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Kelly Edwards Champions Diversity at HBO

October 2016

Kelly Edwards Speaks at SpelmanIn June 2013, Kelly Edwards joined HBO as their vice president of Talent Development and Programming, overseeing all diversity programs above and below the line for series, films, Cinemax and miniseries.

Prior to joining HBO, Edwards was a key corporate diversity executive at Comcast/NBCUniversal for over five years where she introduced diverse creative talent to NBC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and Telemundo.

Edwards’ career has spanned both television and film having executive produced the one-hour series “Sex, Love, and Secrets” for UPN, serving as senior vice president of Comedy for UPN, and working with film producers Garry Marshall and Laura Ziskin as their story editor.

While at UPN, Edwards co-founded Colour TV, a networking group for
diverse creative executives. Colour TV has now branched into Colour Film, Colour
TV East, and Colour Assistants, all designed to connect current and future industry
executives with one another. She developed multi-camera, single camera, and
animation series to television shows for the CW network. She also helped
developed series such as Girlfriends, The Parkers, Clueless, Home Movies, and
Dilbert.

Edwards graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater and is a member of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS), National
Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), and the Academy of
Television Arts and Sciences having served for two years on the Academy Diversity
Committee, as a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Association of
Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), and on the Los Angeles leadership council
for the United Negro College Fund.