John Bowman: Comedy Writer With a Knack for Crossing Over

From a New York Times obit by Richard Sandomir headlined “John Bowman, Comedy Writer With a Knack for Crossing Over, Dies at 64”:

John Bowman, a white television comedy writer and producer who left the corporate world to find success on Black-centered shows like “In Living Color” and “Martin,” died on Dec. 28 at his home in Santa Monica, Calif….

Mr. Bowman’s work consisted primarily of writing for and running comedy series. But he also made an important contribution later in his career as a labor leader, helping unionized TV and movie writers get a cut of streaming revenues long before services like Netflix and Hulu changed viewing habits and grabbed tens of millions of subscribers.