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HNTT Productions was founded in 2016 by Melody Shere’a along with co-founder Monica Simmons. Located in the heart of Oakland, California, the company creates, develops, produces, and invests in film, television, and documentary projects. These powerhouses brought together their corporate, entertainment, and DEI expertise to build the Head Not The Tail Productions, which strives to bring forth content that empowers and brings “visibility” to experiences through the lens of women of color.

Shere’a, HNTT Productions CEO states, “For too long, our stories have been left behind. It is HNTT Productions’ goal is to bring forth the change needed in the entertainment industry by becoming the ‘Head and Not The Tail’ in this business.”

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Melody founded Head Not The Tail Productions, LLC in 2016, which she runs with her sister/business partner Monica Simmons. After Melody completed her MBA (Finance) in 2012, the vision to start a production company came about. Melody brings 20+years as a Corporate America professional and an On-camera (SAG actress/V.O/Print Model) experience, therefore, pushing the idea of creating a safe space to promote diverse projects to the mainstream audiences.


Monica is the co-founder and Head of Productions at HNTT. Before producing, Monica has worked for over a decade as a Manager within the tech start-up industry. Noticing the lack of diversity in Tech, becoming an advocate led her to obtain a Diversity/Equity/Inclusion certification. Her Business/Marketing degree allowed her to venture into serial entrepreneurship. When not behind the camera, you can find her using her savvy Fashion Merchandising skills as a wardrobe stylist on set, as well as in photoshoots.

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