The first installment of our professional development series, INDUSTRY INSIGHTS Vol 1: Mastering Hollywood, was amazing!!!
We sipped on cocktails and enjoyed light appetizers while we got some invaluable advice from our esteemed panel of alum. We learned to always aim to “change the dynamic of the room just y walking in.” – Tiffany Smith Anoa’i.
Ashley Blaine Featherson is currently starring in Netflix’s critically acclaimed series DEAR WHITE PEOPLE. Featherson grew up outside of Washington DC and attended the Academy of Performing Arts in Gaithersburg, MD and Howard University where she received a BA with a concentration in Musical Theater. In 2013,Featherson created and starred in the web series HELLO CUPID, which received a lot of attention and lead to roles on FOX’s hit dramedy GLEE and the CBS drama pilot, THE DREW. Prior to Justin Simien’s series adaptation of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, he cast Featherson as the role of ‘Curtis’ in the Sundance hit feature of the same name. She next went on to co-star in Amber Tamblyn’s directorial debut, PAINT IT BLACK, and finds herself back at Sundance in Macro’s independent television series LEIMERT PARK in which she leads an ensemble cast in the role of ‘Mickey.’
Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i is the Executive Vice President of Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion, and Communications at CBS Entertainment. Smith-Anoa’i is responsible for implementing several programs and initiatives at CBS that are dedicated to sourcing, developing and employing diverse talent both in front and behind the camera. Her efforts have proliferated through the entertainment industry; turning diversity into more than a trend, but a universal truth that represents today’s American landscape. She maintains a close relationship with her alma mater where she graduated with honors from the School of Communications. In 2013, Howard University presented her with the “Global Visionary Award” for Outstanding Leadership in Diversity and Communications.
Brandon Broussard is a screenwriter with 15 years of writing experience under his belt. He was writer and director of the 2003award-winning feature film The Epicureans which he made in Graduate School at Howard University. In 2006, he was a writing fellow at USC in the Guy Hanks & Marvin Miller screenwriting program. He received his first TV writing credit in 2008 on Tyler Perry’sHouse of Payne. Throughout his career, Brandon has both written and produced screenplays alongside several well-known figures including The Perfect Match, which was produced by Queen Latifah and Lionsgate. His second film, #RealityHighwhich he wrote and Executive produced with his team Murder Ink is a Netflix Original movie. His most recently produced script,The Trap, starring Mike Epps and TI is in post-production and will be released in the spring of 2018.
Inga Dyer serves as the Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs of Revolt TV. Prior to joining Revolt, Inga served as Senior Counsel for BET Networks. As Senior Counsel, Dyer was, amongst other things, the primary liaison between BET and CBS for the re-launching of the record-breaking cable television hit “The Game”. With more than fifteen years of success in business and legal affairs, Dyer has also worked with Warner Chappell Music, Magic Johnson Enterprises, and Spike TV negotiating competitive and precedent-setting deals. Dyer has also worked as a solo practitioner generating more than 10 million dollars in endorsement deals for professional entertainers and athletes. Inga received her B.A from Howard University and her J.D. from Howard School of Law.
Michael Moss is Manager of Scripted Development at BET Networks. In his current role, he is a creative executive on upcoming shows Hit the Floor, In Contempt, and several more in development. Prior to joining BET, Moss worked in Business Affairs at ABC Studios, as well as being a content creator in his own right. He helped write and starred in Black & Sexy TV’s The Number (Reboot), the hit web series Almost 30, and several other digital projects. This past year he was awarded the #New28 Shining Star Award sponsored by Walgreens & African Pride and their initiative, “NEW 28.”
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO CBS ENTERTAINMENT DIVERSITY FOR HOSTING US!!!