Erma Elzy

Director | Writer | Producer


As a Director, my first commitment is to tell a good story and execute the writer’s vision. My varied and extensive experience allows me to energize and motivate actors and crews thus creating a collaborative, respectful and creative environment. That same enthusiastic energy is shared with studio and network executives, show runners, producers and writers. The end results in a quality production delivered on time and most importantly on budget.

Short Features

Redeemer Seven Siblings, Inc., Los Angeles, Producer/Director/Writer Erma Elzy
Man Made DEW Productions, Los Angeles, Writer/Producer Deborah E. Ward - Co-Producer, Erma Elzy
  • Third Prize, Overall category & First Place, Comedy - Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, Inc. Filmworks Competition 2002
  • Best Narrative Short - Jamerican Film & Music Festival 2002
  • Audience Award-African American Women In Cinema Film Festival 2003
  • Jury Award-Honorable Mention - Hollywood Black Film Festival 2003
  • Best Overall Short Film, Urban MediaMaker’s Film Festival 2004
Room 302 DEW Productions, Los Angeles, Writer/Producer Deborah E. Ward
  • Jury Prize Winner, Best Short Feature - Hollywood Black Film Festival 2001
  • Audience Award - Black & Brown Shorts 2001
  • Showtime Network, Black Filmmaker Showcase Finalist - 2001


The Cheddar House Game Show Pilot - Blazin’ Productions Executive Producers - Alana Senkungu, Josue Ramos; Co-Producer – Erma Elzy
That's So Raven Disney Channel / Brookwell McNamara Ent. Executive Producers - Sean McNamara, David Brookwell, Dennis Rinsler, Marc Warren
The Parker’s UPN / Big Ticket Productions Executive Producers - Sara Finney Johnson, Bill Boulware, Andrea Wiley, Gary Goodrich - 14 episodes Nominated for BET Comedy Award – Best Comedy Directors - 2004
Moesha UPN / Big Ticket Productions Executive Producers - Sara Finney, Ralph Farquhar, Vida Spears, Fred Johnson, Warren Huchterson, Jackie Edmonds - eight (8) episodes Recipient of SHINE Award – The Media Project, 1999 for ‘Birth Control’ episode
Girlfriends UPN / Paramount Television/ Grammnet Productions Executive Producers - Kelsey Grammer, Rudy Hornish, Mara Brock-Akil, Dee LaDuke, Mark Brown
Sister, Sister WB / Paramount Television Executive Producers - Suzanne de Passe, Suzanne Coston, Rick Hawkins, Felicia Henderson – two (2) episodes
The Wayans Bros. WB / WB Network Executive Producers - Phil Kellard, Tom Moore


Colorblind or Blinded by Color: The State of Black Equality in America Seven Siblings, Inc., Black Lion Productions & With Grace Productions Executive Producers/Writers – Erma Elzy, Anthony A. Samad & Pamela Bright-Moon, Director - Erma Elzy – In pre-production
Continually Turning The Pages, The Life of Bernice Ligon City Channel City of Los Angeles Production


Yesterday Came Too Soon…The Dorothy Dandridge Story by Jamal Williams
  • National Black Theatre Festival, NC - September 2003
  • Los Angeles Theatre Center - March, 2001
  • 4305 Village Theatre, Los Angeles - September 2001
  • Stage 52 Playhouse, Los Angeles February 2004
  • Best Director Nominee - Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Theatre Award, 2001
It's A Good Thing I Knew How To Dance by Sloan Robinson
  • Stage 52 Theatre - July 2003
The Great Nebula In Orion by Lanford Wilson
  • Beverly Hills Playhouse - November 2002

Guild and Media Organizations

Directors Guild of America – DGA African American Steering Committee former Co-Chair
Film Independent - FIND