It’s truly believable that Ty Johnston-Chavis doesn’t know there is a “glass ceiling.” She envisions what “can be” and she uses her grace and compassion, her experience and wisdom and her absolute belief that every person has the right to become their best self and she sails forward to do good work and open doors for those traveling with her.
A respected international leader and collaborator in the entertainment industry, Ty has worked closely with TV and film veterans such as Mark Koops, executive producer and creator of The Biggest Loser and Ugly Betty, award-winning filmmaker Tracey Edmonds of Soul Food and Jumping the Broom, executive producer & creator Mona Scott-Young of Love and Hip Hop and legendary filmmaker Robert Townsend of The Five Heartbeats, Parenthood and The Meteor Man.
As Founder and CEO of T.Y. Entertainment, she creates, acquires, develops, produces and ensures the distribution of scripted and unscripted film, television and new media productions. Her network relationships and collaborations include Lifetime, BET, ESPN, Harpo Films, MGM, Nickelodeon, The Speed Channel, TV One, and the Bahamas’ ZNS-TV. In addition, she leverages new markets by partnering with the streaming distribution market.
Ty’s generosity as a mentor and the success of those she mentors is legendary. She has given hundreds of people the opportunity to gain experience, nurture their talents, gain access to industry decision-makers and build successful entertainment industry careers.
In 2011, Ty created and launched The Atlanta Pitch Summit, a marketplace where screenwriters and producers pitch film and TV projects to key entertainment executives. Since its launch, The Atlanta Pitch Summit has connected many aspiring artists with Hollywood decision makers including producer Will Packer, Screen Gems Studios SVP Kris Bagwell and Connie Orlando, EVP Head of Programming at BET. As the Summit’s Founder and CEO, Ty’s entrepreneurial talents and experience ensure that every aspect of the Summit runs like clockwork. From speakers’ travel and accommodations, to scheduling, PR and catering, from appreciative support and recognition for the Summit’s volunteers, production team and industry guests, to handing Summit finances and follow-ups in every department, Ty is an extraordinary model for how to develop and run an organization responsibly, equitably and with great benefits to all who participate.
Ty’s accomplishments and contributions to Atlanta were awarded in 2013 and 2014 as an honoree for Who’s Who In Black Atlanta and receiving a proclamation from the Atlanta City Council for the Pitch Summit. She is a former professor of Digital Filmmaking at The Art Institute of Atlanta and in the Video and Audio Departments of American Intercontinental University. She has served as Director of PR and Media for Full Gospel Baptist Church International Fellowship and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Miss Bahamas Organization for Miss Bahamas Universe.