WORKSHOP LEADERS

ALLEN MALDONADO

ALLEN MALDONADO

Hosting Writers Workshop

The multi-talented actor, writer, and entrepreneur, co-stars on the award-winning sitcom BLACK-ISH (ABC), has finished his third season as a full time writer on the hit Starz series, SURVIVOR’S REMORSE, has recurred for three seasons on YOU’RE THE WORST (FXX), is starring opposite Tracy Morgan in THE LAST OG, his highly anticipated new series on TBS Executive Produced by Jordan Peele, and has developed the industry’s first digital app for short films, Everybody Digital, officially launched October 3, 2017.

TROY ROWLAND

TROY ROWLAND

Hosting Actors Workshop

Troy Michael Rowland is one of Hollywoods premiere life and acting coaches. Troy began his acting career in Philadelphia, PA at the world renowned Freedom Theater under the auspices of John E. Allen. Mr. Rowland graduated with honors and holds a BFA in Theater from The University of The Arts. Troy has studied with Walter Dallas and Barbara Sommerville of Yale School of Drama and served for one year at NYU New Dramatists internship program in New York City.

WOMEN IN FILM & ENTERTAINMENT PANEL HOST

STACY IKE

STACY IKE

TV HOST & ACTRESS

Stacy Ike is a TV host, actress, and entrepreneur currently based in Los Angeles.

Stacy works to impact the perception of traditional media by creating original content and uses her platform to entertain and inspire while reigning true to her integrity and social responsibility. Hailing from Houston, Texas and a proud University of Missouri J-School graduate, Stacy embarked on her evolving career immediately after graduating.

Creating waves in the U.S and Australia, her luminous and charismatic personality has allowed her to build a rapport as the host to share the best moments with, including interviews with Oprah, Tom Ford, Viola Davis and Melissa McCarthy to name a few. Stacy has worked worked with Afterbuzz TV, toured with Mountain Dew hosting live shows and partnered with Smashbox Cosmetics for a talk-series with fellow influencers. She has also worked with Baller Alert, Regal Cinemas, Tribune Publishing and the Hollywood Reporter as a writer and on-camera talent.

Stacy recently took on the position as the first live show host of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). As the host of OWN Tonight, a late-night show, Stacy interviewed cast members from the hit-drama Greenleaf along with other celebrity fans.

Stacy is the founder of Fight For Your Fairytale, a brand inspiring and encouraging other creatives to believe in themselves wholeheartedly and to continually grow past their fears to be the best version of themselves.

She often says, "Each moment I decide to be myself, I give someone else permission to do the same thing."

When she’s not prepping for an interview, rehearsing a scene for acting class, or dropping inspiration and straight talk on her Youtube channel, you might find her binge-watching the latest new Netflix show with a huge bowl of kettle popcorn. You can catch up with Stacy at StacyIke.com, or on Instagram and Twitter @onetakestace.

WOMEN IN FILM & ENTERTAINMENT PANELIST

Terri J. Vaughn

Terri J. Vaughn

ACTOR, PRODUCER & DIRECTOR

Terri J. Vaughn first stole America’s heart with her lovable portrayal of Lovita Alizay Jenkins on “The Steve Harvey Show.” After that, she made her way to Will Smith’s executive produced, “All of Us,” as Jonell, and then as Renee, a sassy and hilarious nurse, on Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns. Terri’s also been seen as Melisse, on Oprah Winfrey’s drama series, “Greenleaf,” and featured again as Cedric The Enteretainer’s
wife on BET’s ‘The Comedy Get Down.” From her first professional job in a 20-city tour of “Tellin’ it Like it Tiz,” this San Francisco native has proven herself as a respected and talented go to in the entertainment business.

Terri has been honored with three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work on “The Steve Harvey Show." She was also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on the groundbreaking series “Soulfood.” Included on Terri’s long resume is the Tyler Perry film “Daddy’s Little Girls,” as well as the independent dramedies, “Dirty Laundry”, “3 Can Play That Game” and “Marriage Chronicles,” just to name a few.

