Jeanille Bonterre’s passion for World culture, adventure, philanthropy and travel set her apart from thousands of international candidates and won the hearts of casting directors and executives at MTV Networks in search of a new, unique face and voice to represent their brand in the Caribbean. They brought her to MTV’s TEMPO the first ever Pan- Caribbean network, as the host and producer of her own show Downtown Island, their concert series Live and Direct and was the spokesperson for their Caribbean HIV/AIDS awareness campaign CHOICES.
With a thriving broadcasting career, Jeanille expanded her talents to the silver screen; making her debut film performance in the movie Hit For Six . The independent film premiered in the Caribbean with rave reviews in April 2007 as part of the Cricket World Cup celebrations and also premiered in the US at the Black American Film Festival and in other cricket countries around the globe including Australia, UK, South Africa, India and Pakistan. Her premiere performance in Hit For Six also won her the Best Actress Award at the prestigious Bridgetown Film Festival.
While turning heads in front and behind the camera on the international scene, Jeanille’s destiny would evolve again in 2008 when she became the host and spokesperson for BET Networks’ Island Lime on their sister network BET J (now CENTRIC TV) in the US and on BET Networks in Europe, broadcasting to over 28 million viewers throughout the US, UK and the Caribbean. This extraordinary opportunity took her brand of journalism and talent to the next level as she created a slate of Caribbean programming for BET with the docu-series When the Walls Talk, the groundbreaking music series The Top 20 Greatest Moments in Reggae, the spoken word series Word Sound Power, the live acoustic show Soundcheck and the concert series Island Specials adding Executive Producer, Director and Writer to her credits.
Always motivated by her passion for culture and people, this self-assured media maven continues to build her legacy of quality multi-cultural media production as the host and producer of the travel series Island Xclusive now broadcasting on CBS affiliate One Caribbean TV in the US, Central & Latin America, the Caribbean and online at islandxclusive.com. If Jeanille’s not traveling for her TV and Radio shows, she’s supporting community development projects or hosting special events throughout the Caribbean. When asked about advice for others pursuing their passion she says, “Whatever your career aspirations are, focus and go after it. Believe in yourself and trust that your spirit will always guide you towards the path of prosperity.”