LaFaye Baker - Founder
Ms. Baker has been in the entertainment industry for over 20 years as a professional Stuntwoman/Stunt Coordinator. She has over 135 credits in the industry as a Stunt Performer. Ms. Baker also was the first African American Stuntwoman to Stunt Coordinate a big budget project “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.” Ms. Baker currently is the executive producer of a documentary about African American Stuntwomen called “Hollywood at Its Best II”. In addition, to her career as a stunt performer she has been working as a Probation Officer for over 22 years. As a Probation Officer, she has worked with juvenile delinquents and developed several innovative and creative special programs for at risk teens. Ms. Baker discovered that at risks teens were quite intrigued with the entertainment industry. By co-mingling her expertise in dual careers, she plans on increasing the ratio of women working in the entertainment field by creating programs that would be captivating for at risk teens (especially young girls). In 2010 Ms. Baker received the Peace Officer Award for her work in the community. Her passion and thrust in life is to change the imbalance of gender behind the scenes in Hollywood.
Ms. Baker graduated from California State University Long Beach where she received her Bachelors of Arts Degree. In 2002 she completed the University of California Los Angeles Film, Television and Digital Entertainment Studies Program. Baker is also a member of LAAAWPPI-2013 Institute.
Jadie David Co-Founder
At 21 years old, Jadie David performed her first stunt for a motion picture. An accomplished equestrian, Jadie was “discovered” while riding her horse in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. Jadie an accomplished equestrian over a period of 25 years from 1971-996 has appeared in a variety of project
She appeared on the first and only hour-long TV action drama series starring an African American Woman, “Get Christy Love” (1974-1975). Jadie performed the first 3/4 fire burn without the aid of a protective fire suit, “Mandingo” (1975) and performed what was considered to be the second largest stunt of the year, Rollercoaster” (1987). In addition, she doubled one of the leading female action actors of the 1970′s, “Pam Grier.”
Due to several injuries sustained as a stunt performer Jadie was forced to change her professions. In the early 90’s Jadie started working for Paramount Pictures as Production Safety Coordinator. Her responsibilities as Safety Coordinator included making sure productions stayed current with State and Federal Safety Regulations, reading and breaking down scripts for safety recommendations and supervising the production’s safety on set. Jadie also co-wrote one of Paramount Picture’s early Production Safety Programs as well as NBC Production’s first Production Safety Program.
Looking for yet another challenge, Jadie was hired by the Screen Actors Guild as a Field Representative (1991-1996). During the first year of her employment, Jadie saw the need for the Guild to become more involved in stunt safety and the general safety on the set. She went on to develop and manage a Stunt And Safety Department for the Screen Actors Guild. She re-wrote the Guild’s Safety Manual, making it far more comprehensive and included all applicable Safety Standards and Regulations. Jadie also served as the Guild’s representative to the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producer’s Safety Counsel.
You can also find her work archived in the National Archives and Records Administration, a government agency that preserves motion picture and sound recording that document important events relating to the history of the United States. She is a founding member of the United Stuntwomen’s Association and remains an honorary member to this day.
Jadie has always believed strongly in fair hiring of people of color in the entertainment industry. She was Assistant Affirmation Action Consultant for MGM Studios and assisted in locating employment opportunities for people of color (1976). She was co-founder of the Alliance of Stunt performers of Color and was responsible for creating the first Stunt Performers of Color Directory for the Screen Actors Guild. During that time she worked closely with the Guild’s Affirmation Action Department to increase employment for Stunt Performers of Color (1994).
Although Jadie is now retired, she co-founded and works closely with “A Diamond in the Raw”; a 501 3C dedicated to introducing inner city girls to the various employment opportunities in and outside of the entertainment industry. The foundation also raises money for scholarships and provides activities such as mentorship programs, workshops, shadowing programs, etc.
