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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.

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National Executive Director, SAG-AFTRA

DAVID P.

WHITE

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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.

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Writer, Filmmaker, Director

DEON

TAYLOR

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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.

Actress

GABRIELLE DENNIS

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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.
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Actor/Executive Producer

WOODY

McCLAIN

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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.

Actor

SHANE PAUL MCGHIE

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.

Artist, Producer

SHANNON SANDERS

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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.

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Founder and CEO Codigo LLC

INGRID L.

BROWN

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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.

Chief Content Officer, UMC

BRETT

DISMUKE

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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. 

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Content Strategist, Acquisitions, Development & Production

ANGELA NORTHINGTON

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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.

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Executive Director, SAGindie

DARRIEN

GIPSON

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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.

Celebrity Casting Director, Filmmaker, Author

TRACY "TWINKIE" BYRD

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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.

Music Supervisor & Curator

JABARI ALI

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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.

Senior Business Representative for SAG-AFTRA

RUTH PAUL

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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.  READ MORE.

Founder/Editor of Urbaanite

ASHLEY

LAWAL

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Squeaky Moore is an award-winning director, writer, producer, and author of
#100Pitches: Mistakes I've Made So You Don't Have To.  The book is a film and
television pitching guide geared towards independent content creators and the
do’s and don’ts of pitching television and film projects. She also created The
Pitch 101
blog as a resource to help content creators bridge the gap between independent projects to the small and big screens.
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Director, Writer, Producer, Author

SQUEAKY MOORE

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Dr. Fallon Wilson is the  CEO of Black in Tech Nashville and Research Director of Black Tech Mecca which seeks to build a national black tech ecosystem. She’s 2019 TEDx Speaker (e.g. Stop Ignoring Black Women and Hear of Our Tech Prophecies). She’s a Board Member of the State of Tennessee’s Future of Work Taskforce and Co-Chairs Nashville’s smart city plan. Given her tech activism, she’s a 2017 recipient of the ISTE Digital Equity Award  READ MORE.

CEO of Black in Tech Nashville

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WILSON

John is a producer and director of features, documentaries and episodic series from Commack, New York.  He studied Sports Information and Journalism at the University of Connecticut, graduating in 2004.  Since then he has worked at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut.  He began producing features for programs like Sunday NFL Countdown and Sportscenter in addition to producing stories for the award-winning, Outside the Lines.  In 2011, John began producing content for ESPN’s award-winning news magazine show, E:60. 

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JOHN N.

MINTON III

ESPN Producer and Director

Mychael G. Chinn is the Manager, Original Movies for Lifetime Television, based out of Los Angeles, CA. He graduated with a BFA in Acting from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.

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MYCHAEL G.

CHINN

Manager, Original Movies for Lifetime Television

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David Smith is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and photographer. His work in commercial video production has earned him two corporate top-honor awards from KINKO's and The Bridgestone Group, as well as three Telly Awards for his work with the Tennessee Center for Child Welfare.

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DAVID

SMITH

Award-Winning Filmmaker, Writer, Photographer

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Joshua Miller is one of the most experienced Grips in TN! He worked on ABC’s “Nashville” TV Series, “Soul Men” with the late Bernie Mac and Chattanooga’s own Samuel Jackson, Miley Cyrus’s Hannah Montana, The Help with Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer and Stoker with Nicole Kidman. Right now he’s working on the Memphis NBC Series “Bluff City Law” which premieres September 23rd.

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JOSHUA 

MILLER

Film Production

Brandi Nicole Payne is an actor, writer and “artivist" who splits her time between Memphis and LA. An HBO Access Writing Fellow, her work has been featured on television, won multiple awards and has been selected for prestigious programs including the Ryan Murphy Half Initiative and the Emergence grant for female filmmakers. READ MORE

BRANDI

PAYNE

Actor, Writer

Nathan Fluellen is the creator, executive producer and host of World Wide Nate: African Adventures. The reality travel show follows the Chicago native, who is a thrill seeker with a magnetic personality and penchant for pushing himself outside of his comfort zone. 

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NATHAN FLUELLEN

Executive Producer & Host of World Wide Nate

Angela Green is an attorney in Memphis and Founder/CEO of Positioned for Millions: Entertainment Business Affairs Service.   Ms. Green is also Executive Director of On Location: Memphis, Inc. (OL:M), which is a non-profit known for producing the International Film and Music Festival in Memphis for 17 years.  In 2016, OL:M launched the Memphis Music Banq, which is a music licensing house for Film, TV and other visual media.

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ANGELA D.

GREEN, ESQ.

Entertainment Attorney

Founder of MOJO Marketing + PR, a marketing agency in Nashville, TN known for amplifying brands that shape community cultures.

Her current claims to fame include curating marketing campaigns and experiences for Tennessee State Parks, New Orleans CVB, Harrah's New Orleans, MetroPCS, United States Postal Service, HCA Healthcare, Hiller Plumbing Heating Cooling & Electrical, Mr. Roof and many more.

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MONCHIERE'

HOLMES-JONE

Founder & Chief Brand Curator

MOJO Marketing + PR

Nathan Thompson is the owner of production company Contrast Visuals, rental house Contrast Cine, and is President of the Nashville Filmmakers Guild. 

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NATHAN 

THOMPSON

Nashville Filmmaker's Guild

President

Marquis Smalls is a passionate, dedicated, driven and dynamic Screenwriter-Director-Producer currently pursuing his dream of creating innovative, entertaining stories for the web, stage, film, and television while offering a “fresh” perspective on American culture, stories, and characters.

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MARQUIS

SMALLS

Educator, Screenwriter, Director, Producer

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Peter Kurland was raised in Nashville and has been in production sound for 36 years including all Coen Brothers films, booming on 'Blood Simple' then mixing 'O Brother' through “Ballad of Buster Scruggs”.  He also mixed "Walk The Line" and many Barry Sonnenfeld films including "Men in Black" I, II. and III. He has won two Grammys, four Oscar nominations, a BAFTA and three CAS Awards. He lives in Nashville where he is Business Agent for IATSE Local 492 when otherwise unemployed. 

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PETER 

KURLAND

Film Production

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Gisela Moore, Project Manager for the TN Entertainment Commission which is under ECD for the State of TN for the past 14 years has helped approximately 200 projects per year with permits, research, and crew. READ MORE.

GISELA

MOORE

Project Manager

TN Entertainment Commission

Mignon Francois is the founder and CEO of The Cupcake Collection—a wildly successful destination bakery with locations in Nashville and New Orleans.  READ MORE.

MIGNON

FRANCOIS

Cupcake Collection, CEO & Founder

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Geoff has worked professionally as a composer for film, TV, and media for over 2 decades, including credits from National Geographic to Saturday Night Live to the feature film Beautifully Broken.  He earned his Bachelor of Music between Oberlin Conservatory’s TIMARA program, and Belmont University’s commercial music program. He was featured in Keyboard Magazine in 1996 and had his first choral piece accepted for publication when he was just 20

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GEOFF

KOCH

Composer

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Nekasha (pronounced "Ne-kee-sha") Pratt is an award-winning marketer with over 15 years of experience. Campaigns she’s helped manage have won national Webby, Clio, Effie and Addy creative awards and 3 international Cannes Lions awards. 

 

Nekasha is currently Director of Marketing for Tennessee Tourism, where she assists in overseeing marketing campaigns that promote state-wide tourism – an industry that generated $1.8 billion in state tax revenue in 2018.

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NEKASHA  

PRATTE

Director of Marketing for Tennessee Tourism