On Sunday, August 5th, the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Association (LANFA) will have their black tie film awards ceremony at the historic Miracle Theater on Market Street in Inglewood, CA. Multi-talented and acclaimed filmmaker, King Bassey, is the founder of this wonderful film festival, which will screen an international slate of films!
The celebrities and VIPs expected at this event are Founder of the Nollywood Awards and Movie Producer King Bassey, Event hosts Motown Maurice (Liongate’s Snake Outta Compton), Bessey lkem (American Mama), Honorees Actress Alice Amter (The Big Bang Theory), SAG/AFTRA actress and radio personality Amber Lynn (Lionsgate’s Who’s Jenna?), the first African-American Bond girl Gloria Hendry (Live and Let Die), Producer Anoush Sadegh (First Born), nominated filmmakers Dustin Ferguson (Nemesis 5: The New Model), former five-time World Kickboxing Champion Grandmaster and filmmaker Robert Parham (Jackson Bolt), Mike Olafson (Hot Lead Hard Fury), Steve Oakley (Stan’s 420 Adventure), Elham Madani (16/03), media personalities Orlando Jose and Nicole Dunlap, actor nominees Mel Novak (Black Belt Jones), Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), David Lockhart (Lockhart: Unleashing the Talisman), Iyad Hajjaj (Dreams I Never Had), JJ Stomp (John Kinkaid Unleashed), actress Reatha Grey (Betty White’s Off Their Rockers), William Romeo (American Gladiators), producer Jenna Urban (Sins of the Father) best single nominee Marneen Lynne Fields (Royal Flush) and entertainment attorney Nadia Davari. Other nominees are actor and filmmaker Harley Wallen (Bennett’s Song) and actress Kaiti Wallen (Into A Dark Mind).
Sponsors for this esteemed event are Jojokid Music, Nollywood Film Academy, FAN TV LA, Esdiac Global, the Universe Multicultural Film Festival, Mesmerized Minds, The Williamson Management and So Very Vida is proud to be a media partner.
About King Bassey:
LANFA was created by King Bassey, who hails from Akwa lbom, Nigeria. He has an associates degrees in Electronic tech and micro computers from National Technical School and a Bachelors degree in Media Production at Intercontinental University, Los Angeles, His concentration was in the area of directing producing, editing, screenwriting and cinematography. After looking at the negative images and portrayal of Africans on TV, King become one of the first to start Afrikan Network Television on a UHF channel in the early 90’s, bringing programs from Africa to educate people about Africa and it was even featured in the LA Times. After many years the station could not make it because of funding, King Bassey did not give up, he embarked on a song writing career. He has released about three albums, the most recent one, David Dance, and started organization called the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Association (LANFA). Lanfa’s goal is to provide a platform for our creative artists to produce and showcase the unique artistic abilities, increase the level of awareness in the community, promote the brand, strengthen and grow the credibility of the group. To also foster the creation of successful working partnerships, empower networking, raise visibility, and strengthen distribution and marketing channels. Every year, the festival screens Afrikan and other international films. He won several awards, best African singer and writer from the City of Los Angeles, Award for best Video Programming, Educational & Documentary, Media award for best photographer. He directed and produced his first films called Johno the Fake Producer, in 2007, his second film Undisciplined, about the way negligent parents raise their children, and in 2010, he directed Queen In LA movie, which is about human trafficking. His latest film in the making now is called A Woman In A Man’s World, and is a multicultural film creating awareness on the global fight for violence against women in work, home and church. He also started a campaign called “Let’s Get Our Women Back.”
About the Miracle Theater:
Built in 1937, The Ritz – now revived as The Miracle – is once again home to local and international entertainment. Featuring music, movies, comedy, and community, The Miracle Theater offers a prominent arts and culture a venue on Market Street. Famous artists such as Ice-T, Bootsy Collins and Nina Simone among others have performed here. Issa Rae, the creator and star of Insecure on HBO had her series season 2 premiere here.
Ammo Content, a prominent New York based distribution company will release the long awaited film Bound by Debt, starring martial art sensation, Grandmaster Paul Mormando in his debut starring role. Supporting cast include Freedom Williams (C&C Music Factory) and Bobby Ciasulli (The Real House Wives of New Jersey).
Mormando plays Dylan James a rough and tough underground fighter who is estranged from his family. When Dylan refuses to fight for the mob, the mob boss Russo (Samuel Difiore) kidnaps his brother’s daughter Alexis (Nikki Silva) forcing Dylan back into the fighting game. Now the two brothers are forced to reunite to
save themselves and their family.
