David White is the national executive director and chief negotiator of Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artist (SAG-AFTRA). In this role, White serves as chief executive officer and strategist for the world’s largest entertainment union with approximately 160,000 members worldwide who work in film, television, broadcast news, commercials, music, video games, and emerging media.
This past fall, Taylor produced, wrote and directed the taut thriller Fatale starring two- time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank with Michael Ealy and Mike Colter. The film is presently in post-production. Taylor’s next directorial feature, Black & Blue, starring Academy Nominee Naomi Harris, Frank Grillo, Tyrese
Gibson and Mike Colter will be released by Sony in the fall of 2019.
Gabrielle Dennis is a multi-hyphenate best known for her work in television as an actress on series like "Rosewood" (Fox), "Marvel's Luke Cage" (Netflix), and her stellar performance as Whitney Houston in "The Bobby Brown Story" mini series for BET.READ MORE.
Woody's first venture into acting proved incredibly successful when he was sent to audition for BET's The New Edition Story and booked the lead role, playing Bobby Brown. He recently signed on to reprise his role as Bobby Brown in BET's Bobby Brown Story. Next up, he will be seen on the big screen in Canal Street playing "MayMay," set to release in February 2018. His upcoming projects also include a role in USA's series Unsolved, currently in production. READ MORE.
SHANE PAUL MCGHIE
Shane started acting at Beverly Hills High School and furthered his acting studies at the University of Southern California in their BFA program. After graduating in 2016, Shane booked the “My Player” role for the NBA 2K18 video game. He then booked a few more roles on, “Rebel” (BET), “Criminal Minds" (CBS), “Shameless” (SHOWTIME). READ MORE.
Shannon Sanders, former President of the Nashville Chapter Recording Academy, has the kind of list of accomplishments that truly makes you wonder if he’s somehow been blessed with more hours in the day than the rest of us. Nationally, he’s best known for his GRAMMYs (2), Emmys (2) and Dove (1) award. READ MORE.
Founder and CEO Codigo LLC
Ingrid Brown is the founder, President and CEO of the new tech startup Codigo LLC. Codigo, which means, “code” in Spanish, is a full-service technology consulting firm specializing in crafting and executing coherent solutions in technology, business development and training no matter the industry.
Before returning to UMC to helm the subscription service of UMC, , Brett Dismuke maintained his own entertainment outfit, So Chi Entertainment as well as served as President/COO of The Swirl Group, President of Moguldom Entertainment, and previously as the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Urban Programming for RLJ Entertainment's One Village studio. Brett has over 25years of marketing, production, sales, and branding experience. READ MORE.
Content Strategist, Acquisitions, Development & Production
A seasoned executive in diverse programming, Angela has an extensive background in content strategy, acquisitions, development, and production. After graduating from film school, Angela started her career path as a producer, working on numerous independent feature films, commercials, and music videos. Angela credits her fundamental foundation as a producer as pivotal to her growth as an executive.
Darrien Michele Gipson is the Executive Director of SAGindie. An M.F.A. recipient from the Peter Stark Producers Program at the University of Southern California, Darrien was formerly the Vice President of Production for DEF Pictures.
Tracy Twinkie Byrd- 29 years as a Casting Director on such films as “Stomp the Yard”, “Notorious”, “Fruitvale Station”, “Sparkle”, “Southside with You” and most recently BEATS on Netflix. She has embarked on new ventures (she calls it lane changing) as a Director/Producer and Author. READ MORE.
Music Supervisor & Curator
Jabari Ali is a Guild Nominated Music Supervisor and curator with Paragon Film Music, LLC with years of experience as a consultant and business/personal manager. He has served as music supervisor or consultant on several notable projects, including David Makes Man (OWN), The Equalizer 2 (Sony Pictures), Shots Fired (FOX), Training Day (Warner Bros.), Biker Boyz (DreamWorks) and ESPN's 30 for 30: "One Night in Vegas", READ MORE.
Senior Business Representative for SAG-AFTRA
For the last 21 years, Ruth T. Paul has held the post for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and intermittingly The American Federation of Television and Radio Artist (AFTRA).READ MORE.
Founder/Editor of Urbaanite
Ashley Lawal is a freelance marketing consultant, web designer and Founder/Editor of Urbaanite, an urban city guide sharing Nashville’s food, art, culture, and happenings through the eyes of the people. As a Nashville native with some Midwest living in between, she has a natural proclivity to connect people (over food, stories, and shared interests) whenever possible.