A seasoned media executive, in January 2022, Jennifer Turner was named EVP and Head of TriStar Television for Sony Pictures Television where she manages the development and production of new premium television series to be aired on cable and streaming platforms. Prior to this role, in June 2017 Jennifer was named Senior Vice President of Scripted Programming for Sony Pictures Television, covering Sony’s East Coast and Canadian television shows including hit TV dramas “The Good Doctor”, “The Blacklist”, “The Boys”, and social-justice themed shows “For Life” and “Woke”, airing across major platforms such as ABC, NBC, Amazon, and Hulu. Prior to this role, in 2008 Jennifer Turner was named Vice President, Licensing and Strategic Partnerships, Bravo Media, Oxygen Media. She established Bravo and Oxygen’s business development departments and was responsible for extending the networks’ brands into revenue-generating businesses. Jennifer negotiated and managed several brand extensions around Bravo’s Emmy® award winning show “Top Chef”, “The Real Housewives” franchise, and also launched the new brand “Fashion by Bravo”, innovating to combine the television and retail models to sell products. Jennifer also spearheaded the largest multi-platform licensing deal in Bravo’s history, brokering a deal with ConAgra Foods to launch a line of Healthy Choice/Top Chef branded frozen foods at national major retailers.
In 2006 Jennifer was named Vice President at Universal Media Studios in Los Angeles where she developed new drama series and managed creative of critically acclaimed drama series “Friday Night Lights” and “Crossing Jordan”. Prior to joining NBC Universal, Jennifer was Director, Current Programming ABC Entertainment and had creative oversight of hit dramas “Desperate Housewives”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, and “Lost”.
Jennifer started her creative career in television as Director, ABC Daytime Programming, for the ABC Television Network Group and was creative executive for daytime dramas “Port Charles” and “General Hospital”. She began her career in television as Business Manager for Toon Disney, ABC Kids, and SOAPnet, managing strategic planning and business initiatives.
Prior to beginning her media career, Jennifer worked for Goldman Sachs in New York as a financial analyst in Fixed Income Capital Markets. Jennifer was featured in Essence magazine’s “40 under 40” edition 2004; one of Ebony magazine’s “Women to Watch” in Entertainment 2006; Cablefax’s “Most Influential Minorities in Cable” 2009, 2011, and 2012, featured in Variety’s Inclusion Impact Report 2019, and featured in Variety’s New York Women’s Impact Report 2021.
In addition to her media career, combining her passion for fitness and desire to help others, Jennifer founded MAD COOL FITNESS, an inclusive, health empowerment, edutainment brand that helps people (with a focus on professional women) to feel better, look better, and be better, leveraging behavior science. She also founded sister non-profit MAD COOL COMMUNITY to more effectively work with community partners to deliver health programs to underserved communities, with a particular focus on the health empowerment of adolescent girls in schools. To support her mission of health, Jennifer went back to school and received a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) specializing in Health Education and Behavioral Science from Rutgers School of Public Health.
Jennifer is also a New Jersey certified Teacher of Health Education N-12 and holds numerous fitness certifications from the American Council on Exercise (ACE). She has also completed 8 marathons (including two Boston and three New York City Marathons) and 13 triathlons, including Ironman Lake Placid. Jennifer also holds a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University, a Bachelor of Finance from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Japanese Language also from the University of Pennsylvania.