Emerald-Jane Hunter (EJ) is a four-time Emmy Award-winning Producer and a master of all things media, storytelling and content creation. Born in Ghana West Africa, Emerald-Jane brings with her a global vision, imagining way beyond the ordinary, seeking to design and create unique and sharable content for international, national and local clients. Relocating to the US at the age of 19 and havingreceived her B.A. in Communications at Luther College in Decorah, IA, Emerald-Jane fell in love with the television industry after an internship at a local cable television station.
She moved to Chicago in 2003 where she began her career working as front desk personnel for Making History Productions, a local production company with a mission and passion for storytelling. As a determined self-starter and a believer in hard-work, she rose thoroughly and within months was named the company’s Senior Project Manager.
With a deep passion for television production and content creation, Emerald-Jane was determined to learn, explore and experience every sector of the TV industry. She landed production roles with reality shows such as American Idol (Season 5), American Inventor (FOX), Oprah’s “Big Give” (ABC),WeTV’s Bridezillas, BET’s Sunday Best, she produced game shows such as Black College Quiz, Hispanic College Quiz & Know Your Heritage, and TV specials (Bud Billiken Parade) as well as award shows (Stellar Gospel Music Awards).
In 2007, with a vision of innovation and growth, the entrepreneurial bug bit her and she formed Emerald-Jane Productions, Inc., (EJP, Inc.) Under EJP, Inc. she co-created; co-executive produced and was showrunner for the Emmy Award winning, half-hour weekly entertainment magazine-style show 24/7, which airs locally on NBC. She also produced a TV special for WBBM-CBS as well as a few specials for the online community.
In 2011, a new opportunity and challenge came calling, landing Emerald-Jane at WLS-ABC 7 Chicago where she joined the launch team for the only local live talk show, Windy City LIVE, which took over the highly coveted time slot owned for 25 years by The Oprah Winfrey Show. There, she served as one of the show’s Producers and its lead Guest Booker. Emerald-Jane grew the caliber of guests by bringing Hollywood to Chicago through her many impressive bookings including stars such as Jennifer Hudson; Common; Cindy Crawford; Tony Goldwyn; Ne-Yo; Mike Tyson; Jane Lynch; Martha Stewart; Larry King; Cody Simpson; Sting; Boys II Men; Barry Manilow to name just a few.
For the four and a half years, Windy City LIVE became the go-to for locals and celebrities alike.
In August 2015, EJ spent 5 months with PR firm Henson Consulting as their first Director of Media and Content Development. In that role she lead a team of over 25 to support more than 40 clients within the consumer, corporate, nonprofit, education and hospitality sectors. She worked closely with account teams, creating and developing newsworthy content that guaranteed big media placements on shows such as Good Morning America and LIVE with Kelly (and Michael) along with countless other local and national media.
Now as president of her own agency, EJ is finally living in her WHY. She’s most fulfilled working with entrepreneurially minded brands and companies, managing strategic communications and crafting genius integrated marketing campaigns aimed at further elevating and generating revenues.