Episode #3: Hear how Endyia Kinney-Sterns has shaped and developed television and entertainment that you well know. From behind the scenes she has been influential in some amazing programming. She inspires and makes you want to show up as your best self! Through embracing adversity she continues to come out on top and inspires so many others to do the same.
With over 20 years of Entertainment and Television experience, Endyia Kinney-Sterns is an accomplished television producer and network executive. Named one of the “Top Female Executives in Hollywood” by Essence Magazine, Kinney-Sterns has been instrumental in identifying and developing new programming for various networks, including VH1, CBS, NBC, HGTV, BET and OWN.
Most recently as Vice President of Development and Programming for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Endyia was responsible for overseeing day-to-day development of new original programming including popular docu-series, “Flex and Shanice”, “Raising Whitley” and “Deion's Family Playbook.”
Kinney-Sterns held the title of senior director of programming and development for TV ONE, where she was responsible for the day-to-day supervision of production and programming for popular series including “Baisden After Dark,” “Who's Got Jokes” and “Black and Men Revealed.” Her most notable accomplishment there was co-developing and co-creating the brand defining, multiple NAACP Award winning hit show “Unsung.”
In the early days of her career, Endyia spent over four years working in programming and development at BET where she was responsible for overseeing production and post production for the network’s top-rated series “College Hill” and “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is.” She was also responsible for helping to develop and launch “The Mo’Nique Show,” and the hit music competition show “Sunday Best.” Her impressive slate also included overseeing development for the following shows: Lil Kim: Countdown to Lockdown,”“DMX,” “Soul of a Man”, “Exalted” and “Hell Date.” Prior to her positions at BET and TV ONE, Kinney-Sterns produced reality, talk/variety and lifestyle shows including the Emmy Award-winning syndicated series “The Wayne Brady Show,” “Big Brother 4” and “The Other Half”.
As Founder and CEO of EKS Consulting Firm, a highly sought after development consulting company, Kinney-Sterns offers development and programming strategy direction for networks and production companies with clients such as Viacom, Tyler Perry Studios and MGM studios. In addition, as a content provider and creator, Kinney-Sterns is Co- Founder and CEO of All Things Media, a full service production company.
In addition to a celebrated professional career, Endyia and her husband of 17 years Brigg Sterns work with a number of organizations including the Children’s Hunger Fund as well as Zoe Ministries an organization geared at stopping child trafficking overseas, making her volunteer and charitable efforts a family affair.
In the Spring of 2020, Kinney-Sterns will add published author to her list of many accomplishments with the release of her highly anticipated book, “Why Me? How to stay in the fight with adversity. The Power of Embracing Adversity which helps women and men embrace and sift through the challenges and struggles in their lives.
Endyia, resides in Los Angeles, California with her husband, Brigg Sterns, and her two sons, Judah and Cairo.