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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

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