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Matt Moore is Co-Head of Content and Partnerships at Areu Bros Studios and manages the company’s multiple film and television projects in development while also forging strategic business alignments and corporate partnerships. Previously, Moore was Executive Vice President & Producer, Tyler Perry Studios and 34th Street Films. During his tenure at TPS, he was instrumental in bringing iconic films to the big screen including the adaptation of Ntozake Shage’s play For Colored Girls as well as the award-winning film Precious. Additional titles produced for TPS include, Peeples, Single Moms Club, A Madea Christmas and Tyler Perry Studios first animated movie, Madea’s Tough Love. The veteran filmmaker has worked with a wide range of prolific writers, directors and talent throughout his 25-year career. Prior to his work at TPS/34th Street Films, Moore was Executive Vice President Development & Production for Academy Award winning producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen’s, The Jinks/Cohen Company. Previous to that position, he served as Senior Vice President, Development & Production, New Line Cinema. While at New Line, he oversaw development and production of numerous successful box office standouts such as, Next Friday, Friday After Next and All About The Benjamins, Final Destination 2 & 3, Take The Lead and Martian Child. During a brief stint as an independent producer, he produced the cult classic, Hot Tub Time Machine based on his original idea. The University of Colorado alum lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and two children.

Network & Studio mandate:

Our mission is to be the leader of the movement to bring diverse, authentic and elevated content to a global audience. We aim to feature, support and promote Latinx, Female and under represented groups, above and below the line.

In addition to film and television material we are looking for short form projects.

 

Themes:

Elevated, Commercial, Authentic, Diverse, Grounded

Genres:

Most genres + blended genres encouraged, including: Drama, Comedy, Thriller, Horror, Docu, Scripted & Unscripted, Romance, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Crime, Sports, Action.

Matt Moore

AREU BROS. STUDIOS

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Frank McCarney is a creative executive, writer and emerging producer at Areu Bros. Studios. At Areu Bros., Frank is part of the team that leads content sourcing, submissions and coverage for the studio film and television verticals. Prior to joining Areu Bros., Frank served as an executive assistant to the President of StarStream Entertainment, an independent film production and finance company. At StarStream, he was  promoted to Jr. Creative Executive in less than a year. Previous experience includes: production assistant at Tyler Perry Studios and accredited management roles in the retail sector for premiere brands such as: Banana Republic and Coach. Frank is a proven leader, creative thinker and strategic manager of diverse teams. 

Frank McCarney

AREU BROS. STUDIOS

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Cela Sutton is Manager of Development and Production at ARRAY Filmworks, where she works with the founder, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, on the television projects she produces, including QUEEN SUGAR (OWN), THE RED LINE (CBS) and the upcoming anthology series CHERISH THE DAY (OWN). Previously, she was Creative Executive at the production company and Executive Coordinator at DuVernay's, social impact film distribution collaborative, ARRAY Releasing, which amplifies women filmmakers of all kinds and filmmakers of color. She has supported campaigns for the company's independent films, such as, JEWEL'S CATCH ONE, NAMOUR and THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD. In addition, as Executive Coordinator, Cela worked closely with DuVernay to coordinate her project, press and appearance schedule, among other duties.

 

Prior to ARRAY, Sutton worked at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in their foundation and scripted television departments. There, she helped advise clients on their philanthropic goals and strategies, as well as provided administrative support for agents with key television projects and deals.

 

Sutton began her career at Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios in Chicago, first working as an intern on the 25th and final season of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and eventually as an associate producer for OWN's hit reality series "Iyanla: Fix My Life."

 

Sutton was previously the president of Colour Associates, the junior organization of Colour Entertainment, which supports executives, coordinators and assistants of color through event programming, mentorship and job opportunities. She also co-founded AfroBrunch, an event series dedicated to building community among African and African-American people who are in the entertainment industry.

 

Sutton holds a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Chicago. As a student, she held internships at the Mayor's Office of Special Events, the local Chicago Fox station's primetime news show, and Lifetime Television's movie programming department.