Bound by Debt is a riveting film that brings back the old 90’s action feel. This film has garnered some impressive reviews and has been picked up by several international territories including South Korea.
The film will be released on AMAZON VOD later this month.
About Paul Mormando:
At the tender age of 19, Mormando became the world’s youngest Martial Arts Grand
Master, which is a title given only to practitioners with more than 25 years experience. He was the World Professional Karate Organization’s (W.P.K.O) Middle Weight Kumite Champion in 1992. This martial arts champ was inducted into the prestigious W.P.K.O Hall Of Fame at Madison Square Garden in 2001. He is a 10th degree black belt and founder of the Cha Ki Do Martial Arts System. He is also an expert in Tae Kwon Do, Jujitsu and Kung Fu. The New York Police Department hired him to teach his skills with new officers, and the New York Board of Education engaged him to lecture students. Nicknamed in the press as “Mr. Karate USA,” Paul achieved worldwide fame when he set a world record in board breaking at Shea Station in front of 25,000 people and a TV audience of two million by breaking 56 boards in 58 seconds! This was followed by exhibitions at Madison Square Garden and Nassau Coliseum where he was the headliner. He was a trainer to Madonna and other celebs and has appeared in action films and TV shows.
His enduring spirit and can do attitude is truly inspiring. A near-fatal car crash left him seriously injured and took his life on an scary and painful detour. Doctors told him that he would not only have to give up martial arts, but he would also perhaps never walk again. Though determination, a strong will and hard work, he regained most of his strength and truly triumphed over tragedy. In addition to his acting career, he has a popular school, the Mormando Martial Arts System and has spoken at many New York City public schools with the message: “kids who study self-defense gain discipline and self-confidence while learning that they don’t have to resort to violence to settle disputes.”
Talented award-winning filmmaker Dustin Ferguson (Nemesis 5, Sleepaway Camp IV) is at it again! This wunderkind filmmaker was hired by Retrosploitation Releasing to film new material for the upcoming 30th Anniversary VHS release of “Sleepaway Camp II: Redux”. Paired with a new fully uncut VHS version of “Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland”, both tapes quickly sold out in their initial run.
The original version of “Sleepaway Camp II” was directed by Michael A. Simpson and released to home video in 1988 by Nelson Home Entertainment. “Back in 2015, I was asked to direct the original scripted ending for ‘Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers’, which revealed Molly’s intended, but never filmed, death scene”, says Ferguson. “It was released as a ‘Special Feature’ called ‘Whatever Happened to Molly?’ on the Official Scream Factory Blu-Ray release of the film.”
Three years later, Ferguson was approached again to film another new scene, this time for the movie’s 30thAnniversary VHS re-release. “John Klyza, who runs Retrosploitation Releasing, asked if I would be interested in gathering a crew together to go shoot a scene that would be the ‘visual’ for ‘T.C.”s campfire story during the opening of the film,” explains Ferguson. “This segment was called “Steve and Michelle Go to Hell” and it wrapped shooting in June 2018 in Compton, California.” Continues Ferguson, “We went to the same mausoleum used in ‘Phantasm 3, 4 and 5’ and introduced ourselves to the Caretaker. He was very kind and allowed us to film inside, and we also shot some scenes out in the cemetery behind the building. It was a strange yet amazing feeling to be filming for a ‘Sleepaway Camp’ film on a ‘Phantasm’ location…talk about horror-nerd overload!”
The segment in its entirety will be released on its own online to help promote the release. Portions of both “Steve and Michelle Go to Hell” and “Whatever Happened to Molly?” are incorporated into the new release of “Sleepaway Camp II: Redux” itself.
Ferguson is no stranger to the “Sleepaway Camp” franchise. In 2008, he was hired to edit 1992’s unfinished “Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor” for Films Around The World. It was the beginning of a long career involving work in several well-known and respected Horror and Science Fiction franchises. He’s also directed “Nemesis 5: The New Model”, which was executive produced by Albert Pyun (“Mean Guns”, “Cyborg”). He made two entries in the infamous “Camp Blood” series for Sterling Entertainment, and in 2016 he also edited the extended and unrated version of 1987’s “Slumber Party Massacre II”, which hit Blu-Ray in early 2017. Along with a slew of additional “Special Feature” work for Scream Factory (including contributions to “Piranha 2”, “Darkman 2”, “Silent Night, Deadly Night”, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation”, “Dawn of The Dead”, “Return of The Living Dead II” and several others), Ferguson has also directed two “Amityville” films for Wild Eye Releasing, the latter starring Mark Patton of “A Nightmare On Elm Street 2”, and also “Silent Night, Bloody Night 2: The Revival” which starred Jennifer Runyon Corman (“Ghostbusters”) for New Wave Pictures.
