Virtual Entertainment Expo 2020
The 2020 DEC VIRTUAL Entertainment Expo
Thank you for a great 2020 season. Our 2021 Virtual Entertainment Expo line-up will be announced!
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 launched our first VIRTUAL Entertainment Expo in May, and each month following, we will present a Webinar/Master Class every second Tuesday and/or Thursday of each month:
Webinar Panel: Entertainment Re-Imagined as We Fall Forward
November 18, 2020 at 1:00 PM
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This virtual panel will be the last Virtual Entertainment Expo for the year. We will have experts weigh in on how the global pandemic has affected the entertainment world and how it could shape the dynamics moving forward this fall, in the fourth quarter of 2020 and first quarter of 2021. This is our last event for the year. We promise there will be special guests and surprises!
Kimberlin Bolton Executive Director
KIMBERLIN BOLTON is a Renaissance woman in the truest sense of the term. Equally gifted as a businesswoman and an artist, the Bloomfield, Connecticut native holds a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan (’ 11/Vocal Performance) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College (’ 09/Music). As a leader, Bolton brings over ten years of experience in the arts and entertainment industry. While Operations Manager for The Muddy Water Group, Bolton founded the Muddy Water Rep Program, a network for students interested in working in the entertainment industry. Alumni of the program have moved on to become major label artist managers, musicians, music acts, production assistants, bloggers, and filmmakers.
Upon graduating from the University of Michigan, she traveled to France to perform with the Franco-American Vocal Academy Theater. Looking for a change of pace, Bolton returned to the United States in August 2011 to accept the role of Personal Assistant to Grammy and Oscar-nominated artist Janelle Monáe. As Ms. Monáe’s assistant, she was ultimately responsible for managing the artist’s day-to-day schedule, as well as all communication. Her boundless responsibilities afforded her the opportunity to develop a very extensive resume.
Kimberlin is currently the Executive Director of a 501(c)(3) organization called re:imagine/ATL that trains, equips, and inspires Generation Z (ages 11 – 24) to build careers in the creative and digital media industries. Kimberlin is ultimately passionate about building infrastructures that create space for access and equity within the creative industry. She’s passionate about building infrastructures that create pathways for more inclusion and diversity within the creative industry.
Avery Floyd Atlanta Program Coordinator Usher’s New Look (UNL)
Lawrence Avery Floyd (Avery) joined Usher’s New Look (UNL) in November of 2018 as the Atlanta Program Coordinator. In this position, Avery enables his students to discover and utilize their “spark”, gifts and talents to enhance their potential of excelling academically, professionally and socially. His essential responsibilities include successfully implementing the daily activities of the New Look Leadership Academy, creating diversified events/programs to meet the needs of UNL students and increasing community awareness of UNL through identifying and maintaining strategic partnerships with other local community agencies/organizations.
Avery specializes in sports, community outreach and leadership development. His passion to empower and impact the youth has developed through his strong sports background. Avery is a graduate of Xavier University’s Sport Administration Master’s Program (M.Ed.) and is also a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University’s Sport and Leisure Management Program (B.S.). Avery has significant experience being a coach, mentor and teacher for the youth. Having worked for AmeriCorps, the Cincinnati Reds and the YMCA (Greater Cincinnati and Metro Atlanta), Avery has embodied a strong attention to detail and a continuously positive attitude towards the development of the youth.
Derrick Crooms CEO Rockfort Management, Inc.
Derrick Crooms is a long time veteran in the Atlanta music scene. He has had a lot of success in many roles. He began his music career as a road manager for the multi-platinum selling and Grammy nominated recording artists The Ying Yang Twins. After two months in that capacity, he became the manager for the Ying Yang Twins. He created Rockfort Management, Inc. and handled the act during the two platinum albums “Me and My Brother” and “United State of Atlanta”.
Rockfort Management also obtained another multi-platinum act in Soulja Boy Tellem. Crooms managed the artist during his platinum selling freshman and sophomore albums. Derrick Crooms, brother of super producer and label executive Michael “Mr. ColliPark” Crooms have worked together since then DJ Smurf was an artist. Together, they have seen several platinum selling singles and albums. Derrick served as A&R for Mr. ColliPark’s label ColliPark Music.
