Sheila Dianne Jackson is an award-winning Producer-Writer. She has spent a decade reconstructing the story of black women in rock. She sees her work as an important political project of remembering and excavating the historical cultural impact of black women. She was invited to host a panel on 'Genre Busting: Black Women IN Rock' at SXSW. She is also among historians included in the University of Washington's oral history archive of “Women Who Rock,” which explores how women have used music as a tool for activism.
Sheila's company, Eve’s Lime Productions was launched in 2009 with a focus on commercial production and branded media. Sheila has written and produced advertising campaigns that have earned Telly, ADDY and Aurora awards and has been honored by the Los Angeles Mayor’s office and the City Council on 2 occasions, for her creative activism. Now with a focus on feature films, Eve's Lime maintains its commitment to champion the untold story, with a commitment to approaches to storytelling, that go beyond the limited characterizations that have been the standard in media and film. Sheila has recently partnered with Steven Williams, of Kite Flyer Productions on a slate of projects that promise to do exactly that.
Sheila is also author of two historical biography collections on the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movement, published by Scholastic, Inc. Her candid no-holds-barred essays have appeared in ESSENCE magazine, the Feminist Press, and other publications. In 2017, she directed an episode of the award-winning scripted series, “Everything I Did Wrong In My 20’s.”
TJ Martin is an Academy Award winner and Emmy Award-winning director and editor. His works include the feature films LA92, UNDEFEATED and the Webby nominated MY FAVORITE PICTURE OF YOU. In 2011 his feature film UNDEFEATED premiered at the SXSW film festival where it was purchased by The Weinstein Company for North American Distribution. In 2012, the film won the Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary making Martin the first director of African American descent to win an Oscar for a feature length film. The film was also nominated for Best Documentary at the Critics’ Choice Awards, Black Reel Awards and has won numerous festival awards including the Special Jury Prize at DOC NYC and the Audience Awards at Indie Memphis and the Chicago International Film Festival. UNDEFEATED also had the honor of making its international debut at The Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2012 Martin was listed on Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list alongside alongside President Barack Obama, Professor Cornell West and Lebron James to name a few. That same year he received the award for “Outstanding Achievement in Directing” from the Seattle International Film Festival.
In 2015, Martin gave a talk at TEDx on Orcas Island, Washington, titled “Reimagining America’s Culture Narrative”, in which he used his own experiences to discuss race and diversity in the film and television industry and the media. More recently, in 2018, Martin's feature film LA92 received an Emmy for “Exceptional Merit in Documentary filmmaking.”
Martin was born and raised in Seattle, by parents who are punk-grunge band legends. He and his directing partner are represented at Creative Artist Agency and managed at Principato-Young.
Steven Williams career reflects a diverse multi-media background that includes radio production, music recording, television and film production and post- production. Williams is the President of Kite Flyer Productions, Inc. Williams served as the Producer on the 4 part HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones”. The film was awarded Best Documentary in a Limited Series by the International Documentary Association at their 2017 IDA Awards ceremony in November, and won a Grammy Award for Best Music Film at the 2018 Grammy Awards show in January. Most recently, the film received 5 Emmy nominations for the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards Show.
Prior to Williams’ transition into the producing arena, he had a multifaceted career at NBCUniversal. Williams served as Vice President of Post Production Services for NBCUniversal StudioPost, a division of Operations & Technical Services (O&TS). As Vice President of Post Production Services, Williams oversaw TV Post & Sound, Feature Sound, Feature Marketing, Projection, and Editorial Facilities. Williams was responsible for a department with 10 managers and over 200 employees with more than $35 million in revenue.
Williams is an Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award winner. He is a voting member of both The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He is a member of International Documentary Association, Film Independent and the Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers and the National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences. Williams has been engaged as a guest lecturer at many professional & academic events.
Sarah Anthony is a documentary film producer who began her career in London, with films on subjects ranging from the Iraq war to the Ming Voyages of the 1400’s. She was Associate Producer for PBS FRONTLINE on The Age of AIDS, a four hour series covering the history of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. In 2007 Sarah moved to Los Angeles and joined Exclusive Media as the Co-head of Documentary Features. At Exclusive she supervised development, production and distribution on multiple documentaries including Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Billy Joel’s Last Play at Shea, and the Academy Award-winning Undefeated. She then returned to FRONTLINE as co-producer on Endgame: AIDS In Black America, and from there went on to line-produce The World According to Dick Cheney for Showtime.
Sarah has worked extensively with director Davis Guggenheim and the Emerson Collective on a variety of social justice issues, from immigration reform to re-designing the American high school system. She most recently served as a Producer on the Grammy-winning HBO documentary series, The Defiant Ones. Sarah was also Producer on Kailash, a documentary about child slavery - the 2018 Sundance Festival Grand Jury Prize winner. She is currently producing a confidential documentary series for Netflix and two unannounced documentaries for Pulse films with directors Eva Orner and James Marsh.
Deborah Mannis-Gardner is the go-to expert for global music rights clearances, whether for samples for recordings; song usage in movies, television, and video games; or innovative applications such as the history of hip-hop Google Doodle. After working for Diamond Time and RCA Records in the early 1990s, Deborah started DMG Clearances, Inc., in 1996, based out of Delaware. Her sample clearance skills quickly became legendary, and she has cleared releases for artists including Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, Macklemore, DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar, John Legend, Black Eyed Peas, Drake, Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Rihanna, The Notorious B.I.G., U2, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Yelawolf, and Beyoncé. She also handled Grands Rights clearance for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway sensation “Hamilton” and film music clearances for Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator”; Curtis Hanson’s “8 Mile,” “In Her Shoes,” and “Lucky You”; The Coen Brothers’ “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”; Richard Linklater’s “School of Rock”; and Josh Fox’s “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.”
Deborah was the overall music supervisor for Allen Hughes’ HBO documentary about Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, “The Defiant Ones,” for which she won the 2018 Best Music Supervision in a Docuseries or Reality Television award from the Guild of Music Supervisors, as well as the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Music Film. She also served as music supervisor for the Dionne Warwick documentary “Don’t Make Me Over” and has worked closely with Rockstar Games to clear music usages for the video games “GTA Online: After Hours,” “Grand Theft Auto V,” “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,” “The Warriors,” “Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition,” “Red Dead Redemption,” “L.A. Noir,” and “Max Payne.” In February 2018, she was announced as a partner and advisor to the Swedish digital music startup Tracklib. She has spoken at SXSW, CMJ, the Nashville Film Festival, and SyncSummit Nashville, as well as at Temple University and Widener College. She was also named 2016 Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year by the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce (NCCCC) in Delaware