The much anticipated sci-fi action thriller Abeyance starts filming in late June in Pontiac, Michigan. The all-star ensemble cast features Scout Taylor-Compton (The Runaways, Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween 2), Richard Tyson (Kindergarten Cop, Black Hawk Down, Something About Mary), Billy Wirth (The Lost Boys, Boys on the Side, Body Snatchers), Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, An Eye for An Eye opposite Chuck Norris, Steve McQueen: American Icon with Mel Gibson) and Yan Birch (The People Under the Stairs, Death House, Bless the Child). This film has already generated a big buzz as Variety covered the film’s casting announcement!
Martial arts champion (black belts in Judo, Tae Kwon Do and Jiu Jitsu) and multi-award winning writer, director and actor Harley Wallen (Bennett’s Song with Tara Reid, Into a Dark Mind with Tom Sizemore) not only writes and directs this compelling film, but he also stars in it.
In this story, we follow Corey (Damien Chinappi), a troubled and suicidal military veteran who stumbles across a kidnapping with great scientific implications and alongside his unlikely “partner in crime” a prostitute named Stephanie (Kaiti Wallen), they decide to try to help a young girl, Miranda (Angelina Danielle Cama), who got away. They enter a world far more complex, cutthroat and dangerous than they could ever imagine.
HPC’s own Vida G. (The Mindy Project, the upcoming Nation’s Fire), Shane Hagedorn (Wild Faith) and Calhoun Koenig (Moving Parts) also star. Production will begin in late June through early August in Pontiac, Michigan.
Wallen of Painted Creek Productions and his production partners Nancy Oeswein, Kaiti Wallen, Annette Cama and Nick Sarelli are excited to show their own take on the morality issues as science allows us to “Play God” and the implications of the decisions and the temptations we face when we do.
Jordan Cann and Aaron Thompson of J&S Film Productions are set to produce the much anticipated “Street Dreams.” This film is about an undercover cop from the streets of LA who overcomes racism, politics and opposition from those close to him to become a counterintelligence agent in the FBI. Production is slated for November 2017 and stars R&B superstar/writer Eric Bellinger (Usher, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber), rapper/actress Siya (Dueces, Sisterhood of Hip Hop, Wyclef Jean), social media personality/actress, Jessica Vanessa and rapper Yung from Cali Swag District. This will be Cann and Thompson’s first major motion picture led by executive producer, Malik Delaigle of J&S Film Productions in association with multi-award winning filmmaker Romane Simon’s Lucky Strike Films. Simon is also the founder of the Lucky Strike Film Festival.
Cann, who is just months out of film school and Thompson who are no strangers to the film biz with several award-winning shorts along with dancing in music videos and commercials behind Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars. This film has an expected 2018 release. Cann and Thompson said, “It’s a huge step from our beginnings to make a project like this, but we are confident in our experience and talents to bring a game changing action drama, yet a heartfelt piece of work that audiences relate to…Maybe even Oscar worthy.”
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 —The 11th annual EcoLuxe Lounge Celebration was held at the Beverly Hilton’s Wilshire Gardens this Emmys weekend.
Celebrity guests at Ecoluxe included Gretchen Rossi, Allen Maldonado, Tara Reid, Bridgetta Tomarchio, Caitlin Carmichael, Dee Wallace-Stone, Donna Spangler,
Heather McComb, Renee Olstead, Slade Smiley and many more!
Debbie Durkin’s Ecoluxe honored 2017 Emmy nominees in support of Autism Changes. Autism changes is a non-profit foundation bringing awareness to autism communities around the world. Funds from the foundations are dedicated to inclusion programs offering behavioral and educational support for children. A new book on Autism has been released, Jose’s Journey to Acceptance by Author and founder of Autism Changes, Dennis Vanesse.
Celebs and Creative-types enjoyed a brunch curated by Chef Alberico’s farm-to-table concept complete with champagne, while Dennis Miller kept the music spinning.
During Eco Luxe Emmy weekend there were many beauty products featured including Zein Obagi. The brand featured its daily skin care products and Ossential pore refining treatments. ZO Skin Health develops and delivers innovative skincare solutions that optimize skin health based on the latest advances in skin therapy technologies. Through comprehensive skincare programs for physicians and their patients, ZO Skin Health, Inc. bridges the gap between therapeutic treatment and daily care.
