Co-Chairman, de Passe  Jones Entertainment Group.


2 Emmy Awards

30 Emmy Nominations

1 Golden Globe

1 Oscar Nomination

5 NAACP Image Awards

3 Peabody Awards



Representation: ICM, President, Chris Silberman, Ava Greenfield, Katie Cates



Suzanne is directly responsible for over $2 billion in entertainment revenue.

Discovered Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Lionel Richie and the Commodores, Rick James, Debarge, and many other successful recording artists and signed them to Motown Records when she oversaw the company’s records division for Berry Gordy.

Produced the Golden Globe winning mini-series Lonesome Dove starring Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones.

Developed the definitive film on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and signed the deal with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Pictures.

Negotiated the de Passe Jones First-Look deal with Universal Pictures.

Suzanne has received over 100 awards and honors for her success in the entertainment business.



  • Producer – “Songbird”: The Miriam Makeba Story (the South African singer and freedom fighter) with producers Madison Jones, Willette Klausner, and David Franco based on the memoir by Marc La Chat Miriam’s long time publicist.
  • Executive Producer: Xenon – The Movie – The Disney Channel
  • Executive Producer: Michael Jackson: “Searching for Neverland”- Lifetime – A&E
  • Executive Producer – The Annual ABFF AWARDS on BET with American Black Film Festival Founder Jeff Friday. The definitive award show honoring African American talent in Hollywood.
  • Executive Producer, FANG, with Executive Producers Madison Jones and Jamie Foxx
  • Executive Producer, EBENEZA: A Contemporary Adaptation of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”. Taraji P. Henson, star of Fox’s “Empire” television series is committed to play the lead role. Will air on the Fox Network Christmas 2016
  • Executive Producer, THE MARVIN GAYE STORY Mini-Series. F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) to co-produce and direct.
  • Executive Producer, LONELY TEAR DROPS: The Jackie Wilson Story. Jussie Smollette, star of Fox’s “Empire” television series is committed to playing the lead role.
  • Executive Producer, Star Jones’ “DAYTIME DIVAS” starring Vanessa Williams, VH1
  • Executive Producer – “Through the Fire” the life story of Chaka Khan
  • Executive Producer: “Grace Jones”: The Movie – the life story of Grace Jones
  • Executive Producer, THE SUZANNE DE PASSE/MOTOWN STORY, Sony Pictures TV
  • Executive Producer, XENON, The Disney Channel
  • Executive Producer: THE REDD FOXX STORY
  • Executive Producer: THE SNEAKER AWARDS (Annual) with Disturbing the Peace the production company of rapper/actor Ludacris
  • Executive Producer: THE BLACK HOLLYWOOD AWARDS
  • Executive Producer, FRONTIER, Mini-Series on the founding and history of Australia
  • Executive Producer, PRESIDENT OBAMA’S 2009 COMMANDER IN CHIEF’S INAUGURAL BALL/ Nation’s Capital
  • Executive Producer: SISTER, SISTER: Half-hour sitcom – 122 episodes completed/WB
  • Executive Producer: SMART GUY: Half-hour sitcom – 51 episodes completed/ WB
  • Executive Producer: ON OUR OWN: Half-hour sitcom – 19 episodes completed/ ABC,
  • Executive Producer: THE MOTOWN REVUE starring SMOKEY ROBINSON: Six one-hour episodes/ NBC
  • Executive Producer: THE TEMPTATIONS, NBC, four hours.NAACP Image Award Winner for Best Miniseries. (Nominated for six Emmy Awards, including Best Mini-Series and won an Emmy for Best Director.)  Also nominated for a Golden Globe and won the Producers Guild Award; Directors Guild Award; and Prism Award.
  • Executive Producer: DEAD MAN’S WALK/ ABC, 5 hours.
  • Executive Producer: BUFFALO GIRLS/ CBS, 4 hours.  Nominated for eleven Emmy Awards, including Best Miniseries and Best Actress.
  • Executive Producer: STREETS OF LAREDO/ CBS, 5 hours.
  • Executive Producer: RETURN TO LONESOME DOVE/ CBS, 4 hours.
  • Executive Producer: THE JACKSONS: An American Dream, ABC, five hours. Nominated for multiple Emmy Awards, including Best Miniseries.
  • Executive Producer: LONESOME DOVE/ CBS, 8 hours. Emmy, Golden Globe, Peabody Award-winning miniseries.  Named “Outstanding Program of the Year” by Television Critics Association, Best Miniseries in TV Guide Annual Readers Choice Awards, D.W. Griffith Award by National Board of Review.  Among other honors, the success of this landmark western resulted in de Passe’s induction into the Cowboy Hall of Fame.  “Lonesome Dove” was based on Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
  • Executive Producer: SMALL SACRIFICES/ABC.  Nominated for 3 Emmy Awards, including Best Miniseries and 2 Golden Globe Awards.  Winner of the Peabody Award.  Based on Ann Rule’s best-selling book.
  • Executive Producer: THE LORETTA CLAIBORNE STORY – 2-hour. Disney/ABC
  • Executive Producer: SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD – 2-hour/ABC
  • Executive Producer: THE LAST ELECTRIC KNIGHT – (aka SIDEKICKS) – 2-hour/ ABC
  • Executive Producer: BRIDESMAIDS – 2-hour/ CBS
  • Executive Producer: HAPPY ENDINGS – 2-hour/ CBS
  • Executive Producer: ZENON: ZEE THREE – 2-hour/ The Disney Channel.
  • Executive Producer: ZENON: THE ZEQUEL – 2-hour/ The Disney Channel. When it aired, the movie had the highest-ever rating for a Disney Channel original movie.
  • Executive Producer: CHEATERS – 2-hour/HBO Films
  • Executive Producer: ZENON, GIRL OF THE 21ST CENTURY – 2 hour/The Disney Channel
  • Executive Producer: MOTOWN 40: THE MUSIC IS FOREVER, 4 hour documentary/ ABC.
  • Executive Producer: MOTOWN 30: WHAT’S GOIN’ ON, 2-hour/CBS, Emmy Award Nominee
  • Executive Producer: MOTOWN MERRI X-MAS, 1 hour/ ABC
  • Executive Producer: MOTOWN RETURNS TO THE APOLLO, 3-hour/NBC. Emmy Award winner for best variety Program. NAACP Image Award winner.
  • Executive Producer: MOTOWN 25: YESTERDAY, TODAY, FOREVER, 2-hour, 1983, NBC, Motown Productions, Emmy Award winner for best variety program. Winner of NAACP Image Award and Peabody Award.   Executive Producer & Writer.
  • Executive Producer: MOTOWN ON SHOWTIME
    – Smokey Robinson – One-hour/Showtime

