There is a New York state of mind and a Black Woman state of mind and both have contributed to me becoming a great producer.
Tracey Baker-Simmons is a seasoned veteran in television and film production who has spent more than 20 years in the industry producing critically acclaimed content.
Throughout her career, Ms. Baker-Simmons has proven her ability to create content that both resonates well with viewers and pushes the culture forward. Baker-Simmons produced national commercials and hundreds of music videos for LeRoux Pictures and Westside Stories in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2002 she produced the independent feature film The Book of Love. In 2005, Baker-Simmons created the pop culture phenomenon - Bravo reality series Being Bobby Brown, starring controversial music legends Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston.
Then, in 2010, Baker-Simmons and her partner, Wanda Shelley, executive produced MTV2’s Sprite Step-Off, which debuted to record breaking ratings for the network. In the same year, Baker-Simmons received an Emmy™ nomination from Southeast Region - National Academy of Arts and Sciences for the series Platinum House, featuring R&B legend Keith Sweat and Dru Hill.
In creating Being Bobby Brown, I learned that the story is ultimately told from the producer’s perspective. ~ Tracy Baker-Simmons
Tracey recently served as the Head of Development for the New York based production company, Jarrett Creative and oversaw development of all Nonscripted projects. While at Jarrett she was responsible for the development of series such as TNT’s Boston Finest , TLC’s Alaska Women Looking for Love, LMN’s I killed my BFF, TVGN’s Rock the Boat (featuring New Kids on the Block), and several other series.
She also brought Jarrett the Lifetime's series “The Houstons: On Our Own” which starred the family of late Whitney Houston. Baker-Simmons served as Executive Producer and Showrunner. In 2016, Baker-Simmons served on an Obama administration White House Committee, ECCO. (The Entertainment Consortium Collaborative Outreach Program)
Currently, Baker-Simmons works under her production company, HWY 58 Media, LLC. In 2017, she served as Executive Producer on her first bio-pic titled Bobbi || Kristina, which was centered around the deceased daughter of the late Whitney Houston it aired on the TV1.
Currently, Tracey works under her production company, Baker Simmons Media.