Entertainment Expo 2019

Panel Sessions | Master Classes | Movie Screenings | Meetings with Industry Professionals | Industry Vendors

Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm for Expo and 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm for Movie Screenings

The event is an interactive, up-close and personal Entertainment Expo highlighting the abundant resources and information available within DeKalb County and the State of Georgia for DeKalb companies, organizations, professionals and residents in search of establishing a presence in the film, television, music, and digital entertainment industry.

The Expo will be an entire day of taking a comprehensive look at the current state of Entertainment, evolving new trends, and provide an exclusive experience to learn “How To” in the industry of television and film. You will leave with tangible resources, connections that will help you enhance your entertainment portfolio, and guidance on how to get into the entertainment business in Georgia. Whether you are a seasoned professional, just starting in the industry or looking to make a career change, everyone will walk away with a wealth of knowledge. 

The 2019 Expo Features

  • Panel Sessions
  • Interactive Master Classes
  • Movie Screenings
  • Networking
  • One-on-One Speed Mentor Meetings with Industry Professionals
  • Industry Related Vendors
  • Take-Home Resources

Event Details

  • Location:  North DeKalb Mall, 2050 Lawrenceville Hwy, Decatur, GA 30033
  • Cost: General Admission $20/$15 or All Access $40/$35
  • Registration and Tickets: dec2019eexpo.eventbrite.com 
  • To be a DEC Volunteer: DEC_SignUp 
  • Sponsors and Exhibit Space Vendors:  Please contact Xeron J. Pledger at xeron@tioc.tv.
  • Media Inquiries:  Please contact Deondai Colquitt at info@dekalbentertainment.com or 404-687-2748.

Official Panel Listing and Master Classes

The Entertainment Expo will be a full day of events.  There are two types of tickets you can purchase.  Each ticket type gives you different access. 

 

General Admission Registration

Your Entertainment Expo General Admission Registration includes entry into all Entertainment Panels and the Vendor Village:

Entertainment Panels

  • 10:30 AM | DIGITAL PANEL – EMERGING TECH PLATFORMS (APP GAMES):  A panel that will focus on Digital Innovation, Opportunities, Gaming, Potential Funding Streams and Tech Start-ups.

Davion Ziere, Asante Bradford, Fatima Abdullah, Monica Brown || Jordan Clevenger (Moderator)

  • 1:00 PM |MUSIC PANEL – TODAY’S NEW MUSIC INDUSTRY:  A conversation about trends, distribution opportunities, and pitfalls in today’s NEW music industry.

Allen Johnston, Melissa MacMaster, Monica Brown, Jerome Jackson, Ashton Combs || DeEtta West (Moderator)

  • 3:30 PM | FILM PANEL – AVENUES INTO THE FILM AND TELEVISION INDUSTRY:  A 360 view of production, post-production, network distribution and the direction of Atlanta’s TV and Film industry.

    Wayne Overstreet, Valarie Benning Thompson, Samad Davis, DeEtta West, Ty Johnson || Michael Smalls (Moderator)

Vendor Village

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Vendor Village showcases a variety of industry-specific vendors that operate throughout Georgia, supporting the entertainment industry.  The Village will be open throughout the entire Expo.

(General Admission Registration may add-on Movie Screening tickets for a low cost of $3.00.)

 

All Access Admission Registration

Your Entertainment Expo All Access Admission Registration includes entry into all Entertainment Panels, Vendor Village, Master Classes, Speed Mentor Meet-Ups, and Movie Screenings:

Entertainment Panels

  • 10:30 AM | DIGITAL PANEL – EMERGING TECH PLATFORMS (APP GAMES):  A panel that will focus on Digital Innovation, Opportunities, Gaming, Potential Funding Streams and Tech Start-ups.

Davion Ziere, Asante Bradford, Fatimah Abdullah, Monica Brown || Jordan Clevenger (Moderator)

  • 1:00 PM |MUSIC PANEL – TODAY’S NEW MUSIC INDUSTRY:  A conversation about trends, distribution opportunities, and pitfalls in today’s NEW music industry.

Allen Johnston, Melissa MacMaster, Monica Brown, Jerome Jackson, Ashton Combs || DeEtta West (Moderator)

  • 3:30 PM | FILM PANEL – AVENUES INTO THE FILM AND TELEVISION INDUSTRY:  A 360 view of production, post-production, network distribution and the direction of Atlanta’s TV and Film industry.

Wayne Overstreet, Valarie Benning Thompson, Samad Davis, DeEtta West, Ty Johnston || Michael Smalls (Moderator)

 

Georgia Production Partnerships (GPP) Master Class

  • 1:00 PM | ACTING IN ATL 101: This master gives you the 411 on getting starting in acting in Atlanta, GA.  Participants will leave with practical advice on headshots, training, acquiring an agent, getting noticed, audition tips, industry information, and getting work as an extra. 
    • Panelists:
      • Casting Directors – January Curry and Bruce Newberg
      • Talent Agent – AMT – Jason Lockhart
      • Actor/Coach/Taping Expert – Claire Bronson
      • SAG-AFTRA – Briana Franklin
      • Commercial Talent Agent – BYSB – Maria Turner
      • Hollywood Mom Blog/Talent Agent – Tracy Bobbit

