Tyler Perry is set to Keynote the first-ever “Living the Dream: A Career in Content” event at NATPE on Martin Luther King Jr Day this January, at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach.
Both the NAACP and the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts have joined forces with the National Association of Television Program Executives to bring this to life including a panel with Esai Morales, Gloria Calderon Kellett and Benjamin Lobato.
The special event is designed to assist students, young professionals and others with a desire to enter the entertainment and media industries to learn more about how their dreams can become a reality.
“This will be a very special day. A day to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and to inspire and empower young people as they begin a career in entertainment and media.” – JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE
“We are honored to be presenting this event, headlined by Tyler Perry, and in association with two of the most respected organizations in America,” JP Bommel continued. “I know that those that will attend will be enriched with greater knowledge about the opportunities that lie before them.”
Both the NHFA and the NAACP are committed to raising awareness of diversity and inclusion in front and behind the camera as well as in all creative content.
The overall mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
The organizations both have programs to inspire today’s youth and are committed to furthering awareness of multi-cultural content, diversity in media, and inspiring youth to follow their dreams.
Tyler Perry, will deliver the Keynote Address.
Mr. Perry is an outstanding example of an individual who began his career with very little and through extraordinary talent and dedication has risen to the top of the industry in all areas of his multi-talented skills.
Mr. Perry’s remarks will be followed by a panel headlined by CSI: Los Angeles’ Esai Morales, showrunner for USA’s “Queen of the South”, Benjamin Lobato and Netflix’ “One Day at a Time” showrunner Gloria Calderon Kellett, as well as other leading talent, executives, producers and writers who have imbedded storylines of diversity in their works.
The final portion of the day’s presentations will be followed by a “Celebration of Creativity,” in which three pre-selected students will present story ideas dealing with diversity live onstage to a panel of industry-leading development executives.
The three budding young filmmakers will be selected from the NAACP’s Hollywood Bureau film education program, which searches the country for talented young people in a variety of disciplines, and the NHFA’s whose PitchDC and PitchNY programs showcase authentic and original content ideas from NHFA student scholars, alumni and associates.
All proceeds from the event will go to the NATPE Educational Foundation to support educational initiatives.
NATPE will invite students from Miami-area universities and high schools who are interested in getting into the entertainment/media business to the event.
Industry execs attending NATPE will also be in attendance to network and engage with students.
The NATPE Educational Foundation and its programs are focused on creating new professional opportunities for young professionals looking to pursue a career in Hollywood.
“Living the Dream: A Career in Content” will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 21, 2019, one day before NATPE Miami 2019 commences, at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach Florida.