D Renard Young is the founder of THAT ROCKZ!®. Born and raised in Detroit, his passion for popular music and the culture it effects has been deeply ingrained in him since birth. More than just a fan of creating, he’s also a classically trained composer and opera singer, and began a burgeoning career as an opera singer before a fateful vacation to Los Angeles between opera performances that changed the course of his life forever.
D has worked in every facet of production, beginning with his first Hollywood gig as an office production assistant on the now cult classic MGM film, "Soul Plane," then as an audience producer on "The Ellen Degeneres Show," to an associate producer on Steve Harvey’s "Big Time." He kept climbing the ladder as a producer, coordinating producer, supervising producer, executive producer, show runner, director, writer, and series producer on shows like MTV’s "NEXT," "Love & Hip Hop NY" (Vh1), "The Moment Of Truth" (FOX), and "The Ultimate Merger" (TVOne) to name a few.
As the CEO and head of development for John Doe Media, he created, developed, sold, and produced dozens of shows, including the successful series, "Totally T-Boz" (TLC), "K-Ci & JoJo...Come Clean" (TVOne), and most recently Bravo TV’s, “Thicker Than Water.".
D proudly reps his 80's baby status with a pop music culture foundation rooted in the original days of MTV, and his first Columbia House music club order which included Michael Jackson’s, “Thriller,” Madonna’s self-titled debut, and Prince’s “1999,” all favorites to this day. Now he’s combining his worlds of broadcast content production with his love of pop music culture to create a high quality home for film stuff 'That Rockz!'
Unique traits: Ex-opera singer and classically trained composer. Speak a few languages "ish." Uncertified food survivalist.
Thicker Than Water: The Tankards
Television by Bravo / John Doe Media (Documentary and Reality-TV) Executive Producer / Creator Follows former professional basketball player turned popular gospel singer/recording artist and minister Ben Tankard, his blended family and their journey in expanding the family fortune. From music-producing to NBA life coaching and motivational speaking, this business-oriented family strives to keep on top of their game, but finds their true passion lies in ministry. Written by Bravo!
Television by Bravo / John Doe Media (Documentary and Reality-TV) Executive Producer / Creator The show focuses on T-Boz, member of the pop supergroup TLC. Now a 42-year-old single mom, she struggles with the relaunch of her music career as a solo artist, when the TLC's brand is still strong and ready for a 20th anniversary tour, all happening after recovering from the life-threatening brain tumor she was diagnosed with in 2006.
Love & Hip Hop
Television by Vh1 / Eastern (Documentary and Reality-TV) Co-Executive Producer Love and Hip Hop focuses on the lives of the "wives" of hip hops greatest hit makers, trying to make a name for themselves, seperate from their men in the bright lights of New York City. But will business mix with pleasure?
Donald J. Trump Presents: The Ultimate Merger
Television by TVOne / Juma Entertainment (Reality-TV and Game-Show) Co- Excutive Producer Through a series of challenges, both relationship- and business-driven, Omarosa (season one) and Toccara (season two) attempts to choose a mate from a stable of 12 bachelors.
K-Ci & JoJo: Come Clean
Television by TVOne / John Doe Media (Documentary and Reality-TV) Executive Producer / Co-Creator K-CI & JOJO...COME CLEAN is a nine-episode docu-series that follows the lives of two international R&B superstars and original members of the chart-topping R&B group Jodeci. In an attempt to save their lives and careers, brothers Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey and Joel "JoJo" Hailey have agreed to live together for the first time in over a decade. Fighting their shared demon, alcoholism, the singing duo endure radical medical treatments, physical training, as well as medical and spiritual therapy to help them stay sober. Each day they learn to come to terms with the ever-present temptations that go hand-in-hand with their fame and fortune. By any means necessary, K-Ci & JoJo are determined to reclaim their honor and respect in the music game. The only thing more important than regaining their celebrity status is the preservation of their own lives. From their outpatient rehab, to emotional therapy sessions, to the North Carolina roots where their musical lives began, every aspect of their lives... Written by John Doe Media
Television by FOX / Fremantle Media (Reality-TV) Producer Osbournes Reloaded is a 2009 variety show that aired on Fox. The show was hosted by The Osbournes — Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly — and premiered Tuesday March 31 on Fox following American Idol.
The Moment of Truth
Television by FOX / Lighthearted Entertainment (Reality-TV and Game-Show) Producer Game show contestants are given a polygraph test and asked hard-hitting questions in front of a live audience in order to win a cash prize.
Television by Discovery (News) Producer Forget what you think you know about what being green means and get ready for G Word, an hour-long daily show with six segments designed to give you a whole new way to look at, and love, going green.
Television by Blaze TV USA / DirecTV (Music) Producern / Writer Top 40 Live musical series.
Television by Nuvo (Formally SiTV (Game-Show) Coordinating Producer / Joke Writer Add a Plot »
Television by MTV (Comedy, Reality-TV and Game-Show) Senior Producer / Writer Ad
Television by BET (Comedy) Producer
Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge
Television by Warner Brothers (The WB) (Comedy) Associate Producer Steve Harvey's stand-up/sketch comedy/variety show.