It was only a matter of time before Derrick Crooms would venture off as a label. He launched the record label Young Mogul Entertainment. His first artist was Hurricane Chris who had the hit singles “A Bay Bay” and “Hand Clap” on his debut album. Crooms then found V.I.C. in conjunction with Mr. ColliPark, the brothers catapulted the artist into stardom with the two platinum selling singles “Get Silly” and the ground breaking line hit “Wobble”.
Derrick Crooms continues to work with young Atlanta talent as well as manage Mr. ColliPark. With Mr. ColliPark going back to his deejay roots and production, the duo will definitely be heard. He continues to assume an A&R role with the newly formed Advent Music Group. Plans are underway to kick start the career of Atlanta artist ItsMoeWorld.
John Thomas CEO/Founder
The 411 Brand Foundation
John Thomas merged his love of sports, his drive for the community and over 25 years in the Youth Development industry into a passion with a purpose.
Growing up in Buffalo, NY, John developed his basketball skills and dominated high school basketball as an All-New York State athlete, receiving full scholarships to various schools across the country. John chose to make Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama the literal launching pad for what would be his athletic and educational career.
After earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication & Journalism from Samford, John received an invitation to attend the NBA Summer League in Los Angeles, California. Although it was a dream to play in the NBA, John quickly realized that playing professional basketball was a job that required an unwavering desire that he found out that he didn’t have anymore. Once the Summer League ended and he wasn’t invited to play for an NBA team, John moved to Atlanta in 1993.
Shortly thereafter, John met the Promotions Director at heritage radio station, V-103. It was during that meeting that a conversation turned into an opportunity for John to coordinate a Celebrity Basketball Game with Jamie Foxx, Brian McKnight and more. After a few months, John was offered the position of Promotions Coordinator and was responsible for promotions for V103 and WAOK radio.
In 1993, John created the 411 Knowledge & Entertainment Show which is a talk show that allows successful individuals from popular culture an opportunity to share their journey with young adults beginning their own journey. John produced over 50 shows throughout the country and secured several partners to enhance his vision, including Magic Johnson Theaters and Sprite to name a few.
In 2002, John wanted to give back to the city that had made him the driven individual that he had become. He achieved that by hosting the annual 411 All-Star Weekend in Buffalo, New York by bringing together several generations from the Western New York community through several events and culminating with the 411 All-Star Basketball Games featuring some of the greatest talent in history of Western New York history.
From 2004-2006, John accepted the position of Director of Programs at Carver Community Center in Schenectady New York. He was responsible for creating and implementing youth programming in the areas of athletics and education for young people ages 6-18 years old.
In an effort to reunite with his roots in Atlanta, from 2006-2010, John accepted a position as Director of Programs at George Washington Carver Boys & Girls Club in the Edgewood section of Atlanta. He managed a staff of 10+ and was responsible for overseeing programming for over 100 kids a day.
DJ Jelly Atlanta Based DJ v103 Radio Station
DJ Jelly began his illustrious DJ career when he was a teenager throwing parties in his home town of University City, MO. Jelly’s natural ability on the turntables earned him an apprenticeship with U City’s legendary DJ Kutmaster K, who took the budding DJ under his wing by letting him hang out with him on various gigs and would occasionally show him a few things about the fundamentals of DJ Jelly’s claim to fame is that he was the first Southern DJ to sell major units (he clocks in at about 120,000 units per year) while doing all Southern mixes. As the word began to spread around town about Jelly’s high-energy parties, he soon became one of the most popular club DJs in Union City. In 1989, Jelly graduated high school and moved to Atlanta with the intention of pursuing a career in music. He won a scholarship to Atlanta’s prestigious School of the Arts. At Atlanta’s School of the Arts, Jelly was introduced to a whole new world of music including jazz and reggae.