Master Classes

Digital Entertainment Master Classes 

  • 9:30 AM | PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION: This master class is an intro to PC Gaming with “League of Legends.”  Learn stats about the game in reflection to monetization.  Understand how gaming works, then test your skills. – Christen Munroe – CEO, VS Realm
  • 12:00 PM | THIS DAY OF DIGITAL START-UPS: This master class will go over the opportunities that come within Atlanta Tech Village. You will leave with insight on how to seek sponsorship and start-up dollars for tech companies.  An emphasis will be put on how to brand, communicate and connect with today’s tech society. –  Justin McLeod
  •  2:30 PM | BREAKING INTO THE GAMING INDUSTRY: From the industry’s leading video game developer Hi-Rez Studios (SKILLSHOT), this master class will give specific information and instruction that will lift the veil on the development process of gaming.   It will also reveal strategies on breaking into the gaming industry. – Kat De Shields-Moon

Music Master Classes 

  • 9:30 AM | FROM CONCEPT TO CONCEPTION: Learn from Atlanta’s Recording Academy President, how to take your creative idea and make it a possible marketable, viable product in today’s music industry. Also gain insight into the music industry NOW and how industry professionals make money. –  Jorel “J Fly” Flynn 
  •  12:00 PM | PUBLISHING, SYNC LICENSING – THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC: In this master class, you will learn how to develop international content licensing agreements and mobile delivery to international countries. Also learn how to increase your revenue streams while making your business technically astute. – Allen Johnston
  •  2:30 PM | 902 HIP HOP: Working nationally and internationally, Ms. MacMaster will teach the business of tv and film music placement, primarily in the genre of hip hop. – Melissa MacMaster

Film/Television Master Classes 

  • 9:30 AM | MASTERING THE AUDITION PROCESS: Learn the art of mastering on camera auditioning for tv, stage and film.  Then once you land the job, you will learn how to create a professional reputation by learning set etiquette. –  Shay Mack 
  •  12:00 PM | PRODUCING FROM THE GROUND LEVEL: Learn how to manage and supervise a Film or TV budget. Learn the difference between above and below the line and which roles fall under each. –Melissa Young
  •  2:30 PM | TV POST-PRODUCTION PROCESS: In this master class, you will learn the editing process from beginning to end.  This includes camera and shooting specs, editing process, post budget management, as well as, supervising auto sweetening and color grading. – Kelly Rose

Speed Mentor Meet-Up

11:30 AM, 2:00 PM, 4:30 PM

Are you ready to get up-close and personal with industries experts in Film/Television, Music, and Digital Entertainment?  Speed networking is for business professionals looking to expand their networking circle. Speed networking will provide a prime occasion to introduce your concept or vision and ask questions to industry professionals. Speed networking is open to entrepreneurs, small business owners and those looking to begin new careers.

Speed Mentor Meet-Up is Hosted by D2PE 

Dreams To Paper Entertainment, LLC is an Atlanta based record label and management team primarily focused on incubating and gaining exposure for the artist we manage on our roster. We believe in supplying positive audio and visual entertainment to a diverse consumer group and we are committed to creating one of a kind entertainment across the board. Dreams To Paper (D2PE) firmly believes that music business professionals can turn their “dreams to paper” without compromising commercial appeal, or who they are fundamentally, in their pursuit of success in the entertainment industry through hard work, networking, and perseverance.

Ateara L. Garrison | Julian McLean | SK808 | Kameron “Kam Parker” Glasper | Krystal Garner

Vendor Village

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Vendor Village showcases a variety of industry-specific vendors that operate throughout Georgia, supporting the entertainment industry.  The Village will be open throughout the entire Expo.

Movie Screening 

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

One Child Left Behind 

In 2009, 1,176 Atlanta teachers were investigated for text cheating; 35 were indicted, 12 went to trial and 11 were found guilty of RICO charges, which are typically reserved for the mafia and drug lords.  The guilty, serving 30-year sentences, finally break their silence in this tell-all, controversial film that takes a closer look at the legislation called No Child Left Behind, the politics behind it, and a race and power struggle that spawned on of the most complex scandals in American history.  

Directed by celebrated Producer and Show-runner Jodi Gomes, the harrowing documentary film, One Child Left Behind: The Untold Atlanta Cheating Scandal brings the accused, whistle-blowers, cheaters, and innocent together on film for the first time to tell the real story.  The US Education debate takes a front seat in this harrowing, investigative film that will leave many wondering how our education system could fail so many.  One Child Left Behind documentary will hold its world premiere in 2019.  

Black Girls Guide to Fertility

Black Girls Guide to Fertility tackles infertility in a profoundly intimate way that’s both dramatic and comedic without ever feeling rigid. It focuses on Ava, a 37-year-old romance novelist, who faded into obscurity after finding love-and now finds herself on the rise again after self-publishing a diary detailing her fertility woes. Each episode is a recreation of Ava’s diary entry, adding a unique and compelling touch to the everyday struggle of infertility.

Clarkston

In the wake of personal loss and trauma, three refugees and a former Klansman seek to re-establish their identities in a nation struggling with an identity crisis of its own. CLARKSTON: Mother of Exiles follows the intimate journey of these unlikely companions connected by the most diverse square mile in America – Clarkston, GA.

 

 

Official 2019 Entertainment Expo Sponsors

   

Proceeds from the DeKalb Entertainment Commission’s 2019 Entertainment Expo will go towards producing next year’s 2020 Entertainment Expo.