Mona Scott-Young (born February 15, 1967) is an American media mogul, television producer, executive producer and entrepreneur. She is the CEO of the multi-media entertainment company Monami Entertainment, best known for producing the VH1 reality television franchise Love & Hip Hop.
Scott was born in Queens, New York City, to Haitian parents. While working at Radio City Music Hall, she was approached by the Brooklyn group TrackMasters to come on board as their manager. Through them, she met music executive Chris Lighty and with him co-founded the management company Violator. Over the course of twenty years, the company helped launch and revamp the careers of artists such as Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Q-Tip, Foxy Brown, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, Fantasia and Missy Elliott, who she still manages today. She transitioned into television in 2005, producing The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott on UPN and creating her own television production company, Monami Entertainment. In 2006, Jim Ackerman, a director at VH1 at the time, approached her to help develop a reality television series centered on rapper Jim Jones. Inspired by female ensemble-driven shows that were popular at the time, Scott-Young shifted the concept to focus on Jim’s girlfriend Chrissy Lampkin and her circle of friends.
The series, now known as Love & Hip Hop, went on to become a huge success, spawning a media franchise that included the spin-offs Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, Chrissy & Mr. Jones, K. Michelle: My Life, Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood and Leave It To Stevie. In addition to the Love & Hip Hop franchise, Monami Entertainment has produced Donald Trump Presents: The Ultimate Merger for TV One, Cocaine: History Between the Lines for the History Channel, The Gossip Game and This Is Hot 97 for VH1, The New Atlanta for Bravo and Money. Power. Respect. for WE tv, as well as the feature film The Promise Keeper. In addition to television, Scott-Young is part owner and chief marketing officer of the moscato brand MYX Fusions with rapper Nicki Minaj, and serves on the board of The Haitian Roundtable, The RSQ Foundation and The GrassROOTS Foundation.