On Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., the Commission will host the Inaugural Entertainment Expo, with resources and information for DeKalb companies and professionals seeking to build their presence in the entertainment industry. Dozens of panelists, mentors and vendors will be on-hand to provide support and expertise.
Panel discussions with industry professionals in TV/Film, Music, Digital Entertainment and Gaming.
When: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center, 495 N. Indian Creek Road, Clarkston, GA 30021
For complete details on the inaugural Entertainment Expo Panels, click here.
MUSIC PANEL 1 | 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Radio Promotion & Marketing Airplay in the Age of Streaming and Digital Technology
Panelists Ric Ross, Southeast/National Field Director, Capitol Records Cannon Kent, SE Promotions, Atlantic Records Jerrell Allen, Artist Manager
MUSIC PANEL 2 | 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The Art of Production and Publishing
Kawan (KP) Prather, ‘I Am Other’ President of Music
Panelists Bryan Michael Cox, Pop/R&B Producer Byron Wright, Warner Chapel Publishing Dave Claasen, BMI Creative Director (pop/rock) Michael “Mixzo” Johnson, R&B/Hip Hop Writer/Producer
FILM & TV PANEL 1 | 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Jumping into the Film Industry
Moderator Judiffier Pearson, Film & Entertainment Business Consultant, UGA SBDC, Clayton State University
Panelists Jessica Fox-Thigpen, Owner/Casting Director, Fox Casting Kyanna Simpson, Actress Maida Morgan, Locations Manager, Flying Zebra Productions Scott Thigpen, Owner/Producer, Crazy Legs Productions Co-Chair, Atlanta Chapter, Producers Guild of America
FILM & TV PANEL 2 | 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Women in Film and TV
Moderator Wendy Jackson, Writer & Producer
Panelists Amy Oraefo, Esq., Counsel, Taylor English–Corporate, Entertainment & Intellectual Property Law Rhonda Baraka, Film/TV Writer, Director, Producer Wanda Shelley, TV Producer/Production Manager
DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT PANEL 1 | 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Opportunities in Games and Digital Entertainment
DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT PANEL 2 | 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. “I Have a Great Idea for an App or Game! … Now What?”
Panelists Rob Hassett, Entertainment Attorney Steph Chergi, Games That Work Brian Miller, ZapMil Michael Stanley, Creative Director at Dragon Army
COMBINED MUSIC, FILM, TV and DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT PANEL | 1 – 2:15 p.m. Understanding the Tax Credits
Moderator Andrew Greenberg, Georgia Game Developer Association Executive Director, DeKalb Entertainment Commission Chairman
Panelists Allison Fibben, Marketing/Tax Incentive Program, Georgia Department of Economic Development Tammy Hurt, Endeavor Sound/Founding President, Georgia Music Partners DiAndria Green, Georgia Music Partners