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Dubbed “The Black Sundance,” the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is an annual 4-day celebration of Black Cinema drawing together established filmmakers, popular film and TV stars, writers, directors, industry executives, emerging artists, and diverse audiences from Southern California and around the world. HBFF’s INFOTAINMENT CONFERENCE features a wealth of informational panels and workshops covering a wide variety of topics which include: film production, distribution and marketing, pitching, writing for television and film, in addition to specific programs designed to inform and educate actors.

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Saturday, October 27 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hollywood's Top Guns: The Truth about Packaging, Negotiating & Dealmaking

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A panel of agents and managers discuss what they look for in taking on a new client, and how to get in front of agents and managers and be taken seriously.


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avatar for Brian Dobbins

Brian Dobbins

Partner, Principato-Young
As the grandson of a sharecropper and a kid growing up in Long Beach, Principato-Young partner Brian Dobbins was more than a freeway trip away from Hollywood. "I was the first person in my family to attend university, so a lot of expectations went along with that," he reflects. At UCLA during the late '80s and early '90s, where he majored in English ("a useful, all-purpose degree"), Dobbins produced some wildly popular on-campus music events... Read More →
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Billy Hawkins

Motion Picture Literary Agent, Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
Billy Hawkins is a Motion Picture Literary agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency based in Los Angeles with offices in New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. Hawkins works in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the world’s leading filmmakers, including Spike Lee, J.J. Abrams, Guillermo Arriaga, Louis Leterrier, and Gideon Yago, among others. He also works... Read More →
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Jelani Johnson

Talent Manager, Generate
Jelani Johnson is a talent manager at the Santa Monica based management company Generate. After briefly working at the Creative Artists Agency, Johnson transitioned to management in 2010. His client list includes actors, comedians, writers and directors.  In addition to his work in entertainment, Johnson also serves on the Board of Directors (as Vice-President) for The HERO Institute Foundation. This non-profit... Read More →
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Matt Johnson, Esq.

Managing Partner, Ziffren Brittenham, LLP
Matt Johnson is the managing partner of Ziffren Brittenham, LLP. He has an extensive film and television practice, representing some of the most recognizable on-camera talent today as well as many renowned film and television producers, directors and writers. He also represents some of the biggest superstars in the world of sports. Johnson combines an impressive accounting background with an "outside-the-box... Read More →
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Dana Sims

Talent Agent, ICM
Dana Sims began her career at the prestigious William Morris Agency where she was quickly promoted to talent agent. Her passion for music came out of the urban arena and she served as vice president for four years. During this time her clients included Ludacris, Rihanna, Jill Scott, Nelly, Common and Keri Hilson. She worked as a liaison between the talent and music departments and secured several prolific roles... Read More →
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Darryl Taja

President, Epidemic Pictures and Management
Mr. Taja is the true definition of entrepreneur. At the age of 19, he began his career working as a music promoter while studying finance at Howard University, where he promoted over 75 concerts including, “The Budweiser Superfest”, with capacity crowds ranging from 2500 to 10,000 specifically targeting the African-American demographic.   Mr. Taja devised strategic urban marketing campaigns for RCA, Def Jam, Mercury and... Read More →


Saturday October 27, 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm
W Hotel, Great Room 1 & 2 6250 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood CA 90028

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