Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program
Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program

Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program

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Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program
Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program

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Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program

The Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program is a training initiative for Black casting directors, agents, managers, and producers in Canada. This first of its kind program provides transformational business advisory services, training, paid apprenticeship, capital investment, and networking opportunities.

Over the course of 9 months, the selected participants will commit to 3 months of specified training 2 times a week for 2-3 hours, 3 months of paid mentorship, and 3 months of working with business consultants. This program also supports participants with incorporating their business, exclusive access to industry markets, and networking opportunities.

Beginning March 2023, the first cohorts of 16 chosen applicants will participate in a series of workshops focused on structuring a company for success with training in the key areas of strategic planning, finance, human resources, marketing and sales.

Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program est une série d'ateliers pour les réalisateurs, les agents, les managers et les producteurs noirs au Canada. Ce programme unique offre aux entreprises transformationnelles des services de conseil, de la formation, des apprentissages rémunérés, des investissements en capital et des possibilités de réseautage.

Au cours de 9 mois, les participants sélectionnés s'engageront dans 3 mois de formation spécifique 2 fois par semaine pendant 2 à 3 heures, 3 mois de mentorat rémunéré et 3 mois de travail avec des consultants en entreprise. Ce programme aide également les participants à intégrer leur entreprise, avoir un accès exclusif aux marchés de l'industrie et trouver des possibilités de réseautage.

À partir de mars 2023, les 16 premières candidats sélectionnés participeront à une série d'ateliers axés sur la structuration d'une entreprise florissante dans les domaines de la planification stratégique, des finances, des ressources humaines, du marketing et des ventes.

All Black Canadians who are looking to build their own businesses as casting directors, agents, managers and producers should apply for this first-of-its-kind program.

Tous les Canadiens noirs qui cherchent à créer leur propre entreprise en tant que réalisateurs, agents, managers et producteurs devraient postuler à ce programme unique.

Why Change Matters / Pourquoi la transformation est importante

The lack of Black representation as gatekeepers in these areas is a grievous gap in the Canadian ecosystem of Entrepreneurs.

"The value of having a good agent and manager who looks like you and knows the challenges you will have to face is immeasurable, and to have casting directors who can view talent through a different lens will be a game changer in our industry." - Tonya Williams, Actress, Producer, and Founder & Executive Director, Reelworld Screen Institute.

Le manque de représentation des personnes noires en tant que gardiens dans ces domaines est une lacune dans l'écosystème canadien des entrepreneurs.

"La valeur d'avoir un bon agent et manager qui vous ressemble et qui connaît les défis auxquels vous devrez faire face est incommensurable, et avoir des réalisateurs de casting qui peuvent voir les talents sous un angle différent changera la donne dans notre industrie." - Tonya Williams, actrice, productrice et fondatrice et directrice exécutive, Reelworld Screen Institute.

2022 Casting Directors, Agents, Manager Profiles

Tsholo Khalema
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Tsholo Khalema

Actor & Director / Acteur et réalisateur

Cara Douglas
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Cara Douglas

Emerging Casting Director / réalisatrice de casting

Rachel Osbourne
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Rachel Osbourne

Film Marketing / commercialisation de films

Tsenu Zelleke
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Tsenu Zelleke

Public Affairs and Policy Management / affaires publiques et la gestion politique

Katrina Lopes
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Katrina Lopes

Artist Manager (Music) / Manager d'artiste

Jessica Carter
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Jessica Carter

Emerging Manager

Jennifer Irons
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Jennifer Irons

Founder of META Agency / fondatrice de l'agence META

Glenda Clarke
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Glenda Clarke

Emerging Agent

Abby Ayoola
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Abby Ayoola

Executive Producer / productrice exécutif

Gregory Henderson
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Gregory Henderson

Lifestyle Marketing / marketing de mode de vie

2022 Producer Profiles

Keda Edwards Pierre
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Keda Edwards Pierre

Actor & Socialpreneur / Actrice et entrepreneuse social

Audra Gray
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Audra Gray

Actor & Producer / Actrice et productrice

Chibie Okoye
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Chibie Okoye

Producer / productrice

Sheldon Shaw
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Sheldon Shaw

Film Producer/Editor

Louis Mercier
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Louis Mercier

Actor / Acteur

We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

For sponsorship opportunities contact Pahull Bains at pahull@reelworld.ca

Nous reconnaissons le soutien du gouvernement du Canada par l'agence fédérale de développement économique pour le Sud de l'Ontario.

Pour les opportunités de parrainage, contactez Pahull Bains à l’dresse pahull@reelworld.ca

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ACTRA National
Shaftesbury
Telefilm Canada

We would also like to thank the following Industry Partners for their support:

Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
Afroglobal Television
Black Screen Office
Black Academy
Casting Directors Society of Canada (CDC)
Channel Zero
CMF
CMPA
Freddie Films Inc
Independent Media Producers Association of Creative Talent (IMPACT)
Independent Production Fund (IPF)
Playback
Meridian Artists
Oya Media Group
Talent Agents and Managers Association of Canada (TAMAC)
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

Upcoming Reelworld Programs & Events

NABET Info Session #2: Props

NABET Info Session #2: Props

Reelworld is partnering with NABET 700-M UNIFOR to provide an in-depth understanding of how to join various below-the-line departments within the screen industry. In continuation of series of webinars, join Michelle Braham, Property Manager, and explore the world of Props. This discussion will cover different roles and responsibilities that exist within the Props Department and what a typical day on set might look like. The session will also cover the pathway to working on sets in film and television, how to get unionized, as well as information about NABET apprenticeships. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.

#herframematters

#herframematters

After almost a year of behind the scenes research, this panel reveals Reelworld Foundation’s industry wide analysis of how racialized women are perceived and received in Canadian Media in front and behind the screen. #HERFRAMEMATTERS hopes to identify systemic barriers and stereotypical depictions of women and develop a Protocol Guideline that can be used by producers, distributors, and industry professionals to make a monumental change in the landscape. By attending this panel, you will learn more about the research from the team behind the scenes and discover how you add meaningful contributions to this study.