LaFaye Baker - Founder
Ms. Baker has been in the entertainment industry for over 22 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”. In addition, to her career as a stunt performer she has been working as a Probation Officer for over 23 years. As a Los Angeles County employee Baker has worked at Sylmar juvenile halls, Van Nuys area office and several boys’ detention camps as the program coordinator. During her tenure she has and developed several innovative and creative special programs for juvenile delinquents.
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).
Ms. Baker graduated from California State University Long Beach where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree. In 2002 she completed the University of California Los Angeles Film, Television and Digital Entertainment Studies Certificate Program. Other associations LAAAWPPI and former member of Stuntwomen’s Associations 15 years.
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.
Thelonius Alexander has over 25 years of business development, pre-production, entrepreneurship and corporate tax experience in the public and private sector of music, film and sports entertainment. He is the former Corporate Tax Manager for Lionsgate Entertainment, Inc. (LG). A leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution and new channel platforms.
As the Tax professional, he is responsible for the preparation of quarterly
and year end tax provision calculations, 10-K disclosures U.S. and worldwide, FAS109 and preparing consolidated federal and state tax returns, perform tax research and communicating and managing tax credits and federal/state incentive programs for LG and over 300 film and TV production subsidiaries. He was the associate producer of “Hopelessly in June” and Line produced with Nessb productions shows, while engaged with various entrepreneur projects.
From 1992 to 2007 he owned and operated multiple Shell Oil Gas stations, Food mart stores and carwash in the Los Angeles area. He just recently sold the multiple footwear and apparel retail locations that he operated as the Director of Operations for Alex John Enterprises, Inc.
As a former student athletic he earned his undergraduate degree from Grand Canyon University with a B.S. in Accounting. He enrolled at Golden Gate University for the Jurist Doctoral and Master of Business Taxation program in Los Angeles and received a Master of Science in Entertainment and Sports Management, specializing in TV/Film production, from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.
After pursuit of his dream of playing professional basketball overseas he returned to the community he grew up in, South Central Los Angeles. Recognizing the challenges facing the youth in the community and the need to provide assistance, Thelonius actively sought out, as well as, recruited others to participate in community based assistance programs.
Mr. Alexander, realize the influence of sports in the community, has founded the Shirts-N-Skins Foundation, Inc. in 1993. The Shirts-N-Skins Foundation, Inc. WWW.shirtsnskinsfoundation.com.
Was formed to enhance the educational opportunities of the inner-city student athlete, so that he/she can become responsible and productive citizens. He has been active in numerous community and industry organizations. The former board of directors of Shell Oil Company’s Los Angeles Dealer Council and serves as a member of Shell’s National Dealer Council. He also served as an advisor to both Shell Oil Company and Texaco Oil Company regarding minority dealership recruitment and capital lending.
Mr. Alexander is the former Board of Director, for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. He served on Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., national committee on Housing and Economic Community Development and currently is the chairmen of chapter expansion for the Western Province.
He has served as a member of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, and was chairman of the 1992 Los Angeles Classic Basketball Tournament, currently known as the John Wooden Basketball Tournament.
Tiffany N. Smith-Anoa’i
CBS TV, Vice President Entertainment Diversity & 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.
Her most recent Film and Television achievements include producing the HBFF Opening Night Film, “Note to Self” (starring Christian Keyes, Richard T. Jones, LeToya Luckett, Brian McKnight, Eva Marcille, Clifton Powell and Valarie Pettiford); Executive Producing and Show Running GMC TV and Films’ first scripted television series “She’s Still Not My Sister” (starring Kellita Smith and Jackee Harry) derived from GMC’s record-breaking teleplay “She’s Not Our Sister” which helmed as the top rated show in GMC network history; Executive Producing “The Perfect Gift” (starring Ruben Studdard and Golden Brooks); Producing “Perfect Combination” (starring Christian Keyes), “Lord All Men Can’t Be Dogs” (starring Vivica A. Fox), “He’s Mine, Not Yours” (starring Gabrielle Dennis and Wendy Raquel Robinson); and a plethora of other productions which have broadcasted on BET, GMC TV, Oxygen, Bounce TV and other ancillary distribution platforms.
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.
Southern California Edison
With more than a decade of experience in sustainable design and construction, Jessica Mack is devoted to uniting necessary stakeholders to improve the performance Biography of buildings. As the manager of Southern California Edison’s (SCE) New Construction Services, she oversees the field delivery of all non-residential new construction energy efficiency programs. Her responsibilities include the implementation of program operations and achievement of demand side management goals, particularly energy and peak demand savings. Mack’s organization saves more than 50 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, the equivalency to an avoidance of 36 metric tons of carbon dioxide or the electric use of more than 4,000 homes per year.
Prior to working at SCE, Mack was the senior program manager for Sempra Energy Utilities responsible for managing the State of California Partnership program (Governor’s Green Building Initiative) and the Savings By Design program. Mack began her career with the City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering where she worked on the design and construction of many public works projects including the $178 million Proposition DD: Library Bond Program and $600 million Proposition Q: Public Safety Bond.
