8th Annual NAACP Hollywood Bureau Symposium

The NAACP Hollywood Bureau, in partnership with the John M. Langston Bar Association and BESLA, hosted the 8th Annual NAACP Hollywood Bureau Symposium, entitled "Film Financing in Black and White," which was sponsored by The Ford Motor Company.  The event, which brought together a distinguished panel of industry insiders discussed what it takes to bring together and secure film financing. The panel provided real-life experiences, best practices and a metrics for what it takes to get projects green-lite. The panel also discussed the unique obstacles in securing funding for projects that have a predominately minority cast, and reflected on the recent comments made by George Lucas expressing the difficulties he experienced in securing funding for "Red Tails" as a backdrop.

Moderated by Ramsey Jay, Jr. of Ares Management, the panel included: Nicole Brown, EVP, Production, Mandate Pictures; Zola Mashariki, SVP, Production, Fox Searchlight Pictures; David McGriff, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan; Darrell Miller, Partner, Fox Rothschild, LLP; and Elizabeth Powell, VP Business and Legal Affairs IM Global.

As part of this event and for the fourth consecutive year, the NAACP/Ford Motor Company Grant was awarded to Blair Underwood for the Students Helping Our World (S.H.O.W.)  S.H.O.W. is a program to motivate high school kids from lower performing schools to improve their grades and attendance.  In 2009, S.H.O.W. was founded in Chicago and partnered with the Kanye West Foundation to provide a concert for 6 Chicago public high schools.