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Doug Atchison wrote and directed the award-winning feature film, AKEELAH AND THE BEE, starring Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, and Keke Palmer. AKEELAH was a commercial and critical success for which Doug won the NAACP Image Award for Best Screenplay. His script for AKEELAH won a Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Doug wrote the screenplay for BRIAN BANKS, starring Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, and Morgan Freeman. Doug won the Humanitas Prize for this film and was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Best Screenplay.
Doug has written screenplays and TV projects for most major studios and production companies including Dreamworks, Lionsgate, ABC, Disney, HBO, Miramax, Overbrook, Blumhouse, Relativity, Dimension, 2929 Entertainment, Walden Media, and Kamala Films. He serves on the Inclusion and Equity Group for the Writers Guild of America and graduated from the USC School of Cinema-Television.