Cela Sutton

ARRAY FILMS

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Colby Gaines is an executive producer and founder of Back Roads Entertainment, a New York based content creator specializing in comedy and lifestyle programming.

 

In his role, Gaines is responsible for the company's programming, development and day-to-day operations.  Back Roads Entertainment develops, sells and produces across all genres for broadcast and cable networks, both domestically and internationally, as well as digital platforms.

 

Since establishing the company in 2011, Gaines has created, sold and produced over 30 series, specials and pilots for networks such as such as A&E, Lifetime, Discovery, Food, Travel Channel, TLC and  E! among others.  He oversees and manages a production slate that includes Big Bad BBQ Brawl (Cooking) and the hit variety format 50 Central (BET) starring music icon, actor and entrepreneur 50 Cent.  Other credits include Joking Off (MTV), Lake Life (DIY) as well as Culinary Beats (Yahoo).

 

Previously, he was the co-founder and owner of Leftfield Pictures, a production company best known for producing hundreds of hours of reality-based programming including juggernaut hits such as Pawn Stars (History), American Restoration (History) and the Oddities franchise (Discovery). 

 

Additional executive producer credits include JUNKies (Science), Door Knockers (DIY),  Moving In (MTV), Setup Squad (LOGO), What the Sell?! (TLC), The Principal's Office (truTV), Bridal Bootcamp (vh1), Happily Ever Faster (TLC), Hallmark Heroes with Regis Philbin (Hallmark Channel) and InTurn (CBS/CBS.com), among dozens more. 

 

Gaines began his career in non-fiction television, news and new media.  Throughout his career he has worked with a wide variety of agencies and Fortune 500 companies. 

​Mandate:

We’re hunting for the next unscripted and scripted comedy hit, anything in lifestyle (talent or formats in the food, home and travel worlds) and we’re looking for our next doc series story like HBO’s The Defiant Ones. 

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Colby Gaines

BACKROADS ENTERTAINMENT

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Raye Dowell

BET

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Currently DuBose Entertainment’s - Director of Development for New Content, Markisha Steele has been in the entertainment industry since 2009 and has worked on projects for Fox, Warner Brothers, Netflix, Bravo, Lifetime and BET. In her position, she works on executing new content from initial concept/idea, staffing and initializing budgets for production to final product, all while maintaining a refreshed and up to date feel for current programming. 

Starting out as an intern at an artist development company is what peaked her interest into the world of development. From an entry level PA position, by taking the initiative to learn more, being dedicated, having the drive and willingness, Markisha worked her way up the ranks quickly. When it comes to developing new ideas and talent for television, her passion for storytelling aids her in seeking out content which will educate, entertain and inspire others to reach beyond what they can see. “When selecting show ideas to promote for development, I look from the eyes of a viewer. Will this teach viewers something they don’t know? Will this keep their attention each week? Are the premise and message motivating?” 

No stranger to hard work, Markisha has “started from the bottom,” and while still moving up, makes it clear she seeks to help create visuals that will leave a memorable impression that aspires others along the way, with the programming her and DuBose Entertainment’s name are placed on. 

Mandate: Scripted shows and films that are based on real life people and stories. Music based formats and reality shows that center on family dynamics and worlds that we have yet to tap into.

MarKisha Steele

DUBOSE ENTERTAINMENT

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Jodi Scheer is the Director of Programming and Development for HGTV and DIY Network, part of Discovery Inc’s leading lifestyle brands. In this position, she oversees a diverse slate of hit programs including Going for Sold, First Time Flippers, Hawaii Life, Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy and the HGTV Dream Home.

Previously she was a Director of Programming at Food Network and Cooking Channel, overseeing various series including Cutthroat Kitchen, Diners, Drives Ins and Dives, Dinner at Tiffani’s, Unwrapped 2.0, and Food: Fact or Fiction? Before joining Scripps, she was a Manager for Spike TV’s Sports & Specials team where she worked on live television events for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Total Impact Wrestling. Scheer also worked on The Ultimate Fighter reality series, all other UFC-related programming as well as documentaries and special series. As part of a pro-social project, she also executive produced a half-hour special that profiled inspiring teens in Camden, NJ which aired on local NBC affiliates.

