CULTURE

November 22, 2015

Meagan Good, Tika Sumpter and More Share Wisdom at ‘The Merge Summit’ Faith & Entertainment Conference

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Yesterday Dr. Holly Carter and powerhouse industry influencers took the city of Atlanta by storm with the Merge Symposium at Bishop William Murphy’s dReam Center.

The morning began with a worship experience and then segue into a full day of educational and empowerment experiences designed to educate, inspire, and motivate this generation’s rising professionals and leaders took place.

Attendees had the opportunity to network with and learn from the top Hollywood executives and entertainers from film, television, music, and ministry. Essence Magazine Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor, Celebrity Hairstylist Kim Kimble (“LA Hair”), Actress & Humanitarian LisaRaye McCoy, Actor & Producer Harry Lennix (“The Blacklist”)

Check out the panels:

AN ARTIST WHO MATTERS with Angie Stone (Recording Artist), Bishop William Murphy (Recording Artist / Sr. Pastor, The dReam Center Atlanta), Canton Jones (Recording Artist / Pastor), Jason Hughes (Director of Sales, Reach Media / Radio One) and Lisa Raye McCoy (Actress & Humanitarian) ​• Hosted by: Kelly G (VP, Head of Music Programming, Revolt). In this conversation led by Revolt’s Head of Music Programming, Kelly Griffin, artists and top industry executives/tastemakers share strategies and insights for growing as an artist, developing your personal voice, and preparing your brand to succeed on the next level. They will also explore the how and why of using your gift and platform for the greater good.

ACTORS WORKSHOP with Harry Lennix (Actor / Producer. An extensive one-on-one workshop with instruction by the incomparable Harry Lennix (“The Blacklist”, “Man Of Steel”, “A Beautiful Soul”, “The Matrix”), to explore technique and practical methodologies for the professional actor.

Kim Kimble, Mikki Taylor, Egypt on red carpet

YOU, INC.: BUILDING A MARKETABLE BRAND: Egypt Sherrod (Television & Media Personality) and Kim Kimble (Television Personality & Celebrity Hairstylist) ​• Hosted by: Mikki Taylor (Author / Editor at Large, Essence Magazine). You are a brand and opportunities are everywhere for you to prove it! Join ESSENCE magazine’s Editor-at-Large, Mikki Taylor, along with Television Personality & Celebrity Hairstylist Kim Kimble and Television & Media Personality Egypt Sherrod as they share invaluable wisdom and specific strategies for successful self-branding. Their combined expertise will take you step-by-step, starting with your inner man then moving outward to craft your signature style, image and talent.

ACTORS: CASTING CALL with Robi Reed (VP Talent & Casting, BET Networks). Actors had the opportunity to present a monologue for Emmy award winning Casting Director Robi Reed, VP of Talent and Casting, BET Networks. This is a session most actors never get. You will not only get the audition, but instant feedback.

An attendee pitching their film idea to Roger Bobb and Devon Franklin.

An attendee pitching their film idea to Roger Bobb and Devon Franklin.




SCREENWRITERS: PITCH MEETING with DeVon Franklin (Producer / CEO, Franklin Entertainment), Christine Swanson (Director / Screenwriter / Professor), and Roger Bobb (Producer / CEO, Bobbcat Films. Have a film script? Attendees executed 5 minute pitch presentation to Christine Swanson (Director / Screenwriter / Professor), DeVon Franklin (Franklin Entertainment) and Roger Bobb (Bobbcat Films). This team of producers gave on-site feedback.

JubileeMag.com publisher Kim Ford pitching her TV show idea to producers Lemuel Plummer (Preachers of L.A., Mary Mary docu-series, BET) and Traci  Blackwell (SVP of Current Programs at CW Network)

JubileeMag.com publisher Kim Ford pitching her TV show idea to producers Lemuel Plummer (Preachers of L.A., Mary Mary docu-series, BET and Traci Blackwell (SVP of Current Programs at CW Network)

TV PRODUCERS: THAT’S A GREAT IDEA with Lemuel Plummer (Executive Producer / CEO, L. Plummer Media). This session was for individuals with a great TV show idea. Attendees pitched to Lemuel Plummer, unscripted TV producer extraordinaire, EP of Preachers of LA, Preachers of Atlanta, Vindicated, The Westbrooks, BET Moguls and Traci Blackwell (SVP of Current Programs at the CW Network).

Tika Sumpter dropping jewels on the packed audience of actors. "If you want to be noticed, build things with excellence!"

