WASHINGTON, D. C. –  The Walter Kaitz Foundation is hosting its second annual program aimed at connecting mid-to-upper level professionals of color with producing, directing and writing/story producing credits in nonfiction/reality, with network and production company executives.  Hosted in conjunction with Founding Sponsor, Scripps Interactive Networks, and Corporate Sponsor, NBCUniversal, “The Hollywood Creative Forum-Credentialed Meet & Greet” (HCF-CMG) is being held on Tuesday, April 5th at the Beverly Hills Country Club in Los Angeles.  The kick-off for the HCF-CMG is an exclusive VIP Reception for attendees at the Four Seasons Hotel on Monday, April 4th.

“Not only is the Hollywood Creative Forum a great forum for people of color who have been in the industry to gain access to executives and advance their careers, but this is also an opportunity for network and production executives to meet potential future hires,” said David M. Porter, Executive Director of The Walter Kaitz Foundation.  “Thanks to founding sponsor Scripps Interactive Networks for making the event possible, as well as, corporate sponsor, NBCUniversal, and to the executives for taking their valuable time to make this event a real success.”

The event’s keynote speaker is Marvin V. Acuna, acclaimed Executive Producer and Co-Creator of Bravo’s highly-anticipated music competition series, Platinum Hit, hosted by four-time Grammy nominee Jewel.  The program also includes a “Meet and Greet” component and an industry panel that features SiTV’s Rafe Oller and Scripps’ Melissa Sykes.  Attendees will also have networking opportunities during the HCF-CMG’s sponsored breakfast and luncheon.

Networks participating in HCF-CMG include: BET, E! Television, Discovery Networks, HGTV, NUVOtv / SiTV, Scripps Interactive Networks, The Style Network.  Major production companies of nonfiction/reality content that will also take part, include:  DSTV Productions, helmed by Daniel Soiseth, who just signed a major deal with Discovery; Edmonds Entertainment headed by famed producer, Tracey Edmonds;  niche innovator, Film Garden Entertainment; the illustrious High Noon Entertainment; and the groundbreaking nonfiction/reality pioneer, Pie Town Productions.

There is still time for companies to participate through registering online by the deadline of Wednesday, March 30, 2011.   There is no fee for companies participating in the HCF-CMG.

Professionals of color with mid-to-upper level credits as producers, directors and/or writers/story producers for non-fiction/reality programs that have aired programs nationally are eligible to attend.  There is no fee to participate, but an application is required.  Full registration information is available at http://bit.ly/2011_HCF_CMG_Candidate_Sign_Up_Form.

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