VEDA SMITH – President/CEO
Ms. Smith, is Chairman and CEO of DogSled Productions, DogSled Music Group and DMG Publishing. Ms. Smith, a former Executive Member of W.I.F. (Women In Film), the writer, producer and creator of the music competition television show Totally Packaged and Creative Producer on the up and coming new TV Competition Show The Package. The music industry has positioned her to have worked with 9-time Grammy winning Producer/ Composer/Engineer Alvin Speights, 6-time Grammy winner Producer and Writer Bryan Kennedy (Rihanna, Chris Brown, Jesse McCartney, Jessica Mauboy, Natasha Bedingfield, BoA, Cheryl Cole, Backstreet Boys, Jamie Foxx, Nelly & Brandy), Great Scott (Chris Brown), Grammy nominee Producer/Composer/Writer Roger Ryan, who’s discography includes Whitney Huston, Michael Jackson, Steve Wonder, Lou Rawls Jr. and many more. Her production and financing partnerships have aligned with Dick Clark Productions and EJD Productions of Fashion Star and Capitol Pacific Group (CPG) who has raised over $30 billion of direct client financing. Ms. Smith has provided funding resources for major entertainment projects. She has been an advisor to many in the music, television and film industry. In addition Ms. Smith has worked with major talent agencies and companies securing major corporate sponsorship for Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight, NBA All Star Weekend, Snoop Dog Puff Puff Pass Tour, Super Bowl Bash, LA Fashion Week and more. In addition to her vast background, she is currently Co-Founder of the Non-profit Organization Youth Vision Inc. With her musical talent of being able to play the violin, viola, cello, bass and piano she writes and arranges music compositions. She is a BMI member . Her background of operations and corporate management stems from years of experience with Hitman Records as VP of Operations and Regional Supervisor on of the largest weight loss companies in the United States. Ms. Smith has worked with major talent agencies and companies securing major corporate sponsorship for events.
C. MICHAEL BRAE – CDO - Chief Distribution Officer
Mr. Brae began Hitman Records in 1991 and solidified a joint venture with SOLAR (Sounds of Los Angeles Records - "A Division of RCA Records"). Mr. Brae has created strong ties and partnerships as Hitman’s business model based on the Japanese keiretsu system, a form of organization based on networks. Hitman Records’s physical distribution partner has (retail CD/DVD distribution) with: DreamWorks, Time Warner, Ingram Micro, Blockbuster, Best Buy, D&H Distributing, Baker & Taylor, Video Products Distributors, Ingram Book, United Stationers, Ingram Micro Canada, Wal-Mart, Anderson Merchandisers, Hastings, Amazon, Costco, Target, Sears, Kmart, Tiger Direct, Special Olympics, Universal Music, Netflix, Ingram Entertainment, and Alliance Entertainment Corporation. In addition, Hitman Records has digital distribution partnership with (Believe Digital) Europe's largest and leading digital distributor. Believe currently distributes over 1 million tracks from 15,000 labels and the catalogue continues to grow. Their system regularly delivers content to 300+digital music services. Currently he is Chairman on the Board of Hitman Records, Inc., Chairman of Youth Vision, Inc., Chairman of MP4Player, Inc., Board Member for AADA (American Asian Development Association) & Academic Advisory Board Member for SAE Nashville. Mr. Brae has been featured in Billboard Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, Contemporary Black Biography – Vol. 61 “Record Executive”(Nov 2007), SF Weekly, Atlas Plugged, CMJ Magazine, Nashville Pride, The Record Newspaper (Stockton),The Murfreesboro Vision, The Daily Bruin (UCLA), SFSU Newspaper, and The Dominican Newspaper.
Robin Hood Bell - Vice President of Operations (New York Division)
Robin “Hood” Bell has worked within the music industry for over 30 successful years helping to direct the careers of many well known music artist. Prior to launching his company UR Music 7 years ago, Robin Hood has managed to make his name known throughout the industry as well as in his community while working with the likes of councilwoman Debbie Rose, Community cable TV, and many other politicians. Mr. Hood started his career in the music industry in 1983 consulting for Rude Boy Records. He was influential with helping to mold artist such as Buju Banton Patra, born Jamericans, Shaggy (Signet Records), Lieuten Stichie (Atlantic Records) Terror Fabulous and more. His passion for music made it possible for him to thrive and expand into production. Some of the projects under his bullet is “WuTang’s Bloody Streetz" with the WuTang Cland, Master P and American Gangster with Denzel Washington. Mr. Hood built his international platform when partnering with the international and domestic marketing firm, The Point Dexter Group for the Olympics in Atlanta. Being a New York executive and an instrumental influencer in the music industry Mr. Hood was asked to join the team of 6 Pound Records as Vice President of Marketing and Promotion.