He continued mixing tapes in his dorm room at night while attending classes in the day. Eventually he landed an internship at Bobby Brown’s studio. Jelly went on to DJ at Atlanta’s most upscale clubs. Jelly had a syndicated mix show called Oomp Camp Radio which ran on six stations including V-103 and Hot 107.9 in Atlanta. In essence, what Jelly does is remix records by taking the beat from old R&B or hip hop songs and match them with the verses from a current R&B and rap song. But the key to Jelly’s success is his focus on Southern music, not East Coast music like so many early southern mix tape DJs were doing. The impact of DJ Jelly’s mix tapes are felt all over the world. The Atlanta based DJ has a huge following in Germany, Japan, Korea, France, and the UK, where his tapes and club gigs are in high demand. In addition to being one of the Souths leading DJs Jelly also heads up the Oomp Camp production team, which has produced tracks for Baby D, Loko, Intoxicated, Pastor Troy, Too $hort, Youngbloodz, Young Jeezy, Crime Mob, Lil Jon, Rasheeda, Hitman Sammy Sam and TI’s group P$C.
Doug Fick Art Director Film Industry
Doug Fick is all about film and is an Art Director and is known for his work on Tag and Venom filmed in 2018. He has also worked on several television shows, such as 4 episodes for P-Valley, Dispatches from Elsewhere, and 3 episodes of Raising Dion.
Webinar Panel: The Wide World of Digital Entertainment
September 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM
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This virtual panel will discuss the past, present and future of digital entertainment:
Marisa (Ginger) Tontaveetong Executive Director
ASIFA – South International Animation Society
Marisa (Ginger) Tontaveetong is a multidisciplinary Creative Director/ Producer with a specialization in digital/animation production and 12+ years of design background with an MFA in Animation and B.Tech in Computer Graphics/ Multimedia. She is currently the executive director of 501c(3) ASIFA-SOUTH International Animation Society-South headquartered in Atlanta. As an Oscar long-listed animated shorts director, she was a filmmaker-in-residence with the Atlanta Film Festival and currently holds an 01B Extraordinary Ability Visa. She is an independent animation producer/hybrid animation pipeline consultant for studios such as School of Humans in Atlanta and Ubongo edutainment animation studio in Tanzania. With a passion for the synergy of tech automation in the creative field and a passion for improving the creative industry, she works in many capacities for ACM SIGGRAPH as the Early Career Development Chair and as a strategic adviser for the board of directors at ACM SIGGRAPH on the Nurturing communities and Digital Presence committee.
Jeremy Poore Director of Partnerships Atlanta Esports Ventures
Jeremy Poore is the Director of Partnerships for the Atlanta Reign and Atlanta FaZe, the city’s professional esports teams, owned and operated by Atlanta Esports Ventures. He is on a mission to educate prospective partners on the power and growth potential of the thriving global esports industry.
With expertise in brand partnerships and marketing, Jeremy has over 10 years of experience working with prominent brands including ESPN, FOX Sports, and Scuf Gaming. Jeremy’s passion for esports and gaming started when he was young while playing against his brothers on the Atari 2600. Originally from Louisville KY, he has called Atlanta home since 2001.
Christen Munroe Owner, CEO & Founder VS Realm eSports Arena
Christen Munroe is a police officer by day, but gamer by heart. This passion started when he was growing up in Queens, New York, playing video games at a neighborhood comic bookstore with tabletop, cards, and computer games. This passion led him to be the Owner, CEO, and Founder of VS Realm eSport Arena. VS Realm is metro-Atlanta’s premier family-friendly gaming venue. It’s a judgment-free space for casual video gameplay, TCG (trading card games), and board games. It’s a place for people to come out of the house and enjoy video gaming. Patrons and members have access to console gaming (PS4, Xbox, Switch, Wii, etc.), PC gaming, VR, tabletop, trading card, and board games. VS Realm sets itself apart because it caters to a wide range of patrons.