Scheer received a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and a Master’s in Public Administration from The George Washington University. Originally from South Florida, she lives in Knoxville, TN with her husband and son. 

Mandate: We’re currently looking for authentic and diverse experts that revolve around everything HOME. From flippers to rehabbers, we seek out talent who are passionate about making a home beautiful and adding their unique touch. 

Jodi Scheer

HGTV/COOKING CHANNEL/FOOD NETWORK/TRAVEL CHANNEL

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Bridget Cleary is the Manager of Programming and Development for HGTV and DIY Network, part of Discovery Inc’s leading lifestyle brands. In this position, she oversees hit programs including Island Life, Bahamas Life, House Hunters, HGTV Urban Oasis  and HGTV Smart Home  specials. She started her career at Scripps Networks Interactive as an intern and quickly moved into a Program Planning Coordinator position for DIY Network and HGTV. 

 

Cleary received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Electronic Media from the University of Tennessee. Originally from middle Tennessee, she resides in Knoxville, TN where she volunteers with the local United Way chapter and cheers on her Tennessee Volunteers.

Bridget Cleary

HGTV/COOKING CHANNEL/FOOD NETWORK/TRAVEL CHANNEL

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Katie Ozog is the Development Manager for Investigation Discovery (ID), the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television, where she is responsible for scouting, developing, and conceptualizing original series and specials. Ozog joined Discovery in 2010 to help produce the launch programming slate for The Hub, a joint venture between Discovery and Hasbro. She moved to ID in 2011 and has worked as an associate producer on more than twenty series including the long-running SWAMP MURDERS, FATAL VOWS, and DISAPPEARED. Since transitioning into her current role in 2014, she has overseen the development of programs including DEADLIEST DECADE: THE 1980’S, GUILTY RICH, and SON OF SAM: THE HUNT FOR A KILLER. She also shepherds series and specials through the acquisition process, specializing in documentaries for the network’s prestigious ID FILMS strand like the GLAAD- and Peabody-award winning documentary SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR. Ozog is a graduate of Michigan State University.

Mandate: Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television and the #1 most-watched network for women in the US. From harrowing crimes to in-depth investigations, the heart-breaking cases behind these “real people, real stories,” challenge our understanding of culture, society and the human condition. With a mix of original series, limited specials and theatrical documentaries, and featuring some of the country’s most beloved crime experts and journalists, ID delivers the highest-quality programming to nearly 85 million U.S. households.

Katie Ozog

INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY

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Makiah Green is a Creative Executive across film and television at MACRO, a production company focused on the multicultural market. Through her work, she aims to tell fresh, contemporary stories that speak to the varied and nuanced experiences of people of color. As an outspoken advocate of provocative and timely projects like Sorry to Bother You andReally Love, she loves championing new voices and supporting first-time filmmakers. In addition to her work at MACRO, Makiah is a writer, entrepreneur and activist. She is the Founder of Black Book LA, a thriving community of over 20,000 people that connects Black millennials to the best events, Black-owned businesses, jobs, and affordable housing in the Greater Los Angeles area. Makiah is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Master’s degree in Professional Writing and a B.A. in English-Creative Writing.

Mandate: 

General: We develop, produce and finance content for and by people of color. We have a first-look co-financing deal with Warner Bros.

Film: We are looking for commercial-leaning movies across a number of genres: comedy, thriller, sci-fi, action franchises, psychological horror.

 

TV: We are looking for premium ongoing and limited series. Genres of interest: premium comedies, high concept dramas, grounded sci-fi, African mythology epics, elevated horror and psychological thrillers.

