Janine Nabers is an award-winning producer and writer. She has conducted work on everything from playwrights to Bravo's first scripted TV show. More recently, Nabers has served as a writer and executive producer for Atlanta and is newly released TV series Swarm which has received critical acclaim.
What has been your experience as a Black woman engaging in the IP system, a place where women and women of color are vastly underrepresented?
I think it has honestly made me more committed to telling original stories. IP is limited. Obviously, it's getting better, but if you're not someone who leans towards sci-fi, fantasy or YA it's even harder to find IP with Black characters that doesn't feel stale or too on the noise racially. I lean more towards subverting narratives, so original ideas lend more towards that in my opinion.
What changes do you think need to be made in order to get more women involved in the IP system?
More black people or people of color being empowered and paid to write more IP stories.
Are there any role models or women you look up to for inspiration?
I've always admired athletes, like Jackie Joyner Kersee. But others include: Michelle Obama. Nora Ephron. Sarah Jessica Parker.
Any exciting projects or upcoming work you want to share?
Swarm was recently released on Amazon Prime!