Webinar Panel: Power Moves: Women In Entertainment
August 25, 2020 at 1:00 PM
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In honor of Women’s Equality Day 2020, we will celebrate by hosting two all women panels entitled: “Power Moves: Women in Entertainment” as part of our 2020 Virtual Entertainment Series. Each panel will be live on Zoom and Facebook @ 1 PM. Panel 2 is scheduled for Tuesday, August 25:
Danielle S. Price Senior VP Business & Legal Affairs
TenThousand (10K) Projects
As SVP, Business and Legal Affairs at 10K Projects, Danielle Price is a key deal maker at one of the fastest growing independent record labels in the world. In addition to negotiating cutting edge artist and joint venture deals, Danielle overseas the day-to-day business affairs needs of 10K, and helps to shape the music careers of label artists including Trippie Redd, Surfaces, Iann Dior, Kierra Luv, and others.
A graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law and the University of Southern California, Danielle began her career as an attorney in the Legal Affairs department of Warner Music Group handling matters of content protection and resolving claims of copyright and trademark infringement. In 2016, she joined the prestigious entertainment law firm, LaPolt Law, P.C., where she supervised the firm’s hip-hop music division, servicing artists such as Nicki Minaj, 21 Savage, Megan Thee Stallion, SAINt JHN, Tinashe, and others. Danielle was an integral part of the team that freed 21 Savage from ICE custody last year. Danielle sits on the board of “Future Hope” – a subset of City of Hope’s Music, Film, and Entertainment Industry group – co-chairing a committee focused on eradicating racial disparities in healthcare. Danielle is currently leading the committee as it plans a series of events designed to address the impact of COVID-19 on the Black community. At 10K Projects, Danielle is a founding member of the 10K Together “taskforce” where she advises the company in its efforts to combat racial injustice and support Black causes.
Jessica D. Lane Alexander Co-Founder, Head of Digital Content & Marketing Pop’N Creative
Jessica D. Lane Alexander is the co-founder and head of digital content and marketing of the recently launched multicultural agency Pop’N Creative. Based in Atlanta, Ga., Pop’N Creative was established because she and co-founder Lori Hall wanted to help brands authentically connect with the highly coveted multicultural audience. Tired of seeing brands shoot for relevancy and fail miserably. Tired of hearing that marketers were looking for strong multicultural agencies and could not find them. Tired of not seeing women launch and lead in the advertising business. Pop’N Creative was born because Lane Alexander and Hall wanted better.
Prior to founding Pop’N Creative, Lane Alexander was the Head of Digital & Social Content at TV One. She was responsible for all of TV One’s digital platforms including, online, social, mobile, and video on demand. She led the charge in creating a dynamic digital brand that drives audience growth while delighting and exciting fans. Lane Alexander delivered record-breaking traffic on TVOne.tv, increasing page-views, unique users and video views double-digits year-over-year. Additionally, she developed and launched the award-winning digital and social exclusive series Unsung Live with viral success – more than 5 million video views and climbing.
She has been at the intersection of pop culture, marketing and technology for her entire career. She has built and grown digital brands and led the digital marketing strategy for several entertainment properties including Unsung, When Love Kills, Conan, Men At Work and the Tyler Perry comedies on TBS. Lane Alexander’s launched multi-screen interactive experiences, including the Team Coco and TVOne apps, led live event activations at the NAACP Image Awards, Essence Music Festival and Comic-Con and created groundbreaking interactive promotions like “Conan’s First Guest Poll.”
Her work has won several industry awards including a Telly Award for the Family Matters Cast Reunion and Unsung Live, Creative Arts Emmy for the Team Coco Sync App, a PromaxBDA Promotions & Marketing Award for Conan and NAMIC Excellence In Multi-cultural Marketing Awards (EMMA) for both Lopez Tonight and the Meet the Browns campaigns. She received her B.S. in Journalism from The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and her M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Lane Alexander currently resides in Atlanta, Ga. with her husband Christopher K.G. Alexander. She was born and raised in Trenton, N.J.
Lori J. Hall Co-Founder & Head of Creative Pop’N Creative
Lori J. Hall is co-founder and head of creative for the recently launched multicultural agency Pop’N Creative. Based in Atlanta, Ga., Pop’N Creative was established because she and co-founder Jessica D. Lane Alexander saw too many brands offend Black consumers in their marketing creative. They wanted to help brands do better with highly coveted multicultural audiences. Hall and Lane Alexander built Pop’N Creative to serve brands better and help them avoid the pitfalls of marketing in a multicultural world.