Makiah Green

MACRO Studios

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Keisha Salmon is the Director of Communications & Audience Development at POV. Keisha manages and directs POV’s branding and communications strategy to promote the value and vision of the organization and its programs. Before joining POV, Keisha developed integrated communication strategies as the Marketing and Communications Manager of The Play Company, an award-winning off-Broadway production company.  She serves as a board member with The Brooklyn Steppers, a non-profit organization committed to developing personal excellence in young people through education in the performance arts. Connect with Keisha on Twitter [link: https://twitter.com/keishainc]

Mandate: Our logline is character-driven films that put a human face to contemporary social issues. We are a showcase of independent documentary on public television and present voices and stories that are not seen on mainstream media. We look to showcase diversity both in front of and behind the camera. Our slots feature films are 52 mins or 82 mins. We also have a 30-min shorts strand that has started its 2nd season. For shorts, we'll program either a single short or will pair 2-3 shorts thematically to fill out the slot. We don't tend to program historical films, biopics, talking-head heavy films. We don't commission projects, but we do co-produce 1-2 films each year. These films tend to be closer to the assembly or rough cut stage.

Keisha Salmon

PBS/POV

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RiTE Media Group was founded on the core belief that, as artists, we have a responsibility to advance culture through storytelling; to inspire the pursuit of the unseen through authentic creative expression. 

Since our founding in 2010, RiTE has become a national leader in original premium content ideation and production across the spectrum of narrative, branded and music visuals. 

Additionally, we are a vanguard creative R&D house; developing new technologies and putting them to use on big budget long-form content. Beyond simply telling great stories, we are driven by our burning desire to lower the barrier of entry to tentpole filmmaking for the indie stage; pushing the boundaries of what’s creatively possible. 

Mandate: Character-driven stories that are unapologetically bold and original. Universal themes. Let’s go on a ride!

Paris Schulman

RiTE Media

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Darrien Michele Gipson is the Executive Director of SAGindie, an educational program that teaches independent filmmakers with limited budgets how to hire professional actors for their films. Darrien is an M.F.A. recipient from the Peter Stark Producers Program at the University of Southern California and was formerly the Vice President of Production for DEF Pictures. As Executive Director of SAGindie, Darrien is responsible for the strategic planning and oversight of the organization and acts as a liaison between filmmakers and SAG-AFTRA, the actors union. 

Darrien Gipson

SAG Indie

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Charismatic, ambitious and hardworking are synonymous with Shanté Paige. Since graduating from Howard University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management and minor in Pre-­‐Law, Shanté Paige has been an active member of the entertainment industry. Her experience encompasses a wide range of music and entertainment accomplishments.  As Vice-­‐President of A&R for the Universal/Motown Records Group, she was responsible for controlling multi-­‐million dollar budgets. Additionally, she was Executive Producer and handled the production of Hip Hop and R&B headliners such as 702, Dave Hollister, KEM, Chico Debarge, India Arie, Erykah Badu, Remy Shand, Cash Money Millionaires, Pastor Troy, Lil Corey, The Temptations, and Joe.   During her tenure at Motown, these artists sold more than 65 million albums collectively worldwide, putting Motown in     the black after a decade of losses. Although quite an accomplishment, Shanté’s climb up the music ladder started during her college days, where she promoted some of the biggest celebrity-­‐driven events and managed an R&B group, Quattro, who boasted heartthrob actor, Michael Ealy, as a member.

 

Upon graduating, Shanté moved to New York City where she continued building a name  for herself hosting celebrity studded events, which helped landing her a job as A&R  Coordinator for Jive Records. She later accepted an esteemed position as Director of Artist Development for Volcano/Free world. During this time she utilized her vast industry experience and helped launch Noontime Music, a production company which to-­‐date has had many number one hits by artists such as Aaliyah, Usher, Toni Braxton, Ginuwine, Mariah Carey, Cash Money, Mary J. Blige, Joe, Ciara, Destiny’s Child and a host of others. In addition, she consulted for Net2, an influential music marketing and urban event planning company.

 

Shanté’s steady stream of accomplishments caught the  attention of Kedar Massenburg, CEO of Kedar Entertainment and President of Universal/Motown Records Group. He immediately hired her as Director of A&R for Kedar Entertainment and during her six-­‐year tenure she would eventually take on the title of Vice President of A&R for the Universal/Motown Records  Group. Shanté eventually left Universal/Motown to start Paige Inc., a consulting firm specializing in an array of clients from music to media and sports entertainment. Paige has consulted for clients such as Noontime Music Publishing (producers Bryan Michael-­‐Cox and Jazzy Pha) and Mauldin Brand Agency (Scream Tour, Bow Wow, and Wyclef Jean). Paige’s was awarded the 2010 Census Campaign where she produced webisodes featuring Ludacris to promote census  participation while bridging celebrities like Patti Labelle, Lance Armstrong and Russell Simmons with NUVO sparkling vodka.

