Carol Ann SHINE is an award-winning producer who has produced over 50 titles for film and television. A graduate of USC’s School of Cinema & Television, “SHINE,” as she is affectionately known in the industry, has focused her career on empowering marginalized communities by helping to tell compelling stories that uplift and inspire everyone. Her credits include Blackbird starring Academy Award® winner Mo’Nique, I Am Legend starring Academy Award® nominee, Will Smith and the groundbreaking LOGO television series, “Noah’s Arc.” SHINE is committed to giving a voice to “the other” across a variety of mediums, with the hope of continuing to expand the reflection and reach of modern storytellers.
After graduate school at USC, SHINE worked as an Acquisition and Development Executive at Millennium Entertainment where she acquired, developed and produced multiple award-winning projects. Following her tenure at Millennium, SHINE then produced several films with Showtime under its Black Filmmakers program, including Black Like Who, Milk and Honey, Letter to My Mother and Kings. She also produced shorts inspired by the network’s Soul Food TV series and directed by its cast members, titled The Great Commission, Dense and Violation. SHINE subsequently partnered with a former USC colleague to produce a Student Academy Award® national finalist, Waking Mele. In addition, SHINE produced The Male Groupie, which premiered on HBO after being a finalist at the prestigious American Black Film Festival/HBO Short Film Competition. SHINE’s most recent shorts include the acclaimed Love for Passion and The Boy, as well as Anywhere, USA.
SHINE joined Tracey and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds to produce Patrik Ian Polk’s debut film, Punks, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film garnered awards at festivals around the world and was released theatrically in November 2001. In New York City, the film smashed box office records with its per screen box office average and made its television debut in August 2011 on MTV’s LOGO network and continues to air in repeats. At Edmonds Entertainment, SHINE helped launch e2 Filmworks as its Creative Executive, once again acquiring, developing and producing films from underrepresented voices for wide audiences.
SHINE’s commitment to this mission caught the attention of Jada Pinkett-Smith, who pegged her to serve as a consulting producer on Ms. Pinkett-Smith’s directorial debut, The Human Contract, which premiered at Cannes. SHINE has also produced the features All the Trappings of Success, The Girls Room, Dr. Benny, Flip the Script, and Gone. Recent credits include The Skinny, Sex and Violence! Or: A Brief Overview of Simple Physics, Supermodel and Dirty Lies, which was also produced by Catherine Hardwicke.
For television SHINE produced and executive-produced LOGO Network’s first scripted series, Noah’s Arc, as well as produced the box-office darling and feature film follow up, Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom. In 2013 and 2015, SHINE produced four episodes of Comedy Underground, a comedy series featuring established but under-the-radar comedians, which is currently airing on RLJ’s new network Urban Movie Channel (UMC). Also on the comedic front, she produced Caution Men Thinking, featuring male comedians discussing love, life, and women. In addition, SHINE produced the Lifetime made for TV Film Pastor Brown, which received critical praise and was a ratings hit. She is currently producing a series inspired by the film focusing on the millennial’s experience with God and religion.
In addition SHINE has on the development front a Latino Xmas Carol, Mr. Avaros and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, scheduled to shoot in 2017, a feature film with Lionsgate Entertainment, Superstition: Final Chance, which is a thriller-horror film by Jeffrey Reddick of the Final Destination franchise and Steven Susco, writer of The Grudge. Upcoming is Comedy Cabaret a new comedy TV series launching and shooting at Cannes 2017. SHINE’s reality shows focus on extending her mission, and she is looking to begin production on Soul: Hollywood, chronicling the Hollywood restaurant’s opening and the rise of new cooking star and entrepreneur – Chef Yealang Smith.
On the literary front, Shine is focusing on creating and writing an African-American adaptation inspired by the Agatha Christie stories of Miss Marple, Sidney Sinclair and the Southside Tales. Also in development is a millennial religious series Victory and What Next? chronicling the lives of four recent college graduates who arrive in Washington D.C. looking to save the world. Work continues to package and produce these proposed new series
SHINE is the co-founder and a board member of The Blackhouse Foundation, a non-profit organization established to expand diversity at film festivals around the globe. At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Blackhouse celebrated its 10th anniversary. As a direct result of Blackhouse’s efforts, new records were set at Sundance in 2016 in terms of attendance, number of filmmakers and number of films exhibited by African-American filmmakers. Blackhouse events at Sundance garnered SRO crowds and the foundation moves forward with plans for events at Tribeca, LAFF, Toronto and the AFI Film Festival and currently Sundance 2017.
SHINE lives in Los Angeles and is a proud member of the Director’s Guild of America and Producer’s Guild of America.