Prior to founding Pop’N Creative, Hall was Senior Vice President of Marketing for TV One, an African American targeted cable network. Under her leadership, she spearheaded the network’s new brand look and promise, which included a comprehensive creative overhaul of TV One’s on-air and off-air brand elements, including its new tagline, “REPRESENT.” She also led the new brand look and marketing for TV One’s recently launched Millennial and Gen-X targeted network CLEO TV. During her tenure at TV One, Hall
managed all phases of marketing, including advertising and branding outreach efforts in order to maximize TV One’s business and programming objectives.
In Before joining UP, Hall oversaw numerous successful marketing campaigns at Turner Entertainment Networks, including TBS’s Cougar Town and Men at Work, as well as Tyler Perry’s hit sitcoms For Better or Worse, House of Payne and Meet the Browns. She also launched several TNT campaigns, including Rizzoli and Isles and Hawthorne. While there she negotiated and executed multi-million dollar partnerships with multiple Fortune 500 companies to reach new audiences.
Hall is an active member of Nielsen’s Advisory Council and served as a 2019 WICT board member. She was named a 2018 NYC Television Week “40 Under 40” honoree, a 2016 Multichannel News “40 Under 40” honoree, a recipient of the 2018 WICT “Know Yourself” award and has been a featured panelist for numerous industry events and conferences. She holds memberships with NAMIC and PromaxBDA. Hall is a Northwestern University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
Melissa McGhie Proctor Exec. Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena
Melissa McGhie Proctor is the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena. In this role, Proctor oversees the day-to-day operations of the club’s marketing, Hawks Studios, live experience and production, brand merchandising, creative services, corporate social responsibility, brand communications and basketball development teams. She also works closely with executive leadership to provide strategy for the organization.
Proctor joined the organization in June 2014, when she was named Vice President of Brand Strategy. In her former role, she was responsible for brand development and building marketing & business plans that propelled the organization’s long-term strategy. Throughout her tenure with the Hawks, she has played an instrumental role within the company, spearheading internal corporate employee initiatives and executive communication.
Beginning her career with the Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Proctor served in brand development and strategy positions for Turner Entertainment Networks (including TNT, TBS, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), truTV and Peachtree TV), Cartoon Network and Turner Media Group. Additionally, she helped to create the first Corporate Social Responsibility division in Turner’s UK office. Among her accomplishments, she was responsible for managing the naming and identity for the re-branding of Court TV as truTV, and leading corporate culture initiatives to foster employee engagement, collaboration and innovation.
Part of the NBA since high school, Proctor was the first “team attendant”/ ball girl for the Miami Heat organization, and in later years, returned to work for the Heat in the basketball operations division. Over her career, Proctor’s professional achievements have earned her accolades from a multitude of publications and organizations. She has been recognized with Leaders and Aspire Academy’s Leaders. Under 40 Award; earned a mention on Atlanta Magazine’s 2018 list of Women Making a Mark, and was recently selected as part of the Sports Business Journal/Daily’s 2020 class of Forty Under 40.
Proctor is on the board for The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and 48 in 48 in addition to serving in an advisory capacity for The Dagger Agency. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree in design studies/branding from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design at The London Institute. A native of Miami, FL, she now resides in the City of Atlanta.
August 11, 2020 at 1:00 PM
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This Virtual Entertainment Panel is designed to honor Women’s Equality Day 2020, we will celebrate by hosting two all women panels entitled: “Power Moves: Women in Entertainment” as part of our 2020 Virtual Entertainment Series. Each panel will be live on Zoom and Facebook @ 1 PM. Panel 1 is scheduled for Tuesday, August 11:
Kenya Brock Director of Digital Operations and Marketing
Katz Network (A Division of The E.W. Scripps Company)
Kenya Brock is the Director of Digital Operations and Marketing for Katz Networks, a division of The E.W. Scripps Company. In this role, Brock is responsible for showcasing the best in class consumer experience as well as developing and executing digital marketing strategies for all Katz Networks websites, apps, and platforms, which include Bounce, Brown Sugar, Court TV, Court TV Mystery, Laff, Grit, and The List. Brock is a multi-platform B2B/B2C marketing, partnership, media, and e-commerce professional with over 15 years of experience leading teams that promote high-quality, revenue-generating content and brands for the media and entertainment industry.
