Tracey Edmonds Named President, COO of Our Stories Films

Entertainment

executive Tracey Edmonds has been named president and chief operating officer

of Our Stories Films, a new film studio created by BET founder Bob Johnson and

the Weinstein Company (TWC). Under

the new position, Edmonds will run all studio operations as well as identify and

guide projects from development to production. She will also create a team of

executives to assist her in her duties. The

announcement was made Tuesday (Aug. 29) by Johnson and Weinstein Company co-chairs

Bob and Harvey Weinstein. The

company, a joint venture established last month with Johnson and TWC, was created

to produce urban comedy films. The creation of Our Stories Films marks a milestone,

Johnson said. "For

a long time, the African-American creative community has wanted to have a studio

where greenlight authority rests with an African-American," he said. "I’m

happy that Harvey and Bob have joined mein making this vision a reality. Edmond’s

accomplishments as owner, president and CEO of Edmonds Entertainment Group made

her a logical choice to run Our Stories Films."

Edmonds Entertainment Group found success with such ventures as the company’s

first feature film Soul Food, which spawned the Showtime television series

after garnering $43 million at the box office and a triple platinum soundtrack.

In addition,

Edmond’s independent film production company, e2, released the films Hav Plenty

and Punks. Small

screen achievements include the BET reality shows College Hill, Lil

Kim: Countdown to Lockdown and DMX: Soul of a Man."When

looking for someone to lead Our Stories, we identified an executive who has a

track record of innovation and success, the respect of the industry, and a strong

understanding of, and relationships with, both business and talent," Harvey

Weinstein stated. "Tracey is the ideal choice, and we’re thrilled that she

will be heading up Our Stories."Edmonds,

one of two African-American executives on the board of the Recording Industry

of Association of America (RIAA), is currently inproduction on Good Luck Chuck,

a romantic comedy for Lions Gate starring Jessica Alba and Dane Cook.

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