Amira Lewally

Lewally has produced more than 300 hours of long-form content for A&E Network and A&E IndieFilms, including recent hit “Secrets of Playboy,” exposing the dark side of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy empire. It almost didn’t happen. She was set to take an SEO job in Austin after college, but decided to submit a script to a graduate program just for fun. “When I was accepted, I took that as a sign to chase my dream of creating television,” she says. Seeing the success of actress, writer, producer Issa Rae helped Lewally believe a career in entertainment was possible for her. “Issa Rae’s career expands what we’re told we can do in the industry. It is so easy to be put into a box of what you’re allowed to do and create. No one can put a limit on the kind of career that you want for yourself,” she says. Lewally is not afraid to ask the tough questions—something routinely on display in the podcast “The Table is Ours,” which she co-created, co-produces and co-hosts. Each episode has Black people in every industry, including entertainment, sports, politics, culture, discuss theme challenging the Black community. Guests have included Questlove, Stacey Abrams and Kelly Rowland. Lewally also pushes her employer in DEI. She helped to create a comprehensive playbook and developed new and more inclusive standards for content, creators, and executives.

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