Luncheon Featuring Screen Legend Ruby Dee to Highlight NAMIC Creative Summit West Coast

The NAMIC Creative Summit West Coast is scheduled for Friday, April 29, 2005 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) April 18, 2005 -- "A Conversation with Ruby Dee," a special luncheon featuring the legendary actor-writer-producer will highlight the NAMIC Creative Summit West Coast. The announcement was made today by Antoinette Brown-Leon, president, NAMIC Southern California, Inc. An entertainment industry forum focused on the creative aspects of the television business, the NAMIC Creative Summit West Coast is scheduled for Friday, April 29, 2005 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

"We are honored to host Ms. Dee for this event allowing the conference attendees to experience this entertainment industry veteran up close and personal in an intimate setting," said Brown-Leon, regional director, Affiliate Marketing, TV One. A breakfast networking mixer, Career Expo and cocktail reception are also scheduled for the daylong event. Launched in 2004, the Creative Summit West Coast serves as the conference component to the NAMIC Vision Awards, the only industry event recognizing cable's commitment to producing quality, culturally diverse original programming content, now in its eleventh year.

"Last year's tenth anniversary of the Vision Awards was the optimal juncture to broaden NAMIC's reach within the entertainment community and expand on the decade of success experienced since the inception of the awards by producing the adjunct conference," said Kyle Bowser, principal, Res Ipsa Media and Vision Awards founder and executive producer. "The addition of the seminar component was a strategic response to the cable industry's increasing desire to gain direct access to talented professionals of color."

Casting director Chemin Bernard, Chemin Bernard Casting, Eric Brown, senior vice president, West Coast Operations, Charter Communications, Brian Dobbins, manager, Principato-Young Management, Ralph Farquhar, writer-producer, Regan Jon, Inc., Karen Hunte, director, Program Development, KCET, Steven Kuo, senior vice president, Digital Media and Technology, FOX Television, Benito Martinez-Creel, president, Acento Advertising, director Linda Mendoza, Lisa Sorenson, principal, Lisa Sorenson Public Relations, John Tucker, senior account executive, The DeVeaux Group Communications, Ron Turner of Radio One's KKBT FM, Carl Washington, president, Urban Movie Corp. of America, Ken Werner, executive vice president, Distribution, The WB, Kiko Washington, president, Worldwide Human Resources, Warner Bros. and talent agent Patty Woo, president, Talent Works are among the panelists confirmed to date.    

Moderators for breakout sessions covering a myriad of topics related to the television industry's creative arena include producer Karen Horne, former executive, Writing Fellowship Programs at Nickelodeon and Disney, Gabriel Reyes, president, Reyes Entertainment, Michele Rice, vice president, Marketing, TV One and Angel Rivera, national director, Affirmative Action and Diversity, Screen Actors Guild.

"Based on the impact and success of our first NAMIC Creative Summit West Coast, we are expanding our educational program and are pleased to present the first Annual NAMIC Creative Summit East Coast on May, 9, 2005, said Beatrice Robbio, director, Marketing and Communications, NAMIC National.    

Comprised of more than 2,000 members encompassed within seventeen chapters nationally, NAMIC is a non-profit, 501(c) (6) trade association. Founded in 1980, NAMIC programs such as the Annual NAMIC Conference, a cornerstone of Cable Diversity Week, the L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program, and its Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Business are developed to achieve diversity in leadership, employment, procurement, programming and ownership.
   
TelevisionWeek is the media sponsor for the NAMIC Creative Summit West Coast. For registration or more information on the 2nd Annual NAMIC Creative Summit West Coast and the 11th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards call The Baker Group at 310-216-4722. Contact the NAMIC National office for Information on the NAMIC Creative Summit East Coast. Visit www.namic.com for information on membership and upcoming NAMIC events.

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