Saturday, June 13 | 11:00 am – 12:15 pm | NY Hilton: Grand Ballroom East | $30
Mara Brock Akil & Salim Akil
Becoming a Television showrunner is no easy feat! Join Janine Sherman-Barrois (Criminal Minds, ER, Third Watch), Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane, The Game, Girlfriends), Salim Akil (Being Mary Jane, The Game), and Chris Spencer (Executive Producer & Co Creator of “Real Husbands of Hollywood”) to learn about the duties it entails, career strategies taken to become one, the parameters of creative control and freedom it affords, and what running a writers room looks like. For straight fans of these shows – meet the minds behind some of your favorite characters and learn about the hard work that goes into keeping you entertained on a weekly basis.
Moderated by Alfred A. Edmond, SVP Executive Editor at Large, Black Enterprise
TV ONE Presents Celebrity Scene Stealers
Presented by TV ONE
Saturday, June 13 | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | NY Hilton: Grand Ballroom East | $30
Come and watch Lamann Rucker, Keith Robinson, cast members of TV’s Original Movie “Runaway Island” and other celebrities perform scenes from TV One’s First Annual Screenplay Competition.
How to Create and Monetize a Successful Web Series
Presented by Comcast Xfinity
Saturday, June 13 | 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm | NY Hilton: Grand Ballroom East | $30
black and sexy crew
Evan Shapiro, Executive Vice President of Digital Enterprises, NBCUnivesal
With millennials (14-24) and older millennials (24-30) consuming 56% and 47% of their content online respectively, the Internet has become a hotbed for independent filmmakers and would be TV showrunners. Join Web sensation Issa Rae (creator of The Adventures of an Awkward Black Girl and more), along with creators of BlackandSexy.tv, Numa Perrier and Dennis Dortch, and Andrea Lewis (Black Actress), for a discussion on writing and producing for the Web, and how to ultimately build a revenue stream within this new landscape.
*Deloitte Digital Democracy Survey
Hot in Hollywood
Presented by Cadillac
Saturday, June 13 | 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm | NY Hilton: Grand Ballroom East | $30
Launching a career in entertainment is one of the hardest things to do. Meet some of today’s hottest young artists to find out about their unique approaches to success, how they navigate the challenges, their latest projects, unexpected discoveries and what they still dream of accomplishing.