Actor, Producer, and Social Entrepreneur
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Lanre Idewu is a Nigerian American actor, producer, and social entrepreneur. He grew up on the south side of Chicago and majored in biochemistry with a minor in German and theater arts. Additionally, Lanre attended the University of Chicago School of Medicine.
There, he was drawn to the ability to heal and help through Film and Fitness. Today, he has become a celebrity fitness expert and on-air personality and is dedicated to positive programming in both fields. He has over 20 years of Exercise, Nutrition, and Personal Development. ”I run a lot,” says Lanre. This is a form of meditation and relaxation. Although, he notes that “what I’ve been working on most recently is sitting quietly.”
Joe Dispenza is a doctor and writer who has become essential in Lanre’s life. His books on silence and listening are wonderful for him: Joe Dispenza who I have been reading a lot about listening to a lot has taught me to be able to control my breath and just allow the energy to flow.”
Lanre Idewu is known for several well-known series like South Side (2019), Sherman’s Showcase (2019), and Arrested Development (2003). Additionally, he was the COO of Queen Nefertari Productions (QNP), a film and television production company. A fun fact is that through QNP, he was able to help launch Gersh’s Film Finance and Packaging division.
In 2010, Variety magazine named him a ‘Future Media Maven’ as COO. Lanre manages a multi-million-dollar film fund and equally focuses on analytical, creative, and visionary responsibilities. ”We’re bringing a new level of transparency to the deals we make and we’re demanding the same from everyone we choose to do business with,” he says, noting that the market is now strong for projects that require little capital.
He has worked on various film and television projects for FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, ComedyCentral, Showtime, BET, E!, CW, iTunes, TF1, ZDF, Netflix, Magnolia Pictures, and more. Idewu produced the Cannes Film Festival “New Growth” and “Die Expats”.
Lanre has not only become the Vice President of The Geffen Playhouse Advisory Council but also a mentor to the NFL Player Association’s Pro Hollywood and ultimately a founding member of the Catalyst Board for the Sundance Film Festival. He is also a certified trainer and fitness model for the P90X fitness system.
‘’Believe in yourself as if you have to find a way to channel the noise and stay focused on what you want, not necessarily how things look right now,’’ says Lanre Idewu. Wellness, Mental Health, Justice, Women’s Empowerment, and Homelessness are the causes near and dear to his heart.
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Article: Andrea Esteban, Vaughn Lowery