Some of the featured brands this year included Chariot Luggage, perfect for your next jet setting adventure! Chariot had many options for luggage including high-tech plastics in a variety of solids and prints. Although travel is important, looking great is too! Good thing many clothing and jewelry designers were on hand this Emmy’s weekend!
A crowd favorite was Liv & B which specializes in using high quality gemstones, sterling silver, fine silver, and other metals to enhance the beauty behind every piece. Event goers received beautiful “Madeline” pearl earrings.
Excoluxe lounge by far had the best in beauty, food, and fun this Emmy season. Follow Press Pass LA for the latest in Emmy season coverage.
The much anticipated Lucky Strike Film Festival rolled out it’s red carpet for it’s first annual festival featuring celebrities and awardees such as Emmy winning actress Judi Evans of Days of Our Lives, Natalie Burn, Jamie Bernadette, Iyad Hajjaj, Massi Furlan, Stephanie Spruill and many others in attendance at their awards ceremony on September 22nd at the Regency Valley Plaza 6 Theatre in North Hollywood.
In addition to the exposure, the winners for Best Film also received a distribution deal through Lucky Strike Productions. This was a wonderful opportunity for films of all genres and filmmakers of all backgrounds. This festival will truly be a home for indie filmmakers and a new voice for artists, which will allow for their talent to emerge. Traci Lynn Cowan and Ryder Davidson co-hosted the awards ceremony.
This innovative festival was founded by multi award-winning filmmaker Romane Simon. Asked why he created his own festival in addition to writing, directing and producing countless films and being a highly regarded author, Simon said, “it feels really good knowing that I created a platform for creative fellow filmmakers to showcase their work for a broad audience.”
It was also Simon’s birthday. “I couldn’t ask for a better birthday party. To be able to spend the day with talented fellow filmmakers while providing a platform for creative people to come under the same roof to celebrate art. The turnout was more than I ever hoped for! It was a great success. Love, laugh, live and follow your dream,” he added.
Simon, himself, has an interesting background as he was born and raised in Haiti. He moved many miles from home to the United States to continue and expand his dreams in the entertainment industry, by embarking upon several more projects. Simon currently works as a screenplay writer, actor, fight choreographer, stuntman, dancer, and even model. Simon is also a great MMA fighter with a record of 9-2-3. His most recent film Hybristophilia stars Quinton Aaron from the Blind Side, Sadie Katz from Wrong Turn 6, Jenna Willis from the People Vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, Iyad Hajjaj from Madam Secretary and many others.
Here’s a list of winners from the festival:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Judi Evans
Best Docu Feature: Isis Crisis by Dr. Elham Madani, who was also awarded best female director
Best TV episode: Bad Pizza by Mark Schaefer
Best Animation: Sweet Tooth by Kelse Whitfield
Best Short Film Thriller: Strangers in a Book by Marc Rezvani
Best Drama Short Film: As We Say Goodbye by Jhosimar Vasquez
Best Action Short: Among Us by Joss Gomez
Achievement in Film: Robert Parham
Rising Stars: Carolyn Dupree, Brooklyn Robinson, Alexander Man, Lillian Lev, Jamie Bernadette
Achievement Award winners: Natalie Burn, Iyad Hajjaj, Stephanie Spruill, Shane Sparks, Bobbie Chance and Massi Furlan
Best Horror Slasher: Prey in Cold Blood by Alex T. Hwang
Entertainer Award: Sonia Harley
Achievement in Fitness: Traci Lynn Cowan
Media Award winners: Mark Sevier, Stephen Ingves, JP Beaulieu, Orlando Jose, Guillermo Proano, Shane Silvester, Roland de Guzman, Svetlana Krapivina, Ryan Nguyen, Cerdan Smith of cdaem, and HPC’s own Vida G!
On Friday, September 22nd, Laura Sharpe, Founder of Artists For Trauma (AFT) and Aaron Baker, Co-Founder of C.O.R.E., Center Of Restorative Exercise, and Steve Sarns from NuStep.com, as a part of the Together We Rise Team, will climb the typically closed to
the public, US Bank Tower’s 1000 ft. of stairs, equaling 75 floors at 1,664 steps, averaging 22 steps per floor. Laura and Aaron are both of whom are polytrauma survivors that are climbing for those can’t. This event has an average of 4,000 participants and is a fun Block Party in the streets of LA, complete with games, live bands, food trucks, and a beer garden. ALL the proceeds go to the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA charity.
