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An Emmy Award-winning, TED Talk giving, 20+ year veteran of film and television, Nikki Webber Allen is an unbashed optimist who believes deeply in the potential of storytelling to both entertain and empower. Growing up with a passion for all things entertainment, Nikki, the proud daughter of a fair-minded jurist, was dismayed by the industry's lack of diversity. She vowed to become the change she sought. She persisted, repeatedly cold calling the leading director of hip hop and R&B music videos at the time, Lionel C. Martin. Impressed with her tenacity, he hired her, launching a rise from Production Assistant, working alongside industry legend Hype Williams and super stylist Jen Rade, on his iconic videos for 90s superstars such as Whitney Houston, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Mariah Carey, and more to TV commercials and Spike Lee's feature films Malcolm X and Clockers. 

She moved up to Production Coordinator at HBO, Associate Producer at BET. In various casting and production positions on both coasts for MTV, ABC, 21st Century Fox, Warner Bros. Studios, and Sony Pictures Television, Nikki covered a breadth of genres, music to reality; garnering two Emmys along the way. During her decade-long tenure as Vice President, Talent & Casting at TV One, she flourished, overseeing all talent activations for tentpole events including NAACP Image Awards, Essence Music Festival, Tom Joyner Cruise, Congressional Black Caucaus, TCA (Television Critics Association), Press Tours, and TV One up fronts; work she enjoys immensely. 

Personal stories of depression and anxiety in her own family, her limitless compassion, and her passion for intentional storytelling led her to mental health advocacy. She's a stigma shatterer, a negativity disruptor, and founder of iLIVEFOR..., a 501C3 non-profit to end mental health stigma in the BIPOC communities. To that end, she is producing a documentary featuring millennials of color who live with depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation, raising visibility and countering the pervasive stigmatizing narrative of mental health illness in marginalized communities. 


A four-month TED Residency culminated in her TED Talk, "Don't Suffer from Your Depression in Silence," viewed 2.5 million times to date. A sought-after speaker, Nikki has presented at Harvard University, Columbia University Medical School, Allstate Corporate Headquarters and the Global Summit on Mental Health Culture Change in the UK. She hosted the first season of Slate Magazine's "Life Effects" podcast. When she's not producing, Nikki a firm believer in self-care, spends quality time with her husband Grammy nominated musician Jeffrey Allen, and their dookie rope-wearing pup, Riplee James.


Live Shows
Competition Shows
Lifestyle Shows
Talk/News Shows
Feature Films
Music Videos

Love That Girl


The Ricky Smiley Show

Hollywood Divas
Black Men Revealed
KCI & JOJO Come Clean
R&B Divas - Atlanta
R&B Divas - Los Angeles
Save My Son with Dr. Steve Perry 
Mario's Green House

The Last Resort

Sharp Talk with 
Rev. Al Sharpton
Find Our Missing

Wife Swap

Live Shows

Trumpet Awards

Image Awards

Planet Groove

Essence Music Festival

Baisden After Dark

Democratic National Committee

Competition Shows

Bill Bellamy's 
Who Got Jokes?


Versus & Flow

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Who's Got Game?

Lifestyle Shows

Turn Up the Heat with
 Chef G. Garvin

Roadtrip with Chef G. Garvin

Divine Restoration

Renovate My House 
with Kia Steave Dickerson

Singletary Says
 with Michelle Singletary

Talk/News Shows

Washington Watch with
 Roland Martin

TV One on One 

The Donny & Marie Show

Feature Films

Malcolm X


Music Videos

Tupac - Dear Mama​

Whitney Houston - 
My Name is Not Susan

WuTang - No Hook​

Boyz II Men - 
​End of the Road

Snoop Dogg - 
The Vapors

Toni Braxton - ​Seven Whole Days

Stevie Wonder - Fun Day

Boyz II Men - 
Night of the Living Baseheads

Bell Biv Devoe -
Poison and ​Do Me Baby

TLC - Ain't Too Proud To Beg and What About Your Friends 

Backstreet Boys - 
Anywhere for You

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"Nikki Webber Allen is one of the finest human beings I have ever met--brilliant, compassionate, tough minded and determined to help anyone she can."

Michael Eric Dyson

Author, Academic & Media Personality

Nicole A. Bernard

Executive Vice President, Fox Audience Strategy
21st Century Fox

"Thought leader, collaborative, versatile, and committed. What you see is, thankfully what you get with Nikki. The benefit of her diverse experiences, her broad professional relationships, integrity and commitment to authentic storytelling make her the quintessential creative partner."

Chef G. Garvin

​Celebrity Chef
Media Personality

"Nikki is a trooper, plain and simple. I know I can always depend on her."

"Nikki's leadership style gives the biggest superstars the comfort and trust they need when working. Her uncanny ability to connect with talent and inspire them to work at an optimum level is an amazing natural gift. She truly has the Midas Touch and everyone who works with her can feel it." 

Jubba Seyyid

Executive Producer
Viacom CBS

“It has been my pleasure to know Nikki for close to twenty years.  She is a passionate storyteller who brings to each endeavor a commitment to truth and authenticity.”

Payne Brown

President, Think 450 

The Innovation Engine of the NBPA

"Nikki possesses a unique vision, employs imaginative ideas for difficult problems, balances formality and friendliness, and is a highly proficient and creative problem solver. "

Monica Neal 

Senior Vice President, Public Relations


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