 

To add to her long list of accomplishments, Shanté was the Associate Producer of Across the Hall, a short film, which debuted on Elite Samsung phones, featuring Adrian Grenier, the leading character in HBO’s hit show, Entourage. She also worked on several TV projects for TNT, Peachtree TV, TBS, BET, Centric, Aspire, MyATL, WXIA and ESPN such as "Hell Date", "The Battle" and "The Amateur Millionaires Club", Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns” and Tyler’s Perry’s “House of Payne” as well as segment producer for Tyler Perry’s late night talk show “The Tyler Perry Show”. Currently Shante’ directed and produced the pilot episode for “Rickey Smiley For Real” which TV One picked up for two seasons.

 

Currently, Shanté is Co-­‐Executive producer for “Rickey Smiley For Real” Season 5 and is Co-­‐Executive Producer of Lyfe Jennings current album “Tree of Lyfe”. She is poised to do several more projects this year including documentaries based on the lives of the late record executives Shakir Stewart and Chris Lighty and exotic dancers titled “Beyond The Pole”. Her track record proves that she is a dynamic content provider and powerful writer who is energetic, effective and highly efficient and she’s just getting started!

Mandate:  Looking for reality-based big character driven ideas.  

Shanté Paige

SHE'S A MOVEMENT MEDIA GROUP

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Swirl Films, America’s leading independent urban film production company based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Founded by Eric Tomosunas, Swirl Films provides services and content from script to screen, including movies, biopics, scripted series, award shows and documentaries. 

For more than 18 years, Swirl Films has been an industry-leading provider of urban content production and programming, delivering over 60 original productions in the last six years. Swirl Films has created feature films and multi-camera productions for clients like Bounce TV, UPTV, BET, TVOne, Aspire, Think Factory, and Lifetime. Swirl Films’ TVOne production When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story premiered as the number one original movie on the network among all key demographics. Original series Uncensored is now one of TVOne’s most-watched series. Bounce TV’s Saints and Sinners, the only original scripted drama series on multicast television, shined in its third season reaching over 7.5 million total viewers. One of the many season highlights occurred on May 6 when Saints & Sinners was the #1 most-watched program in all of television, beating CBS, FOX and NBC and all ad-supported cable and pay networks in the delivery of African Americans (P25-54) in its time period. In addition, Swirl Films has a vast library of films that Raycom Media and its partners will distribute in the future on multiple platforms. 

Since its relocation to Atlanta in 2013, Swirl Films has produced over 100 hours of television in Georgia and works diligently with its partners to maximize the efficiencies of the Georgia film tax incentives 

Swirl Films’ current projects include the forthcoming holiday film Coins for Christmas and a crime drama The Bobby DeBarge Story for TVOne, production for Season 2 of Tales by Irv Gotti on BET, Season four of Saints & Sinners on Bounce TV, and BET Pilot Secrets of the Salon.

Mandate: Looking for feature films and series. 

Eric Tomosunas

Swirl Films

Taylor is the manager of development and production with 7 years with School of Humans she knows what it means to be Human. After moving to Atlanta in 2012, she hopped right into the rising world of Atlanta production working with networks such as Adult Swim, Netflix, Hulu, Discovery and many more. While responsible for managing the projects in various stages of production, she is looking for the next tv, documentary or podcast hit!

Mandate:

School of Humans is a 10 year old, creator driven production company with an intentionally diverse slate, specializing in both scripted and non-fiction storytelling. In addition to film and tv we also have an audio (podcast) division. We are highly selective, looking for stories that range from provocative and subversive to bizarre and irreverent. SoH thrives on finding the different. Our broadcast partners include Netflix, Hulu, Discovery, A&E, Adult Swim among others. 

