Endyia Kinney-Sterns ’94 is an accomplished television producer and network executive with over 20 years of entertainment television experience. Named one of the “Top Female Executives in Hollywood” by Essence Magazine, Endyia has been instrumental in identifying and developing new programming for various networks. Most recently, as Vice President of Development and Programming for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Endyia oversaw the day-to-day development of new original programming, including popular docu-series and was an integral part in developing new series and pilots. Her entertainment television experience expands to producing shows for VH1, CBS, NBC, HGTV and production companies like Buena Vista Television, Arnold Shapiro Productions and LMNO.
As Senior Director of Programming and Development for TV ONE, Endyia supervised the production and programming for popular series, including Baisden after Dark, Who’s Got Jokes, and Black and Men Revealed. She also co-developed and created the brand-defining, multiple NAACP Award-winning hit show Unsung.
Endyia worked in programming and development at BET for more than four years, overseeing production and post-production for the top-rated series College Hill and the highest-rated show in BET history at the time, Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is. She also helped to develop, launch and oversee The Mo’Nique Show, the No. 1 late-night talk show among African Americans, and the hit music competition Sunday Best.
Prior to BET and TV ONE, Endyia produced reality, talk/variety and lifestyle shows, including the Emmy Award-winning syndicated series The Wayne Brady Show, Big Brother 4 and The Other Half.
Today, she is Founder and CEO of EKS Consulting Firm, a highly sought-after development consulting company. Endyia offers development and programming strategy direction for various networks and production companies.
Passionately involved in many children’s organizations, Endyia works with the Children’s Hunger Fund in helping to move their vision forward to see that no child goes without a meal, is active with Zoe Ministries to help stop child trafficking overseas, and regularly speaks to inner-city girls about pursuing their dreams.
She came to FWCD as a seventh-grader and quickly made a name for herself as an actor with a bright and spirited personality. Endyia’s peers stated that she was destined to receive an Oscar. As a Falcon, Endyia was a member of the Debate Team, the Improv Troupe and the Theatre Group. She was the first African-American student at FWCD cast as a lead in a musical. She landed the starring role of Dolly in Hello, Dolly!
Endyia credits the School for preparing her for college – she attended Pepperdine University – and setting her up for her career. “FWCD nurtured my confidence and cultivated in me a higher level of discipline and excellence,” Endyia shared.