Prior to her current role, Brock solely focused on Brown Sugar as the Director of Marketing. She also worked as a Senior Account Supervisor at POSSIBLE in Cincinnati, OH, and subsequently as the Director of Partner Development for WCPO-TV Digital/EW. Scripps. Previously, Brock spent 10 years with WarnerMedia (formerly Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.) in Atlanta, GA. She began as a marketing assistant for Turner Network Television (TNT) and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and was promoted to roles of increasing responsibility. She rounded out her stint at WarnerMedia as Senior Manager of Partnerships. She was responsible for developing and implementing strategic promotional partnerships with leading brands that increased sampling, reach, and awareness for the Turner networks.
Brock has a Bachelor of Science degree in Film and Television from Boston University. She currently serves on the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Southeast Chapter board as Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications. She is also on the Alumni Board of Visitors at The Seven Hills School (Cincinnati, OH) as a writing, resume, and career coach for The Posse Foundation and is a Marketing Committee Member for The Children’s Museum of Atlanta..
Nevaine Rhodes Author, Actress, Speaker Drama Therapy Specialist
Nevaina is as unique and gifted as her name, Nevaina (Nih-von-yah) has empowered thousands of women and youth nationally and internationally. This graduate from UNC at Chapel Hill has more than 15 years of experience as a drama therapy specialist and twelve years with The Academy Theatre, the region’s forerunner in educational theater. Nevaina worked with and performed for students grades K-12, serving more than a half a million young people during her time with The Academy. She served as a Communications Specialist with the Emory School of Law Training Program for four years and has worked with the NFLPA for the past three years as a featured presenter. Nevaina has recently been featured in many national ad campaigns, movies, and television shows such as Greenleaf, Black Lightning, and The Oval.
Nevaina is also a published author. It was her role as the award-winning lady in Green in the stage play “For Colored Girls…” directed by Jasmine Guy that inspired her to write the women’s wellness workbook, The Color of Inspiration and the soul-stirring memoir “Conversations with Colored Girls” in which she tells of her play experience with Jasmine, Nicole Ari Parker, and Robin Givens. With a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Nevaina has magnetic eloquence and charisma. She is called to be a STAR…Speak Teach Act Reach many through the art of drama.
As an actor, she has been seen in films, commercials, TV, and theater. As a Drama Coach and dynamic acting coach but also a highly effective life coach, her skills have been seen on The Braxtons, Mom-prenuers, and more. Some of her acting students have been seen in projects like David Makes Man, The Quad, Just Mercy, Legacies, and many more. Whether in front of the camera herself or coaching talent to be camera-ready, Nevaina adds unique value and is a proven project asset.
Monica Brown Global Vice-President Product Development, Senior Technology Executive Tucows, Inc.
Monica began her technology career over 20 years ago after a brief career in broadcast journalism. As a journalist, she worked in college radio at South Carolina State University, as a receptionist/writing assistant at Upscale Magazine, and an audio specialist for The 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Shortly after starting her IT career, she became extremely interested in project management and focused on growing her leadership skills in that area. Within a year, she began working for a major telecommunications company and was quickly promoted for her excellent work delivering quality technology solutions.
In January 2019, Monica joined SiriusXM + Pandora Vice President of Digital Product Development. She was responsible for setting the strategy for initiatives supporting the Pandora Music App development and user experience. She recently joined Tucows, Inc. based in Toronto, Canada. Tucows is the second-largest web domain registrar in the world and also provides Wireless and Internet/TV service in the US. Monica earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional English and Broadcast Journalism from South Carolina State University and subsequently completed her Master of Business Administration degree from the Michael
J. Coles School of Business at Kennesaw State University. She has also completed project management classes with Villanova University, SixSigma Greenbelt Certification, received the Project Management Professional Certification, and completed Agile Methodology training.
