Co-founder and CEO of Simmons Lathan Media Group, Steve Lathan is a prolific television and film producer and director. Lathan helped launch several popular television programs, directing the pilots for Martin, Moesha, The Steve Harvey Show, The Parkers, All of Us, Cedric The Entertainer Presents, and others. Lathan executive produced and directed Cedric the Entertainer and Dave Chappelle in comedy specials for HBO, including Chappelle's noteworthy, "Killin' Them Softly." For PBS, Lathan directed Sesame Street, dance specials with Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Agnes DeMille, Mikhail Baryshnikov and dramatic productions for Great Performances, American Playhouse, The American Short Story, and Wonderworks.
In 1989, Lathan and Russell Simmons partnered to create HBO's Def Comedy Jam series, which launched the careers of some of today's biggest television and movie stars, including Chris Tucker, Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey, and DL Hughley. In 2003, the partnership was honored with their first Peabody Award for the groundbreaking series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO. That same year, Lathan and Simmons produced and Lathan directed Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. Currently, Lathan and Simmons are executive producers for MTV's hit show Run's House and its spinoff reality series Daddy's Girls.
The recipient of many awards, Lathan has been honored by the Directors Guild of America for his distinguished directing career and contributions to his field.