 

The company has recently patented a new hybrid animation technology called Trioscope (Tree-oh-scope). The medium creates a vivid 3D graphic novel look, bringing a photo-real level of emotion to human faces and unprecedented detail to character movement and action. We are actively seeking out scripted projects with massive world-building opportunities and premium documentaries and docuseries that would benefit from Trioscope’s world-building potential to tell provocative stories.

Taylor Church 

SCHOOL OF HUMANS

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After receiving her BFA in Film & TV Production from Tisch, Olivia began her career specializing in comedy development on the business side of children’s animated television. In her current role as a Director of Development of Original Scripted Programming at TBS, she strategizes as to what’s next, delivers what's new, and pulls in fresh talent while also managing and maintaining current shows, such as The Last OG starring Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish (the #1 cable comedy of 2018).

Mandate: Premium half hour comedies and one hour light dramas – character driven with heart and clear comedic drivers

Olivia Morris

TBS ORIGINALS

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TRICK 3D is an immersive content studio specializing in 3D animation, 3D asset creation and management, and virtual reality. With deep roots in commercial and original 3D film production, TRICK 3D’s capabilities include virtual worlds and sets, character animation, photo-real renderings and visualization, stereoscopic 3D and much more. TRICK 3D also partners with the world’s best-known brands and agencies to create experiences that engage, solve problems, tell stories and generate fan loyalty.

 

Patreece DeChabert is an award-winning production veteran with almost 20 years of production experience in television, advertising and interactive/experiential media. A graduate of Howard University with a BA in television and film production, Patreece later returned to school and earned her MBA in Marketing from Strayer University. She is a creative and resourceful Executive Producer with the Trick 3D team where she is the production leader and client liaison utilizing her great instincts, creative savviness, relationship building skills to steer both the creative and technical teams through concept development, budgeting, production planning, execution and wrapping. 

 

While employed at Turner Broadcasting, she’s produced content for with show launches on TNT like Michael Bay’s The Last Ship and Steven Spielberg’s Falling Skies. She’s also successfully managed the ideation/execution of unique, million-dollar experiential activations for brands like Mercedes-Benz with the boutique agency, Go Experience Design. Most recently, with one of Omnicom’s most awarded agencies, BBDO, Patreece was instrumental in new business pitches and development as well as leading the production of live, video, animated, digital and integrated content for clients such as Bayer, Georgia Lottery, Voya and Novant Health producing TV and radio commercials, documentaries and most amazingly, a giant interactive Etch A Sketch for Toys R us in New York City. Patreece has also freelanced with Lifetime Television, Tyler Perry Studios, Viacom and PBS in the US Virgin Islands, New York and Atlanta. In fact, she began her career in Atlanta as a news Editor/Assoc. Producer for WSB-TV. Patreece has been consistently credited for efficiently managing multiple moving parts with partner agencies, vendors, client and internal teams -- exhibiting skill, professionalism and expertise in navigating it all, while keeping all parties informed and successfully moving forward. Co-workers and clients will tell you that Patreece makes the production process seamless and fun! 

 

For several years, Patreece also volunteered for industry organizations such as WIFTA, Women In Film and Television Atlanta and WICT, Women In Cable Telecommunications. She was Director of Programming for the WICT Southeast Chapter, where she was responsible for creating and planning events geared towards professional development, mentoring and leadership and for several years, led the production elements of the annual Red Letter Awards Show. More recently, she's co-produced the 2019 ADDY Awards Show and currently represents her district as a voting committee member for the Stonecrest Film and Entertainment Committee with the mission of creating local exposure and opportunities within these evolving industries. 

Trick 3D is open to opportunities for content development across various platforms and industries.

Patreece DeChabert

TRICK 3D

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It’s truly believable that Ty Johnston-Chavis doesn’t know there is a “glass ceiling.” She envisions what “can be” and she uses her grace and compassion, her experience and wisdom and her absolute belief that every person has the right to become their best self and she sails forward to do good work and open doors for those traveling with her. 

