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Laverne McKinnon

Laverne McKinnon is a film and television producer with more than 20 years of successful programming experience in premium cable, broadcast and digital platforms. She is the Executive Producer of the Netflix series GIRLBOSS, and co-founder of K&L Productions, a film & television company created with Kay Cannon (writer of the PITCH PERFECT franchise and director of BLOCKERS).

For a significant part of her career, Laverne was a successful programming executive with stints as Senior Vice-President of Drama Development at CBS, and as Executive Vice-President of Original Programming & Development at EPIX. She was also Head of Television at Charlize Theron’s production company, Denver and Delilah. Her work has encompassed scripted comedy and drama series, documentaries, web series, animation, music events, comedy specials, and children’s programs.

K&L Productions has a first look production deal at Sony Television with multiple projects sold including Amazon, Quibi, NBC, ABC, and TBS. Through K&L, Laverne is passionate about championing underdog and underserved stories. 

Additionally, Laverne is a leadership and personal coach, certified grief counselor, and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s MS Leadership for Creative Enterprises program and Cal State Fullerton’s MFA Screenwriting program. She has coached clients including tech and entertainment executives as well as other creators, people from the military, non-profit and small business.

MSLCE Course: The Power of Pitching + Persuasion