Datari Turner


02 Apr 1979


Oakland, California, USA


Datari Lamont Turner


With over 15 years of experience, Datari Turner has worked along side some of the biggest names in entertainment including Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jay-Z, Bruce Webber, and the late Herb Ritts to name a few.

In 2011 and 2012, as a feature film producer, Datari produced a total of eleven films. Turner produced films "Another Happy Day" and "Salvation Boulevard" both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 with "Another Happy Day" winning the prestigious Waldo Salt Award for Best Screenplay. "Another Happy Day" starred Hollywood heavy weights Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin and Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn. "Salvation Boulevard" starred Oscar Winners Marisa Tomei and Jennifer Connolly in addition to A- List veterans Pierce Brosnan and Ed Harris. Turner produced, co-starred, and wrote the film "Video Girl" starring Meagan Good and Academy Award nominee Ruby Dee. The film has developed cult following and catapulted star Meagan Good to leading lady status.

In 2012 "LUV," also produced by Turner, starring Rapper/Actor Common, Danny Glover, and Dennis Haysbert, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and opened in theaters across the country in January 2013. While working on "LUV" Turner also produced "About Cherry" starring Academy Award nominee James Franco, and Dev Petal, who starred in the Oscar winning film "Slumdog Millionaire." "About Cherry" premiered at the 62nd Annual Berlin Festival to critical acclaim. Turner then produced and starred in the popular indie comedy "Dysfunctional Friends "which premiered at both the SXSW and ABFF Film Festivals respectively. "Dysfunctional Friends" stars Turner, Meagan Good, Stacey Dash, Stacy Keibler, and NFL Icon Terrell "T.O." Owens in his acting debut. Other notable Turner produced films include the Julia Stiles, America Ferrera dark comedy "It's a Disaster" which opened in theaters in April, 2013 and was rated one of the 5 Best Independent films of 2013 by the Huffington Post.

"Kilimanjaro" starring Brian Geraghty and Abigail Spencer, and The Neil Labute film "Some Velvet Morning" starring Alice Eve and Stanley Tucci, both premiered at SXSW and the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 respectively. Turner produced Kilimanjaro and was an Executive Producer on the Neil Labute film.

Other Turner produced films in post production are "Lap Dance" starring Briana Evigan, James Remar, Mariel Hemingway, and Omari Hardwick. And the John Stockwell thriller "Kid Cannabis."

In television Datari has produced over 50 hours of original programming for networks WE TV, BET, TvOne, Starz, and the Oxygen network. Most recent television credits include "The Ruckers: Southern Royalty" premiering on the WE Channel in 2014. Datari serves as the shows Creator and Executive Producer.

Datari resides in Beverly Hills, California and is an alum of the ABC/ Disney program. Turner is repped at CAA.

Actor ( 18 credits )

We Are Family (2017) Daniel
Supermodel (2016) Talib
Killing Hasselhoff (2016) Bouncer
A Girl Like Grace (2015)
Lap Dance (2014) Chicago
Beyond the Lights (2014) Noni's boyfriend in music video
Almost Home (2013)  Terrel (1 episode, 2014)
Dysfunctional Friends (2012) Aaron
LUV (2012) Gerald
Video Girl (2011) Jason
A Gang Land Love Story (2010) Black
My Girlfriend's Back (2010) Sean
American Dream (2008) X.L.
All You've Got (2006) Becca's Boyfriend
The Handler (2003)  Jermaine (2 episodes, 2003)
Boston Public (2000)  Joel Rivers (2 episodes, 2000)
Nikki (2000)  Wrestler #1 (1 episode, 2000)
Moesha (1996)  Guy (2 episodes, 2000-2001)

Producer ( 29 credits )

My B.F.F. (2017) executive producer
9 Rides (2016) producer
Supermodel (2016) producer
Growing Up Hip Hop (2016) executive producer (unknown episodes)
Lucky Girl (2015) executive producer
A Girl Like Grace (2015) producer
10,000 Saints (2015) executive producer
Adulterers (2015) executive producer
Love Thy Sister (2015) executive producer
Jackie & Ryan (2014) associate producer
Lap Dance (2014) producer
Kid Cannabis (2014) executive producer
Some Velvet Morning (2013) executive producer
Kilimanjaro (2013) producer
It's a Disaster (2012) producer
About Cherry (2012) producer
Dysfunctional Friends (2012) producer
LUV (2012) producer
Video Girl (2011) producer
Salvation Boulevard (2011) co-producer
Another Happy Day (2011) co-producer
A Gang Land Love Story (2010) co-producer
My Girlfriend's Back (2010) co-producer
LisaRaye: The Real McCoy (2010) executive producer (17 episodes, 2010-2011)
BitterSweet (2009) executive producer
I Married a Baller (2007) executive producer (7 episodes, 2007)
Famous People (2006) executive producer (1 episode, 2007)
The Ultimate Hustler (2005) co-executive producer (10 episodes, 2005)
Kindred Kill (0) producer

Writer ( 5 credits )

Video Girl (2011) (screenplay & story)
LisaRaye: The Real McCoy (2010) (unknown episodes)
I Married a Baller (2007) (unknown episodes)
Famous People (2006) (1 episode, 2007)
The Ultimate Hustler (2005) (10 episodes, 2005)