Executive Producer, “Luke Cage”
Cheo Hodari Coker
CHEO HODARI COKER, 47, is the creator and former Showrunner and Executive Producer of Marvel’s Luke Cage. The critically acclaimed drama ran two seasons, from 2016-2018 and is popularly known as “the show that broke Netflix.”
After Luke Cage, Coker transitioned to an overall television development deal for his Seattle, WA based FIGHTING 99th ENTERTAINMENT with AMAZON STUDIOS. A 1994 graduate of Stanford University, Coker started his career in journalism as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times Pop Music section. He also contributed to Rolling Stone, Premiere, Vibe, The Source, XXL, Essence and numerous national publications, and has been featured numerous times on VH-1’s Behind The Music and Netflix’s Hip-Hop Evolution as an expert of Hip-Hop history, music, and culture.
He’s the author of the book “Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G.” Coker co-wrote (with Reggie Rock Bythewood) 2009’s NOTORIOUS, and segued into television writing for SouthLAnd, where he eventually rose to Supervising Producer and won an 2013 NAACP Award for the SouthLAnd Season Four episode “God’s Work”. Coker followed SouthLAnd with stint as a Supervising Producer on CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles, and Co-Executive Producer for Fox’s Almost Human, and Season Two of Showtime’s Ray Donovan. Coker’s other feature film credits include LOWRIDERS (co-written with Elgin James) (2017), a story by credit on the upcoming CREED II, and uncredited work on the Oscar nominated screenplay for STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON. In 2018, Coker was Number 42 on The Root 100 Most Influential African Americans.