NEXTGEN x Amazon Studios: "Owning & Operating" A Black History Month Event

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NEXTGEN and Amazon Studios are partnering to host a Black History Month event for young professionals and content creators of color! Join us for bottomless mimosas, coffee, and an array of sweet treats as we network and gain insights from Black industry trailblazers who are demonstrating ownership in Entertainment:


Julius Tennon | President of Development and Production, JuVee Productions


Julius Tennon is Co-President of JuVee Productions which he founded with his wife Viola Davis. Julius is an accomplished film, television, and theatre veteran actor and producer with over thirty years of experience. A native of Austin, Texas, he began as both a thespian and a star linebacker. Julius was offered a full football scholarship to the University of Tulsa, where he became the very first African- American to graduate from the theatre department. Julius and Viola have shared both the stage and screen, appearing in such notable projects as ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, Intimate Apparel at the Mark Taper Forum, CBS' Laws of Chance, The Architect, and the JuVee produced films Custody and Lila & Eve.


Adesuwa McCalla | Principal Manager, MetaMorphic Entertainment

For Adesuwa McCalla, working in entertainment is a calling. As the principal of literary management firm MetaMorphic Entertainment, Adesuwa’s passion for guiding the careers of a dynamic, talented and inclusive roster of TV and film writers and directors started early on.

A native of Great Britain and a graduate of Howard University in the U.S., Adesuwa began her extensive entertainment career working at the BBC, ITV, Nickelodeon and MTV in various roles. As her experience in the industry grew, her work caught the attention of the prolific actor/writer/director Bill Duke, who sparked to her talent to identify and guide marketable, fan- engaging series. Because of her talents, Duke entrusted her to handle development of many of his projects. The opportunities with Duke and her early years at different networks propelled her to her executive role as a Programming Associate for The WB, responsible for acclaimed, groundbreaking series Angel, Smallville and Grounded for Life.

Adesuwa uses a discerning eye for identifying under-the-radar, unique, fresh voices that reflect different worlds and perspectives and a literary talent for recognizing great material for her roster of MetaMorphic clients. The portfolio of clients includes writers and directors of prestige, critically-acclaimed films and TV series including the Oscar-nominated Hotel Rwanda, HBO’s Emmy-nominated The Tuskegee Airman and series Counterpart, 13 Reasons Why, Unsolved: The Murders of Notorious B.I.G. & Tupac, The Resident, How to Get Away with Murder, The Flash and Tell Me a Story just to name a few.


Moderated by the Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Amazon Studios, Latasha Gillespie, our panel will focus on the importance of owning our content as Black creatives, taking a seat at the table, and the process of operating in different spaces to bring our stories to life.

Tickets for this event are F R E E, but space is limited so make sure to RSVP today! There will be no RSVPs taken at the door.

Learn more at www.nextgenla.com. and on our Instagram (@NEXTGEN.LA).

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