Kristen V. Carter is an award-winning content creator, entrepreneur and speaker from Newark, New Jersey. She has produced for a variety of television’s top programs including HBO Max’s Legendary, OWN’s Ready to Love and NBC’s The Voice. In addition, Kristen has served as a speech writer for Viacom executives, including BET’s former CEO Debra Lee.
Kristen has a deep-rooted passion for storytelling. In 2007, she founded JazziDreamer Entertainment LLC, a multimedia company specializing in writing, consultation, and production services. Through the company, she wrote and directed the award-winning short film First Date, which currently airs on Magic Johnson’s cable network Aspire TV. First Date is also showcased digitally on Kweli TV.
Most recently, Kristen served as an Executive Producer for the Discovery+/OWN four-part documentary series Profiled: The Black Man about debunking stereotypes that Black men in America have faced for centuries. The series premiered in February 2022, and is also executive produced by Tina Knowles-Lawson. In 2021, Kristen directed Chase’s digital financial literacy series Hart of It All which starred Kevin Hart. Within her dual role as Showrunner and Director, she developed the series format and episode creative while simultaneously overseeing project execution from pre-production to post. Kristen continues to develop television programs for reputable production companies while also writing and producing hit cable shows including TV One’s Urban One Honors, OWN’s Love & Marriage: Huntsville Reunion Special and OWN’s Motherly Love, a companion special to the record-breaking documentary series Black Love. She also enjoys contributing to social impact programming including the 2019 Facebook live stream event National Day of Racial Healing, curated by Ava DuVernay, and the 2020 Virtual Commencement special Show Me Your Walk: HBCU Edition, which featured President Barack Obama as the honored commencement speaker.
In addition to entertainment, Kristen is actively engaged in mentorship. She created an empowerment event series entitled Blessed, Booked and Busy, an interactive workshop for freelancers and emerging entrepreneurs to catapult their lives and take their careers to the next level. She is also the Head of Community Engagement and Career Development for HUE You Know, a production resource group for professionals of color. The organization currently consists of 17,000+ members around the nation in various areas of production.
Kristen is the recipient of many awards including San Francisco Black Film Festival’s First Time Filmmaker Award, From the Heart Productions’ Fiscal Sponsorship, and the Hanks-Miller Screenwriting Fellowship. She is a proud graduate of Hofstra University.