The writing team of Sara V. Finney and Vida Spears are executive producers and co-creators of UPN's popular comedy series "Moesha," which focuses on a bright, hip 17-year-old girl as she copes with the pressures and demands of growing up in the `90s. The series is in its fourth season on UPN.
From 1990 until they began pre-production on "Moesha," the two were story editors and then producers on the hit comedy series "Family Matters." Before joining that show, Finney and Spears wrote on several comedy hits including "Married...With Children," "227," and "Facts of Life."
Spears, a native of Baldwin, New York, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Michigan State University. She soon moved to Los Angeles to attain the goal her parents had encouraged her to pursue - writing. She served on the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America West from 1987-1991 and believes strongly in providing Black writers with a voice in that guild.
Finney, a native of Mobile, Alabama, was raised in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Dorsey High School, she continued her education at the University of Southern California, where she received a degree in broadcast journalism. After graduation, she worked at Embassy Television. There she and Spears worked for six years on various shows.
Finney also wrote a play, "Mens," that had a successful run at the Cast Theater in Hollywood. It was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for best play and received an L.A. Theater Award. "Mens" has also been produced at the Coronet Theater, The Westwood Playhouse and the Chicago Theater Company. In 1986, she co-founded the Los Angeles Black Playwrights and served as president for three years.
Both Spears and Finney make their homes in Los Angeles.
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