Before Love & Hip Hop
Stefan Springman is a television producer and president of Eastern TV, formerly known as NFGTV. In 2006, Jim Ackerman, a director at VH1 at the time, approached him and and Toby Barraud to help develop a reality television series centered on rapper Jim Jones. Jim was unwilling to fully commit to the gruelling filming schedule and was dealing with the murder of a friend at the time, leading him to lash out violently at the producers and filming crew.
The production issues were worked into the show's concept, which now focused on the culture clash between the gangsta rapper and the "honky" television producers. Stefan and Toby used the footage for an 11-minute presentation tape, titled Keeping Up with the Joneses, which also featured Jones' longtime girlfriend Chrissy Lampkin and his mother Nancy. According to Springman, VH1 loved the footage but were unsure if audiences would be invested in the concept full-time.
Jones' manager, Yandy Smith, approached Mona Scott-Young, her former employer at Violator, to retool the show. Inspired by female ensemble-driven shows that were popular at the time, Scott-Young shifted the concept to focus on Chrissy and her circle of friends, creating what would later become known as Love & Hip Hop, which Stefan would serve as the show's executive producer.
Love & Hip Hop franchise (2011–2019)
Stefan first appears onscreen in the season two reunion special of Love & Hip Hop: New York, where he hosts interview segments with Chrissy Lampkin (as Chrissy refused to sit down with Mona Scott-Young). He also hosts the interview segments with Joseline, Stevie J, Benzino and Althea in the season three reunion special of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. He would continue to make minor uncredited appearances throughout the franchise (usually in the background of a scene when attempting to break up fights between cast members).
He is credited as an executive producer in the first nine seasons of Love & Hip Hop: New York, the first eight seasons of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, the first five seasons of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood and the first two seasons of Love & Hip Hop: Miami, as well as the spin-off shows Chrissy & Mr. Jones, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: After Party Live!, Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood, K. Michelle: My Life, Leave It to Stevie and Remy & Papoose: Meet the Mackies, and the specials Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: Dirty Little Secrets, 40 Greatest Love & Hip Hop Moments, Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding, Love & Hip Hop: Out in Hip Hop, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: Joseline's Special Delivery, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: Dirty Little Secrets 2, Love & Hip Hop Hollywood: Dirty Little Secrets, Love & Hip Hop New York: Dirty Little Secrets, Remy & Papoose: A Merry Mackie Holiday, Love & Hip Hop: The Love Edition, Love & Hip Hop Hollywood: Ray J & Princess' Labor of Love, Love & Hip Hop Awards: Most Certified and 40 Greatest Love & Hip Hop Moments: The Reboot.
After the eighth season of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, VH1 took Eastern TV off the franchise, replacing them with Big Fish Entertainment.
Stefan has 10 on-screen appearances.
|Love & Hip Hop: New York (3 episodes)|
|40 Greatest Love & Hip Hop Moments|
|Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (7 episodes)|
|Dirty Little Secrets|
|3.18, 3.19, 3.20|
|Dirty Little Secrets 2|
|Love & Hip Hop producers & crew|
|Mona Scott-Young | Stefan Springman | Stephanie Gayle | Carlos King | Lashan Browning | Daniel Weiner | Shane Abercrombie | Brian Jones | Treiva Williams | Michael Lang | Vivian Payton | Lauren Veteri | Christian Nguyen | Maricarmen Lopez | Gavin Jones|