Television executive and film producer Rahsan-Rahsan Lindsay began his career at the international advertising firm Leo Burnett USA’s division in Chicago, where he also performed as an actor in regional theater and a number of television commercials.
Rahsan’s aspirations propelled him to leave the Windy City for the Big Apple, where he worked in advertising sales at BET Weekend Magazine. Following that, he became the National Sales Manager for the African Heritage Network, which eventually became The Heritage Networks (THN), rising to Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. THN, ground-breaking at its time, was one of the largest independent, minority-owned syndication companies in the country; it carried The Steve Harvey Show, The Parkers, and movie classics from Warner Brothers, Paramount and Universal, hosted by legendary actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Rahsan is now the Vice President of Client Strategy for VIACOM Media Networks, where he is responsible for growing revenue for all MTV and VH1 channels.
While at THN, Rahsan immersed himself in the production process, working closely with the production staff on integrations and branded-content. In 2000, Rahsan produced and starred in the feature film Cold Feet, which played to sold-out houses at Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and received a limited theatrical release and distribution on DVD, pay TV, basic cable and syndicated TV. Rahsan was executive producer for the feature film Get Famous, to be released on home media in 2012. As a producer, Rahsan has worked in the areas of marketing/product placement, fundraising, line producing, script development and casting.
Rahsan understands the entertainment business from both sides of the camera. He is a Screen Actors Guild member who has appeared on daytime television’s One Life to Live and All My Children, and in national commercials for Best Buy, Lowe’s and Amica Insurance. Rahsan is currently a segment host for Made in Hollywood, a nationally-syndicated television series now in its sixth season, broadcast in 90.7 million homes.
Rahsan graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology; he is a former lacrosse player and proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Passionate about service, Rahsan is a Board Member – alongside such notables as former New York State Human Rights Commissioner Douglas H. White, Esq. – of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, a Harlem-based non-profit organization that has successfully provided support services and leadership training for at-risk youth.