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 to support more than 40 clients within the consumer, corporate, nonprofit, education and hospitality sectors, working with account teams, helping them focus on the art of pitching – how to tell a story to print, broadcast and online media in a compelling and strategic way.
In the short few months, she landed media hits on Good Morning America, LIVE with Kelly and countless other local media but EJ’s true passion, her WHY, became very evident during the latter part of the year leading her to her proudest and current venture – using her network, abilities, skills and accomplishments to help businesses and entrepreneurs push through their WHY and elevate and strengthen it.
EJ’s joy comes from working with entrepreneurs, learning about their “why” in owning their own and helping them grow and strengthen it. Her mission is to use her expertise, network, experience and talents to further enhance media, marketing and communication efforts for entrepreneurs and their brands. Her WHY is be known as the woman with the uncanny ability to elevate any brand she touches.