventually? Or was it just something that fell into your lap?