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BLACK MARKET: Taking the Leap to Hollywood
TAKING THE LEAP TO HOLLYWOOD
A panel where we would have experts from the USA who works in the Film industry who will help us navigate our way to pitching our projects, scripts, ideas, us as actors etc… to the members of the industry. They will share Hollywood best practices and tips to take your career to new Heights… A panel of 1 producer, 1 actor and 1 casting director.
JOSA MAULE -Casting Director M.S.O.P. A. - Moderator
ROGER BOBB - Producer, CEO of Bobbcat Films
Roger Bobb is the President and CEO of Bobbcat Films, a film and television production company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to creating Bobbcat films, Bobb served as the Executive Vice President of Tyler Perry Studios. Bobb is the executive producer/director of the TV One docu-series "Rickey Smiley For Real", the BET docu-series The Manns, the new sitcom Last Call (Bounce TV) and the sitcom Mann & Wife (Bounce TV). He also produced the sitcoms “House of Payne (TBS)”, “Meet The Browns” (TBS) and “The Rickey Smiley Show (TV One)”. Bobb has produced over 600 television sitcom episodes in his career. Bobb recently was the EP/director of two BET films “Holiday Heist” and “Friend Request” both films will be released this fall. Roger’s theatrical producing credits include “For Colored Girls”, "Why Did I Get Married I & II", “Madea’s Big Happy Family” and seven other Tyler Perry films. Bobb’s films have combined theatrical revenue of over half a billion dollars. His additional television film producing credits includes the films “Same Time Next Christmas” (ABC), “Life Size-2” (Freeform), “Bad Dad Rehab (TV One)”, “Let The Church Say Amen” (BET). Raising Izzie (UP), In The Meantime (UP), Girlfriends Getaway(TV One) and Girlfriends Getaway 2 (TV One). Bobb has won eight NAACP Image Awards and is the only two time Best Picture winner at the ABFF (American Black Film Festival). He was named one of the top 40 executives under 40 by The Network Journal Magazine and has been profiled in several publications such as TV Guide, Ebony, Black Enterprise, The Hollywood Reporter and The Daily Variety. Bobb was born in London, raised in New York and attended Brooklyn College and The School of Visual Arts.
JIMMY JEAN-LOUIS - Actor
Haitian-born actor Jimmy Jean-Louis grew up in the slums of Petion-Ville until age 12, to become a Hollywood celebrity. His deep love for his homeland cause him to shift his focus from his acting career to help rebuild Haiti, ravaged by the 7.0 earthquake on January 12th, 2010. Earlier in is career, Jimmy worked as a dancer and a model in France, Spain, Italy, South Africa and England. He moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to pursue acting. His credits include "Tears of the sun" (Bruce Willis), "Phat Girlz" (Mo'Nique), NBC Hit show "Heroes" , CW show "Arrow", CBS "Extant" with Oscar winner Halle Berry produced by Steven Spielberg. More recently, he was part of the cast of "Joy" with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro directed by David O Russell and a regular on the TV show "CLAWS" for TNT. Jimmy is the Producer/Star of the movie Rattlesnakes, currently on Hulu.
His most important role to date is playing the title character in "TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE" and won BEST ACTOR at the Pan African Film Festival. He was also nominated BEST ACTOR at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2012.
With an international appeal, Jimmy has been working in many parts of the world including France, England, Indonesia, Nigeria, Ghana, Mexico...making full use of his fluency in 5 languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and Creole.
In response to the disaster and to provide immediate relief to the victims of the earthquake, Jimmy joined forces with the Pan American Development Foundation and the Organization of American States. HUFH-PADF-OAS and its partners provided support to more than 300 000 people and delivered in excess of 200 tons of supplies during the first 8 weeks of the disaster. Named Pan American Development Foundation's Ambassador for Haitian Children, he testified to congress on their behalf in June 2010. Mr. Jean-Louis has taken part in a series of campaigns for Haitian aid, he was an invited singer on the Quincy Jones project "We Are The World" to benefit humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti. During Haitian Independence Month, January 2010, Jimmy received the key of Miami- Dade County. More recently during Haitian Heritage Month, May 2018, he was presented the key to the city of North Miami.
Jimmy Jean-Louis was named Ambassador at large to Haiti by his Excellency President Michel Martelly In 2014.
PHAEDRA HARRIS- Casting Director, Senior Vice President of Casting and Talent Relations UrbanFlix
Phaedra Harris has over thirty years’ experience in feature film and television casting. Ms.Harris has been involved in the casting of well over 100 films ranging in budgets from the two-million-dollar independent tele-feature BUTTER, (Ernie Hudson and Nia Long) to the hundred-million-dollar studio blockbuster THE FIFTH ELEMENT, (Bruce Willis and Chris Tucker). She has also worked on many top-rated television series including IN THE CUT, FAMILY TIME, BELLE’S and WHERE I LIVE. Harris begun her casting career interning. This invaluable training afforded her the opportunity to develop strong working relationship with top agents and a reputation for identifying new talent. Harris’ ability to attract talent to projects provides a solid foundation to produce cost effective independent films for distribution. Each cast has helped Harris become recognized as one of the top independent film casting directors in the industry. These diverse and bankable casts have also earned her the title of producer on several projects.