Mona Scott-Young

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Mona Scott-Young
Born Mona Scott
(1967-02-15) February 15, 1967 (age 50)
Queens, New York City, United States
Nationality Haitian-American
Occupation media mogul, television producer, executive producer, entrepreneur
Years active 2005–present
Known for Love & Hip Hop
Spouse(s) Shawn Young (m. 2005)
Children 2
Website www.monamient.com

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.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1]

The series, now known as Love & Hip Hop, went on to become a huge success,[3][4] 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,[5] 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,[6] 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.[1]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Scott-Young has been honored at ASCAP's "Woman Behind the Music" event in 2011.[7] 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.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2013 The Promise Keeper Executive Producer

Television[edit]

Year Series Role Network Notes
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Delerme, Felipe (May 8, 2013). "Personal History: Mona Scott-Young". TheFader.com. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ Dorsey, Cynthia L. (April 28, 2015). "Is Mona Scott-Young A Game Changer In Telling Our Stories?". MadameNoire. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ "VH1 Primetime Ratings Soar 50% in Adult 18-49 Demo in February". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Mona Scott-Young Dishes on Her Presentation of Women and ‘The Gossip Game’". Vibe. March 28, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  6. ^ Breslin, Susannah (July 15, 2013). "Nicki Minaj Battles Hip-Hop's Heavy Hitters For Booze Supremacy". Forbes.com. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ "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. 

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