Tika Sumpter dropping jewels on the packed audience of actors. “If you want to be noticed, build things with excellence!”

THE ACTORS PANEL: HAVING “IT” with Charles Michael David (Actor), Jasmine Guy (Actor / Humanitarian), Meagan Good (Actor / Producer), Ronreaco Lee (Actor), and Tika Sumpter (Actor) ​• ​Hosted By: Brely Evans (Actress & Personality). Whether their forte is theater, television, or film these leading actors are all unique in their own way. Yet they have all made sacrifices, faced and overcome challenges, experienced break- throughs, and reaped rewards as they built their professional careers. Attendees discovered the common threads that connect actors and gained valuable insight as they shared the unvarnished truth behind their success, as well as tips and strategies every actor should know to develop and sustain their careers.

Producers panel: Roger Bobb, Devon Franklin, Valerie Wattz Meraz, Rob Hardy, Lemuel Plummer, moderator Dr. Alduan Tartt

Producers panel: Roger Bobb, Devon Franklin, Valerie Wattz Meraz, Rob Hardy, Lemuel Plummer, moderator Dr. Alduan Tartt




THE PRODUCERS PANEL with DeVon Franklin (Producer / CEO, Franklin Entertainment), Lemuel Plummer (Executive Producer / CEO, L. Plummer Media), Rob Hardy (Producer / CEO, Rainforest Films), Roger Bobb (Producer / CEO, Bobbcat Films), Valerie Wattz Meraz (VP Program Acquisitions, Turner Entertainment Networks (TEN) and the Young Adults & Kids Media Group (AKYAM)). Producing a great feature film or television project is never easy. In this session, industry veterans, whose projects have been both critically acclaimed and have collectively earned more than $250 million at the box office will share their insights on the role of a successful producer. From tips and strategies on finding and developing compelling material, building strong teams and managing the process, these producers will help prepare you to take your project from script to screen.

Devon and Meagan gave the inside scoop about their new book releasing February 2, 2016 called "The Wait".

Devon and Meagan gave the inside scoop about their new book releasing in February called “The Wait”.

THE WAIT: A SESSION IN LOVE, DATING, AND RELATIONSHIPS with DeVon Franklin (Producer / CEO, Franklin Entertainment) and Meagan Good (Actor / Producer). In a Merge exclusive preview of their upcoming book, THE WAIT, Hollywood power couple producer DeVon Franklin and award winning actress Meagan Good shared their storybook relationship and lead an intimate conversation on love, dating and relationships. Merge Summit attendees left uplifted, inspired and empowered to move forward.

Check out more pics from an anointed day of wisdom for believers in the entertainment field:

Lisa Raye teaching an interactive and fun vision board workshop.

Lisa Raye teaching an interactive and fun vision board workshop.

Merge Summit co-creator Dr. Holly Carter and Traci Blackwell (SVP of Current Programs at CW Network)

Merge Summit co-creator Dr. Holly Carter and Traci Blackwell (SVP of Current Programs at CW Network)

Roger Bobb and DeVon chatting it up before their panel.

Roger Bobb and DeVon chatting it up before their panel.

Actors panel and Merge staff

Actors panel and Merge staff

Meagan Good on the carpet.

Meagan Good on the carpet.

TV producer Lemuel Plummer (Preachers of L.A., Mary Mary docu-series, BET) and JubileeMag.com publisher Kim Ford

TV producer Lemuel Plummer (Preachers of L.A., Mary Mary docu-series, BET) and JubileeMag.com publisher Kim Ford

Kim Ford and hair guru Kim Kimble of WEtv.

Kim Ford and hair guru Kim Kimble of WEtv.

Our sister Brely Evans! (Being Mary Jane)

Our sister Brely Evans! (Being Mary Jane)

Photo Credit: Jerome Dorn



About the Author

Kim Ford
Kim Ford is the founder & publisher of JubileeMag.com, author of "The Success Mindset", a God-inspired media mogul, speaker, red carpet correspondent, culture influencer, super mom and your ideal best friend. She's interviewed greats like Tyler Perry, Sony Pictures exec DeVon Franklin, Meagan Good, Mali Music, Kevin Hart, Jada Pinkett Smith, T.D. Jakes and more. You've probably seen her covering the red carpet at the BET Awards, Soul Train Awards and many others. You can always find her bringing faith to mainstream and empowering women! To learn more about Kim, click here. #TeamLove #TeamStrongFamilies #TeamiPhone




 
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