A Director’s Journey: Conversation with Award-winning Director Pete Chatmon

A Director's Journey: Conversation with Award-winning Director Pete Chatmon

Join us for an in-depth conversation with director Pete Chatmon! Moderated by LAFS Faculty, Jay Zabriskie, the conversation will include best practices for working with a creative team, and the how & why behind the choices directors make for their audience. They will also discuss Pete Chatmon’s new book, “Transitions: A Director’s Journey and Motivational Handbook,” inspiring new directors.

Pete’s credits include: Insecure, Silicon Valley, You, Atypical, Grey’s Anatomy, Black-ish, A Million Little Things, Station 19, Mixed-ish, Single Parents, All Rise, Blindspotting, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Grown-ish, The Last OG, Greenleaf, and Mythic Quest.

 

With a deft ability to balance both half-hour single-camera comedies and one-hour dramas, PeteChatmon has directed episodes of HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant, Insecure, Silicon Valley, and Love Life, Netflix’s You and Atypical, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Black-ish, A Million Little Things, Station 19, Mixed-ish and Single Parents, CBS’s All Rise and The Unicorn, Starz’ Blindspotting, FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, FreeForm’s Grown-ish, TBS’s The Last OG, OWN’s Greenleaf, and the Apple TV+ series Mythic Quest. He is in development on The Education of Matt Barnes with Showtime, for which he will direct the pilot and serve as executive producer and is currently co-executive producer and producing director on Reasonable Doubt, the first project to be produced via Hulu’s Onyx Collective. His debut feature as writer/director, “Premium”, starred Dorian Missick, Zoe Saldana, and Hill Harper and premiered on Showtime after a limited theatrical run. Chatmon also wrote, produced, and directed “761st”, a documentary on the first black tank battalion in WWII, narrated by Andre Braugher. He received the Tribeca Film Institute “All Access” Program’s Creative Promise Narrative Award for the heist screenplay “$FREE.99”. Through TheDirector, his Digital Studio, he has directed, shot, and edited content for advertising agencies and Fortune 500 brands. Chatmon’s career began in 2001 with the Sundance selection of his NYU thesis film, “3D”, starring Kerry Washington. His most recent short film, “BlackCard”, premiered on HBO, and his narrative podcast, “Wednesday Morning” engaged voters around the 2020 election. He is developing several episodic concepts and feature films while booking episodes for the upcoming cable, broadcast, and streaming seasons. His podcast, “Let’s Shoot! with Pete Chatmon” is available on YouTube, iTunes, and all podcast platforms. His debut book, “Transitions: A Director’s Journey and Motivational Handbook” was recently released by Michael Wiese Productions, publisher of the world’s best-selling books for independent filmmakers.

Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @petechatmon.

https://www.instagram.com/petechatmon/

Book: https://www.amazon.com/Transitions-Directors-Journey-Motivational-Handbook/dp/161593331X/

Website: https://petechatmon.com/

Changing the Face of PR Panel

Changing the Face of PR Panel

Join us for a roundtable discussion featuring black executives from Warner Media, Netflix and Starz. In their roles at these companies, these execs focus on inclusivity, while elevating the importance of authentic and intentional representation in the industry.

Career Development Presents | Unreal Engine: Breaking The Mold!

Career Development Presents | Unreal Engine: Breaking The Mold!

Don’t miss Career Development’s exciting panel featuring professionals from both film and animation discussing Unreal Engine in virtual production and how it’s changing the game in filmmaking at every level —from creative opportunities for artists to altering the entire pipeline in TV, commercials, and film! Moderated by Joffery Black and Santosh Oommen, guests on the panel include Addy Ghani, VP of Virtual Production of Disguise, Brooke Stone, Post-production VFX Supervisor, Gary Suissa, Rigging/Mo-Cap Specialist, and Ty Thomson, Virtual Production Supervisor at Technicolor. Join us for an exciting look at where virtual production is now, where it’s headed, and how Unreal has cemented its place in production!

Career Development Presents | BeatStars: How to Start Making Money with Your Beat$

Career Development Presents | BeatStars: How to Start Making Money with Your Beat$

Career Development is bringing BeatStars directly to you on January 27th! BeatStars is the #1 music marketplace to buy & sell beats. Join us for this virtual industry panel as representatives give you tips, advice, and strategies on how you can start making money with your beats! Not only will you get a multitude of knowledge, but you will have the opportunity to have your beats played live in front of our industry panel as well. There will also be a very special announcement for all attendees!

