2012 The Root 100

Erica Shelton is a TV writer and producer with credits on USA's Covert Affairs and CBS' Cold Case.

  • Influence: 120.0
  • Reach: 4.5
  • Substance: 7.5
  • Media Mentions: 4.0
  • Internet Mentions: 108
  • Twitter Followers: 64
  • Erica Shelton

  • Writer and producer who has worked on TV dramas such as USA's "Covert Affairs" and CBS' "Cold Case."
  • Job: TV writer and supervising producer
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @ericasheltonla
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Age: 39
  • Bio: Erica Shelton is one of the few African-American women working behind the scenes in Hollywood today. A series writer and producer for the USA Network political drama Covert Affairs, Shelton began her career in 2005 penning episodes of the Jerry Bruckheimer-helmed whodunit CSI: NY. She soon added the legal series Close to Home, the police-procedural series Cold Case and the medical drama HawthoRNe to her growing list of credits. However, Shelton isn’t merely content flexing her creative muscles on TV sets. The University of Southern California grad is often willing to share her views on hot-button social concerns. She told The Root that unemployment is the most critical challenge facing the U.S. right now and that her creative work provides an excellent forum to tackle the issue.