Along with starring in several other independent projects, Terri has produced multiple projects under her independent production company, Nina Holiday Entertainment. “Between Sisters,” which aired as the highest rated show on GMC Network and “Sugar Mommas,” which was nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award, are just a couple of the projects Terri created, starred in and produced under Nina Holiday Entertainment. NHE also produced the family film, “Hamlet & Hutch,” starring legendary Burt Reynolds and the highly acclaimed “Girlfriends’ Getaway,” produced by and starring Terri, with Malinda Williams, Garcelle Beauvais and Essence Atkins, which premiered as the highest rated original movie in TVOne history. The sequel, “Girlfriends Getaway 2” premiered August 2015. Always pushing to grow creatively, in 2016 Terri made her television and film directing debuts. For Aspire TV she directed their first half-hour comedy presentation, Mommy Uncensored, then an episode of BounceTV’s Man & Wife, starring David and Tamela Mann.

Terri went on to direct her first film, the hilarious, ‘Friday-isque’ comedy, #DigitalLivesMatter, starring social media comedic influencers, DC Young Fly and Emmanuel Hudson, which aired on BET October 2017 and is now streaming on UMC.TV. Next up, Terri is directing and producing, Merry Wishmas, a Christmas movie for TVOne, starring David and Tamela Mann.

Out of her desire to give back to her community, in 1997, Terri started Take Wings Foundation, in the San Francisco Bay Area, to mentor young women growing up in at risk communities - Just another reason so many have come to love the passionate talent known as Terri J. Vaughn.

Cas Sigers-Beedles

Cas Sigers-Beedles

WRITER

Cas Sigers-Beedles is a professional writer of twelve years. Through Kensington Press Publication, she has authored six fiction novels. Her seventh novel was released in 2015. Titles are Pieces of a Man, At Last I Bloom, Love is Simple, Forever is Tricky, Chocolate Dove, Three Chords & the Truth, The Virgin Widow and Chimwala. Her novels can be found throughout the United States on the shelves of national bookstore chains, Target and Walmart and digitally. Some of her written works include eleven sold screenplays and eight television stage plays for various television networks and production houses. Some titles include, NAACP Image Award nominated, Sugar Mommas, Between Sisters, A Cross to Bear, and Love Will Keep Us Together. Under the production umbrella of Nina Holiday Entertainment (NHE), she produced these films alongside business partner and actress, Terri J. Vaughn. Nina Holiday executive produced For Richer or Poorer, the first scripted television series for UPtv. The series starred Rockmond Dunbar and Letoya Luckett. Nina Holiday just produced Merry Wishmas for Holiday 2018 starring David and Tamala Mann. The film was written by Cas Sigers Beedles and directed by Terri J. Vaughn. Through NHE, Cas is focusing on building a business that provides both outstanding production support and award winning creative direction.

Cas was the associate director for the TV One’s Verses and Flow and the supervising producer for BET/CENTRIC’s music documentary series As Written (seasons 1 & 2), for which she won four Telly Awards. She also served in the script department for BET’s The Mo’Nique Show and, TD Jakes Presents. In 2014 and 2015, Cas produced four feature documentaries for Moguldom Studios. These films are available via Netflix, Amazon and the Starz network. She’s the annual script supervisor for Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards and the story producer for 2017-18 season’s HGTV’s Flip or Flop Atlanta. Cas has also been the supervisor for two seasons of Comedy Centrals’, Hart of the City with Kevin Hart.

Cas has written and produced the television movie Where’s the Love, starring Lamman Rucker, Denise Boutte and LeToya Luckett. She has also written and executive produced the TV One movie series’, Girlfriends Getaway 1 & 2, starring ensemble cast Malinda Williams, Terri J. Vaughn, Garcelle Beauvais and Essence Atkins, plus Welcome to the Family starring Valarie Pettiford and Kali Hawk. When Love Kills, written by Cas, was nominated for two NAACP Image Awards , outstanding writing and outstanding TV feature.

