Reggie Rock Bythewood grew up in the Bronx, NY. He attended the High School of Performing Arts and received a BFA in theater from Marymount Manhattan College. As a teen, he acted in the soap opera ANOTHER WORLD alongside Morgan Freeman and Joe Morton. After acting in the John Sayles film THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET, he was inspired to write and
direct. Bythewood formed a theater company called “The Tribe,” which produced plays written and directed by Bythewood. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in screenwriting and became one of the first members of Disney’s prestigious Writer’s Fellowship Program.
From there, he was hired as a writer on the hit NBC comedy series A DIFFERENT WORLD where he met his future wife, Gina Prince-Bythewood. He went on to write and produce Dick Wolf’s drama series NEW YORK UNDERCOVER. After attending the Million Man March, Bythewood wrote the screenplay for Spike Lee’s indie film GET ON THE BUS. Bythewood was also one of the film’s investors.
Bythewood made his feature film directorial debut on the acclaimed indie flick DANCING IN SEPTEMBER. It was acquired by HBO and became an HBO original movie. Bythewood has also written and directed BIKER BOYZ, the Laila Ali documentary DADDY’S GIRL, the ESPN 30-for-30 documentary ONE NIGHT IN VEGAS, he co-wrote the Fox Searchlight film NOTORIOUS and wrote and directed GUN HILL, the two hour original movie for BET which garnered him the NAACP Image Award for Best Directing. He also produced BEYOND THE LIGHTS, directed by his wife Gina. He co-created and executive produced the Fox special event series SHOTS FIRED and is currently developing SWAGGER, a TV series for Apple alongside Kevin Durant and