Expanding the Apeture on Women in Media

Creator & Curator


Sonya Dunn

Sonya Dunn is a media executive and owner of a full-service production company, JEMH Entertainment, that has several interactive and transmedia projects in development: feature length films, novels, graphic novels, websites, plays, musicals, and scripted and unscripted programming.  Her film The Bedroom was her first directorial debut, which was selected and screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.  It also received official selections in ten other film festivals. She has directed two short films and two web series.

Dunn produced the award winning commercial Puppy Love for the 2015 American Black Film Festival. She was a finalist for the Best Screenplay at the LA Femme International Film Festival for Byker Chyckz and a semi-finalist in the Slamdance Screenwriting Competition for A Mother’s Love. She has been the series producer of three award-winning web series and produced seven narrative films and four documentaries.

Sonya Dunn was the President and Chairman of Arlington Independent Media, a nonprofit media corporation, cable channel and training center for media content creators in film, cable and web programming until February 2016.  She oversaw the development and implementation of a new radio station and state of the art audio production center in the Greater Washington DC that launch in December 2015.

Currently, Dunn is at the helm of a women initiative transmedia project called Distaff. Distaff consists of several media platforms integrated in a digital hub network highlighting the accomplishments and advancement of women in cinema and media.  This transmedia women initiative has over 250K followers across multiple social media platforms.  Her company launched a syndicated radio show and this website called Pryme Focus about women in various positions in the film industry.

Sonya Dunn holds a Master of Arts from American University in Producing Film, Video and Digital Media and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University in Media Management and Technology.