Partrik-Ian Polk served briefly as a producer's assistant for Amblin Entertainment's Television series known as “SeaQuest,DSV,”. Polk was then hired to work for MTV as a development executive at Music TeleVision (MTV), in the newly formed Paramount-based film division known as MTV films. Polk helped development of many productions including “Beavis and Butthead Do America” and “Election”. “Election”, a scandalous story about a high school election, was nominated for an Oscar in 1999.
Patrik-Ian Polk then began to work for Edmond's Entertainment, aka e2 filmworks. Under Tracey and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Polk worked as Vice President of production and development. Whilst, in his Tenure at e2, Polk worked on films such as “Light It Up” (1999), “Soul Food” (1997), and “Hav Plenty” (1998). Soul Food, told through the eyes of an eleven year old boy, is story about the plights of an African-American family who is broken by the death of their mother. Throughout the film, a struggle for stability and unity within the film is a major theme. The film eventually went on to be produced into a Showtime show that turned into a series based on the film. Playing for four years, Soul Food became the longest running drama featuring a predominately black cast. “Light It Up” grossed $6 million
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