Rushion McDonald: Renaissance Man

Rushion McDonald is a corporate executive-turned-comedian, Two-time Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer, sitcom writer, comedian, host of Money Making Conversations radio show, Ambassador for Perfect Bake Scale, mentor, father, social media specialist and much more. Rushion McDonald is recognized throughout the entertainment industry for his successes in producing top television shows and hit movies, in addition to being the architect in building the Steve Harvey global media brand. McDonald’s list of production credits includes television’s Family Feud, The Jamie Foxx Show and Sister, Sister, Steve Harvey Talk Show, Evidence of Innocence and the films Think Like a Man and Think Like a Man Too.

From Humble Beginnings to Media Mogul

Rushion McDonald grew up in the Fifth Ward district of Houston, Texas, as the middle child of nine with six sisters and two brothers. Despite his humble beginnings, he learned to never let other people’s expectations limit his dreams or opportunities. From an early age, McDonald understood how to make money, whether it was selling photos of couples at parties in high school or making pizzas in his dorm room in college. Rushion attended the University of Houston and studied Mathematics and Sociology, degrees which would later fuel his success in marketing and branding. While still in college, he served as an Administrative Accountant at IBM, a position only intended to be semester-long, but which grew into a five year career.

During McDonald’s final years at IBM, he tried his hand at standup comedy. Winning the title of Showtime’s “Funniest Person in Texas” for three consecutive years, Rushion went on to compete for “Funniest Person in America,” only losing in the finals to Ellen DeGeneres. In 1986, McDonald met Steve Harvey, who was his opening act. Over the next few years, McDonald fully realized Harvey’s true talent and passion, so McDonald put his standup comedy career aside and jumped at the opportunity to become a writer on Harvey’s new ABC show called Me and the Boys. Within the next 30 years, McDonald and Harvey would build a media empire that included the #1 syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show, #1 new syndicated Steve Harvey Talk Show series, and #1 syndicated Family Feud game show series; three consecutives #1 New York Times Best Selling books Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man, Straight Talk, No Chaser and Act Like A Success, and Think Like A Success; and finally #1 blockbuster movies Think Like a Man and Think Like a Man Too.

Today, Rushion McDonald is a motivating entrepreneur and Brand Architect and holds the titles of a two time Emmy Award Winning TV Producer, a three time NAACP Image Award Winner, an Ambassador for the Perfect Bake Pro Scale, the CEO of 3815 Media, and the host of Money Making Conversations. Money Making Conversations is a small business advice show that broadcasts live on KYND 1520AM radio, iHeartMedia podcast, and Rushion McDonald’s Facebook page every Monday at 11AM CST. As an award-winning baker, Rushion teamed up with Perfect Company to share his dessert recipes in a new video series called “Perfect Bake Time with Rushion McDonald” that showcases his southern-inspired dishes like Baked Banana Pudding, Sweet Potato Pie, Raisin Bread Pudding, and Brown Sugared Monkey Bread. When he’s not baking or giving advice to small business entrepreneurs, Rushion stays busy running a successful marketing/media/production company and further developing his own brand. The production company, 3815 Media, produces television shows, large scale events, promotional campaigns, trade shows and corporate exhibits.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

1994

Story editor for Me and the Boys from 1994-1995 on ABC

1995

Executive Story Editor for The Parent ‘Hood from 1995-1997 on The WB

1997

Producer for The Arsenio Hall Show on ABC

Supervising Producer for Sister, Sister from 1997-1999 on The WB

1999

Co-Executive Producer for The Jamie Foxx Show from 1999-2000 on The WB

2000

Consulting Producer for The Parkers from 2000-2002 on UPN

Negotiated the Los Angeles Radio Deal with Radio One for the Steve Harvey Morning Show to broadcast on 92.3 The Beat.

2005

Negotiated the Nationally Syndicated Radio Deal with Premiere Radio Networks for the Steve Harvey Morning Show.

2009

Negotiated the book deal with Harper Collins Publishers, which resulted in the following New York Times Number #1 Best Sellers: Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man, Straight Talk, No Chaser, and Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success.

2010

Negotiated with Freemantle Media for Steve Harvey to host Syndicated Family Feud.

2011

Negotiated with Screen Gems for the movie rights to Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man. This led to production of the box office hits, Think Like A Man and Think Like A Man Too.

Negotiated with Endemol/NBC to produce and air the syndicated Steve Harvey Talk Show.

2012

Negotiated the contract extension for the Steve Harvey Morning Show with iHeartMedia.

2015

Rushion McDonald named Spokesperson for the Perfect Bake Pro Scale.

2001 - 2016

Co-Creator and Executive Producer of the Neighborhood Awards, a 3-Day Festival that celebrated and recognized the community leaders and business leaders in 92 radio markets. The event was sold out for 14 consecutive years.

2017

Rushion launched Money Making Conversations radio show.

Rushion negotiated and helped launch a brand new show Evidence of Innocence on TV One.