Shelby Stone has been appointed President of Production at Common’s production company, Freedom Road Productions.

“We are more than enthusiastic to have Shelby Stone as our President of Production. We are confident that she will elevate Freedom Road and help crystallize our visions for what we want to achieve in film, theater, and television.” – Common

Stone has been engaging audiences with socially compelling content that defies the stereotypes of how people of color have been depicted on screen for over a decade. Prior to this new post, Stone served as the president of production at Flavor Unit where she oversaw the company’s projects made in partnership with major film and television studios. She developed multiple film and television projects for major studios and networks including Bessie, Single Ladies, Let the Church Say Amen, Let’s Stay Together, and Steel Magnolias.  Prior to her tenure at Flavor Unit, she served as the Senior Vice President of Production and Development at Foxx King Productions, where she oversaw film and television production and development, including the critically acclaimed television movie Life Support.  She headed her own independent company, Shelby Stone Productions, from 2003 to 2006, executive-producing the television movies such as Lumumba, The Middle Passage and the Peabody Award-winning Boycott, in addition to Golden Globe and Spirit Award Nominee Lackawanna Blues.

Over the course of her career, her work has received a Golden Globe, an Emmy, a Screen Actor’s Guild Award, a George G. Peabody Award, an American Film Institute Award, a NAACP Image Award and an Academy Award nomination. Stone also sits on the Board of Directors for an all female non-profit production company titled We Do It Together, where the goal is to produce and finance films, and other media related projects that empower women.

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