Inspired Minds

Tracy Mercer

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Tracy is Amasia Entertainment’s Senior VP of Television. Currently, Amasia is in development at The CW with a sequel series to Dan Curtis’ classic, "Dark Shadows," to be showrun by Emmy-winner Mark B. Perry. Additional shows in development include "Because the Night" based on the James Ellory book, "Wolfe"— A contemporary mystery thriller series inspired by a Patricia Highsmithian author, a Francis Perkins miniseries about the trailblazing woman known as FDR’s conscience, and a sexy CIA actioner created by "Spygame" writer Michael Frost Beckner.

A graduate of Pepperdine University, Tracy began her film in production before working as a personal assistant to actress, Jennifer Aniston. Tracy assisted Aniston in production during three seasons of "Friends," and several feature films. After working as a script analyst for producers Jennifer and Suzanne Todd at Team Todd, Tracy took a story editor position with producer Rob Fried at Fried Films; there she worked on projects including "The Boondock Saints," and HBO’S critical darling, "Winchell." Tracy next joined producer Dan Halsted at Halsted Pictures, who was then partnered with Oliver Stone, where she worked in development on TNT’s "Witchblade" and films including "Any Given Sunday" and "The Art of War."

Spending much of her childhood as a rabid fan of science fiction and horror films, Tracy was next hired by her childhood hero, Gale Anne Hurd, at her company, Valhalla Motion Pictures. She rose through the ranks to become Senior Vice President and Head of Development. At Valhalla Tracy was the executive in charge of production on the PBS award-winning documentary, "True Whispers: The Story of the Navajo Codetalkers" and helped develop Ang Lee’s "Hulk," Marvel’s "The Punisher," and Karyn Kusama’s "Aeon Flux."

After four years at Valhalla, she headed up development for Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment, where she was involved in the development of films including "Invictus," directed by Clint Eastwood, and "10 Items or Less," directed by Brad Silberling. She was a producer on Richard Loncraine’s film, "5 Flights Up," starring Diane Keaton, Morgan Freeman and Cynthia Nixon. Tracy also helped get Revelations into television when she sold "Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman" to Discovery Science Channel, where she served as Executive Producer on the Emmy-nominated series. She was also co-producer of the Peabody Award-winning “ESPN 30 For 30 Documentary, "The 16th Man," which won a special “Television with a Conscience” Emmy.

Of all of her work at Revelations, she is most proud to have been instrumental in setting up, developing, and serving as an executive producer on the pilot of CBS’ hit series, "Madam Secretary." Working with TV showrunner goddess Barbara Hall remains a career highlight. Tracy was a producer on 60 episodes of "Madam Secretary" before moving on from Revelations to launch Amasia’s TV division.