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February 15, 1967
Queens, New York City, United States
|Occupation||media mogul, television producer, executive producer, entrepreneur|
|Known for||Love & Hip Hop|
|Spouse(s)||Shawn Young (m. 2005)|
Mona Scott-Young (born February 15, 1967) is an American media mogul, television producer, executive producer and entrepreneur. She is the CEO of the multi-media entertainment company Monami Entertainment, best known for producing the VH1 reality television franchise Love & Hip Hop.
Life and career
Scott was born in Queens, New York City, to Haitian parents. While working at Radio City Music Hall, she was approached by the Brooklyn group TrackMasters to come on board as their manager. Through them, she met music executive Chris Lighty and with him co-founded the management company Violator. Over the course of twenty years, the company helped launch and revamp the careers of artists such as Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Q-Tip, Foxy Brown, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, Fantasia and Missy Elliott, who she still manages today. She transitioned into television in 2005, producing The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott on UPN and creating her own television production company, Monami Entertainment. In 2006, Jim Ackerman, a director at VH1 at the time, approached her to help develop a reality television series centered on rapper Jim Jones. Inspired by female ensemble-driven shows that were popular at the time, Scott-Young shifted the concept to focus on Jim's girlfriend Chrissy Lampkin and her circle of friends.
The series, now known as Love & Hip Hop, went on to become a huge success, spawning a media franchise that included the spin-offs Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, Chrissy & Mr. Jones, K. Michelle: My Life, Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood and Leave It To Stevie. In addition to the Love & Hip Hop franchise, Monami Entertainment has produced Donald Trump Presents: The Ultimate Merger for TV One, Cocaine: History Between the Lines for the History Channel, The Gossip Game and This Is Hot 97 for VH1, The New Atlanta for Bravo and Money. Power. Respect. for WE tv, as well as the feature film The Promise Keeper. In addition to television, Scott-Young is part owner and chief marketing officer of the moscato brand MYX Fusions with rapper Nicki Minaj, and serves on the board of The Haitian Roundtable, The RSQ Foundation and The GrassROOTS Foundation.
Scott married Shawn Young in 2005. They have two children.
Awards and accolades
Scott-Young has been honored at ASCAP's "Woman Behind the Music" event in 2011. She has been honored with awards from the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music Entertainment, named "Marketer of the Year" by Ad Age, and recognized by the National Congress and Convention of Haitian-Americans.
|2013||The Promise Keeper||Executive Producer|
|2005||The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott||Executive Producer||UPN||* Also appeared as a judge.|
|2010||Donald Trump Presents: The Ultimate Merger||Consulting Producer||TV One|
|2011||Cocaine: History Between the Lines||Executive Producer||History Channel|
|2011–present||Love & Hip Hop: New York||Executive Producer||VH1||* Also made appearances as herself and hosted the second and third season reunion specials.|
|2012||Love & Hip Hop: Reality Check||Executive Producer||VH1||* Also appeared as host.|
|2012–present||Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||Executive Producer||VH1||* Also hosted the first and second season reunion specials.|
|2012||Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: Dirty Little Secrets||Executive Producer||VH1||* Also appeared as host.|
|2012–2013||Chrissy & Mr. Jones||Executive Producer||VH1|
|2013||The Gossip Game||Executive Producer||VH1|
|2013||The New Atlanta||Executive Producer||Bravo|
|2013||40 Greatest Love & Hip Hop Moments||Executive Producer||VH1||* Also appeared as host.|
|2014||This Is Hot 97||Executive Producer||VH1|
|2014–present||Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood||Executive Producer||VH1||* Also hosted the first season reunion special.|
|2014–2017||K. Michelle: My Life||Executive Producer||VH1|
|2015||Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: After Party Live||Executive Producer||VH1|
|2015||Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding||Executive Producer||VH1||* Also appeared as herself.|
|2015||Love & Hip Hop: Out in Hip Hop||Executive Producer||VH1|
|2016||Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood||Executive Producer||VH1|
|2016–present||Money. Power. Respect.||Executive Producer||WE tv|
|2016–present||Leave It To Stevie||Executive Producer||VH1|
|2017||Love & Hip Hop: Joseline's Special Delivery||Executive Producer||VH1|
- Delerme, Felipe (May 8, 2013). "Personal History: Mona Scott-Young". TheFader.com. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
- Dorsey, Cynthia L. (April 28, 2015). "Is Mona Scott-Young A Game Changer In Telling Our Stories?". MadameNoire. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
- "VH1 Primetime Ratings Soar 50% in Adult 18-49 Demo in February". Retrieved November 21, 2012.
- Mitchell, Gail (March 25, 2016). "Mona Scott-Young, the Brains Behind VH1's 'Love & Hip Hop,' Sounds Off on Sexism, Reality TV and Missy Elliott's Next Album". Billboard. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
- "Mona Scott-Young Dishes on Her Presentation of Women and ‘The Gossip Game’". Vibe. March 28, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
- Breslin, Susannah (July 15, 2013). "Nicki Minaj Battles Hip-Hop's Heavy Hitters For Booze Supremacy". Forbes.com. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- "ASCAP Honors Janelle Monáe, Siedah Garrett, Monica and Other Leading Ladies in Music at 3rd Annual Women Behind the Music Series". ascap.com. November 22, 2011.