Monica has received multiple awards for her contributions to the IT Industry. In 2016, she received The Women of Color STEM Special Recognition Award and was featured in the 2017 Edition of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta publication. Monica has also served as a mentor for multiple organizations and was hand-selected as the Board of Directors Chairperson for The Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center’s non-profit board in Decatur, GA. She is also the founder and CEO of The Marcell Williams Entertainment Agency, where she manages talent and projects related to television, film, music, and social media.
Webinar: Music Industry-Entertainment Talk Back
July 14, 2020 at 1:00 PM
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This Virtual Entertainment Panel is designed to provide a perspective to attendees on how Creatives can sustain themselves during this COVID-19 pandemic within the music industry:
Kendall Minter, ESQ. Founder, Minter & Associates, L.L.C.
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Blk. Ent. & Sports Lawyers Association
Kendall A. Minter, a native of New York and graduate and Senior Class President of Flushing High School began his professional path at Cornell University where he participated in the six year combined arts/law program, graduating with a B.A., majoring in Political Science in 1974, and with a J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1976. Upon his graduation from Cornell Law School, he joined Fairchild Industries as Associate General Counsel and Corporate Representative for Broadcasting. In 1984, Kendall joined the law firm of Barnes, Wood, Williams and Rafalsky as counsel, where he remained until establishing Minter & Gay in 1987. Minter & Gay was a boutique law firm which specialized in entertainment, sports and labor law. Based in the Wall Street district, the firm grew to nine attorneys with an internationally diverse clientele. In September 1992, Kendall merged his practice into the firm of Phillips, Nizer, Benjamin, Krim & Balon as counsel. In early 1995, Kendall relocated to Atlanta and joined the firm of Sales Goodloe & Golden, as counsel, where he established and developed an entertainment department. Kendall has also been Of Counsel to the New York City entertainment law firm Rudolph & Beer. In 2004, Kendall established Minter & Associates, L.L.C. in Atlanta, Georgia and subsequently established an Of Counsel affiliation with regional law firm Gibson & Behman, P.C. Minter & Associates, L.L.C. is a boutique law firm which represents a diverse international clientele in the areas of entertainment, corporate, intellectual property, sports and new media matters. Kendall is a co-founder and inaugural Executive Director of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association and currently serves on its Advisory Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Rhythm & Blues Foundation and is the Chairman Emeritus of the organization and is a member of the Board of the Living Legends Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of Sound Exchange, Inc.
Chawn Payton Financial Advisor Northwestern Mutual
Chawn was born and raised in South Georgia in the city of Valdosta. After graduating from Florida A&M University in 2008, he moved to Atlanta to start his career in financial services. Chawn married his lovely wife, Yolanda in fall of 2012. He enjoys spending time with friends & family, playing drums, fishing, traveling and supporting the Falcons. After spending 9 years consulting in financial services, Chawn decided to pursue his passion in helping others achieve financial security. He was blessed with the opportunity to do that with Northwestern Mutual in 2018.
Dustin Cicero Director of Music Clubhouse Freelance Artist/Audio-engineer
Dustin Cicero is a musician, audioengineer & producer. Born in New Orleans, grew up in Stone Mountain, GA & spent a decade in NYC, earning a Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music and working full-time as an audioengineer & musician. In his lifetime, Dustin has had the distinct honor of sharing the stage, studio or camera with such artsits as Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Dianne Reeves, Skooly, Trevor Jackson, 30Roc (Producer of The Box), B.o.B., T.I, Domani Harris, Mulatto, Young Dro, Ricco Barinno, Speech (Arrested Development), members of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert band, NY Philharmonic, NY Metropolitan Ballet & Ballet Orchestra & many others. Over the past 20 years, he has dedicated his life to artist & youth development, achieving this by teaching private and group workshops as a teenager, working with 1st-12th grades at Drew Charter School though Georgia State University outreach, teaching undergraduate courses at Emory University, founding Street Muzik ATL, working with the Music & Youth Initiative out of Boston and leading youth development programs for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. His recordings have received multiple Grammy Nominations & millions of streams. During Covid-19 quarantine, Dustin has spent a lot of time mixing, mastering & producing at his home studio in Decatur, GA.
