About JayCity Enterprise
Award-winning content creators Samson Styles and Tyese Carmichael-Styles have joined forces to create JayCity Enterprise, a multi-faceted media company specializing in TV/Film Production, Marketing, Branding, Development, and Consultation services. Founded in 2017, the company is an umbrella for all creative endeavors, collaborations, and contributions. With well over three decades of individual media experience under their belts, Samson and Tyese have produced more than 100 hours of television for some of the most reputable networks and digital streaming services. While Samson has most reputably served as a journalist, correspondent, producer, and director, Tyese has been behind the scenes getting the deals done. From acquisitions to branding, casting to producing, both Samson and Tyese execute at the highest level. But it wasn’t until they started working on their independent documentary KILLING BEEF ‘Gun Violence in the Black Community’ that they realized their power, not just as a married couple but as a force in Entertainment. Killing Beef hit the film festival circuit in 2018 and won Best Documentary at the Academy Accredited Newark International Film Festival, and in just three short months, was picked up by Revolt TV. Since the network premiere of Killing Beef, Rutgers University Center for Gun Violence Research has incorporated the documentary into its program curriculum.
The success and reach of Killing Beef have truly put JayCity Enterprise on the map, not only as a media conglomerate but as the destination for content actualization. Now, Samson and Tyese are even more passionate about not only building their slate but seeing projects through to distribution. Currently, they are focused on unscripted and scripted content dedicated to cultural commentary.
Their mission of authentic, passionate storytelling is evident in all that they do, and they are focused on providing entertainment with heart and integrity that will impact audiences around the world!
About Samson Styles
Samson was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in the East New York and Brownsville sections. When he was twelve, he got sentenced to eighteen months in a juvenile detention center for robbery and truancy. While incarcerated, Samson’s interest in writing developed and he became the go-to person for inmates that wanted to write their girlfriends romantic letters. He became a role model inmate and received many certificates of achievement. After his release, Samson’s focus shifted back to the streets, which resulted in him serving more than seven years of his adult life in prison.
In June 2004, Samson was released from Fort Dix Federal Correctional Facility, where he was part of a special program that helped misguided youth. Four months after being free, Samson started filming a documentary on Brooklyn Girls, mainly from Brownsville, involved in an underground fighting circuit.
In August 2005, cultural writer and critic Nelson George saw the trailer of Samson’s documentary, “Brooklyn Girls Fight Club,” and helped him secure a deal at BET to complete and broadcast the film. Samson is an executive producer of the documentary. Subsequently, he landed a permanent segment spot on a new BET show called “The Chop Up” wherein Samson acquired the title “The Official Street Cat”. With his unique perspective, Samson, formerly a BET News correspondent, covered a wide range of issues relevant to the black community.
In addition to daily news briefs, Samson produced, wrote, and hosted his own special reports: “Bullets and Ballets: The Official Street Cat Goes to Washington”, which explored gun violence and politics, “50 Shots: The Official Street Cat Takes On Police Brutality”, which explored gun violence and police brutality in the Sean Bell case respectively, “Black Is Beautiful: The N Word”, in which Samson uncovered The White perspective of the word “NIGGA” and “Locked Out: ex‐cons and the vote”, in which Samson brought to light the disenfranchisement laws that affect 5.3 million Blacks from voting.
Samson received three awards from The New York Association of Black Journalists for investigative reporting, cultural and entertainment, and commentary. He was nominated in 2008 and 2009 by the NABJ for best investigative report. Styles’ participation in covering The Inauguration of Barack Obama helped him and his team win the 2010 NAACP Image Award for outstanding news information. Styles produced and wrote numerous news briefs, and narrated many BET News specials including Tupac (Pac Lives) and Biggie (The Notorious B.I.G Ten Years Later).
In 2010, Samson transitioned from producing content for TV to becoming a one-man band (cameraman, producer, editor, and on-air personality) for BET’s digital platform (BET.com). Currently, Samson owns his own production company “JayCity Enterprise” along with his wife, which develops content for digital and linear platforms. He’s featured in and is also the consulting producer of the Netflix hit documentary Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy. Style’s latest award-winning documentary “KILLING BEEF: Gun Violence in the Black Community” is being globally distributed by Cinedigm and is available on Amazon, Apple TV, Fandango, and more.
Samson also teaches documentary filmmaking to at-risk teens in underserved communities belonging to Alternative to Incarceration programs in Brooklyn, NY.
About Tyese Carmichael-Styles
Tyese Carmichael-Styles graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and worked for the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) in the Organized Crime Division for 10 years before segueing to television. In 1996, Tyese began working for the syndication company “The Heritage Networks” directly with the founder, Frank Mercado-Valdes. In her nine years there, she learned the ins and outs of television: from sales to production. The roster of shows Tyese worked on includes Source All Access, Living Large, Weekend VIBE, and Showtime at the Apollo. In 2004, Fox Television Network picked up Weekend Vibe and Tyese continued working with the show as Talent Executive & Brand Manager.
Now, a 20+ year veteran, Tyese is one of the most sought-after executives in the entertainment industry; managing production, marketing, branding, and celebrity talent acquisition. Whether it’s securing celebrity talent for interviews, appearances, and performances, or planning corporate and high-profile events, Tyese has earned a reputation for consistently exceeding expectations. Her commitment to perfection and her attention to detail has made her one of “the hardest working executives in multicultural showbiz!“
Tyese’s roster of “A-List” talent has been showcased in some of the broadest programming outlets including, MTV, VH1, BET, TV One, UPN, FUSE, FOX Television, NBC, HULU, radio (Local, National, Caribbean, and the UK), online, and in print. She’s worked with an incredible range of entertainers including Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Senator Cory Booker, Jay Z, Kevin Hart, Rev. Run, Russell Simmons, Ice Cube, Dr. Oz, and Aretha Franklin.
In 2013, Tyese became the Sr. Talent Producer for ARISE TV’s global entertainment show ARISE 360. In her time there, she has booked A-list guests like Alicia Keys, Lupita N’yongo, Gladys Knight, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, and many more. ARISE TV is a global network bringing news from the African diaspora to more than 90 million homes worldwide.
Currently, Tyese owns her own production company ‘JayCity Enterprise’ along with her husband, which develops content for digital and linear platforms. Their most recent documentary “KILLING BEEF: Gun Violence in the Black Community” has won Best Documentary at film festivals and has been picked up by REVOLT TV. Tyese lives in New Jersey with her husband and children.
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