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Danita Patterson is founding president and principal content developer of Destiny Unlimited, Inc., a family entertainment company that develops innovative film, television and new media content. As a producer and writer, her production credits and development work over 22 years include more than 120 episodes of television programming for ABC, NBC, CBS, and Tribune Entertainment/WGN networks. Her diverse programming background has ranged from primetime sitcoms, annual award shows, musical specials, magazine and talk shows to game shows, public affairs programs, documentary films and feature films.
Prior to her entrepreneurial endeavors, Patterson worked closely with actor Will Smith and served as director of development and administrative manager for his company and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She also served as programming consultant and producer for other celebrities and production companies, including consultant for Children’s & Family Entertainment with actor/producer/director, Tim Reid; production work on singer/actress, Brandy’s sitcom pilot, Thea, and producer for musical specials, including Christmas Glory Special, featuring gospel stars like Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Andre Crouch and the Winans. Patterson worked on national award shows and specials like the Stellar Awards, Celebrate The Soul of American Music, Family Night, featuring Gladys Knight and Nancy Wilson, and the Essence Awards.
Patterson recently produced the award-winning documentary film, Soulmate; served as an advising consultant on the star-studded “Bible Experience” audio Bible, and is currently writer/producer on Destiny Unlimited’s slate of motion picture films.
Patterson also founded Destiny Outreach, Inc., a national organization with the mission of “making learning fun so that dreams do come true,” through interactive human development programs that support education, vision clarification and career development. She enhances the fields of media education by creating “edu-tainment” programming geared towards various age groups, consulting with school systems such as the Chicago Public Schools, and working with Northwestern University’s National High School Institute, Bank One’s Saturday Scholars, Metropolitan Chicago’s YMCA Black/Hispanic Achievers Program, the MAEOPP/Trio Student Leadership Conference and the Tavis Smiley Foundation’s Youth Summit.
A noted speaker, Patterson’s unique style of blending words of empowerment with songs that inspire have been influential in the lives of both youths and adults. Her community service includes working closely with Northern Trust Bank’s DreamMaker’s Forum, Northwestern University’s Council of 100 Women, Children’s Defense Fund’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, Americorp’s National Civilian Community Corps and the South African Leadership Development Tour.
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