Bio – Nathan H. Williams
President & CEO of iN-Hale Entertainment LLC, Nathan Hale Williams is a storyteller. In traditional terms, Nathan is a multi-hyphenated entertainment professional who is an award-winning filmmaker, award-winning author, entertainment attorney, and television personality. His latest film, 90 DAYS, which he wrote, directed and executive produced alongside Empire’s Jussie Smollet was screened at over thirty top international festivals receiving several “Best” awards, including an African Movie Academy Award (Africa’s Oscar equivalent) for Best Disapora Short. Nathan is the executive producer and producer of the NAACP Image Award and GLAAD Media Award nominated film, Dirty Laundry (FOX/Codeblack). His other film credits include: The Ski Trip (MTV Networks), Love for Passion, Blackbird, starring Academey Award® winner, Mo’Nique; and, Pastor Brown. His television credits include: My Model Looks Better Than Your Model (BET), NAACP Image Award nominated, Leading Women (Centric); Leading Men (Centric); Real Life Divas (BET-J); The American Candidate (Showtime); Inside: Black Culture (BET); The Kimchi Chronicles (PBS) and, Girl’s Who Like Boys…(Sundance Channel). In 2018, a dream came true when Nathan was hired to direct and produce live action films for Sesame Street’s 49th Season, including films for Elmo’s Wonderful World. He has directed and produced commercials for Isabella Fiore Handbags (starring Veronica Webb), Jumpstart (starring LL Cool J) and the U.S. CDC’s “Testing Makes Us Stronger” campaign starring the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Nathan has authored three books, Inspiration: Profiles of Black Women Changing Our World (Abrams), the award-winning novel, Ladies Who Lunch & Love (WHyN Press); and, his current book, The Girl’s Best Friend: A Collection of Essays on Love, Life & Sharing Your Light (WHyN). Nathan is a contributing author to the Keith Boykin edited book, For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough, which won the 2012 American Library Association’s Stonewall Award for Non-Fiction Book of the Year and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.
As a producer and celebrity journalist, Nathan has had the pleasure of interviewing countless celebrities including, Oprah Winfrey, Janet Jackson, Naomi Campbell, Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend, Isaac Mizrahi, Susan L. Taylor, Mo’Nique, Vivica A. Fox, Sherri Shepherd, and Maxwell, to name a few. He has written for Essence, The Huffington Post, The Root, Black Enterprise and many other publications.
In 2010, Nathan received the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s Prestige Award for Excellence. In 2013, Nathan received the Legacy of Pride Award, the Good Life Award and the Social Excellence Award. In 2016, Nathan was named the national spokesperson for the CDC’s 2016 “Doing It” campaign aimed at reducing HIV rates in the black community by encouraging testing and treatment. He has been featured in the New York Times, the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune’s Red Eye (Cover), New York Magazine, the New York Post, US Weekly, Star Magazine, Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, Black Enterprise, Crain’s, Ebony, Jet, NEXT (Cover), The Advocate, the New York Blade, Clik Magazine, PULSE, Bleu, UneQ, the Chicago Defender and numerous online publications.
Born and raised in Chicago, Nathan began appearing in theatre, commercials and television shows at the age of 8. A classically trained dancer, Nathan continued to perform and study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After college, he attended the George Washington University Law School where he was the president of the Student Bar Association, a Dean’s Fellow and the recipient of the GW Law Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership.
Nathan lives in Los Angeles and is a board member of the Outfest Film Festival and a founding board member, of Native Son.