Tiffany N. Smith-Anoa’i
CBS TV Communication
A native of Los Angeles, Tiffany N. Smith-Anoa’i has over 20 years of experience as a creative and dedicated communications professional. Smith-Anoa’i joined CBS Entertainment as a Senior Publicist for primetime series in 2000. Currently Smith-Anoa’i serves as Vice President, Entertainment Diversity & Communications. In this position, she is directly responsible for the development and execution of communications strategies for diversity initiatives and programs across the entire company. Smith-Anoa’i works as a liaison with the writers/producers/directors and casting directors of the CBS Network and Studio to ensure diverse talent is being represented both in front of and behind the camera. Smith-Anoa’i maintains relationships with organizations that represent diverse talent within the entertainment industry with heavy interaction with agencies, coalitions, guilds and other workshop/fellowship programs to develop innovative methods of cultivating diverse TV talent and relationships. In this role she is widely respected among Diversity Coalitions and journalists throughout the industry for her assiduous work ethic and winning personality. Smith-Anoa’i is also considered a “go-to” executive for speaking engagements, mentoring and workshops on all issues that address the state of Diversity within the industry. Smith-Anoa’i oversees the annual CBS Diversity Symposium and is the force behind the CBS On Tour Mentoring Program, which sends executives into classrooms to educate students about potential careers in the entertainment industry.
Smith-Anoa’i also manages the internship and mentorship programs for CBS’ West Coast Communications office. Additionally, she still keeps part of her publicity roots, serving as a publicist for the annual Grammy Awards and other projects.
During her tenure at Image Public Relations, Smith-Anoa’i was responsible for all aspects of publicity and promotions, including the development of press materials and arranging of high profile celebrity appearances. Smith-Anoa’i organized global press efforts for “Sinbad’s Soul Music Festival,” the single largest music event to host groups from one of America’s most significant music eras, the 1970′s.
Prior to her work at Image Public Relations, Smith-Anoa’i worked for NIKE, Inc. where she launched their NIKETOWN stores in, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. In her community, she is actively involved in several charities, including Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Smith-Anoa’i is an honors graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism. Smith-Anoa’i is married to Reno J. Anoa’i and they live in Los Angeles with their daughter.
Detroit, Michigan native Anise Fuller is dedicated to changing the negative perceptions of minorities in film and television into positive uplifting lasting impressions. Anise Fuller has one phase in her mind, “in order to change the perception of what you see, you have to be in control of what is seen.”
A director, producer, writer, professional dancer and actress, Anise has appeared on shows such as “The Shield”, “The Mentalist”, House M.D., It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia just to name a few.
Additionally, Anise was blessed to have held the position of managing director for one of the only Black-owned theaters in Hollywood, COLSAC Theater. This position allowed her the opportunity to hone her skills as a producer, director, and writer, and to cast shows.
Anise also is the president and founder a production company “Walk by Faith Productions.” This is a company that is committed to spreading positive messages to influence the masses through films, TV, as well as documentaries. “Walk By Faith Productions” has produced a documentary on the pandemic of HIV/AIDS globally. It sheds more light on how so many lives have been impacted by this disease. She is passionate about educating men and women to awaken them to the truths about HIV/AIDS and the side effects of the prescribed medication. This documentary follows her through the streets of Paris, London, and the US as she interviewed people of all nationalities, ages, economics and educational backgrounds. Anise currently holds a position of an analyst at Warner Bros Studios in Burbank.
CEO Tri Destined Studios
As Chairperson and CEO of Tri Destined Studios, N.D. Brown oversees business and legal affairs, corporate structure and strategic planning, and green-lights projects for Tri Destined Studios (founded in 1998) and its subsidiary companies. Ms. Brown has produced over 100 multimedia productions and is extremely dedicated to providing employment opportunities to minorities and women who are often underrepresented in the entertainment industry and exposing this same talent to an awaiting global audience. .
Ms. Brown has also produced several community outreach and social awareness projects that she holds dear, including “The Call”, which received critical acclaim for tackling and exposing the torments of AIDS; the Art House Film, “Why Am I Doing This?” (starring Anthony Montgomery, Tom Huang, Obba Babatunde, Valarie Pettiford, Clyde Katasu and Gerry Bednob) exploring how Asians, African-Americans and other minorities break through the glass ceiling in Hollywood; “The Inner City Destiny Awards” which shines light on the accomplishments of our inner city communities; and the Black Educational Events’ Televised HBCU Sporting Event, “The Angel City Classic”, held at the Los Angeles Coliseum to over 80,000 stadium fans and 8 million Fox Sports TV Viewers.
Under the helm of Tri Destined Casting, Ms. Brown also partnered with Image Entertainment and David E. Talbert to cast a series of filmed play productions for the BET Network including “Suddenly Single” (starring Isaiah Washington, Garcelle Beauvais), “A Fool and His Money” (starring Michael Beach), “What Comes Around Goes Around” (starring Reagan Gomez Preston, Wesley Jonathan and Tony Rock).
