Writer, producer, director, and content creator Rojé Augustin established Breaknight Films to develop and produce content across a range of formats, including scripted, factual, social media, and podcast series. Rojé began her career at the New York Daily News, where she wrote for the lifestyle publication BET Weekend Magazine. She then moved to television, first at CBS New Productions in cable documentary features, then to ABC News 20/20 with Barbara Walters and John Stossel, Primetime with Diane Sawyer, and Good Morning America Weekend Edition, as a journalist and producer. She has also produced for The Tyra Banks Show and E! In 2006, she moved with her husband and two children to London where she began work on her debut novel, The Unraveling of Bebe Jones, which was self-published and won the 2013 National Indie Excellence Award in African American fiction and second place in the National Black Book Festival. She was featured as a “writer to keep your eyes on” in Essence Magazine’s News & Culture Column ‘Patrik’s Pics’ (August 2013), as well as on NY1’s morning books segment.
Her first project under the Breaknight banner was a podcast series called The Right Space, which explores the relationship between creatives and their workspaces. In 2013 Rojé’s script The Weekly: Women Who Shaped a Nation was one of nine out of over 500 applicants selected to the Australian Writer’s Guild Pathways Program for emerging screenwriters. Over the next several years, Rojé continued to write and produce while also building a slate of projects for future development. In May 2020 she published a debut poetry collection titled, Out of No Way Madam C.J. Walker and A’Lelia Walker, A Poetic Drama, which tells the story of Madam Walker’s phenomenal life story through a variety of poetic forms. That same year, she was also awarded a grant from Screen NSW to develop her teen drama series, The Park.
Rojé is a native New Yorker currently based in Sydney. She has studied in Paris and London, and she is a graduate of Columbia University with a bachelor of arts degree from the Literature & Writing Program. She is also a 2019 graduate of the New York Film Academy’s Producer Program, which she completed to refresh her skills. When she is not working or spending time with family and friends, Rojé loves to rollerblade through the park listening to her favourite tunes.
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