With The Right Strategy, There Are NO LIMITS.
We sit at a crossroads of entertainment content need. More than ever before, distributors MUST consider the demographic reach of the content they produce. And, more than ever it has become apparent that viewers from all demographics are ripe and waiting to enjoy nontraditional content aimed at them. Afrofuturism and Afro Horror properties that have dipped their toe into these waters have emerged as blockbusters. Our Strategy is to change how people view entertainment.
KEVIN M.J. MURPHY
CO-Founder/ Executive Producer
Kevin M.J. Murphy is an author and entertainment IP creator specializing in Action, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Boys animated and live-action properties. He began his career writing for highly acclaimed independent “Quest Studios Anthology" Comic Series. Has worked as a freelance writer and concept creator for Hasbro Toy Group’s Fantasy Factory, Elric of Melnebone, Wizards Of The Coast, Magic The Gathering. Wrote original screenplay for Ratti Entertainment “Black Salt” feature & created Legend Of New Shaolin animated series. Landed distribution deals with Fox 4Kids & Porchlight Entertainment.
Strategic Partner / Executive Producer
A man of many hats, With experience and Hands-on knowledge in consumer products, branding, and business innovation, Deon has provided design direction for the complete range of product concepts and designs for companies such as Lions Gate, Disney, Marvel, DreamWorks, and Fox. Deon got his start in Toy Design working for Kenner / Hasbro, Jakks, Spinmaster and later moved into the entertainment industry creating for, Comics, Toy’s, TV, animation and video games.
M. NICOLE SMITH
VP of Development / Executive Producer
M. Nicole Smith has had her hands deep in entertainment and concept development for years. In 2014 she helped launch the 12 Strong Weeks online writing portal as one of its site developers and original authors. She has worked in online publishing and as concept consultant for 808 Media & Entertainment. Her years of experience in design and customer engagement has helped to hone her sense of what entertains and excites. She is currently assisting in developing several IP's for television and film for KDS Entertainment.
JAMES L. GILMORE
Director / Executive Producer
James Gilmore is the CEO and President of The November Company, a production company based in the Midwest. As a graduate of the Los Angeles Film School, James earned a Masters Degree in Film & Television. James founded The November Company in 2013. James has a proven talent for executive producing and directing film projects. James has produced and directed over 25 projects from Hollywood, California to his home state of Columbus, Ohio. James has established The November Company into a full cycle production company that specializes in producing stories through its lifecycle. James has recently written and directed a documentary that focused on a thriving neighborhood dealing with segregation in the 1960s in Central Ohio. James Directors Reel
THE DIRECTOR / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Andrena Hale is a showrunner, executive producer of premium documentary series whose body of work includes Hip Hop Treasures, The Black Beauty Effect, American Gangster: Trap Queens, The Great Christmas Light Fight, the How They Got There series, and Ruff Ryders Chronicles “The Rise of Ruff Ryders”. She has produced shows for a variety of networks and streaming services including ABC, CBS, Netflix, Fox,
BET, A&E, Bravo, Discovery, and has worked with major production companies including Pulse Films, Fremantle Media North America, A. Smith & Co., eOne, the Nacelle Company, 3Ball Entertainment, and Jesse Collins Entertainment.
Prior to television, Andrena worked with her cousin, the legendary Broadway producer Woodie King, Jr., as an Associate Producer at his New Federal Theatre. There she wrote and produced shows including With Certain Regrets starring the late Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire, The Wire), Andre Royo (Empire, The Wire), and Yolonda Ross (The Chi, How to Get Away With Murder); a piece that was invited to the Samuel French Short Play Festival two years in a row.
She also wrote I Do, a ten-minute play that was honored at the Going to the River: A Celebration of African American Women Playwrights produced by the famed Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City. Prior to her artistic endeavors, Andrena enjoyed success in the music industry. First as a
Director’s Rep for the music video division of the now defunct Riviera Films where she represented Gus Van Sant, Roman Coppola, and Fab 5 Freddy, and produced music videos for Elton John, Nas, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Method Man, and KRS One. Ms. Hale’s role in the music industry transitioned then into music producer management. She reared the careers of Grammy award-winning producer Rockwilder (Jay- Z, Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliot, Redman, and Busta Rhymes), and legendary brothers Da Beatminerz (Black Moon, Rah Digga) before being recruited by Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment to fill the position of Director of Producer Management where she managed his celebrated Hitmen production team.
Andrena, a product of Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts film program, is currently in development on a slate of documentary and scripted television series. She splits her time between Los Angeles and her hometown of Detroit.
Andrena Hale IMDB LINK
A native of Los Angeles, David Hopwood graduated from The University of Southern California with degrees in Creative Writing and Cinema/Television. He began his career in entertainment in the training program of Michael Ovitz' Artist Management Group. There, he worked for esteemed talent manager and producer Ellen Goldsmith-Vein (currently CEO of The Gotham Group). In 2002, he joined former studio chief Mark Canton (300, Immortals) at the foundation of Atmosphere Entertainment as his assistant.