Haddie Djemal

Haddie Djemal

TV HOST, REPORTER & PRODUCER

Haddie Djemal is a Houston based TV Host/Reporter/Producer. Currently, she is a lifestyle correspondent for Fox29’s hottest lifestyle show, Daytime at Nine.

It was her love for acting and film that laid the foundation of her career in the world of broadcast and digital media. From entertaining live audiences at high profile events as an emcee to covering hard-hitting news in the community as a journalist, Haddie’s passion has always been people and storytelling.

Over the last 5 years, Haddie has brought the first all-female radio talk show to the Houston airwaves, helped to relaunch an award-winning children’s tv show as a host/producer, and report impactful news stories for both local and international audiences.

Now, she is carving her on-air footprint throughout the south Texas region as she hosts and produces lifestyle content for three different markets in the Lone Star State.

When Haddie isn’t working, she’s working out or binging her favorite tv shows. She’s social media junkie and loves 90s music, coffee, and puns.

Michelle Mower

Michelle Mower

CEO, DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

Michelle Mower is bursting onto the global filmmaking scene with her recent 2016 acquisition of Imagination Worldwide. IWW is a Los Angeles based international sales and distribution company. Mower will be refocusing the company’s efforts by producing & distributing motion pictures directed by women and/or targeted to female audiences thereby bringing more gender parity to the entertainment industry.

Prior to heading up Imagination Worldwide, Mower was an acclaimed writer, producer and director whose work has been featured on Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) and Nuvo Television. Her debut feature film, “The Preacher’s Daughter,” starring Andrea Bowen (“Desperate Housewives”) garnered the highest ratings for LMN that year. After that success, Mower wrote, co-produced and directed two more telefilms for the network, “The Preacher’s Mistress” and “The Preacher’s Sin.”

Mower received her B.A. degree in Radio/Television/Film from the University in Houston in 2000. After graduation, Mower was hired by Houston’s NBC affiliate as Associate Producer for the morning news program. In 2003, Mower went to work for Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), a non-profit media arts organization. As Program Coordinator, her primary function was to organize their professional development workshops, youth after-school programs, independent film screenings, monthly networking mixers & special film-related events.

Through her work with SWAMP, Mower started “Lights! Camera! Action! Summer Moviemaking Camp” for teens and the annual Business of Film Conference with takes place annually at Rice University.

Mower will continue her creative efforts by turning 14-year old Imagination Worldwide into the premier development, production, sales & distribution company for engaging, compelling, female-driven narratives.

Krystal Franklin

Krystal Franklin

TV ONE, SR. PRODUCER, DIGITAL & SOCIAL

Krystal Franklin is an entertainment media professional living in the DC area. She serves as the Senior Producer of Digital and Social Media, Creative Services and Marketing at TV One and is the former Digital Content Producer for the nationally syndicated
Tom Joyner Morning Show at REACH Media/Radio One.

The Texas native is equal parts charming and passionate and is committed to using her life’s sometimes unpredictable journey as a tool to help others navigate through life. This 30-something creative has worked with BET, the NBA, Steve Harvey, Michael Baisden and is often tapped to host and sit on panels as a speaker at a myriad of events including the Brooklyn Nets’ HBCU Night, the National Black Film Festival, 100 Black Men of DC/Congressional Black Caucus, Bricelyn Entertainment’s Pink Alive Breast Cancer Awareness Concert, the 49th Annual Miss Cover Girl Pageant at
Grambling State University and more. She recently spoke as a guest lecturer at Howard University’s School of Communications and was named a 2018 MADE Influencer to Watch.

Krystal is a graduate of Grambling State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcasting. She is the Social Media Manager for the Grambling University National Alumni Association (GUNAA), a Social Media/Marketing Consultant for the Grambling University Foundation, a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @krysfranklinTV and on Facebook at Krystal Franklin TV.

