Executives Gather at 2017 Creative + Investor Summit

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(Press Release) On Thursday, June 8th, industry leadership from Georgia to California gathered at Eagle Rock Studios to learn, grow and connect at the 2017 Creative + Investor Summit. The Summit, presented this year by the Ritz Group and produced by Matchbook Media Group, proved to be a success with filmmakers and investors alike.

The day began with VIP Studio Tours of Eagle Rock Studios with shuttle service provided by Enterprise. Attendees then heard a Welcome and State of the Industry Address by keynote speaker Ric Reitz, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, Studio Executive Beth Talbert, Randall Franks, Patricia Taylor and Clark Cofer.

Next was a Diversity Panel sponsored by Letterbox Legal with Leadership from WIFTA, SAG-AFTRA and the Atlanta Film Society. Guests were provided beverages by Eagle Rock Distributors throughout the event. Dave Drabik then led a Pitch Workshop with Cindy Hogan to train creatives on how to launch their projects.

Dinner was then provided by Zoes Kitchen while guests observed a Business of Industry Panel. After dinner, six participants were able to pitch their projects live at the Entertainment Shark Attack. During the event, VIP Guests were able to relax and network in a Green Room sponsored by MatchKey Consulting and M&M Event Rentals. The night ended with a Finance and Distribution Panel where investors and creatives could ask questions and learn how to launch successful projects.

DIVERSITY PANEL – From Left to Right

Lorielle Broussard, Executive Director of Women in Film and Television Atlanta (WIFTA). Moderator Fran Burst. Deborah Gonzalez, Esq., Executive Director of Letterbox Legal and Candidate for Georgia State House of Representatives – District 117. Redge Green, First African-American paraplegic actor/artist in SAG-AFTRA and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Melissa Rivera, Actor and SAG-AFTRA Local Diversity Committee Co-Chair. Melissa Goodman, Executive Director of SAG-AFTRA Local . Ray Benitez, Actor, SAG-AFTRA Diversity Committee Co-Chair, ATLFF Board Member

Photo by Ray Bengston, Feature Film Director and Founder of EyeKool Production and Photography  

BUSINESS OF INDUSTRY PANEL – From Left to Right

Moderator Noah Scammon, Partner at Matchbook Media Group(MMG). Barbara Divisek, Casting Director and Producer, Executive Director of Atlanta Acting Arts. Drew Sawyer, Producer and Managing Partner at Moonshine Post Production. Ramahan Faulk, Special Effects Producer from Avatar, Deadpool and Crysis:The Game. Taylor Owenby, Producer and Partner at Matchbook Media Group(MMG). Auric Steele, Entertainment Attorney. Alexander White, Talent Agent and Founder of the Alexander White Agency. 

Photo by Ray Bengston, Feature Film Director and Founder of EyeKool Production and Photography  

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