Effie T. Brown
Effie T. Brown is a film and television producer. Under her company Duly Noted Inc., she produced the highly acclaimed independent film Dear White People, which won the Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Talent at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
She is currently producing Omar Tyree’s Flyy Girl for Lionsgate and recently sold Tananarive Due’s The Good House to Lifetime. Additionally, Brown is a producer and mentor for HBO’s Project Greenlight, which takes an original screenplay and gives a first-time filmmaker the opportunity to direct a feature film.
Early in her career, Brown was the director of development for Tim Burton Productions. She later became a line producer on several feature films including Desert Blue, But I’m a Cheerleader and Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her, starring Glenn Close, Cameron Diaz and Holly Hunter.
Brown subsequently produced a number of critically acclaimed, award-winning projects for HBO Films including Stranger Inside, Real Women Have Curves and Everyday People. She was also an executive producer of Jane Campion’s In the Cut, in association with Sony Screen Gems and Pathé International. Brown’s film Rocket Science earned the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for director Jeffrey Blitz, and was nominated for Best First Feature, Best Screenplay and Best Actress by the Independent Spirit Awards.
In 2011, Brown re-teamed with the award-winning producing/directing team of Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia to produce WIGS, an original web content channel for YouTube that blazes the trail for scripted content released directly online. The channel premiered in May 2012 and became YouTube’s No. 1 scripted channel.
Brown received a degree in film production and theater from Loyola Marymount University. She sits on the board of directors of Film Independent’s Project Involve.