During his time at Atmosphere, he helped to create a diverse slate and ultimately rose to the title of President of Production and Development. At Atmosphere Entertainment, he shepherded many films including THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES, PIRANHA 3D, LETTERS TO JULIETT, IMMORTALS, CAKE, MR. CHURCH, 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE and DEN OF THEIVES. On the television side, he helped develop and sell the hit TV series POWER for Starz.
In 2017, he served as an adjunct professor for SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY’S LOS ANGELES PROGRAM. There, he taught juniors and seniors of the prestigious NEWHOUSE SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS the college course BUSINESS AND DEVELOPMENT OF FILM PRODUCTION. This course focused on taking the students through every step of getting a film made from idea through distribution.
In 2019, Hopwood left his post at Atmosphere to join the newly founded KITUUFU ENTERTAINMENT as Head of Production and Development.
He is also a member of the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA).
Kevin Grevioux is a screenwriter, producer, actor and a graphic novel creator who has 20 years experience in the film industry. After graduating Howard University with a degree in microbiology, Grevioux came to Hollywood where he acted in several films including, Alien Nation, The Mask, Congo, Batman Forever, Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, The Hulk and Men In Black II. Kevin also co-created and wrote the original screenplay to the successful Underworld franchise, which was his first produced writing credit. He was also a co-producer on the film series and played the character RAZE. Grevioux has just completed production on his latest film from a screenplay he wrote I, Frankenstein produced by Lakeshore Entertainment. It was based on his original graphic novel.
In addition, Grevioux is a prolific writer in the comic book/graphic novel world. He has worked for both Marvel and DC Comics having written such characters as Spider-Man, Blade, Iron Man, Batman, Superman, the Phantom and the critically acclaimed Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel for Marvel which he created.
He has established an independent creator-owned comic book/graphic novel company called Darkstorm Studios. Under this imprint Kevin has created ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, I, Frankenstein, Monstroids, Shurika, Skull & Guns, The Gray Men, Alius Rex and Battlesphere. As well as Astounding Comics, which produces all-ages titles such as Valkyries, Njuma, Cryptokids, Guardian Heroes, The Atoms Family, The Toy Box, Mighty Girls, The Vindicators and The Hammer Kid.
Grevioux animation credits include The Atoms Family, an unproduced pilot for Starz and episodes of both Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
XAVIER L BYERS
XAVIER L. BYERS was born & raised in Augusta, Georgia. Xavier attended Morehouse College where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Xavier began his career at Turner Broadcasting as a summer intern for Finance where he would eventually support CNN, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim.
In 2014, Xavier accepted a position with Warner Bros. and moved to Los Angeles, CA where he currently resides. Since moving to LA, Xavier became active with the Black Employee professional group that he chaired for 3 years, where he successfully curated Diversity and Inclusion events and supported Film and TV projects with Senior Leaders. Currently, Xavier is a Production Finance Executive at NETFLIX and sits on the Film D&I Counsel.
Xavier looks for opportunities to support creatives and assist them in moving the culture forward while remaining passionate and committed to the elevation of creative content and the culture.
Dominic Jimenez is the owner and founder of the urban anime wear company, Namiwear specializing in high end, pop culture fashion inspired by popular anime characters and titles. Namiwear was one of the first to create the kind of merchandise that is a successful fusion capturing the deep demand at the intersection of the enormous popularity of anime and the love that the culture has for the genre.
But like Dominic himself, Namiwear is much more than fashion. After years of building his fashion brand, Dom has launched out into the deep waters of speculative fiction media and entertainment in the form of the creation and publishing of TWO black centered manga series, Tenpinz and Soul X Search. Even as national attention is shifting toward his brand and the media buzz has started to mount up, Dom is just getting started. In 2022 Namiwear released the outro to his upcoming anime series (complete with original music) that is currently in negotiations with KDS Entertainment for its first two seasons.
As a strategic partner Dom and Namiwear are leading the charge on a number of upcoming animated and live action projects as a producer with KDS Entertainment into the next phase of Hollywood's evolution.
Producer of an award winning documentary on Juneteenth and African Deities as well as several shorts centered on Marvel Comics properties and animated PSAs geared towards letting Black children know their Black heroes exist, Demetrius is the founder of Blerd And Powerful; a networking initiative aimed at growing Black Owned Comic Conventions as well as boosting the morale of his fellow Blerds who endure mental and emotional hardships everyday. Demetrius has been the proverbial "boots on the ground" in dealings with companies like Mattel, DC Comics, LootCrate and Men's Health Magazine in introducing the world to the Blerd Community and what we're capable of so much so that if you were to Google "Black He-Man," you'd find him.