Tonia Grady is an award winning television producer from Brooklyn, NY, who heads up her own production company. Ms. Grady is a hard-working single mom raising her daughter, Skylar. In 2007, inspired by her daughter’s pain and her own anguish of raising a fatherless child, she decided to fight back by producing and directing her first documentary film. The film ‘Man-Up: The Exploration of a Fatherless Nation’ was born. Little did she know…this short film would cause such an up-roar and move people to tears. Ms. Grady has been working passionately on perfecting, extending and promoting the film ever since. A bold move to personally take her film on the road as she worked on it proved successful. Packing movie theaters, museums, churches and conferences state-by-state Ms. Grady proudly wrapped up her independent 10-city tour in October 2011.
In 1996, Tonia moved to Atlanta, GA and created a variety entertainment talk show called The Red Room that aired in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. After blazing the air waves for four years, Tonia had become arguably or one of Atlanta's favorite local TV host and socialite. The Red Room was the first cable access television show to garner interviews with celebrities like Sean "Puffy" Combs, TLC, Kirk Franklin, Ludacris, Steve Harvey and Jamie Foxx. The show aired weekly in primetime on Comcast Cable (formerly Media One) with a reach of over 750,000 households.
In addition to launching her own show, Grady honed her production skills at top companies including: Fox Sports Net South, Media One and DreamWorks. But it was her talk show that landed Ms. Grady a coveted position as a Field Producer at CNN Financial News. Then she moved over to the flagship network CNN and showcased her producing chops. Her work during the CNN coverage on September 11, 2001 garnered her a very special certificate of honor from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Ms. Grady’s film and work with national fatherhood groups have made her a public figure in this fight to end the cycle of fatherlessness. In addition to building her production company, “Gradygirl Productions, Inc.”. She also has speaking engagements at probate courts, public schools, Planned Parenthood centers, prisons and various social programs.
In the fall of 2011, Ms. Grady added the new title of 'author' to her body of work. She and her then 9-year old daughter penned a new children's book titled, "Fatherless L