Laurens Grant [pronounced La-RENZ] is a 3-time Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmaker and a
Sundance Institute filmmaker fellow. She is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences – Documentary Branch [Oscars], and a voter in the Television Academy [Emmys]. She is also a
member of the Television Academy’s Documentary Peer Group Executive Committee.
Laurens Grant is Executive Producer, Showrunner and writer of the two-hour election documentary
special Campaigns That Made History that premiered on History in October 2020.
Grant was also a Story Producer on the Hulu series Defining Moments with host and editor Carlos Watson.
Grant is the Producer and Director of Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier [Smithsonian Channel via
Hulu+ and Amazon Prime] about the untold story of the Cold War race to get the first Black astronaut into
She directed the documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement [BET] which received an
NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding News/Information. The film is currently available on
iTunes and Amazon Prime.
She produced the Peabody and Emmy-nominated documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the
Revolution [PBS, Amazon Prime] that premiered at Sundance, representing her third film to premiere at
the prestigious film festival. She also produced the 3-time Emmy winning documentary Freedom Riders[PBS] and worked with many civil rights giants, including the late John Lewis.
She also directed and produced the Emmy winning documentary Jesse Owens [PBS] which also received
two additional Emmy nominations for outstanding historical long form documentary and outstanding
music and sound.
Grant is a Senior Producer on the upcoming film Crime and Punishment in America.