Name: Shante Paige
Occupation: Executive Producer
How We Know Her: It doesn’t get much more multifaceted than Shante Paige. Paige knows what pops and she can seamlessly move from executive producing the antic-filled fun of “Rickey Smiley For Real” to highlighting the ups, downs, pirouettes, and performances of the bold, beautiful baddies of Atlanta’s “Beyond the Pole.”
Why We Chose Her: A true creative, Paige has worked across mediums—music, television, and film—to create diverse, compelling content. She’s got the juice and she’s one to watch.
What’s Next: Her company, She’s a Movement Media Group, has several projects in the works.
A proud Howard University alum, Shante Paige’s resume includes working for iconic companies like Jive Records and Universal Music Group along with working alongside big names like Tyler Perry and Rickey Smiley. Now, she is the Executive Producer and Showrunner for Beyond The Pole, which explores the world of some of Atlanta’s most famous strippers. The series details the behind-the-scenes life of strippers, though the program’s message becomes more important by examining the question, “What’s your life beyond the pole?”
“My producing partner Mark Stevens reached out to me about the idea,” Paige told BOSSIP. “I told him it had to have a redemption factor for me to do it. I wanted the viewers to see the life is not all about making fast money, there is a price. I people to see what these ladies real life was like.
“Getting a project greenlit on TV is a lot tougher than getting an artist picked up by a label,” said Paige. “There are also more layers in producing episodic TV than producing an album. To me it’s harder to break a TV show than it is to break a record. If you hear a song enough times you begin to like it, TV is not that way.
When she’s not working, Paige likes to spend her time speaking to the students at colleges, high schools, and youth organizations. She continues to show her commitment to helping the next generation by empowering young people to become as successful in their future careers as she is in hers.
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