Multi-media maverick Mona Scott-Young is often recognized for her decades of success as a TV executive producer of top-rated unscripted television, her 20+ years as the award-winning talent manager for Grammy Award-winning music superstar Missy Elliott, and as co-owner and CMO of MYX Fusions, the premium black-owned wine brand she co-owns with Nicki Minaj.
Scott-Young’s presence as a producer and entrepreneur was amplified in 2020 amid the entertainment industry’s reckoning with racial justice concerns. During a time of increased spotlight, she remained focused on breaking down systemic barriers and elevating the voices of people of color. The CEO and Founder of Monami Entertainment, and its subsidiary physical production company Monami Productions, increased the number of unscripted shows in 2020 – both sold and in development – and made significant strides with the development slate of scripted series.
From her home in New Jersey and office in New York, Scott-Young expanded her footprint globally in 2020 by forging a partnership with South African production company NV Films to bridge the gap between developing projects and providing physical production throughout the continent of Africa. Monami Productions and NV Films recently announced their acquisition of SHAKA ZULU with plans to produce a remake of the epic miniseries. The two companies also partnered with ACA (Africa Creative Agency) to create HOMECOMING: Journey To Africa, which will identify the tribal origins of celebrity guests and take them on an immersive journey of discovery back to their homeland.
In addition to its development slate, Monami Productions continued to dominate the unscripted cable franchise space with its series on WE tv, and Scott-Young as executive producer of series including her juggernaut franchise LOVE & HIP HOP – with over 400 episodes aired over 28 seasons for the New York, Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles seasons. In January 2020, LOVE & HIP HOP: MIAMI premiered its third season, and the premiere episode garnered 1.41 million viewers, up from its previous rating of 1.09 million viewers. Other successes for the franchise included the ninth season of LOVE & HIP HOP: ATLANTA and VH1 ordering another season of LOVE & HIP HOP NEW YORK.
Looking forward, television projects produced by Monami Productions will air on OWN, BET, Lifetime, and WE tv in 2021, in addition to a 7-part series of LOVE & HIP HOP specials for VH1 including LOVE & HIP HOP: IT’S A LOVE THING, which premieres on February 1. Monami Productions is also developing a scripted series based on the life of Shayanna Jenkins, the former fiancée of Aaron Hernandez, a project with activist Tamika Mallory, and exploring a partnership with WOW Entertainment to explore animation series.
She continues to be one of the leading Black female entertainment executives with her ongoing success in television and music. Never wanting to have regrets with her actions, Scott-Young continues to make sure she’s a catalyst for lasting change aggressively.