TV & Film Writer/Producer Mara Brock Akil/Music Industry Executive Judy Stakee

mbaindexShe is one of Hollywood’s most powerful TV showrunners. She has worked in TV for 20-plus years, the mastermind behind hit TV shows like Moesha and The Jamie Foxx Show and creating Girlfriends, The Game, and, most recently, BET’s hit show Being Mary Jane. She went to journalism school but soon found that she wanted to interject her own commentary into stories in ways that she couldn’t do while reporting.  She and her husband launched their production company, Akil Productions, in 2000. Indie Music Biz Radio celebrates Television & Film Writer/Producer Mara Brock Akil.

 

jsindexShe has over 30 years of experience as an executive in the music industry and specializes in all aspects of development for artists and songwriters. As a veteran of the music industry, she held numerous positions including her most recent 20 years at Warner Chappell Music as Senior VP of Creative. During her time at Warner Chappell she signed and worked closely with acclaimed artists including Grammy-award winner Sheryl Crow, Michelle Branch, Jewel, Katy Perry, Gavin DeGraw, and Producer/Writers John Shanks, Scott Cutler and Anne Previn, among others. Indie Music Biz Radio celebrates Music Industry Executive Judy Stakee. Disclaimer: The contents of this show are for information and educational purposes only.

Chairman & CEO BET Debra Lee/Music Entertainment Exec. Lisa Ellis

dlindexInducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and the Washington Business Hall of Fame, she’s named as one of the Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment. She oversees one of the most influential multi-platform media companies in the world. She’s the head sister in charge of a multi-billion dollar company and Indie Music Biz Radio is proud to celebrate media mogul, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks Debra Lee.

 

 

leindexShe previously held the position as Executive Vice President, Sony Music Label Group and prior to that was President and General Manager of Sony Urban Music. She has been an instrumental part of the hands on development, planning and branding of many artists, such as: Prince, Maxwell, Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Will Smith, John Legend and Terrence Howard to name only a few. Indie Music Biz Radio celebrates Music and Entertainment executive Lisa Ellis. Disclaimer: The contents of this show are for information and educational purposes only.

Entertainment Executive Suzanne De Passe/Media Mogul Tyra Banks

sdpindexTwo Emmys, three Peabody’s, an Oscar nod and induction into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. She is one of the most celebrated African-American entertainment executives. She is best known for discovering the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. She began her career as a creative assistant at Motown and rose through the ranks to become president of Motown Productions. Indie Music Biz Radio celebrates CEO of De Passe Entertainment Suzanne de Passe.

 

tbimagesShe was signed by Elite modeling agency at 17 and rushed off to Paris where she was an instant success booking a record 25 shows. She became the first black woman to grace the covers of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and the Victoria’s Secret catalog. Sometimes referred to as “the next Oprah.” Her résumé boasts stints as an actress, recording artist, author, talk-show host and reality-TV queen.  Indie Music Biz Radio celebrates supermodel, media personality, author, actress and businesswoman Tyra Banks. Disclaimer: The contents of this show are for information and educational purposes only.

Choreographers Fatima Robinson/Debbie Allen/Laurieann Gibson

frindexShe is one of the most sought-after hip-hop and popular music choreographers in the world. Renowned for her ability to blend classic dance-styles with her distinct hip hop flavor, she has choreographed for notable spots including H&M, Pepsi, Gap, Ipod, Nissan, Verizon and Motorola. In addition, through her work with artists such as Michael Jackson, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Prince, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, and more.Indie Music Biz Radio celebrates Fatima Robinson.

daimagesShe is perhaps best known for her work on the 1982 musical-drama television series Fame, where she portrayed dance teacher Lydia Grant, and served as the series’ principal choreographer. She currently portrays Catherine Avery on Grey’s Anatomy. She is the younger sister of actress/director/singer Phylicia Rashad. Indie Music Biz Radio celebrates actress, dancer, choreographer, television director, television producer, and a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Debbie Allen.

lgimagesFollowing her training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, she went from theatre dance to hip -hop, becoming director of choreography for Motown Records and Bad Boy Records. She has worked with Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys, and Beyoncé. She has also done choreography for the movies, Alfie and Honey. Indie Music Biz Radio celebrates choreographer, director, television personality, singer and dancer. Laurieann Gibson. Disclaimer: The contents of this show are for information and educational purposes only.

