HollandWest Productions is an award-winning full-service television and film production company, founded by industry heavyweights Kurt Williamson and Warren Oliver. As production partners and best friends, the two dared to make a creative impact from an early age. Working in physical production, Williamson developed as a Producer through the ranks at MTV, where he contributed to culture-shifting programming and lifestyle-driven content. Oliver molded his creative eye as an Art Director for HBO, where he conceptualized and oversaw on-air campaigns for Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam series.
In 2012, their paths collided, and their collaborative vision began to take root. The two designed a blueprint for HollandWest Productions – a company that would create and produce stories of purpose, showcasing images that uplift, educate, and inspire the masses. Soon, they connected with innovative brands and fellow storytellers to produce visually stylistic short and long-form content. This includes commercials, narrative films, documentaries, television, branded content, and more.
With grit, intention, and the power to shift the narrative, HollandWest Productions has become a cultural changemaker, reclaiming the visual medium for black creators.
Some of HollandWest’s most notable projects include Michelle Obama’s three-time Telly Award-winning, “When We All Vote” campaign, and a live performance for Netflix Playlist, “The Harder They Fall,” and a short mini-series that accompanied the “Lincoln” documentary with the History Channel backed by Ancestry.com
Most recently, HollandWest Productions became the creative agency behind the reboot of Yo! MTV Raps, where they executive produced and directed eight episodes.
Alongside client work, HollandWest develops and produces its own intellectual property including several unscripted docuseries projects that are in development, and the award-winning short film, Four Seasons.
With a creative community that extends to over 1,000 freelancers nationwide, HollandWest connects with writers, producers, and thought-leaders to deliver fresh cinematic storytelling, customized to the client’s budget, demographic, and/or brand.
Co-Founder | Director
Warren Oliver is an award-winning Creative Director and Director who has transformed his love for design to elevate commercial and documentary storytelling. He got his start at HBO where he served as Art Director, conceptualizing and overseeing on-air campaigns including the highly acclaimed Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry series. Since then, Warren has utilized his innate skills to build a reputable slate of projects with clients such as American Express, Netflix, Walmart, Springhill and BlackPlayersForChange, and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Warren loves developing compelling concepts from idea to execution, and enjoys the process of producing insightful projects for the masses. Warren is the recipient of many awards including New York Festival, Promax/BDA and Telly. He is a proud graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design.
Co-Founder | Director
Kurt Williamson is an award-winning Executive Producer, Director and Director of Photography with an expertise in physical production. Kurt began his career at MTV in the production department, having contributed to culture-shifting programs like True Life, MTV Video Music Awards and the 2001 E*Trade Superbowl Halftime Show. After almost a decade of producing projects under the Viacom umbrella, Kurt created and executive produced the docu-drama series Harlem Heights (BET). Since then, Kurt has directed for Mountain Dew, Nike, Redbox and More Than a Vote.
Kurt has a passion for assembling production teams and executing projects with precision. Kurt is the recipient of many awards including a Silver W3 Award and a Cynopsis Social Good Award. He is a proud graduate of Western Illinois University.