Chef Sean Hip-Hop Artist
Chef Sean is a Chicago Native and has been a force in the music industry under the genre of rap/ hip hop with an ample amount of accomplishments under his belt such as charting number four on the Billboard Charts for single “Hot Single Sales” and for a 2016 summer release entitled “Dope Boy.” Chef Sean is also known as a Trap Rock artist with his rap-infused rock group “Chef Sean & Blaze” based in Los Angeles, CA. He decided to go solo for his newest ventures and feature rap singles. In his music, you can see elements of his Chicago roots where he first began his music career by learning music production, songwriting, and the art of rapping. Chef Sean is also a talented actor that has appeared in Television & Film since the age of 12. Some of his credits include; lead in “Jason’s Lyric,” starring alongside Allen Payne, Forrest Whitaker & Jada Pinkett Smith, “There Are No Children Here” (Harpo productions) and “Missing Persons” on ABC. A recent Sci-Fi / Thriller film “Teeth & Blood” Chef Sean starred in, he performed and produced the theme song in the movie as well as additional song placement. Most recently, Chef Sean started “Ask a Rap Dude” on IG TV, averaging over 3k per stream.
Webinar: Returning To Production
June 9, 2020 at 1:00 PM
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This virtual webinar is going to be a panel designed to provide a perspective to attendees on the essential steps for location permitting and insurance that is mandatory for Film and Television production:
Dee Dee Murray Production Manager DeKalb Entertainment Commission
Dee Dee Murray is an entertainment professional with over 25 years of industry experience. Dee Dee is the owner of Murray Media Production Partners, LLC, a private agency that provides film permitting facilitation, entertainment industry consulting and a host of a la carte services to support the growing motion picture industry in the State of Georgia. Dee Dee managed Organized Noize Productions and played an intricate role in the development of the Dungeon Family and its roster of award-winning artists including Outkast and Goodie Mob. For fifteen years Dee Dee was responsible for production management, publishing administration, and contract negation. Dee Dee is featured Netflix documentary “The Art of Organized Noize” which chronicles the production company’s musical impact over the past twenty years. A graduate of Savannah State University with a Bachelors of Arts Degree, Dee Dee’s work has supported the careers of nationally recognized recording artist such as The Whispers, The Gap Band, MC Hammer, Full Force, and Freddie Jackson. Dee Dee’s current clients include The DeKalb County Entertainment Commission, The House of Hope Atlanta , and the historic Apollo Theatre in New York.
Patrice DeChabert Executive Producer Stonecrest Film & Entertainment Committee
Patreece DeChabert is a production veteran with 2 decades of experience in television, advertising and virtual production. She is a graduate of Howard University with a BA in Tv/Film production and Strayer with an MBA in Marketing. She began as on-camera talent for commercials and a teen talk show in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands before working behind the scenes there and later in New York. From creative producer to camera operator to editor to executive producer, Patreece has worn many hats in the industry. She has worked locally with WSB-TV, Turner Studios, BBDO, Trick 3D and is currently a Field Producer at Tyler Perry Studios. Patreece has resided in Stonecrest, Georgia for 12 years and represents District 1 with the Stonecrest Film and Entertainment Committee. She was a former Board member with Women In Cable Telecommunications and is an active member with other industry organizations such as GPP and WIFTA.
Matt Watkins Vice President, Property & Casualty USI Insurance Services
Matt Watkins is a Vice President in the property and casualty practice of USI, the largest privately held insurance broker in the nation. He works with film & TV studios, production companies, DICE producers, music labels, touring entertainers, and more to lower their overall cost of risk. Matt works with clients throughout Georgia and the nation. Before joining USI, he worked with ADP’s insurance agency for a number of years.
Master Class: CONCEPT TO CREATIVE
May 21, 2020 at 1:00 PM
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.
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.
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