 

Singer/Dancer/Actress/Model Aaliyah

aaindexShe has sold an estimate of 24 to 32 million albums worldwide. She has been credited for helping redefine contemporary R&B, pop and hip hop earning her the nicknames “Princess of R&B” and “Queen of Urban Pop”. She is listed by Billboard as the tenth most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years and 27th most successful R&B artist in history. Her work has influenced numerous artists including Adele, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Brandy, Keisha Cole, Monica, Chris Brown, Omarion and a host of others Indie Music Biz Radio proudly celebrates singer, dancer, actress, and model, Aaliyah. Disclaimer: The contents of this show are for information and educational purposes only.

 

Director/Screenwriter Ava Duvernay

adimagesThe first African-American woman nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director for Selma. She won the Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 for her acclaimed feature “Middle of Nowhere.” Her previous narrative and documentary work includes “I Will Follow, “My Mic Sounds Nice” and “This is The Life.”  Indie Music Biz Radio celebrates director and screenwriter Ava Duvernay. Disclaimer: The contents of this show are for information and educational purposes only.

 

Actress/Producer Viola Davis

VDimagesBorn on her grandmother’s farm, a former plantation in South Carolina and constantly being called black and ugly. She remembers being so hungry that she sometimes stole food from the grocery store and rummaged in garbage cans for scraps; her shoes had holes in the soles, and her braids were secured by the plastic clips that seal up loaves of bread. Today, Indie Music Biz Radio celebrates the first African American woman to win an Emmy, a two-time Oscar nominee and two-time Tony Award winner who currently stars in ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder,” Actress/Producer Viola Davis. Disclaimer: The contents of this show are for information and educational purposes only.

 

Singer/Songwriter/Record Producer Linda Perry

lpindexWhile most are familiar with her hit song “What’s Up?” with 4 Non Blondes, she’s had an extensive career as a songwriter and producer for other artists as well. Artists such as Pink, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Celine Deon, Gwen Stefani and a host of others. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015, two ASCAP awards and a Grammy nomination.  Indie Music Biz Radio celebrates chart-topping singer, songwriter, record producer Linda Perry. Disclaimer: The contents of this show are for information and educational purposes only.#Womenshistorymonth #Womeninmusicandmedia #Songwriter #Singer #RecordProducer

Singer/Songwriter/Record Producer Linda Perry

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Carmen Murray, Founder and CEO, Title 9 Productions

Right Next Door: Carmen MurrayShe is devoted to cultivating and branding the careers of high profiled singers, writers and entertainers. Title 9’s award-winning collaboration list includes such prominent artists as Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Justin Bieber and Drake.

On any given day of the week she can be found juggling conference calls starting at 5am with agents in Europe, Canada or New York, meeting with singers and songwriters to discuss prospective contracts, visiting recording studios to help select the perfect tunes for clients or making dinner for family. Disclaimer: The contents of this show are for information and educational purposes only.

Carmen Murray, Founder and CEO, Title 9 Productions

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BMI VP. Catherine Brewton & Producer/Songwriter Tena Clark

In the music industry there are powerhouses behind the scenes who keep the wheels turning – here are two of them.

catherine-brewton1BMI VP. Catherine Brewton

Her climb to the top took 15 years, proving hard work takes time. In this role, Ms. Brewton manages and cultivates relationships with a myriad of songwriters and composers throughout the Atlanta region and on a national level as well. She directs all of the outreach for the BMI Atlanta office to songwriters and music publishers while working closely with Writer/Publisher staff members in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and London to bring top writing talent to BMI.

tcindexProducer/Songwriter Tena Clark

She has excelled in multiple genres across an astonishing breadth of mediums. Highlights include penning award-winning country hits, contributing to multi-platinum movie soundtracks including Hope Floats, The Five Heart Beats, Where the Heart Is, and My Best Friend’s Wedding, writing for television shows like Desperate Housewives, and creating national campaign theme, “Have You Had Your Break Today,” for McDonald’s. Disclaimer: The contents of this show are for information and educational purposes only.

BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton/Producer,Songwriter Tena Clark

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