The First Family has 13 years of television experience working on a variety of shows for ESPN, TruTV, Cartoon Network [Adult Swim], TLC, VH1, Food Network, CBS, VICE, Lifetime, MTV, Discovery Studios, ABC, BET, WeTV, Turner Studios, NBA-TV, & The Weather Channel.
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Here's the highlights of our TV work:
It started in 2009 when we directed and co-wrote our first of two live action series for Turner Studio's world famous Adult Swim. Our wacky comedy sensibility fit hand in glove with that of Adult Swim. Both series were shot on Turner sound stages and featured talent mostly from our web series that we did with Turner's SuperDeluxe in 2007 and 2008.
Then we directed "The Battle" for Rowdy Films and Mr. Dallas Austin. It was a five part docu-series for ESPN-U which explored the world of HBCU marching band programs. The focus of season one was the legendary rivalry between Bethune Cookman and Florida A&M.
In 2010 we started four years of shooting & producing on the show "Cupcake Wars" for SuperDelicious & The Food Network. We produced the segments that took place in the south before participants headed off to Los Angeles for the big competition. We ate from every cupcake shop in the state of Georgia.
"The Battle" Season 2 focused on Grambling University in Louisiana during the fall of 2011. The five part follow up for ESPN-U was shot on location and we ran the camera department for Bobbcat Films.
Next we produced a pilot for NBA-TV, shot behind the scenes for ABC's series Resurrection, shot a pilot for The Herzog Company executive produced by L.L. Cool J, and worked in development on several pilots for Discovery Studios out of Washington DC.
Next we did more development by shooting a pilot in Alabama for "Bride By Design". The series got picked up by TLC. It starred our friend Heidi Elnora of Project Runway fame.
We then shot on "Catering Wars", The Weather Channel, MTV's "The Break" before landing on a long run with VH1's "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" for Eastern/Monami. This show was a smash hit, with the franchise accounting for over half of VH1's income.
We shot on the Love and Hip Hop franchise for 5 years. During this period we also shot on TruTV's "Fameless" with David Spade, Vice's "Flophouse", VH1's "K. Michelle: My Life", the hit show "Little Women ATL", and ABC's fitness competition "My Diet Is Better Than Yours".
From there we went to work on the red carpet show "The Trumpet Awards", VH1's "Leave it to Stevie", CBS's smash hit "Carpool Karaoke", and a CBS pilot called "Ambulance" where we filmed in the back of Grady Memorial Hospital ambulances as they rode around Atlanta doing God's work.
After that it was a Love & Hip Hop spin-off with VH1's "Stevie J & Joseline Special", a couple of Atlanta Falcons commercials, Atlanta Hawks "True to Atlanta" commercials, Lifetime's "Married At First Sight", and an episode of MTV's "True Life" that focused on teenage witches/warlocks.
Next up was working with Michelle Obama on BET's "When We All Vote" series through J.Budd Media. We filmed segments with Janelle Monae, Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets, Keegan-Michael Key, and an interview with Michelle herself. The First Family meets the First Family of the Internet! Michelle was very intrigued when she found out Benny Wonka's middle name is Barak, a close but no cigar spelling of her husband's name.
From there we worked on "Ricky Smiley", filmed a Lil Baby show, filmed a docu-series segment for Van Jones about a congressional bill, shot Offset & Cardi B's baby shower, helped film "Sweet Home Sextuplets" in Alabama, and operated camera on Netflix hit series "Love Is Blind".
Next we worked on T.I’s “Expeditiously” podcast, filmed on a project for LeBron James, helped shoot WeTV's "Growing Up Hip Hop", filmed Joe Biden on his campaign trail, and rounded out 2019 working on Fox's "Labor of Love".
When we were filming Biden, our own Blake was hurrying around a corner to bring a Canon 70-200mm lens to Benny and the future president was being escorted in at that exact moment. Blake ran into Joe with the lens.
We then shot on Zeus' wild production "Baddies ATL", BET's docu-series "Being", WeTV's "What The Flocka", BET's gritty series "CopWatch America", and WeTV's darling love story "Brat Loves Judy".
We were in the middle or work on BET's singing competition "Sunday Best" when Covid-19 shut the world down. Two giant sound studio stages teaming with production completely went dark as the world hunkered down. The last interview we performed before the shutdown was with Kirk Franklin. It was a very scary time for everyone.
After sheltering in place for over six months production resumed for us with WeTV's "TS Madison Experience". After that we filmed two seasons back to back of VH1's prime time show "My Celebrity Dream Wedding".
After doing 3 months of lighting work on "Black Panther 2" we are currently shooting a new top secret show that focuses on rising celebrities in the city of Atlanta.
Thanks for coming along on our historical journey!