With over 15 years of experience, Datari Turner has worked along side some of the biggest names in entertainment including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jay-Z, Bruce Webber, and the late Herb Ritts to name a few.
In 2011 and 2012, as a feature film producer, Datari produced a total of eleven films. Turner produced films “Another Happy Day” and “Salvation Boulevard” both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 with “Another Happy Day” winning the prestigious Waldo Salt Award for Best Screenplay. “Another Happy Day” starred Hollywood heavy weights Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin and Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn. “Salvation Boulevard” starred Oscar Winners Marisa Tomei and Jennifer Connolly in addition to A- List veterans Pierce Brosnan and Ed Harris. Turner produced, co-starred, and following and catapulted star Meagan Good to leading lady status.
In 2012 “LUV,’ also produced by Turner, starring Rapper/Actor Common, Danny Glover, and Dennis Haysbert, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews an opened in theaters across the country in January 2013. While working on “LUV” Turner also produced ” About Cherry” starring Academy Award nominee James Franco, and Dev Petal, who starred in the Oscar winning film “Slumdog Millionaire.” “About Cherry” premiered at the 62nd Annual Berlin Festival to critical acclaim. Turner then produced and starred in the popular indie comedy “Dysfunctional Friends” which premiered at both the SXSM and ABFF Film Festivals respectively. “Dysfunctional Friends” stars Turner, Meagan Good, Stacey Dash, Stacy Keibler, and NFL Icon Terrell “T.O.” Owens in his acting debut. Other notable Turner produced films include the Julia Stiles, America Ferrera dark comedy “It’s a Disaster” which opened in theaters in April, 2013 and was rated one of the 5 Best Independent films of 2013 by the Huffington Post.
“Kilimanjaro” starring Brian Geraghty and Abigail Spencer, and The Neil Labute film “Some Velvet Morning” starring Alice Eve and Stanley Tucci, both premiered at SXSW and the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 respectively. Turner produced Kilimanjaro and was an Executive Producer on the Neil Labute Film.
“Lap Dance” starring James Remar, Mariel Hemingway, Omari Hardwick and Lisa Raye. And the John Stockwell thriller “Kid Cannabis.” are slated for release in 2014. “Your Right Mind” staring Katerine Heigl and Ben Barnes was accepted into the 71st Venice International Film Festival. Turner is credited as one of the films producers. 2014 has been a busy year with three new film projects slated for production in fall.
In television Datari has produced over 50 hours of original programming for networks WE, BET, TvOne, Starz, and the Oxygen network. Most recent television credits include “The Ruckers: Southern Royalty” premiering on the WE Channel in the fall of 2014. Datari serves as the shows Creator and Executive Producer.
Datari resides in Beverly Hills, California and is an alum of the ABC/Disney program. Turner is repped at CAA.