100 Women We Love: Class Of 2019

Krystal Banzon

Photo by Rebecca Fishman

Krystal Banzon (right) started out as a theatre director where, she tells GO, she became “curious about the power of storytelling to create change in queer communities and communities of color.” This curiosity led her to the corporate side of the entertainment industry. The first-generation Filipina-American last served as the Manager for the Programming Talent Development and Inclusion at NBC Entertainment, responsible for cultivating talented and diverse writers, directors, and actors for the network’s scripted programs. She then went back to her creative roots and made the jump into the writers’ room, staffing as a writer for the Amy Poehler-produced sitcom, “I Feel Bad.” Her personal life, much like her career, has taken a somewhat unexpected trajectory. While she says that she “once thought being a lesbian was the best form of birth control,” she and her wife now live in Los Angeles with their cat, Lobo, and their three incredible kids who are “the best thing she never thought she wanted.” She finds time to write relationship-driven dramedies “between the hours of 10pm and 2am, when my beloveds are snoring.” —RK


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