Sherman Clendon - Development and Acquisitions
Sherman Clendon is President and part owner of Fountainhead magazine, were businesses and entrepreneurs share and enhance knowledge. Sharing and enhancing knowledge comes quite easily to Sherman, an entrepreneur in his own right. He is founder and President of Sherman's Survey Scope, a consultant company that was formed in 2005 for the purpose of helping start-up and stagnated growth businesses to cultivate and maximize their earnings potential. Sherman gives of his skills and experience to assist career and success minded entrepreneurs in various business related ventures aimed at bettering their investment. Securing loans, acquiring sponsorship, repairing credit, obtaining 501c3 status, and establishing mentorship type connections with other business owners are among the growth initiatives that Sherman promotes. He is also licensed by the National Association of home Builders in Washington DC. Sherman sits on the board of directors for Thorn Hill Supportive Services Brooklyn NY.as a business consultant, also on the board of directors for the house of Malachi a woman's transition house in Brooklyn NY. Sherman not only understands that a reinforced foundation encourages the continued success of a business, he is also genuinely passionate about helping others learn how to better sustain themselves. Such selflessness comes easily to someone who is certified in servicing the things that service people.
Miss JR Stewart - Development of New Content
Miss J.R. Stewart is a producer, host/spokes-model, and through her media company, Film Fatale Media LLC, she produces mainstream shows for television. Her exclusive client list consist of ABC, Disney, NBC, CBS, Nickelodeon, TNT, HGTV, SoapNet, NBC, FOX, VH1, MTV and now the highly esteemed STYLE NETWORK. As of 2015, she became the Senior V.P. of Content and Development for "S!" their launch of new Style TV Network. She is based in LosAngeles and NewYork. Style TV Network is global reaching the UnitedStates, Asia, Africa and South America.
Attorney Kevin Mills - Production Counsel & Distribution
Kevin Mills is the owner of Kaye & Mills Law Firm. Mr. Mills has held senior business affairs positions with several studios, including Republic Pictures Corporation, Independent Artists Company, Hal Roach Studios and what is now Hallmark Entertainment. While at Republic Pictures, Mr. Mills was instrumental in recapturing the copyright to the classic film "It's A Wonderful Life," which previously had been widely distributed as a work in the public domain. Over the past 12 years Mr. Mills' practice has encompassed all aspects of talent representation and also the financing, production and distribution of entertainment product in the areas of both television and feature films. He has extensive experience in international television and film distribution and has studied international business transactions in London, England. In addition, his practice includes general business transactions and represents a number of different types of businesses, both large and small. Internet, computer and digital rights are an important aspect of Mr. Mills' services to his clients in both the general corporate and entertainment fields.
Keith Clizark Producer
Keith Clizark is a RIAA Certified Diamond Music Producer & Consultant. His professional experience includes a well rounded knowledge of the entertainment Industry (25)+ years. I've mastered the art of diversifying my musical/Business talents via: Producing major Artist, Film and TV placements, Scoring and Sound designing for Big Fish Audio. I'm looking to connect with overachievers. With over 12 million records sold to his production credits, Keith CIizark is one of the industries best-kept secrets and the epitome of a new breed of business savvy music entrepreneur and also CEO of Team Mashn Ent. Although he has produced Hot records for Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Def Jam, Too Short, Master P, Kurupt, Mystical, Tha Eastsidaz. T.R.U. and many others, and his music featured in motion pictures and television channels such as BET, MTV, VH1, BROVO, E!, CARTOON NETWORK, HGTV. DISCOGRAPHY: Music (High Light's) 1. Snoop Dogg "C You when I Get There" feat. Mystical,C- Murder,Silk The Shocker and Master P 2. Snoop Dogg "Go Away" 3. Snoop Dogg "Suited and Booted" 4. Snoop Dogg "Fu@! what They Say" 5. TRU "Its a Beautiful Thang" feat. Snoop Dogg 6. The East Sidaz "The G in D" feat. Snoop Dogg 7. The East Sidaz "Nows the Time" Feat. KOKANE 8. B-Legit "The Game Be cold" feat. Snoop Dogg 9. B-Legit "Where the Gangstas At" feat. Kurupt,Mack 10 TV/Film (High Lights) 1. BET "30TH Anniversary promo" 2. VH1 "Love and Hip Hop" 3. VH1 "Missy Elliott" Behind The Music 4. VH1 "Mary J." Behind The Music 5. VH1 "TI and Tiny" 6. BET "Masters of the Mix" 7. MGM "Whats the Worst that Could Happen" 8. Eagle Vision "Up in Smoke" tour 9. MTV "Guy Code" 10. Cube Vision "Janky Promoters"
Eric White - Senior Managing Partner
Mr. White is the Senior Managing Partner for CPG. His career has spanned being involved in the highest levels from Broadway, to Capitol Hill, to Wall Street, to Silicon Valley and to Hollywood. For over 20 years he has been among the nation's top capital raising leaders from multiple sources both domestic and international for his clients in media and entertainment, film, concerts, sports, technology, energy, consumer/retail, hotel/gaming, transportation, telecommunications and financial services.