A respected international leader, producer and collaborator in the entertainment industry, Ty has worked closely with TV and film veterans such as Mark Koops, executive producer and creator of The Biggest Loser and Ugly Betty, award-winning filmmaker Tracey Edmonds of Soul Food and Jumping the Broom, executive producer & creator Mona Scott-Young of Love and Hip Hop and legendary filmmaker Robert Townsend of The Five Heartbeats, Parenthood and The Meteor Man. 

As Founder and CEO of T.Y. Entertainment, creates, acquires, develops, produces and ensures the distribution of scripted and unscripted film, television and new media productions. Her network relationships and collaborations include Lifetime, BET, ESPN, Harpo Films, MGM, Nickelodeon, The Speed Channel, TV One, and the Bahamas’ ZNS-TV. In addition, she leverages new markets by partnering with the streaming distribution market. 

Ty’s generosity as a mentor and the success of those she mentors is legendary. She has given hundreds of people the opportunity to gain experience, nurture their talents, gain access to industry decision-makers and build successful entertainment industry careers. 

In 2011, Ty created and launched The Atlanta Pitch Summit, a marketplace where screenwriters and producers pitch film and TV projects to key entertainment executives. Since its launch, The Atlanta Pitch Summit has connected many aspiring artists with Hollywood decision makers including producer Will Packer, Screen Gems Studios SVP Kris Bagwell and Connie Orlando, SVP at BET. As the Summit’s Founder and CEO, Ty’s entrepreneurial talents and experience ensure that every aspect of the Summit runs like clockwork. From speakers’ travel and accommodations, to scheduling, PR and catering, from appreciative support and recognition for the Summit’s volunteers, production team and industry guests, to handing Summit finances and follow-ups in every department, Ty is an extraordinary model for how to develop and run an organization responsibly, equitably and with great benefits to all who participate. 

In addition, Ty also spends her time as a Lead Mentor for Comcast/NBCUniversal-The Farm. This is a 12-week world-class accelerator program created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs to provide a complete business and management curriculum. 

Mandate: Genre: Romance, Comedy, True Crime or True Events, Biopic & Docu-Series

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T.Y. Entertainment

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Having an extraordinarily broad range of roles throughout his career has led Jonathan to launch UNGER MEDIA, with a focus on global content across all platforms that will not only inspire and shake up the status quo, but also bring FUN back into the world.  Most recently Director of Current Series and Live Events at E!, Jonathan Unger was influential in pushing the network further into comedy formats, the female empowerment space, and talent inclusivity, while expanding its already massive multi-platform footprint in Live Events by overseeing long- running Live from the Red Carpet franchise and the inaugural E! People’s Choice Awards, which resulted in the largest impressions day in our network’s history. He also developed the highest tested pilot in 2 years with series Dating: No Filter, currently airing its second season, and oversaw hit series Very Cavallari, which became the youngest most affluent series on ad- supported cable television and E!’s highest rated non-spinoff first season series since Mariah’s World resulting in a third season pickup.  Jonathan previously excelled as Director, Programming & Development at Dick Clark Productions where he developed Netflix’s A Little Help with Carol Burnett, the Carol Burnett Show's 50th Anniversary and produced the Golden Globes, Billboard Music Awards, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest and American Music Awards. He also previously held development roles at CMT and Pilgrim Studios, where he developed the hit Lifetime series Bring It!, while also overseeing buzzy series Party Down South and Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team.  However, he expanded his producing, casting and talent skillset while being a freelance producer in his first four years in Los Angeles. 

Mandate: Open to all forms of content - short form, scripted, podcasts, non scripted, documentaries.

Jonathan Unger

UNGER MEDIA

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As Vice President, Angela Cannon is responsible for management oversight of the subscription video on demand service, UP Faith & Family – America’s Favorite Streaming Service for Families. Offered as direct-to-consumer and through distribution partners (Amazon Channels, Xfinity, Cox, Dish/Dish sling), Cannon has been an instrumental player with UP Faith & Family since its inception in 2010 (formerly, gMovies). Transitioning to head the service in Dec. 2018, Cannon is currently charged with growing the service by developing the programming strategy, marketing and partnerships, while collaborating with key UP Entertainment department heads across content acquisition, audience insights (research), operations, PR, creative services and technology. Under Ms. Cannon’s leadership, the service has increased its subscriber base upwards of 150%, treading better or near all other company held KPI’s, utilized newly developed technologies created internally through a marketing technology stack which includes machine learning models, custom NPS feedback tools, and collaborated with SVOD partners to provide actionable insights, all while optimizing the growth funnel which has increased LTV and lowered churn year-over-year.

