Virtual Entertainment Expo 2020

The 2020 DEC VIRTUAL Entertainment Expo

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The spread of COVID-19 across DeKalb, Georgia, and the entire world has required all of us to adapt and focus on creative ways of digitally communicating and collaborating to live, work, and play.

Since our launch in 2017, we have committed to advancing and strengthening the creative industry.   2020 has been challenging because of COVID-19; however, we will not waiver in our commitment to provide chances for our creative community to connect, collaborate, and create projects in film, music, and digital entertainment. 

To that end, we have decided to convert our wildly popular annual Entertainment Expo into numerous creative and fun virtual events for you to enjoy live.  Our line-up will include virtual talks, panels, and master classes from some of our industry-best experts as well as several events that we are developing with our partner, Film Impact Georgia.  

We look forward to returning to business as usual after the “curve flattens.”  In the meantime, we will continue to provide you with opportunities to grow your creative talent, engage with industry professionals, and move closer to your dream industry career.

We will launch our first VIRTUAL Entertainment Expo with the following inaugural webinar and master class:

Webinar: GIG ECONOMY DURING COVID-19

May 19, 2020 at 1:00 PM

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This virtual webinar is designed to provide a perspective to attendees on the challenges experienced by Gig Workers (Creative Community) during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.  Special Panelists include:

Jorel “JFly” Flynn                                                                                                                                                                                                         President/CEO                                                                                                                                                                                                                           How Big Is Your Dream Foundation, Inc.

Jorel “JFly” Flynn is making a difference in the lives of people through his passion for music as a CEO, Philanthropist, Humanitarian, Community Activist, Husband, and Father. He has worked as a studio musician in all genres of music with the likes of Joey Summerville, Andre 3000, Montel Jordan, and the legendary icon, Aretha Franklin, to name a few. As a musical director, “JFly” has been able to expose his hometown to some of the best talents, such as Jennifer Holiday, Klymaxx, Cherelle, Alex Bugnon, and After 7 by having them all grace the stage at his annual “JFly Music Festival. He has toured with the likes of Peabo Bryson, Bobby Brown and more while producing his own music. Proving the mastery of his craft as an artist, “JFly” is an ambassador for numerous drum equipment companies through endorsements. In 2009, he launched his most passionate endeavor, the “How Big Is Your Dream!?” Foundation which assists and encourages local youth to turn their dreams into reality via education, practical application, and engagement.

Bart Phillips                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Chief Storyteller                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sunseeker Media 

Bart Phillips is a maverick creative with a background in music that includes tenures at Warner Bros. Records and as the Vice President of So So Def Recordings during its hay day under Jermaine Durpi. With over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Phillips founded Sunseeker Media in 2003 with the mission of creating content that makes an impact. As Executive Producer, Creative Director, or Music Supervisor for everything from television, film, music videos, digital content, live concert series, reality series, commercials, documentaries, and awards shows, his list of credits is vast and continues to grow.  Phillip’s wide-ranging experience allows him to bridge to gap between all worlds of media and has granted him many outstanding awards, including NAIMIC, EMMY, MTV, and more. Staying ahead of the industry evolution, and many times leading the charge has helped ensure Phillips’ ability to produce a top-notch creative team, capable of creating engaging content that elicits influence. Phillips produced a variety of international media, including executive producing the Soul Train Awards. Phillips has partnered with Showtime, Nike, Brand Jordan, McDonald’s, VH1, and more. All while staying true to the city of Atlanta.

Ruby Riesinger                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Area Director of Business Consultant                                                                                                                                                                    University of Georgia Small Business Development Center

Ruby Riesinger is the Area Director and a Business Consultant for the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (UGA SBDC) in DeKalb and Rockdale counties. Ms. Riesinger has been with the UGA SBDC in DeKalb since April of 2018. For the prior four years, Riesinger was the Director of Sales and an on-air personality for Black Crow Media in Valdosta, GA. From 2010-2014, Riesinger served as Area Director and Business Consultant in the UGA SBDC at VSU where she earned Consultant of the Year for 2013 and Flewellen Awards for 2012 and 2013.

Master Class:  CONCEPT TO CREATIVE

May 21, 2020 at 1:00 PM

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This virtual master class will be presented by Samad Davis and focuses on film production as related to developing a concept, creating finance packaging, acquiring financing, and securing distribution.  Please read more on Samad Davis:

Samad Davis                                                                                                                                                                                                         President/CEO                                                                                                                                                                                                                Visionary Media & Motion Picture Equity Fund, LLC.

Samad Davis is an American based entrepreneur, philanthropist and international film and television financier, content creator, format creator (Top Actor), and distributor who has had a strong focus over the past 12 years in developing business and trade opportunities between the U.S and Africa. Through his various global relationships, Samad has been able to seamlessly merge Hollywood with content creation in Africa, working with networks and platforms like Viacom, BET Africa, Fox (Africa), Netflix, DStv, MNET, Sony (Africa), to name a few. Producing content in Africa and importing it into the U.S. and producing content from the U.S and importing it into Africa to large scale platforms and or broadcasters has become a very normal business practice for Samad Davis.