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Blue Ant Studios signs deal with “Surviving R. Kelly” EP Tamra Simmons

Toronto-based Blue Ant Studios, a Blue Ant Media company, has inked a new development deal with Tamra Simmons, the Atlanta-based producer, writer, talent director, entrepreneur and executive producer of Surviving ...
April 13, 2021

Toronto-based Blue Ant Studios, a Blue Ant Media company, has inked a new development deal with Tamra Simmons, the Atlanta-based producer, writer, talent director, entrepreneur and executive producer of Surviving R. Kelly.

The pact sees Simmons working with Blue Ant Studios to identify and develop a slate of unscripted projects, with further details to be revealed in the coming months. The partnership adds to Blue Ant’s expanding U.S. production business and is its latest in a series of development initiatives that champion innovative and progressive women-led content.

Simmons is executive producer of LA Productions and has earned international acclaim for her production work in the true crime, social justice and entertainment space. Her credits as a producer includes the Emmy-nominated documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning, Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta and Growing Up Hip Hop: LA, and Mary Mary.

“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,” said Jennifer Harkness, senior vice president of unscripted content, Blue Ant Studios. “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.”

“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,” added Simmons, executive producer, LA Productions. “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.”

Simmons is the resident executive producer of LA Productions and CEO of her Atlanta-based firm The Tamra Simmons Brand Agency, which specializes in talent partnerships, brand development, and television and film development for its clients internationally, working with talent across film and TV, literature, music, sports, and culture to bring their stories and projects to life. Her work as a producer has gained her global acclaim, with accolades including recognition from the Producers Guild of American (PGA) Awards, International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards and the Critics Choice Real TV Awards.

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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