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Mary Lou Belli - Emmy Award-winning Director
MARY LOU BELLI is an Emmy Award-winning director, writer, producer. Among her recent directorial credits are multiple episodes of “Hart of Dixie,” on the CW, “Second Generation Wayans,” “Reed Between the Lines,” and “The Game,” for BET. She has also directed seven consecutive seasons of “Girlfriends” on the CW. A groundbreaking web series director, Mary Lou did the pilots and multiple episodes of “3Way,” winner of two Logo awards and The AfterEllen.com 2008 Best Web Series award, “Jenifer Lewis and Shangela,” one of IndieGogo’s top 10 web series of 2012, and “Work in Progress,” “Mother Fakers,” and “Flavors” now in post production.
Mary Lou has directed an additional 150+ television episodes, among which are “Monk,” “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Sister, Sister,” “Living with Fran,” starring Fran Drescher, “Misconceptions,” starring Jane Leeves, and “Eve,” starring hip-hop artist Eve, as well as The “Hughleys,” “Major Dad,” and “Charles in Charge,” Episodes she directed of “The Game,” “Girlfriends,” and “One on One” have all been nominated or won multiple Prism Awards.
She has co-authored three books: “The NEW Sitcom Career Book,” now in its second edition, “Acting for Young Actors,” and “Directors Tell the Story” which recently added China to its list of international markets.