Wayfarer Studios has deepened its executive roster, tapping industry veteran Endyia Kinney-Sterns as SVP of unscripted development and production.
Kinney-Sterns (pictured) joins the studio alongside Tracy Ryerson as SVP of scripted development and production.
The executives will support Andrew Calof, president of development and production, on all of Wayfarer Studios’ content slate including podcasts and animated TV series in addition to scripted and unscripted film and television.
Kinney-Sterns most recently ran her own consulting company, EKS Consulting Firm, with an impressive client list including MGM Studios, ViacomCBS, Tyler Perry Studios and Wayfarer Studios.
Prior to her consulting company, she was at the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) where she served as VP of development and programming, overseeing the day-to-day development of original programming, including docuseries Flex and Shanice, Raising Whitley and Deion’s Family Playbook and critically acclaimed documentaries such as Dark Girls and Light Girls. She left OWN in 2016.
Before her stint at OWN, Kinney-Sterns was senior director of programming and development for TV ONE where she co-developed and co-created the series Unsung, which won multiple NAACP awards.
Earlier in her career, Kinney-Sterns worked in programming and development at BET where she oversaw production and post-production for the series College Hill and Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is.
She was also named one of the “Top Female Executives in Hollywood” by Essence Magazine, and has been instrumental in identifying and developing new programming for various networks, including VH1, CBS, NBC, HGTV, BET and OWN.
“It is rare that you find a company like Wayfarer Studios whose core mission is to truly inspire, uplift and effect positive change through content,” Kinney-Sterns said in a statement. “I’m excited to join the team and look forward to playing a part in telling stories that not only entertain but can also change people’s lives for the better.”
Kinney-Sterns and Ryerson will both be based out of Wayfarer Studio’s Los Angeles offices.