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Date:
February 26
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

THE WRITER’S TABLE: DIVERSE STORIES IN GEORGIA

February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

PREMIERING TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 26th!

12 PM EST

ON FACEBOOK!

Join us in celebration of Black History Month as we recognize creators of color for their work done here in the state of Georgia with a special panel highlighting diverse stories in Georgia!

We have a planned premiere of our Writer’s Table set to release tomorrow on Facebook at 12 PM EST! This panel is free to all and will highlight a discussion on hiring diverse talent both above and below-the-line, black culture incorporated within long-standing television series that employ Georgia talent and crew, and important topics that have impacted black communities and how they have been made themes of feature films and TV series.

 

Moderator: Ty Walker | Producer 

Black Lighting,

Cooking Up Christmas,

Blue Caprice

TY Walker has produced, line produced, and managed a plethora of feature-length movies, television shows, and new media content.  Through the mentorship of several veteran industry professionals and executives, Walker has been able to take this invaluable knowledge and apply it to his own projects, resulting in the launching of his own boutique production company, Tycor International Film Company. Over the years Walker has made his mark in the industry as a leading indie movie producer and has become known for passionately producing movies of various genres and budgets around the globe. 

Walker graduated with a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Finance and was once one of the youngest Project Managers in the global technology/business services.  With that experience, Walker knew the importance of thoroughly knowing and understanding your business prior to leading and managing a team.  So before actually producing his first film, he sat behind and learned from some of the top producers in the business as well as working in various roles such as camera assistants, production coordinator, assistant directing and UPM’ing. 

This experience allowed him to then successfully produce/line produce films such as the 2012 Sundance hit, “BLUE CAPRICE”, directed by ndre Moors, starring Isaiah Washington, “OMPHALOS”, a sci-fi feature starring Emmanuelle Chriqui and Edoardo Ballerini, “ALL THAT I AM”, the SXSW Grand Jury & Audience winning film directed by Carlos Puga, “JULIA”, the soon to be released noir horror, lensed by Icelandic Oscar nominated cinematographer, Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson, “REDRUM”, the Investigative Discovery Channel show that set a new record with the Discovery Channel, with the biggest opening night in history and highest audience ratings and Carter High, starring Charles S. Dutton, Vivica Fox, Pooch Hall, Reginald C. Hayes and David Banner; “IMPERIUM” the American terrorist thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette and Tracy Letts, released by Lionsgate Premiere, the hilarious Viacom sitcom, “HOT DATE”; the Sundance hit, “BLAST BEAT”, “INHERIT THE VIPER” for Lionsgate, “COOKING UP CHRISTMAS” for OWN and Warner Media’s, ‘BLACK LIGHTNING”.

Brian Edgeton | Writer 

Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,

A Wing And A Prayer,

The QUAD

 Brian Egeston is one of the few rare unicorns in the world of TV writing. Just as comfortable in a drama writers’ room as he is in a comedy writers’ room. Having written award shows and features in fast-pace production environments, he brings a producers’ approach to every project he works on.  After six published novels, an award-winning stint as a sports editor in Atlanta and serving as an NPR commentator, Brian set his sights on writing TV. He adapted his third novel, Granddaddy’s Dirt into a screenplay, which caught the attention of producers for TBS where he broke into the industry as a staff writer for Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. It was nothing short of baptism by fire, which he relished and thrived in. After one season, he was brought back as Head Writer.

In less than three years at TPS, Brian worked as a writer on 192 episodes and three series. (Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Meet The Browns and For Better or Worse) He lead two writing teams for more than 80 of those episodes and wrote more than 30 scripts, one of which was nominated for the Movieguide Faith & Values Award. He was also tapped to head the writing staff for the first season of Bounce Network’s Uptown Comedy Live, the Rickey Smiley TV Show on Comcast and Mann & Wife featuring Grammy Award winning gospel artist Tamela Mann on Bounce TV. The network then brought him on to help develop their first one- hour drama Saints & Sinners, which broke network ratings during its premiere. Brian is now fully immersed in one-hour dramas after writing for the inaugural season of The Quad on BET. The episode Brian penned was the highest rated of the season. 

Siddeqqah “Sid” Powell | Writer 

Somebody’s Child,

The Dempsey Sisters,

What Would You Do For Love?

A New Yorker by birth, Siddeeqah ‘Sid’ Powell migrated to Atlanta, Ga. at the age of seven, going on to secure a College Track Scholarship to Georgia Tech.  Sid graduated from GT receiving her BS in Management and later received her Masters in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Screenwriting from SNHU.  After enjoying remarkable success as a fiction novelist as the co-author of “The Key Party”, “She’s Just a Friend” and “The Makeup of a Woman”, Sid took on the challenge of live stage production.  As the Writer and Producer of Stageplay ‘Pass It Down’ Sid realized great success and went on to Write, Produce, and Direct a Stageplay called ‘Mental’. 

 Ultimately, Sid would settle into her sweet spot as a Screenplay Writer with the NAACP Image Award nominated TV movie, “Somebody’s Child” followed up by three additional TV movies, ‘The Dempsey Sisters’, “What Would You Do For Love?’, and ‘Love Will Find A Way.  As the owner of SIDPo Productions this dynamic artist maintains a well-rounded arsenal of scripts for Feature and Short Films, TV series, as well as made for TV movies. 

She is a college professor teaching storytelling as well as scriptwriting at The Art Institute of Atlanta and a scribe on a mission with immeasurable tenacity, dedication, and devotion in creating stories that entertain and educate the masses. 

Dani Renee | Writer 

Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns,

Love By Chance,

Mann & Wife

Dani Reneé is a native of Waukegan, Illinois. Her professional career as a writer began in early 2007, when she became a writer’s assistant and then writer at Tyler Perry’s Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Her creativity has penned several episodes of the hit sitcoms, House of Payne and Meet the Browns. Dani has been preparing for a career in entertainment since the age of thirteen, when she wrote her first screenplay, which sparked a love and appreciation for the Arts. She read every book she could to perfect her craft. Dani refused to follow traditional career paths. So realizing her desire for writing, developing and telling stories, she went on to Hollywood, California, where she attended the New York Film Academy right after high school in 2004 and studied the craft of screenwriting from professional industry writers. Soon after, she headed to Atlanta, Georgia and immediately embarked on her dream of becoming a successful writer.

She has penned several mainstream feature scripts and television pilots, which she is actively seeking to sell and in the process of creating more. Dani has worked on several television and film sets, working her way up from PA, Production Secretary to Assistant Production Coordinators. She has also jumped into the world of reality television as an Assistant Contestant Manager and Office Production Coordinator. Dani has graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta, with a degree in Video Production and also graduated from Full Sail University’s Online School with a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Business. Dani is currently in Atlanta, writing and continuing her efforts of working in film and television as a producer’s assistant at Bobbcat Films. While working at Bobbcat, Dani wrote the pilot Mann & Wife, starring David and Tamela Mann. Bounce TV in Atlanta picked up the pilot and the show is now on it’s third season.

She also continues to work on major films and television shows. In 2016, Dani co-wrote her first commissioned, produced feature film, Love By Chance, a romantic comedy about two South African actors, who meet by chance in Atlanta. They fall in love as they navigate the cruel world of struggling actors trying to make it. Love By Chance premiered in South Africa, then in Atlanta and New Jersey, appearing in select theaters.