|Born||Tracey Elaine McQuarn
February 18, 1967
|Alma mater||Stanford University|
|Spouse(s)||Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (1992–2005)|
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Tracey Edmonds (née Tracey Elaine McQuarn born February 18, 1967; Los Angeles, California) is an American businesswoman. She is the CEO of Edmonds Entertainment Group Inc and COO of Our Stories Films. She currently sits on the National board of directors for the Producers Guild of America.
Tracey Edmonds, a 20-year veteran of the entertainment industry, has established herself as an award-winning producer, savvy business mogul and accomplished studio executive. She has created and produced groundbreaking projects for television, music and film both independently and with major studios. She currently serves as COO and President of Our Stories Films where she oversees the development and production of projects for urban audiences, and she also serves as the CEO of her own production company, Edmonds Entertainment. In March 2013, Edmonds also launched ALRIGHT TV, an inspirational, faith-friendly YouTube Premium channel, for which she serves as President and CEO. www.youtube.com/alrighttv
Edmonds produced the romantic comedy New in Town starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr., which was released January 30, 2009. In 2007, she released Good Luck Chuck for Lionsgate, starring Jessica Alba and Dane Cook.
In addition to film, Edmonds has also achieved success in television production. Edmonds executive produced the reality show College Hill, the first African American reality program on BET. The show debuted in January 2004 and set a network record as 'BET's highest rated series premiere in the network's 25-year history'. In addition, the spinoff series College Hill Interns, shot in Chicago in the Summer, debuted October 2007.
Edmonds also produced the series Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown, as well as DMX: Soul of a Man—both airing on BET in 2006 and setting new ratings benchmarks for the network. Also noteworthy was her 2007 TV-One production David E. Talbert presents Stage Black, starring David E. Talbert and Blair Underwood. This eight-episode competition show was the recent recipient of a NAMIC nomination for Best Reality Series.
Awards and honors
Edmonds has won numerous awards, including Turner Broadcasting System’s Tower of Power Award (2000), The Ebony Magazine Outstanding Women In Marketing & Communications Entrepreneur Award (2002), an award from Girls, Inc. Additionally, she was awarded an honorary doctorate in Business from Southern University (2004), the National Organization for Women’s Excellence in Media Award (2005), and The Caucus for Television Producers, Writers and Directors Diversity Award (2006).
Service and charity work
Edmonds serves on the Board of Governors for the Producers Guild of America (PGA), where she chaired the Guild’s annual Celebration of Diversity gala for three years in a row, and most recently co-chaired the PGA-hosted Produced By Conference. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute (AFI), on the Board for People for the American Way, and on the board of directors for Children Uniting Nations (CUN), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality mentoring relationships for at-risk and foster youth. Edmonds also serves as a Global Ambassador for CARE, a leading humanitarian organization that works to fight global poverty. In her role as Ambassador, she is focused on improving global maternal health, with a specific focus on Sierra Leone.
She is the daughter of Jacqueline and George McQuarn and sister of Michael McQuarn. Edmonds met Babyface in 1990 when she auditioned for the music video "Whip Appeal." The two married on September 5, 1992 and they have two sons, Brandon and Dylan. On January 7, 2005, she filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences.
Edmonds exchanged marriage vows with film star Eddie Murphy on January 1, 2008, in a private ceremony on an island off Bora Bora. On January 16, the couple released a statement saying, "After much consideration and discussion, we have jointly decided that we will forego having a legal ceremony as it is not necessary to define our relationship further," and called the Bora Bora wedding a "symbolic union". The two had planned on having a legal ceremony upon their return to the U.S. but did not, and their wedding was never official. She is currently in a relationship with Deion "Prime Time" Sanders, a former MLB player and former NFL player.
- Soul Food (1997)
- Hav Plenty (1997) (executive producer)
- Light It Up (1999)
- Punks (2000)
- Soul Food: The Series (2000–2004) (executive producer)
- Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
- Maniac Magee (2003) (TV) (executive producer)
- College Hill (2004) TV Series (executive producer)
- Robbin Hoodz (2006) (announced) (executive producer)
- Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown (2006) TV Series (executive producer)
- DMX: Soul Of A Man (2006)
- Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is (2006–Present)
- Good Luck Chuck (2007)
- Who's Your Caddy? (2007)
- New in Town (2009)
- Jumping the Broom (2011)
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