WHO: VIPs expected at this event such as Laura T. Sharpe, Founder of Artists for Trauma, and Aaron Baker, Founder of C.O.R.E., Center Of Restorative Exercise and Steve Sarns from NuStep.com
WHEN: September 22nd, press check-in at 3:15, event 3:30-8pm Please join the Together We Rise team of Laura, Aaron and Steve will climb the stairs
WHERE: US Bank Tower Building 633 West Fifth Street; Los Angeles, California
PARKING: The organizers highly recommend carpooling, lyft or uber or other garages in the area.
RSVP: Please RSVP at email@example.com
MODA 360, an innovative exhibit of international art, fashion and film, presented a sustainable runway to benefit the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens conservation program and celebrate the Zoo’s 50th anniversary on Aug. 1, 2017 at The New Mart in Downtown LA.
Moda 360, a fusion of art, fashion and film, incorporating exhibits and live presentations and encouraging collaborations between the three creative industries, brought sustainable designers from London, Los Angeles, New York, Colombia and Guatemala and showed the art of sustainability. This innovative company was founded by Debora Pokallus. Ethical fashion took center stage on the runway with Los Angeles designers Julie Gardner, a photographer who prints her images on cashmere, silk and cotton for a collection of brilliantly colorful scarves, kimonos and sarongs, and Deborah Lindquist, the Green Queen, who created a special animal themed collection for the Zoo, representing their West Coast home town. Atelier Tammam, a vegan couture collection from London, showed red carpet gowns with a touch of Old Hollywood. Juan Pablo Martinez debuted his new collection of recycled denim with exquisitely tailored dresses, jackets and jeans. Recent New York Fashion Week participant Melissa Lockwood brought zero waste knits from her collection IQ Test. TNT Agency created the jungle themed hair and makeup styles adding drama and excitement to the show.
The event brought out celebrity champions of the Zoo, with actress Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Holy Terror) hosting Moda 360 and her fashion and lifestyle media outlet So Very Vida serving as the Official Media Sponsor. Emmy award-winning actress Carolyn Hennesy (General Hospital), a passionate Zoo Ambassador and Emmy nominated actor Kim Estes (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) along with noted actor Darby Hinton (Daniel Boone), devoted Zoo supporters, walked the red carpet and voiced their support of the Zoo’s conservation work. Founder and CEO of the World Networks, Lousine Karibian, was also in attendance. Model and actress Tamela D’Amico (Quinn) walked the runway in support of the Zoo’s global work. It was European royalty meeting Hollywood Royalty as HRH Princess Francesca Gioia Drommi of Italy also walked the red carpet with actor John Blyth Barrymore (Fake News).
Moda 360 spotlighted creative work across the industries with a fashion and art exhibit of work by artists from the FiLa organization in London: Gemma Nelson, Sheree Naqvi, Kel Rae and Amy Digham. Philadelphia painter Mark Campana and LA photographer Jenna Amaya exhibited their work representing their creative point of view. LA artist Andrea Bogdan brought her latest work to live paint at the event, offering attendees a glimpse into the artist’s workshop. Washington DC artist Holly Ahrens created a special art piece for the runway, making a fine art statement about habitat destruction on a couture bomber jacket. Philadelphia designer Machele Nettles displayed pieces from her Idol Light collection, jewelry from reclaimed optic glass creating a new dimension in jewelry, refracting light into a rainbow of colors. Korbata, a fair trade accessories company in Guatemala showed a collection of ties made from native Guatemalan fabrics hand woven by artisans.
The world premiere of LA Style, a fashion video by Lucinda Luvaas opened the runway, and international videos from filmmakers around the world were screened throughout the event. CE Jordan, a former model and professional storyteller entertained the audience with anecdotes from her modeling career in the 1970s. A feature screening of the award winning short film “Strangers in a Book” written by Pedram Navab and screened at the Cannes Film Festival, put the spotlight on the success of independent filmmakers, with an introduction by the director and co-writer Marc Rezvani and lead actress and co-producer Vida Ghaffari.
Moda 360 enjoyed the support of returning sponsor, natural skin care company Bel Essence, and the delicious spreads and seasonings of Sleeper’s Gourmet. Amante restaurant, an Italian restaurant in the New Mart, provided beer and wine for the attendees. Janet Cao, Designer and Principal of ShopVere, offered fun and unique hair ties as gifts to all who came.
