Join NABJ-LA and the Black Public Relations Society of Los Angeles (BPRS-LA) for a panel discussion on diversity in entertainment on Jan. 28 in the SAG-AFTRA building (5757 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036). Panelists include Tre’Vell Anderson (LA Times), Lee Bailey (EUR web), Tilane Jones (Executive Director, Array), Gil Robertson (President of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and Erika Bennett (Allied Moxy).
Anita Bennett is senior editor of the Los Angeles Daily News. In addition to running the day-to-day news operations of the paper and website, she periodically interviews celebrities and writes about Hollywood. Anita is a longtime entertainment journalist in Los Angeles having previously served as deputy editor of TheWrap.com, as a producer-reporter at Reelz Channel and as a freelance red carpet correspondent for France 24 English. Anita is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who earned a B.A. in communications from Howard University and is a former Fulbright Scholar. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and SAG-AFTRA, and has appeared in several movies and television shows as a journalist including on “Ray Donovan.”
Tilane Jones is the Executive Director of ARRAY, a film distribution collaborative focused on filmmakers of color and women. ARRAY has acquired fifteen feature films since 2011 including Ava DuVernay’s award winning Middle of Nowhere, Andrew Dosunmu’s Restless City, Storm Saulter’s Better Mus’ Come, Neil Drummings’ Big Words, and Haile Gerima’s Ashes and Embers. Jones is also Manager of Production for Forward Movement, serving as a producer on all of the company’s visual product. Her film credits include: Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere, This is the Life, I Will Follow, 828 Project, Selma and the Netflix documentary the 13TH. Acclaimed fashion and beauty films for Prada and Fashion Fair with The Door and Say Yes, respectively. Her television credits include: BET’s Black Girls Rock, My Mic Sounds Nice, along with John Legend Interludes Live, Essence Music Festival 2010, and ESPN Films’ Venus Vs.
Lee Bailey is a legendary broadcaster who was nicknamed “The Voice.” In 1979 Lee Bailey launched Bailey Broadcasting Services out of his garage. That effort led to the production of the internationally known RadioScope: The Entertainment Magazine of the Air. It aired for twenty years and was a frontrunner in syndicated urban programming. Bailey Broadcasting was also a hub for countless upcoming journalists and students of broadcast media. The curious and technical minded Mr. Bailey was always driven by innovation and breaking news. It was upon those principles that he built The Electronic Urban Report at EURweb.com. It is one of the premier urban entertainment and headline news sites on the web, tracking over two million visitors per week.
Tre’vell Anderson is a film reporter with the Los Angeles Times covering the intersections of diversity and Hollywood with a focus on black and queer film. A sociology graduate from Morehouse College in Atlanta, he also received his master’s in journalism from Stanford University. Tre’vell is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Gil Robertson is co-founder and President of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA). AAFCA’s purpose is to provide support to current and next gen black film journalists and filmmakers as they build their careers. The organization annually produces a slate of community, academic and industry programming that includes collaborations with some of the leading film festivals, universities and premier film studios in the world. AAFCA’s tent pole activity The AAFCA Awards is held annually in Hollywood and celebrates the very best in film and television. During his 20 plus years as an entertainment journalism, Robertson has authored over 50 national magazine covers and his byline has appeared regularly for a list of publications that includes, the LA Times, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Billboard, Fortune, USA Today, Essence and Ebony magazines. Robertson earned a B.A. degree in Political Science from Cal State Los Angeles and is a member of the National Press Club, The National Association of Black Journalists, The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Erika Bennett currently serves as Senior Vice President of Allied Moxy, a division of Allied Integrated Marketing, dedicated to developing and executing best-in-class marketing campaigns that speak to the full diversity of the African-American consumer. Under her three-year leadership, she has shepherded the division to unprecedented year-over-year growth in new business and helped drive groundbreaking campaigns that delivered record-breaking results for such successes as ABC’s Black-ish, NBC’s The Wiz Live!, Netflix and Marvel’s Luke Cage and theatrical phenoms Straight Outta Compton, Ride Along and the Fast and Furious franchise, to name a few. The unparalleled evolution of the division is driven by innovation where Erika worked to expand the department’s capabilities across a spectrum of marketing disciplines including content creation, digital, influencer marketing and social strategy. Prior to joining Allied Moxy, Erika served as Director at PMK*BNC in its prestigious brand communications division, where she led the promotion of influencer marketing programs and partnerships (MLB) for T-Mobile, helped launch several products in the Beats by Dre product line and drove communications for Activision’s successful Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Erika attended Northwestern University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in communications with a focus on radio, television and film.