Saturday, July 21, 2012

4TH Annual Merge Summit - Event

4Th Annual Merge Summit - Event

Posted by Rych McCain, International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist

AUGUST 23-25, 2012

Integrating Faith and Entertainment
At The Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles

Weekend-long Program Features Top Entertainers and Industry Executives including Suzanne de Passe, Clint Culpepper, Will Packer, Donnie McClurkin, DeVon Franklin, Kirk Franklin, Essence Atkins, Hezekiah Walker, Debra Langford, Stephen A. Smith, and Rushion McDonald, among others

   Relevé Entertainment has announced that THE MERGE SUMMIT 2012 will be held August 23-25, 2012 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles. 

ALL Photos are from last year's 2011 Merge Summit taken by Maury Phillips, GQ Media & PR/Front Page Firm

L-R: Kevin Frazier, Wendy R. Robinson Deitrick Haddon
   The event, presented in association with partners EMI Music Publishing, Verity Gospel Music Group, and UPSCALE magazine, integrates faith and entertainment and provides a platform for men and women of faith to interface with, learn from and partner with leading executives and talent in the entertainment industry.

L-R: Kenny Lattimore & Lamman Rucker
  "We are so excited to announce that we will return for the fourth year", said SUMMIT Founder and Chair Holly Carter. "Each year, THE MERGE SUMMIT has grown and changed to represent the evolution of the entertainment business, while always remaining true to our original purpose: to give a voice and opportunity for the gifts and talent of creative men and women of faith who have stories to tell".

   Added SUMMIT Co-Founder & Co-Chair Robi Reed: "Each year, I grow more excited with anticipation of the Merge. It has proven to be an invaluable source of information for all who attend. I have no doubt this time around will be even greater."

L-R: Kimberly Elise & Robi Reed
    Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin said, "I'm excited about the Merge Summit ... by partnering faith with media... we are able to cast a wider net, impact culture in unimaginable ways."  

 The multifaceted program, one of the largest entertainment industry events for people of faith, is a complete weekend of education, inspiration and entertainment. Nearly 100 of the industry's top entertainers and executives will lead more than 20 interactive panel discussions, workshops and Master Class sessions, covering the spectrum of music, television, film, radio, creative development, branding, management and new media.

 Confirmed presenters (in alphabetical order), as of July 3, 2012:
 Austyn Biggers, Sr. Director of Development, BET Networks 
Charlie Jordan Brookins, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, BET Networks 
Clint Culpepper, President, Screen Gems 
Debra Langford, Entertainment Industry Veteran 
Detavio Samuels, Executive Vice President/Director of Client Services, GlobalHue 
DeVon Franklin, Vice President of Production, Columbia Pictures 
Endyia Kinney Sterns, Executive Director, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) 
Essence Atkins, Actress (Are We There Yet?, Half & Half, The Smart Guy) 
Harry Lennix, Actor (Man of Steel, A Beautiful Soul, The Matrix, The Five Heartbeats) 
Holly Carter, President/Producer, Relevé Entertainment (A Beautiful Soul, The Gospel) 
Jazzy Jordan, Executive Vice President/General Manager, Verity Gospel Music Group 
Jeff Clanagan, CEO, Code Black Entertainment
Jon Platt, President, North America Creative, EMI Music Publishing 
Kary McHoul, President, Nigel Lythgoe Entertainment
Kelly Griffin, Sr. Director, Music Programming, BET Networks 
Kirk Franklin, Author/Host/Recording Artist 
Mali Music, Recording Artist 
Michael Elliot, Screenwriter (Like Mike, Brown Sugar, Just Wright) 
Myesha Chaney, Kingdomanity Recording Artist 
Niija Kuykendall, Director of Development, Warner Bros. Pictures 
Rob Gibbs, Music Talent Agent, ICM Partners 
Robi Reed, Vice President, Talent and Casting, Original Programming, BET Networks 
Rose Catherine Pinkney, VP, Development and Original Programming, TV Land 
Rushion McDonald, CEO/Executive Producer, NuOpp, Inc. 
Sheldon Candis, Director (LUV)
Sheilah Belle, Editor in Chief, "The Belle Report"
Stephen A. Smith, Journalist/Commentator/Analyst, ESPN Networks 
Suzanne de Passe, Co-Chairman, de Passe Jones Entertainment 
Tirrell Whittley, Principal/CEO, Liquid Soul Media 
Touré Roberts, Pastor, One Church International 
Tracey Edmonds, Producer (Jumping the Broom, New in Town, Soul Food The Series) 
Traci Lynn Blackwell, Vice President, Current Programming, The CW Network 
Will Packer, Producer (Think Like a Man, Obsessed, Stomp The Yard, Takers, This Christmas) 
Wendy Raquel Robinson, Actress/Philanthropist 
Zola Mashariki, Senior Vice President, Production, FOX Searchlight Pictures 

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