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Selby Barrett

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Selby Barrett has more than fifteen years of experience in the entertainment industry. 

 

Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication: TV & Radio Broadcasting from Colorado State University. 

 

Owner of Grin & Barrett Entertainment, a production and promotions company.  Currently shopping On Point Sports, a program that Barrett executive produced and served as an on-air talent.  Along with developing other production projects, her company is currently creating a publishing division as well.

 

Barrett has worked closely with talent at many red-carpet, star-studded events including an one-on-one talent interview with Magic Johnson during his annual A Midsummer Nights Magic event, the 8th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, the 2nd Annual BET Awards and the Lion King Gospel Extravaganza. 

 

Founder and President of White Water Entertainment, Inc. (WWE), a film distribution company that caters to the short subject projects as well as the feature film arena.  This company is designed to offer publicity and marketing strategies often overlooked by the studios, specifically for minority/urban-filmed projects. 

 

Executive Director and Founder of the International Urban Film and Music Society (IUFAMS), an alliance that caters to the needs of artists globally as they build their careers in the entertainment industry. 

 

A professional public and motivational speaker.

 

Barrett served for more than two and a half years at DreamWorks SKG as the Publicity Executive in the International Theatrical Marketing Department.  Here, she coordinated with the press for various high-profiled events related with the companys film releases, including the Annual Toronto Film Festival, Star on the Walk of Fame and Chinese Manns Hand and Foot ceremonies, film premieres, press junkets, AcademyŽ Award and Golden Globe Award parties and other special events. 

 

A recipient of the Maxwell Weinberg Publicist Motion Picture Showmanship Award for the American Beauty campaign (from the Publicists Guild of America).

 

Has worked with top talent in the entertainment industry including Blair Underwood, Michael Beach, John Singleton, Will Smith, Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Ford, Kevin Spacey, Catherine Zeta Jones, Russell Crowe, Djimon Hounsou and Jeff Goldblum. 

Tony Wilson

 

Tony Wilson hails from Johnston, South Carolina.  The USC, Cinema/Television graduate is also a seven year navy veteran where he served as publisher of his ships daily newsletter.  Soon an audio engineer for Lifetime Television, Comedy Central and several music videos, he also did a stint as a studio projectionist for Polygram Filmed Entertainment and the Beverly Hills Planet Hollywood.  He even served as customer service manager for the Magic Johnson Theater Group flagship theater, Baldwin Hills location.  Additionally, he co-wrote the home video hits MP "Da Last Don", "Da Game is to be Sold not to be Told" and did a re-write on "Foolish", all for Master P and No Limit Films.

 

Tonys commitment to due diligence drives him to perform his craft at the highest level.  People have often told me that the sky is the limit but I stopped believing that long ago.  For, given the universe, I've learned that the sky is only the beginning.

D a w n   N o r f l e e t
Vice President - Music
The International Urban Film & Music Society

Dawn Norfleet is a versatile musician, composer, and writer who has recently returned "home" to Inglewood from her second home, New York City.  Although she began playing the flute and singing in the L.A. public schools, her formal music training began when she attended Wellesley College in Massachussetts.  After graduating with honors, she moved to New York City to pursue a Masters program in classical musical composition at Columbia University. 

Continuing doctoral studies in Ethnomusicology (the study of music and culture), Dr. Norfleet finished her Ph.D. with a dissertation that examined the role of the "MC" in hip-hop culture and performance.  With her 3 ˝ octave vocal range, she sang lead vocals on an Afrobeat recording with internationally acclaimed musicians from the African Diaspora, including Dr. Lonnie Smith and Cheick Tidiane-Seck.

Dawn's creativity is not limited to the realm of sound; she also claims the page as her stage.  As a freelance writer, she has written for Black Enterprise Magazine, The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, and served as Music Editor for the respected literary  journal, Quarterly Black Book Review.  She was a Scholar in Residence at Grinnell College in Iowa.  She gave a performance/lecture at the University of Virginia and moderated a panel discussion on top women jazz journalists sponsored by the International Women in Jazz.  In May 2002, she was honored as winner of a national competition for composers of choral music, and was invited to St. Paul for its performance.

Since moving back to L.A., Dawn has been quickly making her mark. She has performed at LA's African Marketplace several times as a featured and accompanying artist.  Dawn was twice a featured guest on KJLH's morning talk forum, "Front Page," performed with harpist Jeff Majors at The House of Blues, and is co-writing a song with jazz fusion legend, Jeff Lorber. This song will appear in her upcoming recording featuring original music and imaginative arrangements.  Currently, she is putting the finishing touches on a groundbreaking book on hip-hop culture, based on her four years of research in New York City. She also enjoys sharing her musical knowledge by working with youth in private lessons and workshops. 

"Dr. Dawnn's" artistic output is unbound by the artificial restraints of genre, style, or media.  Whether straight-ahead jazz, straight-laced classical, and straight-up funk, she is driven by her single most important mission: to create.

Valiant G. Robinson

 

writer - filmmaker - producer

 

I have maintained an interest in television and film production since I first began working as the A.M. News Director at KERO TV 23 (an NBC affiliate television station) in Bakersfield. I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television production and to enhance my skills, I wrote and produced a radio program on the American Radio Network in Hollywood...

I received my Associate of Science Degree in Management and Business Administration from AMBAI University and studied law at UCLA Extension, receiving a Paralegal Certificate and specializing in the entertainment industry...

I have co-produced and promoted several concerts and tours, executive produced 2 albums, "11 Minutes Into It" and "Great Minds Trilogy".  And also produced a cable television public access soap opera for a actor's workshop...

Formerly employed at Artisan Entertainment (The Blair Witch Project) as a Contract Coordinator in the Business & Legal Affairs Department and presently employed at the Walt Disney Company as a Coordinator - Contract Administration in the Buena Vista International Television Finance Department...

Currently I am in pre-production on a documentary film project and also expanding a web presence for a christian-urban-centric ministry on the internet through my web site Crisp44 Channel at www.crisp44.com...

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