Film Producer Autumn Bailey-Ford in Atlanta
Autumn Bailey-Ford gives us an inside look into her two companies – Autumn Bailey Entertainment and Prominent Productions. Autumn has worked on over three dozen independent film projects as a producer and has assisted numerous filmmakers in securing film distribution for their projects. She serves on the Atlanta Film Festival Board and belongs to the Producer Guild of America, Women in Film LA and Atlanta, Black Women in Film, and Reel Divas.
Can you tell us how and why you started Autumn Bailey Entertainment and Prominent Productions?
I started Autumn Bailey Entertainment as I always wanted my own film and tv production company. I wanted to be able to make projects that excited me. I started that company right after I graduated from college. I have produced over thirty-five feature films and one documentary with budgets ranging from 800K to 20M dollars. I started Prominent Productions in 2018 with my partner Cameron Burnett, son of producer Mark Burnett. We took the last two years to build up the company by first figuring out the type of content we want to produce and creating our vision for the company.
What is the mission of Autumn Bailey Entertainment and Prominent Productions?
The mission for both companies is to create entertaining content geared towards a diverse audience and to tell stories that will uplift and impact positive change. We strive to create thoughtful, intelligent, and unique entertainment with commercial appeal. Our motto is when you believe you can achieve!
Why are diversity and representation so important to you and your production companies?
People always hear me say we truly are one industry family no matter the color of our skin. I am very big on diversity and showcasing everyone no matter what. I have done an LGBTQ film, an Asian film, and last year I did my first international film in Tanzania, Africa. My faith in God drives me to believe that everyone should be represented.
What is one of your favorite aspects of your job?
I truly love being able to give people opportunities that they might not have had before. I also love being able to give advice and just truly be a blessing to others. I remember how it was for me to get into the business and learning everything on my own. I want to share my knowledge and help others.
What is a dream project that you would like to do in the future?
I would love to do a series like the 80’s tv show A Different World. That show really helped me to understand the importance of HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges Universities) and I feel that there isn’t a series on tv really speaking about that culture.
Any advice for those looking to get into the film and TV industry?
Absolutely, find a mentor. And, don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help. I have had a mentor for over 15 years and counting and I appreciate him very much. I also highly suggest they read the book Produce by Faith written by my mentor and friend – Devon Franklin.
Additionally, for those living in Georgia who are thinking they have to move to Los Angeles or New York to be successful, I am living proof that you don’t. I have lived in Georgia going on twelve years. I spend a lot of time in Los Angeles, but my home is in Georgia. If it’s your dream to be in the film and tv industry, it’s up to you to make that dream happen. It might take longer to get there but nothing worth having is easy. This business is about relationships and networking. There are some truly talented directors, producers, writers, and actors right in the great state of Georgia. Never be afraid to work with people in your own backyard.
What are the projects you will be working on for the remainder of 2020?
Unfortunately, I can't say right now as some announcements are coming out in the trades soon. I will say that I am excited about a few projects that are showcasing some amazing scripts written by writers in Georgia that are based on books written by local Georgia authors.
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This article originally appeared in the Georgia Hollywood Review in 2020.