SATURDAY, June 13

2015 The Life of a Showrunner

Presented by Prudential Financial Services

Saturday, June 13 | 11:00 am – 12:15 pm | NY Hilton: Grand Ballroom East | $30

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

TV One

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

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

Hot in Hollywood

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.

Lance Gross (“Grey’s Anatomy”, NBC’s “Crisis”), Naturi Naughton (“Power”), Yaya DaCosta (“Whitney” Lifetime Biopic), and Danai Gurira (AMC “The Walking Dead”).

Moderated by Natasha Eubanks, Founder of theybf.com