Eric brings a truly unique mix of experiences as a banker and operational executive and throughout his career he has utilized his extensive highest-level relationships for the benefit of his clientele. He was the founder, CEO and Chairman of Broadbay Networks that in 2000 was hailed as "the fastest growing company in Silicon Valley" at the time of the technology boom. In finance, Eric has worked as a Managing Director for Forte Partners (San Francisco) where he lead a team in closing multiple media and entertainment transaction; Director of Corporate Finance for Imperial Capital (Los Angeles/New York); and as a Senior Advisor to Chanin Capital Partners (Los Angeles/New York), where he specialized in media and entertainment and technology transactions. Prior to that he was President and CEO of National Public Affairs Group, a Washington public affairs, fundraising and political powerhouse. He has advised the President of the United States, Senators, Congressmen and Governors as well as some of the world's largest companies in media and multiple other sectors. Mr. White’s firm was also known as the one to work with when the client had the most difficult problem to solve. The firm also established itself as a leading fundraising firm, securing capital both from the public and private sectors. During his tenure he established himself as an expert on media and entertainment, telecommunication, transportation, hotel and gaming, technology and energy policy. During his career, Eric was responsible for both public and private transactions in excess of $30 billion.
Eric has served as a Managing Trustee of the Democratic National Committee, Member of the Finance Committee for the Obama-Biden Presidential Campaign, Co-Chair of the 1993 Presidential Dinner, Co-Chair of the DNC Committee on Telecommunications, Senior Advisor to the 1993 Presidential Inaugural Committee, Advisor to the 1992 Presidential Transition and Senior Advisor to the DNC Business Council.
Thelá R. Thatch: MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP.6
• Chief Diversity Officer at Live Nation Entertainment - Responsible for the creation, development, implementation and oversight of the first overarching global corporate diversity program in the history of Live Nation Entertainment. Executed the strategy to drive company-wide efforts to serve and engage Live Nation's global diverse workforce and marketplace of 10,000+ employees worldwide.
• VP, Diversity at Live Nation Entertainment — Responsible for the inception, development and implementation of an overarching corporate diversity strategy that drives company wide efforts to serve and engage Live Nation's global diverse workforce and marketplace.
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• Regional Human Resource Manager -Western Region - North American Concerts at Live Nation
Gina Holland: Media, Entertainment & Technology Professional
Entertainment Executive with extensive corporate and entrepreneurial management experience in technology and media.
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• Manager Production & Technical Operations (six sigma) at NBC
•Production Executive | Executive Producer Responsible for development, production, post-production of film, television shows, documentaries and live events.
• Named one of 25 Women to Watch by Multi-Channel News
Greg McDonald - Producer & Writer
A writer/director of narrative films and commercials and photographer based in Los Angeles, Greg has directed and produced many short films, hundreds of branded films, nationally broadcast television commercials and broadcast TV entertainment. Clients include L’Oréal, Maybelline, Motorola, Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, Walmart, John Hancock, BP and others. His work involves leading the production from concept through to completion. His filmmaking style is visual, comedic, character based, absurd and satirical. Comedy dialogue and visual comedy are his specialties. Federico Fellini, Pedro Almodovar, Woody Allen, Alexander Payne are just a few of his influences. His films have screened in numerous U.S. and international festivals including South by Southwest, San Francisco Indie Fest, Lausanne Underground, Tromadance, St. Louis Int’l, Independent Exposure/ Microcinema and have been broadcast on Channel 4 in the U.K. and featured on the Entertainment Tonight and the Fangoria.tv websites. He won a Cult Award from TLA Releasing for a fifty minute comedy satirizing the 1970’s B-movie genre and two of his viral videos won Best Videos of the Year by webcastr.com that were part of a webisode that got approximately 7 million views in total. Still photography work includes photographing full page ads appearing in fashion magazines LA Confidential and Zink, shooting a print magazine cover and his fitness photography has been published in print and online campaigns. He’s conceptualized, directed and photographed several fashion films shot in both portrait (vertical) and landscape mode at 5k and 6k resolution for several LCD manufacturers to showcase their 90,” 4k LCD displays. Greg started out as an actor, appearing in supporting roles in Ice Cube’s The Player’s Club and Lifetime’s Officer Down with Sherilyn Fenn along with other leading and supporting roles in many independent films. His comedy mockumentary episodic series,The Man Van that he wrote and directed is available on Amazon Prime Video and the 24 Hour Movie Channel on Roku devices. He’s currently developing a thirty minute comedy TV series and two feature comedy screenplays.