Barbara E. Allen's Emmy Award winning career began as a film editor for WNBC TV in New York, she later moved to NBC affiliate in Chicago and then to PBS Chicago. She has held a wide range of positions including producer, director, editor and engineer. In recognition of her broad production and managerial skills, Allen was invited to participate in PBS' inaugural 2002 Sundance Producers Academy. Her involvement at Sundance subsequently led to her being the only PBS attendee to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Input Fellowship in Rotterdam that same year. In 1991, Allen founded Middle Passage Productions, Inc., a non profit media enterprise. Under the Middle Passage banner, allen created and produced D-Tours, a cultural travel series highlighting the African Diaspora, the Emmy nominated children's program, TechKnow Kids and Urban Suite a home-decorating program for city dwellers on a budget who want to live in style. In 2005 Allen produced the PBS documentary Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender hosted by Harry Lennix. She is currently working on her first feature film, Positively.