Cheo Hodari Coker

Writer/producer Cheo Hodari Coker's career as an entertainment journalist gave him entry into the film and television world, where he oversaw such respected series as "Southland" (NBC/TNT, 2009-2013) and "Ray Donovan" ... Read more »
Born: 12/12/1972 in Storrs, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Writer (4)

All Eyez on Me 2016 (Movie)

(previous draft) (Screenplay)

Notorious 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Third Annual Vibe Awards on UPN 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Writer

The Second Annual Vibe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (4)

Almost Human 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

NCIS: Los Angeles 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Supervising Producer

Ray Donovan 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Southland 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Supervising Producer
Other (1)

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 2002 - 2005, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Creative Consultant

Biography

Writer/producer Cheo Hodari Coker's career as an entertainment journalist gave him entry into the film and television world, where he oversaw such respected series as "Southland" (NBC/TNT, 2009-2013) and "Ray Donovan" (Showtime, 2013- ) before assuming showrunner duties on "Luke Cage" (Netflix, 2016- ). Born December 12 in Storrs, Connecticut, Coker was the nephew of playwright and screenwriter Richard Wesley, who penned the Sidney Poitier-Bill Cosby comedy features "Uptown Saturday Night" (1974) and "Let's Do It Again" (1975), and his wife, author Valerie Wilson Wesley. Coker attended the prestigious Hotchkiss School and graduated cum laude in 1990 before studying writing at Stanford University. After gaining his degree in 1994, Coker joined the writing staff at the Los Angeles Times, where he covered popular music and in particular, the hip-hop scene. In 1997, he penned a cover story for <i>Vibe</i> about the death of rapper the Notorious B.I.G. which attracted national attention. Coker left the Times that same year to freelance for a variety of publications, including the <i>Village Voice</i> and <i>The Source</i>, while also pursuing a career as a screenwriter. He penned several feature scripts, including a thriller with his uncle which was optioned by director John Singleton, but found greater success with his journalism, which by 2003 included <i>The Life, Death, and Afterlife of The Notorious B.I.G.</i>. His expertise on the performer's life led to a co-writing credit on the biopic "Notorious" (2009), which effectively launched his career as a screenwriter and producer. Coker served as writer and co-producer on the critically acclaimed police drama "Southland" and worked in a similar capacity on several other crime-oriented dramas, including "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS, 2009- ) and "Ray Donovan." In 2015, he was announced as executive producer and showrunner of "Luke Cage," a small-screen adaptation of the long-running Marvel Comics series about a wrongly imprisoned man who developed superpowers to fight crime.

Relationships

Richard Wesley Screenplay

Uncle

Valerie Wesley Other

Aunt

EDUCATION

Stanford University

Milestones

2015

Selected as showrunner for "Luke Cage"

2013

Writer, producer on "Ray Donovan"

2009

Co-writes Notorious B.I.G. biopic, "Notorious"

2009

Writer, co-producer on "Southland"

2003

Pens <i>The Life, Death, and Afterlife of The Notorious B.I.G.</i>

Bonus Trivia

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Counts his uncle, Richard Wesley, as the key influence on his screenwriting career.

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Father of twins, born 2005

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Considers "The Godfather" and "Any Given Sunday" as the best examples of screenplays in terms of dialogue and structure.

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Served as consultant on "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry" (2002).

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Penned "The 2nd Annual Vibe Awards" in 2004.

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Winner of the 2013 Image Award for Outstanding Writing on a Dramatic Series for "Southland."

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