Her upcoming productions include “We Are Family” (starring Monique Coleman of High School Musical fame); a highly anticipated rom-com “Always A Bridesmaid” written by Yvette N. Brown of NBC’s Community; “Sorors” TV series created by Fred Thomas Jr.; and “Drill Team”, a dance film optioned by Rouge/Relativity, which she is set to produce with Tri Destined executives, Trey Haley (President), Greg Anderson (TDF President, writer Stomp The Yard) and Veronica Nichols (TDS VP, Prod. and Dev.).
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Abraham and Sallie J. Brown, N.D. Brown holds a MBA from Florida A&M University and studied international affairs at the renowned Institute de Catholique de Paris in France. During her undergraduate studies at Florida A&M University, Ms. Brown pledged the Beta Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated founded in 1913. Throughout her matriculation in Hollywood, N.D. Brown has been featured in The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Upscale Magazine, and other top industry publications for her career achievements. N.D. Brown and Trey Haley founded Tri Destined Studios: Hollywood’s Premiere African-American owned Production and Distribution Studio, in 1998. (née: Nikaya Dwana Brown)
Marika-Active wear Executive VP/ General Manager
Carrie developed “sub brands” under the larger Marika label, which were the first of its kind in the active-wear industry. Essentially she developed a way to include the all important women’s shape-wear concept into women’s everyday active-wear which had not been done before and, as a result the revolutionary products created quite a buzz in the industry, not to mention a tremendous surge in sales! Carrie is frequently called upon as a top resource in the field for popular women’s/health resources and publications such as: Women’s Wear Daily, Apparel Magazine, BODY, Fashion Manuscript… and the list continues to grow.
But Carrie’s drive for new challenges continued. And, while she remained an integral part of the packaging business she helped grow with her husband, Carrie found her way back to the fashion world and joined FAM Brands, LLC in 2008 where she continues today as Executive VP/General Manager of the Marika active-wear brand. Under Carrie’s leadership, the brand has seen phenomenal success across all areas; double digit sale increases were reached from 2010-2011 and even larger increases are forecasted for the brand in 2011-2012.
Carrie currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. In her spare time she loves to jog, ski, travel and keep up a healthy, active lifestyle with her family.
Dawn C. Mallory
Dawn C. Mallory has over 20 years of entertainment industry experience in legal management, project consulting, and most recently producing for film and television.
Armed with an entrepreneurial spirit and thirst for knowledge, Dawn earned her Juris Doctorate Degree from Seton Hall School of Law. With a focus on intellectual property and an interest in the entertainment industry, she parlayed a single internship with a major music label into various business affairs positions in entertainment and media.
As an effective broker of film, television, and licensing opportunities for talent, including New York Times bestselling authors, screenwriters, directors, and producers, Dawn will use her skills in a new production venture targeting women. She strongly believes in helping others, especially young women, to use their many and varied talents to succeed.
Television Commercial Production Manager/Producer
Rebecca started her production career in New York City in 1990. Mainly working on staff for director-owned commercial production companies. These companies included Edge Films with director Ken Nahoum, and Neil Tardio Productions with director. Neil Tardio, after which she became a freelance Production. Manager for three years, before eventually securing a staff position at Flatiron Films with Executive Producer Rusty Ford. In 1995 Rebecca left Flatiron Films and New York City and moved to Los Angeles where she resumed a freelance career of production managing and producing TV commercials. Rebecca had the fortune of working with such directors as Doug Limon (“The Bourne Identity”), John Frankenheimer (“Ronin”), Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), Brett Rattner (“Rush Hour”), and Francis Lawrence (“I am Legend”). A little known fact about Rebecca’s twenty-year career is that she took two years off of production in 2000, joined SAG, and performed stunts in music videos and commercials. She then returned to producing TV commercials in 2002.
In addition, to her vast body of work in commercial production Rebecca has also production-managed documentaries such as “Not Quite Hollywood,” a film about the untold story of Ozploitation film making, and “Leonard Cohen– I’m Your Man,” a film about the life of the musical genius. She has also lent her skills to friends to produce such films as “The Youth In Us” and “American Standoff,” both of which exhibited at the Sundance Film Festival. Rebecca currently resides in Los Angeles and after a career of production managing, producing and stunt performing she is trying her hand at screenplay writing.