THE BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT
Wednesday April 25th at 3PM
LOCATION: THE BIRDHOUSE THEATRE
Are you interested in how things really work in the film industry? the business side of entertainment is an entirely different ball game — albeit one that requires the same amount of creativity and prowess.
This panel will cover the many hidden aspects of ‘making the deal’-- such as what convinces a network executive to acquire a project; legal aspects of protecting directors, on-air and creative talent; and the challenges and pitfalls of physical production and distribution.
BRENNEN DICKER, General Manager SIM Digital Atlanta
Brennen is the General Manager for SIM International (Post) Atlanta. SIM provides production and post-production services for many episodic television series and feature film productions, including; “The Originals”, “The Gifted”, “Dynasty”, “Good Girls”, “Being Mary Jane”, as well as the recent blockbuster “Get Out”. Brennen previously served as Director of Sales (Post) at Crawford Media Services, and has broad experience in all aspects of film and television production, and deep ties to Atlanta’s production community. Earlier in his career, he was executive producer and principal of American Mongrel Productions in Chicago. He was the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship Recipient in 2001. He served as Chair of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta Advisory Council, and serves as Chair of Gov. Relations with the Georgia Production Partnership (GPP) board, and currently was the Chair for the 2018 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Steering Committee. He has also served on the board for The Frazer Center and is a member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
NANCY PRAGER, Entertainment Atty
Moderator: Juddifer Pearson
Judiffier Pearson has woven her creative, entrepreneurial, and academic expertise into a career with a rich tapestry. Over the course of 20 years, she has built successful businesses in an array of industries, including beauty, management consulting, publishing, film & entertainment, and multimedia training. A rare fusion of right-brain creative and left-brain business strategist, she has evolved into a highly sought after speaker, facilitator, consultant, and educator.
Her company, Quest5 Consulting, focuses on entertainment economics, strategic planning, and leadership development. Pearson currently serves on the Creative Industries Board for InvestAtlanta, and as a consultant on the Film Supplier Taskforce comprised of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Tyler Perry Studios, and Invest Atlanta.
Pearson previously worked as a film & entertainment business consultant for the University of Georgia SBDC. There, she served as the key strategist for companies in film, television, music, and digital media markets, helping them to develop growth strategies, secure financing, and expand their brands. She also developed several education programs to build capacity for Georgia’s small businesses to optimize the state film tax credit as camera-ready vendors.
Pearson is a full-time Lecturer of Management at Clayton State University’s College of Business, teaching courses in Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Principals of Management, Organizational Behavior, and Entertainment Management. Pearson earned her MBA from Georgia State University and her bachelor’s degree from The University of Georgia.