Television beckoned and I signed on as the first Black Producer for WEWS-TV5, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland Ohio. As Associate Producer, I learned in-studio television production and remote broadcast production management.
Once I returned to NY, I was hired as a Production Assistant on the Paramount feature, Coming To America. I learned film production on the sets of Black Rain and Ghost. After several other productions, I joined the Directors Guild of America, Inc. as an Assistant Director. I was elected to the East Coast Council, in 1992. In 1996, the Council elected me Chair and then again for five consecutive terms.
During this period, I excelled. I attended DGA National Board meetings in Los Angeles, 4 times a year and was fortunate to work with many of the world’s icons. As a Stage Manager for the popular syndicated series, Showtime At The Apollo, I was in the right place, at the right time, when new management hired me as Supervising Producer of the newly formatted show. The Producers Guild of America welcomed me as a member. When Nelle Nugent and I founded the Diversity Committee, I was then a member of the Advisory Board of the PGA, East.
I was elected to the Board of Directors of New York Women In Film & Television for a three year term. Business and entertainment management skills were added to my resume. Professional organizations are extremely helpful for a fulfilled life. They provide the networking and friend-making opportunities required to be successful.
Independent features are making their mark on society these days. I have produced a few small budget features and enjoyed the opportunity to contribute to projects from inception through to distribution.
Feature Films: “White Men Can’t Rap”/ “My Angel Is A Centerfold”/ “Hung”/ “Vote For Me!”
Documentaries: “America Scores”/ “Veterans Across America”/ “The Whiskey Project-Guatemala, CA”
Shorts: “The Legend”/ “Smart Shorties”
Television: “New York Undercover”; “Law & Order”; “Jazzman”
Magazines: Adv Rep: Essence Communications/ Adv Rep: Tobacco Reporter Magazine/ Associate Editor: Drug and Cosmetic Industry Magazine
Import/ Export: Owned an Import/Export Company 1983-86. UN Affiliated. Marketing and shipping
Professional Model: Wilhelmina International/ National Print Advertising/ International Runway
Freelance Line Producing: “Empire” Universal – Created the initial budget that attracted the funding for the feature. “In Search of The River Witch”
1983: Won several 1st Place Sales Awards at Essence Magazine. Top Advertising Representative
1984: First Black Producer for the ABC affiliate, WEWS-TV5, Cleveland, Ohio
1996: Elected 1st Black Woman to Chair the Directors Guild of America’s, AD/ UPM Council, East
2001: Re-elected to fifth consecutive term as Chair of the DGA’s, AD/UPM Council, East
2004: Founder and Chair of the 1st Diversity Committee, Producers Guild of America, East
Line Producing and Budgeting.