a few words about me

  • Jennifer Smith combines the knowledge and experience of three distinguished careers in the Entertainment, Sports and Health Care Industries.
     
    Smith is also considered to be one of the leading experts and advocates in the country with regard to issues facing retired NFL players and other athletes; with a focus on post career medical issues such as brain trauma, age management, behavioral health, addiction and chronic pain.
     
    She helped to develop the P.A.S.T, Retired NFL Players Medical Resource Group. P.A.S.T provides cutting edge medical and behavioral health services directly to retired NFL players and other athletes. The organization has been featured on HBO Real Sports, CBS Super Bowl pre-game show, Men’s Journal, Sports Illustrated and others. She was also co-founder of the Gridiron Greats retried players charitable organization with NFL Legend Jerry Kramer  
     
    Smith has enjoyed a successful 20 year career as an on-air television and radio talent, development executive and producer for TV and Film. As a talent she has hosted successful TV series including; “Youthquake” for USA Network, “NHL Cool Shots” for ESPN/ FOX,  “Live from the Play by Play with Mike Francesa” for MSG Network, her own nightly sports talk radio show on KTCK “The Ticket” and a weekly syndicated NHL radio show for Westwood One. Currently she is shooting a web based TV series for Conde Nast Entertainment/ GQ magazine “Causalities of the Gridiron “it is about retired NFL Players and their  post NFL life. She appears on national news outlets as a sports industry expert on concussion, behavioral health, medical and lifestyle issues related to retired athletes. Smith started in the entertainment business as a teen actress. Early career credits include the film Semi Tough, TV series Dallas, Ron Howards Cotton Candy and others.
     
    Smith may be best known for her ground breaking, hard-hitting approach to youth programming. As creator, producer and host of the award winning series ‘Youthquake’ which was seen on USA Networks and syndicated in 26 countries as well as several documentaries on teens with AIDS, teen drug addiction and education Smith earned critical acclaim, Cable Ace and Telly on this web awards as well as others. She also developed and produced additional programming for Discovery Channel for Kids, ESPN, FOX Sports, Group W and many others.
     
    She has produced projects for athletes and entertainers, creating TV, film, live events and book projects. Some of her projects have included: TV,  home DVD and live events with Shaquille O’Neal in partnership with the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas featuring sports and entertainment stars such as; Jamie Foxx, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Johnston, Emmitt Smith, Monique, Queen Latifah , and many others. Ray Charles concert event, home DVD and pay-per-view special, ESPN documentary “With Love & Respect”, which she produced along with Dick Schaap & Jerry Kramer capturing the emotional reunion of Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers, CD collectors set “Inside the Locker Room, the Lost Lombardi Locker Room Tapes from Super Bowl II” and many more.
     
    In 2006 Jennifer Smith took a break from her production and talent endeavors and co-founded the nonprofit Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund with Green Bay Packers Guard Jerry Kramer and legendary NFL coach Mike Ditka. The organization provided aid to retired NFL players in dire need. She served as the Executive Director and worked on the coordination of United States Congressional and Senate hearings as well a national awareness campaign to bring attention to the issues.
     
     
    In May of 2009 Smith left the Gridiron Greats organization to return to her career in sports & entertainment industries and to re-launch her “Youthquake” television series.  It is then Smith met Dr. William Focazio and took on his P.A.S.T. Retired Players Medical Organization as one of her main projects.
     
     
    Previously she has served as the Vice President of Marketing and Broadcast for the NHL Buffalo Sabers and was recruited to become an integral part of a new management team responsible for revamping the organization’s public image while managing their transition to a new $127 million arena.
     
    Smith’s accomplishments with the Sabers led to her transition to a consulting position at the NHL league offices in New York. There, she effectively steered marketing, distribution and programming efforts for the NHL’s entry into original television programming. Her vision developed the TV series “NHL Cool Shots” which was developed as a marketing and community relations tool for all NHL teams.
     
    Additionally, she functioned as an NHL on-air TV & radio talent, hosting the NHL Cool Shots TV project for three years on both FOX Network and ESPN and appearing on the NHL’s syndicated radio show for Westwood One.
     
    Smith left the NHL to team up with well-known film producer Stuart Benjamin (Ray, Officer and a Gentleman, Labamba) to create a television production company. Together they produced several successful projects.
     
    Currently, Smith in addition to her producing and talent  work has her own boutique company that creates and manages a diverse group of projects and provides services related to the Entertainment, Sports and Health industries including: marketing, sponsorship, event production, digital media, public relations, content creation, creative services, TV & Film production and new business development. She currently hosts a weekly  radio show on KABC in Los Angeles about preventive medicine,  is in pre-production on two documentaries and is in the financing and development phase of re-launching her critically acclaimed international youth TV series “Youthquake ” the project will now include a comprehensive digital media and educational component to complement the award winning TV series.

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