Jesse Collins, Founder & CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, is a master of producing television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. With his impeccable taste and artistic flair, he has brought some of the most iconic musical stories to life through film and television.
The critically-acclaimed biopic, The New Edition Story, first aired as a 3-part mini-series on BET in January 2017, was one of Collins’ most remarkable works. Spanning 30 years of Bobby Brown’s life, the mini-series chronicled the talented but troubled singer’s exit from the popular ’80s boy band through his solo success and tabloid-fodder marriage to pop icon Whitney Houston. With nearly 30 million viewers, the mini-series posted record ratings for the network, making it the highest-rated non-tentpole program on BET since The New Edition Story aired the previous year.
Collins’ passion for storytelling extends beyond the scripted world. His latest project, American Soul, is a tribute to the birth of Soul Train, the first nationally-syndicated Black music show, and the struggle to make a dream come true. The series showcases the story of a 30-something Don Cornelius, who sacrifices all he loves to follow his dream while facing battles with record labels for top talent and off-camera drama as young dancers vie for the spotlight. With the odds stacked against them, these characters’ journeys collide in a racially charged LA. The series ended its first season as the #1 new cable scripted drama for African Americans 18-49.
Collins’ expertise is not limited to producing scripted shows. His award-winning unscripted programming includes the BET Awards, BET Honors, UNCF’s An Evening of Stars, ABFF Awards, Soul Train Awards, Love & Happiness: An Obama Farewell, Black Girls Rock!, the BET Hip Hop Awards, and the iconic Grammy Awards. He is also the executive producer of VH1 shows Dear Mama and Hip Hop Squares, HBO’s Amanda Seales I Be Knowin’, BET’s Sunday Best and upcoming shows, and Netflix’s Rhythm & Flow CMT’s Nashville Squares.
Collins’ work has earned him numerous accolades, including Emmy® nominations and multi Image Award® wins. He has also graced the cover of Vibe magazine and has been featured in multiple publications, including Billboard and Ebony magazines.
Jesse Collins Entertainment is a full-service television and film production company led by a visionary producer whose creativity knows no bounds.