Black production designers bring their own flair and culture to create the overall visual aesthetic of a TV show or movie, including the set designs and costumes. They work with the director and DP to visualized the desired look of the production. This article’s goal is to be an inclusive list, updated regularly to include production designers of African descent. If you know of others, please email us.
Production designer Toni Barton worked on “For Life” (2020) on ABC “Jessica Jones” (2019) on Netflix, “Luke Cage” (2016) on Netflix, “Star” (2018) on Fox and the film “3 Americas” (2007). She has also worked as the Art Director for Iron Fist (2017) on Netflix, Dare Devil (2015) on Netflix, Girls (2013-2014) on HBO, and The Big C (2012-2013) on Showtime.
Production designer Hannah Beachler hails from Centreville, OH. She is the first-ever female production designer of a Marvel film. She’s worked on “No Sudden Move” (2021), “Dark Waters” (2019), “Black Panther” (2018), Moonlight (2016), Lemonade (2016), Creed, Zipper and Fruitvale Station(2013.) She won an Oscar for her work on Black Panther. She is the first Black woman to win an Oscar for Production Design.
Trystin Kier Francis
Production designer Trystin Kier Francis hails from the South Bronx. He’s worked on “Night Walking” (2020), “Love Dot Com” (2019), “Hide and Seek” (2018) and “The Goblin Baby” (2014.) He runs the design firm The Kier Company.
Production designer Wynn Thomas grew up in Philadelphia and worked in theatre before beginning his long time collaboration with director Spike Lee. He’s worked on “She’s Gotta Have It” (1986), “Malcolm X” (1992), “Inside Man” (2006.), “Da 5 Bloods” (2020.) He’s also worked on Ron Howard’s “A Beautiful Mind” (2001), “Cinderella Man” (2005) and the Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012.)
Production Designer Brent Trammell grew up and lives in Atlanta. His career began in Theatre and Exhibit Design, covering designs from the Atlanta Olympics to 365Black Awards. Brent’s sets include BET’s 106&PARK (2007-2014), BET’s ComicView (2003-2008,2012 and 2015), ApolloLive! (2012), 2004 Source Awards, Bobby Jones Gospel (2003-2015), BET’s Spring Bling (2001-2006, 2012-2014), National Geographic’s AFRICA exhibit at Vanderbilt Hall (2005) and Love&HipHop’s AfterParty (2016). His latest work spans Exhibits, Television and Theater with Set Design work on MACGYVER (2020-21) and TNT’s NBATV (2021).
Korey Michael Washington
Production designer Korey Michael Washington grew up in Culver City, California. He’s designed scenery for theatre, television, film and tours. He’s worked on “Ambitions” (2019) for Own and Lionsgate, “Power Star Live” for Will Packer Media and Twitter, and “All American” (2018) for Netflix. He’s also the resident designer for the LOL Network working closely with Kevin Hart where “Straight from the Hart” (2020) and “Cold As Balls” (2020) are filmed.
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Featured photo courtesy FOX / Star publicity photo.