Sunset Blvd: Yonie’s TV Show (Video)

Yonie. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine

By Tadias Staff

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

New York (TADIAS) – We first featured Ethiopian-American artist Yonie in our May 2003 issue as he single-handedly and successfully promoted his music on Seattle’s KUBE 93 FM and X104.5 FM radio stations. Citing Michael Jackson as his childhood music hero, Yonie didn’t wait for large labels to pick him up. Instead, he worked alongside some of the industry’s best mixing engineers to produce his own songs.

Yonie caught up with us recently and let us know that he’s still on the fast track. “Since we last spoke I’ve been up to lot,” he said. ” I moved to LA in 2005 to pursue acting. ”

Within three months of moving from Seattle to Hollywood he earned himself a position as a Music Video Casting Director and found himself “engulfed in a world of pretty women, million-dollar mansions and A-list celebrities like Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne and more.” Not surprisingly, Yonie caught the attention of producers who approached him about having a TV show based on his new life in Hollywood. The trailer for the film, Sunset, was recently released online and the producers are currently in negotiations with Viacom, owners of MTV, as well a few other networks. The show is expected to begin airing in January 2010.

In addition to the TV show, Yonie has also produced a film entitled ‘The Heart Specialist’ featuring stars such as Zoe Saldana (Star Trek), Wood Harris (The Wire), Brian White (Stomp the Yard) and R & B Singer Mya. The film won ‘Best Film’ award at the 2008 BET Urban World Film Festival in New York.

Yonie’s new show features Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Pharrell, Bow Wow and several other artists. We’re looking forward to the premiere!

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8 Responses to “Sunset Blvd: Yonie’s TV Show (Video)”

  1. 1 Betty Jul 22nd, 2009 at 5:50 am

    Yoni, you are a very handsome guy! Good luck on everything!

  2. 2 Mimi Jul 23rd, 2009 at 6:15 am

    As a music casting director, you are surrounded with pretty women and it is very hard not to be tempted to mix business with pleasure. What a crazy life. You are a go-getter Yoni and good job on your first TV gig and hope you will have more to come.

    All the best!!

  3. 3 Saba Jul 23rd, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Very talented, he’s getting all the money,fame and attention that he wants. But the show is similar to what we see on TV (good looking women dance almost naked). It would be much better if, some how, our culture was mixed in the shows. That will make it unique show than BET….

  4. 4 Sasey Jul 23rd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Wow all I got to say is I’m proud of you producing a movie that is big….man:)

  5. 5 Nolawi Aug 4th, 2009 at 10:44 am

    this is fantastic.. wow!

  6. 6 Deborah Oct 7th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    You are making a big name for yourself Yonie and I congratulate you for that. Count your blessings my man. It would, however, be REALLY nice if you would incorporate some of our culture into it. That might even, I believe, increase ratings :). Good luck with it all though, gobez.

  7. 7 Ethio91 Jun 15th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    where can i watch this?

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