Sheila Ducksworth is Head of Scripted Development and Production at Will Packer Media. Prior to joining Will Packer Media, Ms. Ducksworth served as CEO and Executive Producer of Ducksworth Productions, LLC, where she packaged and produced content over all mediums. Under her leadership, Ms. Ducksworth served as Executive Producer alongside Gabrielle Union and Tracey Edmonds for the Lifetime original movie With This Ring. She was also Executive Producer for the 2017 television movie Media, which she produced through her company for TV One.
A remarkable key to Ms. Ducksworth’s tremendous success has been in attracting high caliber talent to her collaborations. Ms. Ducksworth produced the 2013 film Why We Laugh: Funny Women for Lionsgate Entertainment and Codeblack Films, with entertainment legend and Executive Producer Joan Rivers. Ms. Ducksworth secured such talents as comic icons Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, and Kathy Griffin; actresses Kathy Najimy, Jane Leeves, and Holland Taylor. She is particularly proud of her 2014 NAMIC (National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications) Award nomination for Best Digital, Short Form series It’s Kymplicated! featuring Kym Whitley, for Nickelodeon’s Nickmom.
Prior to landing her own venture, Ms. Ducksworth spent five years as Senior Vice President for Edmonds Entertainment, where she packaged several high profile projects, including a late-nite talker for sports analyst Stephen A. Smith for Showtime Networks. This was a second stint for Ms. Ducksworth at Edmonds Entertainment who, from 2000-2003, served as Vice President and Head of Television. In both capacities, Sheila developed and managed projects along all genres. Focusing on broadcast, cable, and syndication, Ms. Ducksworth successfully sold projects to ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, HBO, Showtime, TNT, USA, Lifetime, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, VH1, Oxygen, BET, and TV-One, among other networks.
Also of note, Ms. Ducksworth took the lead in the physical production for the pilot of College Hill—BET’s first reality show, before going on to actively serve as Co- Executive Producer of seasons 4, 5, 6, and also its spinoff, College Hill Interns.
Adding to her accomplishments, Ms. Ducksworth served as Senior Vice President of Television for Susanne Daniels and her company, First Move Television, based at 20th Century Fox. There, she packaged several high profile projects including those with musical artists Toni Braxton and country greats Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black.
Beyond both studio and production duties, Ms. Ducksworth has additionally transferred her skills to the network arena, serving as a current executive at UPN. In that capacity, she took on the task of overseeing all new and returning dramas for the network. There, she provided all aspects of day-to-day coverage on outlines, scripts, casting, production, and final delivery of, most notably, the critically acclaimed Veronica Mars.
Ms. Ducksworth began her career in development at Big Ticket Studios. Ms. Ducksworth received her B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Yale University.