Get to Know Cathy Irby Durant
“From the time I was 9 years old, I knew I wanted to work in entertainment,” says Cathy Irby Durant. Not only is Cathy working in entertainment, she has managed to produce and direct over 200 video and film productions, including nearly 100 music videos airing on BET and MTV, documentaries, TV commercials and programs.
As an International Producer, Director and Writer, Durant says, “It is an honor to work in the video and film production industry.” Cathy Durant’s videos have blazed video playlists for years and landed her a national TV interview on the BET Tonight Show, hosted by Tavis Smiley, in November of 2000.
Her latest production credits include Best of Atlanta On-Demand TV Show, a new lifestyle program in pre-production, featuring Atlanta’s most popular people, places and events. Best of Atlanta On-Demand is an infomercial-style program showcasing businesses on Comcast Cable On-Demand, which is expected to launch January, 2011.
Other production credits include a music video teaser for R&B Artist, “Charlie,” “So You Think You Can Cook” Reality TV Show, picked up for International Syndication, Talent Coordinator for Tyler Perry’s blockbuster film, “Why Did I Get Married,” and Producer-Director of several Yellow Pages Internet Commercials.
Durant’s latest documentaries include R&B artist Usher, Broadcasting in China, a Three 6 Mafia documentary for Sony Records, and History of the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) documentary for the US Pentagon (Army.) Film credits include Executive Producer, Post Production Line Producer for the movie Bar- B- Q, “Featuring Lazy Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony,” a limited theatrical release, distributed by York Entertainment/ Maverick Films and Post Production Coordinator and Sound FX Supervisor for “Pay the Price,” released independently on DVD and winner of the New York Film Festival “Best Family Drama” in 2001. Durant’s company Devine Communications handled post production for both 35mm feature films supplying the EDL for the answer prints. Cathy Durant also submitted the application for Bar- B- Q’s Motion Picture R rating and negotiated the Atlanta, Regal 24 Theater, premier.
Ms. Durant’s most popular music videos include Ying Yang Twins’ “Whistle While you Twurk,” Miracle, “Bounce” and Methrone “Loving Each Other for Life.” National TV commercials include Verizon Wireless featuring Brian McKnight. Current TV shows include Gospel Greats music video show airing weekly on BET’s Gospel Network from 2003-2007.
Cathy Irby Durant says she made her childhood dreams come true by weathering the storm and not being afraid to believe dreams come true. After 26 years in television, holding a variety of key positions including News Producer, on and off-camera talent, and video tape editor, Durant decided to become an entrepreneur. In 1990, she created Devine Communications Video & Film Production, Inc. based in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1998, Cathy Irby Durant won her first Gold Telly award and Silver Aurora award for writing, producing and directing an environmental spirit video for the US Pentagon for the USAEC. She also served as VP of professional development for Women in Film, Atlanta, Georgia Chapter in 2000-2001.
Cathy Irby Durant credits her success to being blessed with excellent crews who share her passion and work ethic in producing quality video and film productions. Her latest career goals include producing and directing featuring films and a Law and Order TV series called City Hall East.