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Tracey Edmonds: Staying Ahead Of The Curve As A Black Producer

Coming up this week on Lifetime is the Original Movie, With This Ring, starring Regina Hall, Jill Scott, and Eve with Tracey Edmonds, Sheila Ducksworth (Soul Food) and Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane) serving as executive producers.

For Edmonds, who is CEO and President of Edmonds Entertainment and CEO and President of Alright TV, this serves as one of many projects she’s currently involved in. For nearly 20 years, the award-winning Los Angeles native has worn many hats in the entertainment industry. From producing the movie Soul Food and the subsequent series on Showtime to releasing Jumping The Broom as COO and President of Our Stories Films, Edmonds continues to thrive in an industry where there are few Black producers. Among her earlier projects was executive producing the reality show College Hill, the first African American reality program on BET and its spinoff College Hill Interns.

Edmonds recently joined the syndicated entertainment program EXTRA as a co-host with Mario Lopez andCharissa Thompson and currently executive produces and co-stars in Deion’s Family Playbook, the reality show featuring NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders and his family, which airs on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Blackfilm.com recently caught with Edmonds as she discussed her involvement with several projects.

This week you have ‘With This Ring’ on Lifetime. How did you get involved with that as an executive producer?

Tracey Edmonds: Gabrielle Union found a book called ‘The Vow’ and so she brought it to me back in 2008. She wanted me to help her develop it into a film. I helped get the film set up over at Lifetime back in 2009. Then we attached Nzingha Stewart, who’s a writer and director, to write the script and direct the film. Then we thought we had a green light back in 2009. We thought we were going to be making the film then but the project called put on hold. The regime changed over at Lifetime. So we were on hold for a couple of years. Then I got a phone call from Tanya Lopez, who’s head of Lifetime Movies, last year where she asked me if I wanted to still make the film because she was ready to do it. Those are one of those amazing phone calls that you rarely get. It was a happy phone call to get.We were really happy to brush off the dust off the script and get it into production.




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