It's back! Our members only series is designed to connect you with an expert in your field and connect you with others on the same path to career success.
Our ExperTEAs guest for March is the prolific film and television production innovater and Emmy nominee Tracey Baker-Simmons.
Tracey Baker Simmons currently serves as the Head of Development for Jarrett Creative, overseeing their roster of docu-soap and reality series. As a pioneer of urban celeb-reality television with 16 years of experience, Baker-Simmons holds "court at the top of production for females," according to BET.
Baker-Simmons launched B2 Entertainment Studios LLC with Wanda Shelley in 2003, going on to create Bravo's pop culture phenomenon Being Bobby Brown in 2005. The project was renowned for its no holds barred portrayal of superstar couple and music legends Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston, paving the way for other African American celebrities in reality television and putting Bravo's reality programming on the map. In 2009 the studio changed its name to Simmons-Shelley Entertainment, and produced Welcome to Dreamland, starring multi-platinum hit producers Jazze Pha and Drumma Boy with a dual debut on Peachtree TV and BET. The show resulted in an Emmy nomination for Baker-Simmons and her producing team. In July 2010, the studio teamed up with R&B legend Keith Sweat to produce Platinum House featuring Dru Hill, which debuted on BET/Centric.
Tracey kicked off her career at Warner Brothers Music. At production company Westside Stories, she worked with hundreds of hip-hop and R&B artists including Brandy, Montell Jordan, Arrested Development and NAS. She has produced award-winning commercials for companies including Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and MCI, along with the indie feature The Book of Love.
Share a cup of tea and conversation with Tracey who will speak candidly about her road to achievement and the lessons she's learned along the way. You’ll have the opportunity to ask her questions, as well as network with fellow members in a friendly and intimate setting.
Produced by Octavia Taylor and Amanda Lin Costa
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Apr. 15, 2014