Virtual Alumni Chat (Part 2) with Animation Alumnus, David Estes

Virtual Alumni Chat (Part 2) with Animation Alumnus, David Estes

Join us for this upcoming Virtual Chat Part 2 with Alumni and Game Creator, David Estes! Learn about the dos and don’ts of creating a video game! See the concept turned to reality in his game, Animation Studio Manager, which is a strategy/management simulator that pits you against the industry’s top Producer and your ultimate rival – your Mother!

Check out his game and work!

YouTube: http://youtube.com/c/DavidEstesCreations

Animation Studio Manager:
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1720240/Animation_Studio_Manager/

IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4592295/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DavidECreations

Military Conversations with Animation Alumnus, David Estes

Military Conversations with Animation Alumnus, David Estes

Join us for “Military Conversations” feature Animation alumni David Estes, as we catch up with him and learn about his journey in the world of animation and his latest projects.

Check out his game and work!

YouTube: http://youtube.com/c/DavidEstesCreations

Animation Studio Manager (My Game): https://store.steampowered.com/app/1720240/Animation_Studio_Manager/

IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4592295/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DavidECreations

Clinton Sparks X LAFS

Clinton Sparks X LAFS

Are you ready to level up in the entertainment industry? Career Development is proud to present an exclusive mentoring / Q&A event with CLINTON SPARKS that took place on November 2, 2021, at 11am!

Clinton is a Grammy nominated producer and DJ who has sold over 75 million records worldwide, and worked with artists such as Lady Gaga, Usher, Tyga, Pit Bull, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, and more. In addition to his success in the music industry, Clinton has worked in television as a host on E! Entertainment, as well as in the gaming space with his emerging E-Sports brand, XSET.

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Exploring the World of Multicultural Marketing with HBO

Exploring the World of Multicultural Marketing with HBO

Don’t miss our exclusive virtual conversation featuring Jessica Vargas – Director, Multicultural Marketing, at HBO and HBO Max, in her role, Jessica focuses on inclusivity while developing authentic and intentional campaigns that reflect the diverse world that we live in. With the launch of HBO’s ambicultural movement and campaign, Pa’lante!, she is helping to shape the future of HBO and multi-cultural marketing. You won’t want to miss this chat!

Moderated by Evelyn Brito

Jessica Vargas Director, Multicultural Marketing, HBO Max and HBO

Jessica Vargas is director, Multicultural Marketing, at HBO Max and HBO, working across the HBO Max portfolio, responsible for the strategic and creative oversight of targeted marketing efforts and business initiatives to the network’s Latino audiences. This includes HBO, HBO Latino, and all of HBO’s digital platforms. ​

Among her most recent accomplishments at HBO Max and HBO, Jessica led the successful launch of HBO Max’s new audience initiative, Pa’lante! an always-on social platform to engage the Latinx audience with the purpose of representing, celebrating, and empowering the community and ultimately driving retention, loyalty, and viewership growth. She also recently spearheaded the launch of “Are You Listening?” a content series inspired by the HBO award-winning series Habla and the Pa’lante Promise, a way to support Latino creatives through a partnership with WarnerMedia’s OneFifty. In the past 3 years, she has also launched a Latino Stand-Up competition, a Latinx Short-Film competition, and a New York City school program bringing the arts to students of color.

Jessica has also led the development of award-winning marketing campaigns for Habla y Vota (Mosaic Media Image Award for Advocacy & New York Festival Award Certificate), El Hipnotizador (Festival Iberoamericano de Promociones y Eventos (Grand Prix Crystal)), Alejandro Sanz + Carlos Santana (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Award (EMMA)), and Yandel (New York Festival Award, Bronze World Medal).

​Jessica joined HBO as a marketing associate, Affiliate Operations, in 2010, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of provider-specific print and media campaigns for acquisition and retention marketing activity related to segment marketing, documentaries, sports, retail and new product launches. In 2012, Jessica was promoted to marketing manager and in 2015, the Multicultural marketing team was restructured and placed under the Consumer Marketing division of HBO.

​Before her career at HBO, Jessica worked at Reader’s Digest and Parenting Magazine where she partnered with sales reps to respond to RFPs, offering and executing merchandising proposals for such brands as Neutrogena, Kraft, Motts, Pepperidge Farm, and Clorox. At Reader’s Digest she got her first taste of Hispanic Marketing when she developed custom integrated marketing presentations for Selecciones and selecionnes.com, the Hispanic magazine part of Reader’s Digest.

Jessica holds a BA in International Business with a minor in French from The State University of New York at New Paltz. She is a member of Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE), Educational Opportunity Program National Honor Society. For more information, please visit www.vargasjessica.com.