Mack holds a B.A. in Architecture with an emphasis on environmental design and construction management from the University of Southern California. Dedicated to the promotion of green industry and its professionals, she currently sits on the board of directors for U.S. Green Building Council – Los Angeles (USGBC-LA) and the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). A native Californian, Mack has lived in the Los Angeles area for the past fifteen years with her husband, Johnny, and four children
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.
Coca Cola, Sales Manager
Vickie Owens utilizes her leadership skills of over 19 years of experience as a results-oriented sales and marketing professional with proven success in comprehensive strategic planning, and implementation skills in managing key multimillion-dollar consumer goods and technology manufacturers in the retail channel. Outside of DITR, Vicki is a Area Sales Manager for Coca-Cola Refreshments West Business Unit– managing a high-productivity diverse sales team focused on increasing revenue, growing market share, and profits in the retail market segment. She has a proven talent to create strong, positive long-term working relationships with internal and external customers at all levels, and cross-functional departments. Vicki holds a Bachelor of Science in Business/Information Technology from the University of Phoenix. She has served on the Board of Coca-Cola Enterprising Women as the Committee Chair of Member Development.
Broadway Federal Bank, Marketing Manager
Tanya Victor currently serves as the Marketing Manager for Broadway Federal Bank, the largest minority-owned bank on the west coast with assets of approximately $500 million. Previously, Ms. Victor was a change-agent for Broadway Federal Bank in her capacity as Relationship Manager, responsible for new business development and outreach with a primary focus on faith-based and non-profit organizations. Ms. Victor also proved to be a formidable influencer within the entertainment and professional sports industry attaining an impressive A-list clientele.
In addition to her current banking responsibilities, Ms. Victor is developing a Financial Literacy program that targets underserved and underprivileged youth in the Los Angeles community, and focuses primarily on the importance of saving. This initiative is not only a local empowerment plan, it is also a component of the President’s goal to encourage, motivate and stimulate a power-seeking impetus for achievement at the pre-college level and beyond.
Prior to her employment with Broadway Federal Bank, Ms. Victor founded and managed “T. Victor and Associates”, an independent company specializing in marketing, promotion, placement, and merchandising of high-end, luxury products for the entertainment industry. Her expertise in this venue includes product placement in: fine jewelry, automobiles, designer beverages, spirits, and couture. Her impressive client list included Damiani Diamonds, Fionz Fine Jewelry, BMW/Mini Cooper, and Cattier Champagne. She is the recipient of several sales and customer service “awards of excellence”.
Ms. Victor currently serves as Board Treasurer for the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP), and is a member of the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC) – Education Foundation Board. Most recently, she has joined the Board of the “Diamond in the Raw” Foundation, a non-profit organization which nurtures, educates & inspires at-risk teen girls.
DGA 2nd Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator
Eddie’s journey started several decades ago when he decided to pursue his well thought out passion of becoming a professional stuntman. With less then a few dollars in his pocket Eddie drove west and slept in his car in hopes of fulfilling his dreams
His steadfast determination quickly landed him on movie sets, where he volunteered his time and gained the necessary skills and networking tools required to establish relationships in Hollywood. Shortly, there after he met world-renowned bodyguard and Fitness Guru Rashon Khan. Rashon introduced Eddie to several entertainment professionals including Eddie Murphy. Eddie Murphy hired him immediately per Rashon as a member of his regime. It was during that time Eddie met several prominent stunt coordinators such as 2nd Unit Directors Greg Elam, Charlie Picerni and Film Director Kennan Ivory Wayans, who served as mentors and advisors. These two prominent stunt coordinators provided Eddie with the necessary techniques and skills, landing him his break in the industry as a Stunt Coordinator and 2nd Unit Director.
Eddie, first stunt coordinating job was “Last Days of Russell” under the Director Oscar Winner Reginald Hudlin, a television pilot for CBS. His first directorial project was under the Primetime Emmy Winner Keenen Ivory Wayans Scary Movie 2, which allowed Eddie to become a member of the Directors Guild of America. He states that Keenan Ivory Wayans taught him the nuts and bolts about directing and entertainment industry.
Eddie has worked with several major A list actors such as Mel Gibson, Samuel Jackson, Ashton Kucher, Harrison Ford, and George Clooney, to name a few. On the Director side, he has worked with individuals such as, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Kevin Reynolds, Thomas Carter, Eddie Bianchi, and Mary Lou Belli. He has coordinated or 2nd Unit Directed such movies and television shows as “Little Man,” “Scary Movie 2,” “White Chicks,” “Scooby Doo,” “The Corner,” “Guess Who,” “Colored Girls,” “Baggage Claim” etc.
He is a member of the Directors Guild of American and Screen Actors Guild.
His outside affiliations: Free Mason Lodge 542, Signet Chapter #57 Royal Arch Mason of California, Omega Council #9 Knight Templar, Pasadena Scottish Rite and Noble of Al Malaikah Shrine Los Angeles, California.
Eddie also works diligently as the Executive Vice President at Acramedia Inc.
A & W Accountant