Hanelle Culpepper

An energetic and unflappable director, Hanelle’s recent TV credits include Westworld, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey and True Story. Hanelle became the first woman to launch a new Star Trek series in its 53-year history when she directed the pilot of Star Trek: Picard. In 2021 she won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing for her work on the pilot, and was nominated again in 2022 for directing Netflix’s True Story. She recently directed and executive produced the Neil Gaiman Amazon series Anansi Boys, and is set to direct features 1000 Miles (Big Beach and Zucker Productions) with Alexandra Shipp, and Amazon’s Coyote Blue, written by Derrick Kolstad and starring Sterling K. Brown. She co-executive produced and directed the pilot for The CW drama Kung Fu, now in S3. Hanelle earned her B.A. from Lake Forest College and her M.A. from USC's Annenberg School. After assisting Oscar-winning screenwriter Callie Khouri, she was selected for AFI's prestigious Directing Workshop for Women, making her a director to watch. Her award-winning short A Single Rose screened at film festivals worldwide, including the 2004 ICG Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. Hanelle proudly serves on the TV Academy's Director Peer Group Executive Committee, and the DGA's National Board, Western Directors Council and PAC.


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