 

Previously, Ms. Cannon was Vice President, National Accounts, Content Distribution and Marketing where she managed international program sales, distribution and CDM-focused marketing efforts for ASPiRE, UPtv and UP Faith & Family.  Cannon helped UPtv attain a 70+million household audience and included linear and non-linear distribution, marketing and partnerships with top MVPD's (multichannel video programming distributors) and current/future non-linear distribution partners (Amazon, Hulu, Roku, Apple TV, iTunes & more).  Cannon also managed electronic sell-through (EST) marketing. If that wasn’t enough, Ms. Cannon lead all marketing efforts for UP Faith & Family, where she identified, developed and implemented strategic marketing campaigns to grow the subscriber base and fostered key partnerships to support service growth and performance.

 

With a proven track record full of marketing successes, one of Cannon’s most notable accomplishments was being tasked with launching NBA hall of famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s ASPiRE on Comcast on June 27, 2012. Aimed at reflecting authentic realities of the Black & Urban culture, Aspire is dedicated to providing programming of which entertains and inspires. Aspire reaches its 35 million viewers with original lifestyle centric programming and showcases acquired movies, short films, TV series, music programs and so much more. 

 

Along her career in entertainment, Cannon has been the recipient of the Cablefax Most Influential Minorities for 2018, NAMIC Luminary Award for rising Cable Executives in 2014, 2012 Cablefaxie Honorable Mention for her Uplift Someone America Bus Tour, CTAM Mark Award in 2009 for a “Care Free Minutes to Mexico” Spot and the CTAM Mark Award in 2008 for her work on the NCTA “Quintessential New Orleans Experience.” 

 

She also represented the brand globally. In July 2016, Ms. Cannon took a sabbatical (UP provides for employees to take 10 days off for mission work) and traveled to Machakos, Kenya to teach students at the I Can Fly International Academy, an institution providing education, shelter to youth 13-17, rescued from forced marriages, female genital mutilation, extreme poverty, or tribal war.

 

Aside from work, Ms. Cannon is a proud member of the Changing a Generation Full Gospel Baptist Church, where she is on the Board of Directors and works on the Paul S. Morton Scholarship Foundation Committee. Cannon also holds the position of lead marketing strategist for the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship International Conference marketing team. With the little time left in her schedule, Cannon somehow fits in being an active member of NAMIC (National Association of Minorities in Cable), where she has served as mentor and NAMIC Vision Award Judge for several years running and is also a member of WICT.  And to top it all off, she is a Children’s book author. “Who Am I? I’m God’s Princess” is now available on Amazon.

Mandate: Programming that reflects family and/or faith-friendly values/perspectives.

Angela Cannon

UP Faith & Family Streaming 

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Chuck received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Georgia Tech in 1998. He later earned a Master’s in Business Administration, with a concentration in finance, from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, and a Juris Doctorate from the Georgia State University College of Law, where he achieved high honors in his business and tax law courses.

Towards the end of his business and law school career, Chuck was recruited to work for the Pricewaterhouse Coopers business advisory and consulting team. In his role with PwC, Chuck advised large corporate clients like the Home Depot, Turner Broadcasting, and The Wendy’s Company in complex merger and acquisition, and business planning initiatives.

Chuck is a clever and creative lawyer, with exceptional technical skills and a knack for problem solving.  He is as relentless in the courtroom as he is at the negotiating table.  Chuck volunteers with GA Lawyers for the ArtsHands On Atlanta, and Habitat for Humanity; and he is the Vice-Chairman of the board of directors for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia. He has spoken on entertainment industry panels for The Grammy Foundation, SESAC, GET CONNECTED, Kingdomwood Film Festival and The BronzeLens Film Festival.

Chuck Douglas 

Wakhisi Douglas Attorneys At Law