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(Black Enterprise) — Its name may also begin with a “B”– like “black”–but Bounce TV executive Will Packer warns viewers not to mistake his new network for BET. Bounce, he says, will be different. Sure, its target audience is also African American, but Bounce distinguishes itself from Black Entertainment Television, Centric and TV One by its potential reach alone. When it debuts this fall, the Atlanta-based channel, which estimates it will reach 50% of US households at launch (and will grow as it establishes distribution deals like the recent one inked with Raycom Media), will be the first free broadcast network of its kind–a relief for those who can’t afford cable. “We are working to make Bounce available to everyone,” says Packer, the network’s chief strategy and marketing officer, of the plans to broadcast programming on the digital signals of local television stations nationwide, which allows viewers free access to the content.
By Felicia Pride
Producers. They’re the ones behind the scenes of our favorite movies who work tirelessly to make stuff happen. They are the business behind the media, putting together all the necessary pieces—from casting to budget to distribution-that turn an idea into cinema. Sure, you’ve heard of Ice Cube, whose one of the most active Black film producers in Hollywood these days, and all the other A-list actors who’ve naturally spawned off their own production companies, but there are other less well-known producers out there, helping to fuel the entertainment machine called Hollywood. Here are ten (individual and teams) black film producers who toil behind the scenes so that we can sit back, relax, and be entertained.
Stephanie Allain Bray
Although she’s been a VP of production at Columbia and President of Jim Henson Pictures, Bray has also been a midwife, helping to shepherd Hollywood careers of filmmakers like John Singleton and Darnell Martin. In 2003, she launched her own company, Homegrown Films where she’s produced a range of projects including Hustle & Flow, Something New, and Black Snake Moan.