MINDY KALING (Molly Patel, Screenwriter, Producer) is an
producer, New York Times best-selling author, director and actor who has been
named one of the
brightest voices of her generation.
At the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Kaling premiered her debut screenplay
titled LATE NIGHT.
With a cast including Emma Thompson, Reid Scott, Ike Barinholtz, Amy Ryan, John
Kaling herself, the film received critical acclaim at the opening weekend of the
festival and sold to
Amazon Studios for a record setting $13 million US rights deal. LATE NIGHT will
open in the US
on June 7th, 2019.
Kaling broke out onto the scene at the 2002 New York International Fringe
her original stageplay "Matt and Ben" which she co-wrote with her college
Withers. The play was not only named one of Time magazine's "Top Ten Theatrical
Events of The
Year" of 2002 but also caught the eye of TV producer Greg Daniels who offered
Mindy a job to
come work on an NBC television pilot called "The Office."
At 24, Kaling joined the eight person writing staff of "The Office" as the
Kaling's contract also allowed her to participate as an actor and she took on
the role of celebrity-obsessed Kelly Kapoor. During her 8 seasons at The Office,
Kaling wrote 26 episodes of the show
(more than any other writer). Some of the episodes she wrote include fan
favorites such as
"Diversity Day," "The Dundies," "Diwali" and "Niagara" for which she became the
first woman of
color to be nominated for an Emmy in any writing category. During her time at
Kaling also directed two episodes and served as both producer and executive
producer on over 120
episodes of the series. Kaling and her fellow writers and producers were
nominated five consecutive
times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
After signing an overall development deal with Universal Television, Kaling
"The Mindy Project," which she starred and executive produced from 2012-2017.
Kaling and her
fellow writers were nominated for a Writers Guild Awards in the New Series
category in 2013.
Kaling wrote 25 episodes of the 117 episodes created for the six-season run
of the series. In 2018,
Kaling created and served as an executive producer on the NBC comedy "Champions"
she wrote three of eight episodes.
Kaling recently finished production on a mini-series adaptation of the
popular film "Four
Weddings and a Funeral" for Hulu. Kaling served as a writer and executive
producer on the project.
The series is slated to debut in 2019. Kaling recently started in the writer's
room for her new untitled
Netflix series that she is creating with Lang Fisher. The 10-episode will be a
comedy about the complicated life of a modern-day first generation Indian
American teenage girl,
inspired by Kaling's own childhood. In addition, it was recently announced that
Kaling will write,
produce and star in an untitled comedy for Universal opposite Priyanka Chopra.
Dan Goor, the film will revolve around a big wedding in India and the ensuing
In between all of her TV ventures, Kaling has released two New York Times
best selling comedic
memoirs - "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns" in 2011 and
Me" in 2015. Kaling is constantly writing new essays and hopes to release
something new soon.
As an actor, Kaling has also appeared in many films including Judd Apatow's "The
Virgin," I the Oscar-winning Pixar film "Inside Out," Disney's "A Wrinkle in
Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, and as a part of the star-studded cast of
In 2012, Kaling was named to the Time 100 Most Influential People in the
World List. She was
honored with the 2014 Glamour Women of the Year Award. In 2018, Kaling delivered
commencement address at Dartmouth College and received the honorary degree of
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