Mindy Kaling, Bela Bajaria On Entertainment Power List
NEW YORK, NY (IANS) – Netflix Chief Content Officer Bela Bajaria and actor, writer, and producer Mindy Kaling have been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘2023 Women in Entertainment Power 100’ list for ‘setting box office records, filling arenas and putting Hollywood back to work’.
The two Indian Americans, along with several other women executives, performers, and powerhouses from the industry were honored on December 7 as “women who over-delivered in 2023, setting the standard for success in the shifting cultural marketplace”.
In her present role, Bajaria manages a $17 billion annual content budget and oversees teams in 27 countries. During the past 12 months, she has brought Netflix’s 238 million members some of its most popular titles, including ‘The Night Agent’ and ‘Wednesday’ — the service’s most-watched English-language original ever and a big contributor to the streamer’s 03 Emmy nominations.
Kaling began her professional career as an intern on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” following which she moved on to write and perform in a variety of sketch comedy shows, including “Matt and Ben”.
In 2004, she was hired as a writer and performer on the hit television show ‘The Office’ and went on to create and star in her own television show, ‘The Mindy Project’, which premiered in 2012.
She continues to write and produce on ‘Secret Lives of College Girls’ while she ramps up development thanks to a deal with Amazon MGM Studios for titles in her Mindy’s Book Studio book club, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
On the acting front, Kaling voiced Velma in Max’s controversial but renewed animated Scooby-Doo series of the same name. She continues to show up on ‘The Morning Show’.
Earlier this year, President Joe Biden honored her with the prestigious National Medal of Arts, one of the highest awards given to artists and arts patrons by the US government.