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Benjamin Wachenje

Title: Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated TV and movie screenwriter, director and producer

Born: January 13, 1970, Chicago

Education: BA, Dartmouth College; MFA, Cinema and TV screenwriting, University of Southern California

Early Marker: Research director on 1995 Peabody Award-winning documentary, "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream."

Big Idea: Following up on hit TV series "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice," "Scandal," and "How to Get Away with Murder."

Wave of the Future: Experiential economy, media fragmentation

Latest Special Reports

  • Top States 2016

    CNBC's annual study measures all 50 states on more than 60 different metrics.

  • People walk amongst aircraft exhibited on the tarmac during the opening of the International Paris Airshow at Le Bourget on June 15, 2015.

    The International Paris Air Show is celebrating its 52nd anniversary this year with the big movers and shakers in the aerospace and defense industry all attending the event.

  • CNBC’s “Trailblazers” travels across the globe bringing insight into some of the world’s key cities through the eyes of the celebrities that live there.

CNBC25: Rebels, Icons and Leaders