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Kelly Edwards

Kelly Edwards

As the VP of Talent Development for HBO Kelly Edwards heads up all diversity efforts above and below the line for series, films, Cinemax and miniseries. 

Edwards developed and runs the HBOAccess writing and directing programs which prepares talented diverse writers and directors for future success within the industry. 

Prior to HBO, Edwards was a key corporate diversity executive at Comcast/NBCUniversal for over five years where she oversaw over 20 divisions, launched employee resource groups, and introduced diverse creative talent to NBC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and Telemundo. 

Edwards’ career has spanned both television and film having produced the movie of the week A CHRISTMAS DETOUR for Hallmark, the one hour series SEX, LOVE, AND SECRETS for UPN, serving as a network executive for UPN and Fox, and as a creative executive in features. 

In 2000, Edwards co-founded Colour TV, a networking group for diverse creative executives. Colour TV has now branched into Colour Film, Colour TV East, Colour Digital, and Colour Assistants, all designed to connect current and future industry executives with one another. 

Edwards graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater and serves on the Project Greenlight advisory board, a member of of NAMIC and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences having served for two years on the Academy Diversity Committee. She is also a former member of the Board of Trustees for NALIP, and served on the Los Angeles leadership council for the United Negro College Fund.

 

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