FILMMAKING PANELIST

COURTNEY GLAUDE

COURTNEY GLAUDE

Director & Writer

Courtney JáPaul Glaudé is the very definition of a storyteller. A writer, director, and producer, Glaudé grew up in Houston’s 5th Ward where he experienced bullying and abuse. To endure the harassment, Glaudé escaped into his imagination, sparking his passion for filmmaking.

Glaudé revels in creating atmospheres and inspiring emotion. He executes his visionary ideas with a deft hand, vividly translating stories and feelings to film. His passion is undeniable as he consistently creates quality films including well-developed characters, unpredictable storylines, and jarring visuals to match.

His bold, unapologetic approach and culmination of personal experiences have resulted in several projects. Glaudé wrote and produced the short films: “ROW” and “Pit Stop.” Both are currently on the film festival circuit, with "Row" receiving recognition at the Los Angeles Short Film Festival (LASFF) for Best Drama 2017.

Clearly, Glaudé has embraced the diversity of Houston by captivating the audiences of every age and culture. His highly anticipated feature film debut, “BLINK,” will premiere in AMC theaters in Houston March 2-8.

Vincent Powell

Vincent Powell

Director

A native Houstonian, Vincent Powell is a dynamic communicator and filmmaker who believes that creativity is our responsibility! Vincent recently began his pursuit of an MFA in Film Production at the #1 film school in the world, the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

From a very young age Vincent was fascinated with film and television production. During his undergraduate career at Texas Southern University‘s School of Communication, Vincent played a vital role in revamping their tv and film program with the development of Comcast’s TSU-TV, a local on-demand network accessed by millions of local Houstonians.

He was also notably a member of the world-renowned Texas Southern University Debate Team, under the direction of the legendary coach, Dr. Thomas F. Freeman. While on the team, Vincent helped the team win many times in national competitions and was also crowned the International Champion of Dramatic Interpretation in 2010 in Berlin, Germany.

Prior to his start at USC SCA, Vincent launched an online crowd-funding campaign to shoot his short film, "Someone Like You," written by Tiffany Kindred.
The goal of the campaign was $2,000. That goal was met in less than 24hours. In two weeks, the #SLY16 campaign reached a stunning $15,000. The film was shot in Houston with an entire cast and crew of Houstonians. This particular note gives Powell great joy; there is a budding industry in Houston that he’s a champion of.

Vincent also works as a freelance consultant and multimedia creative for a number of organizations of various sizes around the nation. He produces and directs videos and live productions, and provides marketing strategies to his clients for their diverse consumer bases.

Vincent Powell acknowledges God as his "everything" and his wife, Ebony, his family, friends, and mentors as his inspiration in all of his endeavors.

JEROME BAILEY JR.

JEROME BAILEY JR.

Creative Journalist

Jerome Bailey Jr. is a dynamic creative journalist known creating his own “genre of journalism” featuring video content he produces through his publishing company Jerome Bailey Media and his celebrated web series #FaithStories.

He teaches storytelling across the globe and produces content for The Washington Post, TheGrio, The CW and others. Bailey has interviewed a wide range of influencers from President Trump to NBA star James Harden. In addition to his traveling lectures, Bailey taught journalism at Houston Baptist University.

JAMES J. DUHON

JAMES J. DUHON

Cinematographer

James J.Duhon is one of the most highly sought after young DP’s in the Reality & Film worlds. With over 65 Television credits in his 15 years in production, James is very humble and very creative.

James got his break in the industry in 2003 while working for Edmonds Entertainment on BET’s most popular show "College Hill"

Since his start he has filmed Record Breaking shows such as "BET College Hill, MTV Made,NBC The Voice, WE Bridezillas, Lifetime‘s Bring It, HGTV’s Home Town and Animal Planet’s The Vet Life just to name a few #1 TV shows.