San Francisco Public Library

New York Times Talk

6:30 - 8:00

Main Library

Koret Auditorium

100 Larkin St.

From launching her television writing career with “Malcolm in the Middle” to creating the show “Fresh Off the Boat” to making her film directing debut this year with “Always Be My Maybe,” Nahnatchka Khan has led a wide-ranging and inspiring career. She’ll be joined by The New York Times reporter Sopan Deb for a conversation about making it in the entertainment business, crashing through boundaries and striving for diversity and comedy in an age of anxiety.

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Showrunner and director Nahnatchka Khan has quickly become one of the most sought-after creators in film and television. Her much-awaited directorial debut, “Always Be My Maybe,” starring comedy darlings Ali Wong and Randall Park, will debut on Netflix this May along with a limited theatrical run. Most recently, Khan signed a four-year overall producing deal with Universal Television to create, develop, write, supervise and produce series projects. Her award-winning show, “Fresh Off the Boat,” which recently hit its 100th episode mark, has been critically praised not just for its writing, humor and acting but also for introducing diversity to network television in a way that hadn’t been seen for 20 years. Prior to that, she was the creator and executive producer of “Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23,” which aired for two seasons on ABC, from 2011 to 2012. Before creating her own series, she served as an executive producer on the FOX animated show “American Dad!”

Sopan Deb is The New York Times’s N.B.A. reporter. He was previously a culture reporter, writing about the intersection of politics and culture, among other topics. Before joining The Times, he covered Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign for CBS News. His work has previously appeared on NBC, Al Jazeera America and in The Boston Globe, ranging from examining the trek of endangered manatees to following a class of blind filmmakers in Boston led by the former executive producer of “Friends.” He graduated from Boston University with a degree in broadcast journalism. Additionally, he is a pianist and a stand-up comic — an amateur one at that.

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