Blue Ant Studios has signed a new development deal with Atlanta-based producer, writer, talent director and entrepreneur Tamra Simmons.
Per the deal, Simmons will work with Blue Ant Studios to identify and develop a slate of unscripted projects that explore diverse perspectives and experiences. Simmons is executive producer at LA Productions and has earned international accolades for her production work across true crime, social justice and entertainment.
Simmons’ portfolio as a producer includes Surviving R. Kelly, Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning, Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta and Growing Up Hip Hop: LA, and Mary Mary.
Jennifer Harkness, senior VP of unscripted content at Blue Ant Studios, said: “The passion and expertise that Tamra brings to her exceptional work across so many arenas add value to any project she is a part of. We couldn’t envision a better collaborator to bring her unique perspective to our slate as we continue to grow our unscripted business and develop creator-driven content that challenges, entertains, and amplifies a broad range of experiences.”
Simmons added: “The content we consume shapes our minds, drives our decisions and informs our outlook on the world. It is imperative that our content options provoke our thoughts and remove us from our homogeneous bubbles thereby giving us a true reflection of the world. I’m excited to partner with Blue Ant Studios because I’m confident that our synergy will do more than just give audiences something else that’s just like everything else to watch. We will produce diverse, intriguing and unique television that will leave a memorable and lasting imprint.”
Laura Michalchyshyn, co-president of Blue Ant Studios, said: “Tamra’s work has so much heart, and her relationships with diverse talent and storytellers are impressive. We can’t wait to partner with her to produce projects that tell important, urgent, and entertaining stories about the world around us.”