– Comedy on Campus – One-hour/Showtime
– Michael Jackson – One-hour/Showtime
– Marvin Gaye ��� One-hour/Showtime
– Temptations and Four Tops – One-hour/Showtime

  • Executive Producer: ZANE’S SEX CHRONICLES: – Series/ HBO-Cinemax – 13 Episodes.
  • Showtime at The Apollo: 130 one-hour episodes completed, variety program format. Syndicated through Warner Brothers/Telepictures.
  • Lonesome Dove, The Outlaw Years: 44 one-hour episodes completed
  • Night Life: (195) half-hour episodes, talk show.



  • 2006 Black Movie Awards: A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present, & Future. A 90-minute special which aired nationally on Turner Network Television (TNT) Hosted by Tyler Perry
  • Black Movie Awards: A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present, & Future. A 90-minute special which aired nationally on Turner Network Television (TNT)

Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer

  • 34th NAACP Image Awards, 2-hour special/FOX,

Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer.

  • 2003 Essence Awards, 2-hour special/ FOX
  • Winner of the 2004 NAACP Image Award for Best Variety Music Program.

Hosted by Steve Harvey.

  • 2002 Essence Awards, 2-hour special/FOX

Hosted by Steve Harvey

  • 33rd NAACP Image Awards, 2-hour special/FOX

Hosted by Chris Tucker

  • 32nd NAACP Image Awards, 2-hour special/FOX

Hosted by Chris Tucker



Producer, MAHOGANY (remake), Universal Pictures, in serious talks with Lee Daniels to direct.

Producer, CAR WASH (remake), Universal Pictures

Producer KING: The DreamWorks motion picture on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. – In development



The recipient of an Academy Award nomination for co-writing the screenplay “LADY SINGS THE BLUES,” de Passe won 2 Emmy Awards and NAACP Image Awards as Executive Producer of “MOTOWN 25: YESTERDAY, TODAY, FOREVER” and “MOTOWN RETURNS TO THE APOLLO.”



Ms. de Passe is currently featured in HBO’s, THE BLACK LIST: Vol. 2. This is the second installment of the documentary including other prominent African Americans such as filmmaker Tyler Perry, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, and Pastor T.D. Jakes.


Ms. de Passe has also received countless awards for her contributions to the television, movie and music industries including:


Essence: Hollywood Women of Power Visionary Award

Savannah Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award

Black Enterprise Top 50 Hollywood Power Brokers

The AWRT (American Women in Radio and Television) Silver Satellite Award

Revlon Business Woman of the Year Award

Inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame

Essence Award

Women in Film Crystal Award

Recent community honors include:

Center for The Advancement of Women: Changing the Landscape for Women Honoree

Jackie Robinson Foundation Trailblazer Award

Ebony Magazine selected de Passe for its highest honor, presenting her with the Madame C. J. Walker Award

Whitney M. Young Award; Los Angeles Urban League’s highest accolade.  (In keeping with tradition, de Passe presented the award to Magic Johnson.)

Additionally, she has appeared as a speaker before numerous businesses and industry trade groups, including:

Miller Brewing Company; Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association;

Burger King Franchise Owners Association

Chicago Minority Business Development Council.


The subject of 2 Harvard Business School case studies: “Suzanne de Passe and Motown Productions” and “de Passe Entertainment,��� Ms. de Passe has lectured at the Harvard Business School on several occasions.  de Passe was named Time Warner Visiting Professor to the Department of Radio, Television and Film at Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications. A post she held for the requisite 3 years.  During Howard University’s 138th Charter Day celebration

Ms. de Passe received an honorary doctorate degree of Doctor of Humanities.



Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Member

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Honorary Member

American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Member

American Film Institute, Trustee

American Society of Composers and Publishers, Member

Caucus of Writers, Producers and Directors, Executive Committee

Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Board Member

Humanities Prize, Board Member

Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Former Board Member

Los Angeles Opera, Board Member

National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, Member

National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, Member

New York City Ballet, Former Board Member

Producers Guild of America, Member

Writers Guild of America, Member