Mona Scott-Young (born February 15, 1967) is an American media mogul, television producer, executive producer, and entrepreneur. He is the president of the multimedia entertainment company Monami Entertainment, best known for the TV production of the VH1 reality series Love & Hip Hop.
Scott-Young talks lovingly about her early years in the music industry where she worked as part of the Violator Management team. Around 1990, she made contact with the trackmasters hip hop producers, who were then a band of four. In an old interview with Syndies, Scott-Young said she had no interest in music at the time, but was working on artist development, and the Trackmasters liked her talent. During this time, she said she took the opportunity to learn the business from scratch and developed her acumen by working with a wide range of artists, producers and others in the entertainment industry.
She and the late Chris Lighty co-founded Violator Management. Scott-Young also shared that she encountered many obstacles as a woman, as an outside musician, and as a person who was not part of the clique. But she persevered.
Scott-Young switched to television in 2005, producing The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott on UPN and starting his own television production company, Monami Productions. In 2006, Jim Ackerman, then director of VH1, reached out to her to help develop a reality series about rapper Jim Jones. Inspired by the then popular shows run by female ensembles, Scott-Young changed the concept to focus on Jim's friend Chrissy Lampkin and her circle of friends. The series, now known as Love & Hip Hop, became a huge hit.
Scott-Young sees the Love & Hip Hop brand as an opportunity generator. “Having a franchise that represents our culture, our people, and having that kind of staying power and the ability to invent and reinvent as we expand into different cities makes me probably the proudest. It's the ability both in front and behind the scenes … even for women and people of color. "
The show spawned a media franchise that spun offs Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, Love & Hip Hop: Miami, Chrissy & Mr. Jones, K. Michelle: My Life, Stevie J & Joseline belonged. : Go to Hollywood and leave it to Stevie. In addition to the Love & Hip Hop franchise, Monami Productions produced Donald Trump Presents: The Ultimate Merger for TV One, Cocaine: History Between the Lines for the History Channel, The Gossip Game and This Is Hot 97 for VH1, The New Atlanta. of bravo and money. To be allowed to. Respect. for WE-TV.
In addition to television, Scott-Young is co-owner and Chief Marketing Officer of the moscato MYX Fusions brand with rapper Nicki Minaj and a member of the Board of Directors of The Haitian Roundtable, The RSQ Foundation and The GrassROOTS Foundation.
Mona Scott-Young is an American record executive, talent manager and business woman who has a net worth of $30 million.
In addition to entertainment, Scott-Young has partnered with Nicki Minaj for MYX Fusions. She is the Marketing Director and co-owner of the Moscato brand, which continues to expand its beverage line.
In addition, the entertainment tycoon signed a contract with Lionsgate TV last year to create both scripted and unencrypted content. Variety said both sides are looking to expand their reach to reach new audiences.
It should also be noted that Scott-Young released a novel in 2018 titled Blurred Lines, her debut as an author.
Scott-Young was honored at the 2011 ASCAP "Woman Behind the Music" event. She was honored with awards from the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music Entertainment, named "Marketer of the Year" by Ad Age, and recognized by the National Congress and the Haitian-American Convention. Scott-Young was awarded at the MTV Movie & TV Awards for "Reality TV Royalty".
Throughout her career, Mona Scott-Young represented a long list of respected hip-hop artists, including LL Cool J, Missy Elliot, 50 Cent, Fantasia, and Busta Rhymes. After leaving Violator Management, Mona Scott-Young founded Monami Entertainment.
Monami Entertainment manages artists, produces projects for television and film, and has even launched a line of cosmetic and beauty products. Mona Scott-Young is the CEO of Monami Entertainment, the home of Grammy Award-winning artist Missy Elliott and VH1's most popular show, Love & Hip Hop. In addition to Love & Hip Hop, Monami Entertainment's television and film division produced the spin-offs Chrissy & Mr. Jones, K. Michelle: My Life and The Gossip Game (all on VH1); Donald Trump presents: The Ultimate Merger, Cocaine: History Between the Lines, The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott and The New Atlanta, a documentary series about Bravo. Young is also very active in charitable and philanthropic organizations and has been recognized by various high-profile media outlets such as the National Association of Black Executives, Vibe Magazine, and others.
He produced the movie The Promise Keeper in 2013. Scott-Young has also produced other reality series, including K. Michelle: My Life from 2014 to 2017, Money. Can. Respect. from 2016, Leave It To Stevie from 2016, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood from 2014 and Love & Hip Hop: Miami from 2018. In 1993 she was a dancer in the video short Snow: Informer. Mona Scott married Shawn Young in 2005 and the couple have two children together. Along with Nicki Minaj, she is a partner in the Moscato MYX Fusions brand.