D'Angela Proctor, a graduate of Spelman College with a B.A. in Political Science, attended Duquesne University's JD/MBA joint degree program. After graduating from Duquesne School of Law, she practiced for several years at one of Pittsburgh's largest and most prestigious defense law firms, Reed Smith Shaw & McClay. Proctors prudence in her esteemed legal career became the tenacious finesse needed for over 13 years of success in the entertainment industry.
As the co-founder/owner of Strange Fruit Media, Proctor is the innovative force that takes the companys projects in television, film, theatre, music and new media from conception to completion. Her first ever television experience came in the form of executive producing BET's Teen Summit. Proctor's revamping of the series garnered its highest-ever ratings than it had in the 15-year history of the series.
Because of her insight on what fascinates and engages an audience in multiple demographics, and in multiple arenas, Proctor has produced everything from music videos, commercials, and live music recordings to television series, documentaries and films. She created and executive produced Exalted, a docu-series chronicling the lives of ministers for BET, and Family Reunion, a docu-reality series featuring family drama and laughter at a family reunion. Proctor also executive produced One Night Only, a series produced in conjunction with DreamWorks for the marketing and promotions of the 2006 release of Dreamgirls. In the television specials and live DVD field, she produced Babyface's Grown & Sexy, Seal's Live From Bermuda, Angie Stone Live, Mint Condition's Life in Luxury Brown, and Anthony Hamilton's Coming From Where Im From. In the comedy arena, she produced Paul Mooney's Jesus Is Black And So Was Cleopatra, The Latino Comedy Jump Off Three Volume Series and the post for Steve Harvey's Dont Trip, He Aint Through With Me Yet.
In March 2011, Proctor earned the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Reality Series for executive producing BET's third season of Sunday Best. Vindicated, Proctor's revealing docu-reality series about wrongfully-accused convicts that were exonerated by DNA evidence, was also developed for BET and is primed to be another award-winning success.
Proctor's ability to cultivate relationships as well as navigate legal affairs has raised millions of dollars for the production of multiple films. Her film credits include: The Seat Filler (Kelly Rowland of Destinys Child, Duane Martin, DeRay Davis), Truth Be Told (Blair Underwood, Regina King), Hustle and Heat (aka Ride or Die starring Vivica A. Fox, Meagan Good, Duane Martin), Book of Love (Treach, Robin Givens, Salli Richardson), and Sacred (Nas, Elise Neal, Isaiah Washington).
From development to post production, from film finance to legal, and from film to television, Proctor is a rare find indeed: a producer who actually produces.
Nia T. Hill is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with dual degrees in Spanish and Communications. She has built a career on developing successful entertainment companies, and on creating and marketing exclusive brands. Her passion for theater goes back to her early childhood as a poet and performer, and since then she has successfully combined her creative talents with her professional career as a media entrepreneur.
Hill’s first company, The Solstice Group, became one of the leading concert and theater promotion and booking agencies in the Southeast United States, and still continues to operates out of Atlanta. While based in Atlanta at the beginning of her career, Hill worked in 1996 with regional and touring companies on Dreamgirls at the famed 14th Street Playhouse. Additionally, the Solstice Group was responsible for numerous productions in conjunction with the Jomandi Theatre Group, including Sophisticated Ladies, Donald Byrd, Harlem Nutcracker, Bessie's Blues, The Colored Museum, and many more.
Hill’s next venture came with the co-creation of Strange Fruit Media. At Strange Fruit, Hill is the creative visionary who develops all of the company’s media projects in film, theatre, music, television and new media.
Hill created and directed the acclaimed docu-reality series, One Night Only, produced in conjunction with DreamWorks. One Night Only follows the post-Katrina lives of a group of New Orleans high school students as they mount a production of “Dreamgirls”. The series was choreographed by Tony Award-winning choreographer, George Faizon.
As a writer, director and composer, Hill’s creativity and direction fueled the production of the new theme song, bumper music and show opening for the Image Award-winning musical talent show, Sunday Best, now in its fourth season, which she also executive produces through Strange Fruit's overall production deal with BET. Hill's other TV production credits include The Family Crews, Vindicated, Family Reunion, and Exalted!
She also developed the film adaptation of the Tennessee Williams classic, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, in conjunction with the Broadway production team whose remount of the piece resulted in last year’s hugely successful theatrical run.
Hill’s most recent corporate venture, the Momentum Experience, is an alternative theatrical distribution and releasing company that employs a model of film exhibition designed to reach urban consumers in non-traditional venues. Hill's partners in the Momentum Experience include Will Smith, Tisha Campbell, Duane Martin, and Blair Underwood. Momentum's retrospective Micheaux-inspired model merges live theater with filmed entertainment. The company’s first release was the Strange Fruit-produced romantic comedy, The Seat Filler, starring Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child, and Duane Martin. Its per-screen average broke records through this innovative releasing model, attracting corporate partners Target and Mark Cuban’s Magnolia Pictures.
In the film arena, Hill is currently producing several projects with Academy Award-winning producer Ed Saxon, including My Soul to Keep, the award-winning novel by Tananarive Due, developed in conjunction with Fox Searchlight. Also upcoming are inspirational biopics about the famed African-American architect, Paul Williams, and the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Norman Borlaug. Hill’s other film credits include developing, producing and distributing The Seat Filler (Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child, Duane Martin, Deray Davis), Truth Be Told (Blair Underwood, Regina King), Ride or Die (Vivica A. Fox, Meagan Good, Duane Martin), Book of Love (Treach, Robin Givens, Salli Richardson), and Sacred (Nas, Elise Neal, Isaiah Washington).
As a writer, director and, producer, and as a creator of masterful business models and strategic partnerships, Hill is truly a visionary with a rare ability to use her many talents as powerful tools for positive change in the world of media.
copyright 2011 Strange Fruit Media | firstname.lastname@example.org