Moda 360 delivered an eclectic and entertaining program representing three creative industries and presenting the ideas, inspiration and ethics that drive the independent artist, designer and filmmaker forward in their work. Moda 360 shows the best of contemporary creation and gives a look behind the art to show the contribution these talented exhibitors offer the commercial and cultural market.
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About Bel Esprit – The Bel Esprit Showroom showcases international designers of ethical fashion, and the sister showroom, Showroom International, presents the collections of international independent designers. The showrooms offer 30 years of industry experience identifying and assisting the needs of both designers and retailers to facilitate a strong business relationship, and partner with international fashion industry organizations and events to give independent designers maximum exposure. Bel Esprit promotes ethical principles through education to designers, retailers and consumers, and, through a number of global initiatives, works to create and develop more ethical resources for the fashion industry. Learn more at www.BelEsprit.net.
About the New Mart — The New Mart Building, a registered Los Angeles historical landmark located in the center of Downtown LA’s fashion district, is home to 100+ showrooms representing hundreds of top lines. With both high profile and cutting edge showrooms, The New Mart is the most sought after venue for wholesale fashion buyers from around the world. Learn more at www.newmart.net.
About Bel Essence — Bel Essence is a natural skin care collection based on a simple idea: give skin the nutrition it needs to heal, regenerate and rejuvenate itself. Bel Essence combines natural and organic oils that are the richest sources of vitamins, antioxidants, omega 3’s and fatty acids, the essential components for healthy, youthful skin. Bel Essence gives skin what nature intended and selects and combines oils with beneficial properties to maximize results without harmful chemicals and colorings. Natural oils, known for their skin health benefits, are combined to treat and nourish skin giving both instant improvement and long-term transformation. Learn more at www.belessence.com.
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On Sunday, Aug. 6 at 4 p.m. at the Education Stage of the Los Angeles Convention Center, Scare LA 2017 held the informative “The 7 Legal Pitfalls You Must Avoid Before Getting Into The Horror Entertainment Biz” with ScareLA’s own renowned entertainment attorney Nadia Davari and her client, noted actress and HPC’s own Vida G. (The Mindy Project, Holy Terror).
These ladies took the stage to guide attendees safely past the horror entertainment industry’s largest — and unexpected — pitfalls. Davari showed the attendees how to not get taken advantage of. To add a little practical spice, this seminar was moderated by Vida, who herself has dealt first-hand with many of these pitfalls in her career, but overcame them all with Nadia’s brilliant expertise. Many of the ladies educational and often humorous experiences and anecdotes were highlighted in this informative seminar.
“It has truly been an honor to represent ScareLA and Lora, a young serial entrepreneur, and watch it evolve into such an informative and epic event,” said Nadia.
“I was so thrilled to be part of this panel with my wise attorney and a part of this wonderful convention that was started by a woman. It’s really great to be a part of the horror community with such knowledgeable and empowered women,” added Vida.
“I created ScareLA with the vision of bringing the community together and celebrating our city’s diversity in its most unusual forms. Halloween has an amazing tradition of self-expression and creativity and we bring thousands of artists, haunt entertainment professionals, horror filmmakers and fans to celebrate it early. ScareLA was first to bring Halloween to the summer and we are thrilled with the amazing response to our show and creating Halloween’s first Comic-con,” said Ivanova.
“As an entrepreneur, it has been extremely important for me to have an A-class legal team to ensure our success and I could not be happier working with experts like Nadia Davari in this process. Her ability to look at the big picture and navigate the intricate landscape of show business has been key to our growth and I really enjoyed having her share her experience with our community at large at ScareLA this year,” added Ivanova.
About Scare LA:
ScareLA premiered in 2013 as the first fan convention dedicated to Halloween. Situated in the entertainment capital of the world, it combines LA’s top talent and unique setting with a twist! The weekend-long Halloween teaser celebrated California’s scariest faire with attraction unveils, workshops, classes, industry panels, haunt tours, screenings and activities. Share, inspire, play – ScareLA.
About Nadia Davari:
Nadia Davari is an experienced attorney whose practice bridges the diverse realms of entertainment, new media, technology, start-up companies, corporate and business law. Ms. Davari works with a wide range of clients including digital media companies, new business start-ups, production companies, movie studios, television networks, investors, and “talent” representation. Among her many areas of expertise, Nadia has an extensive record of accomplishment in the areas of entity formation, corporate maintenance, content acquisition, production, distribution (domestic and international), finance, the internet and new media issues ranging from capital structuring to intellectual property protection. Ms. Davari restructured international content licensing deals for MAVTV cable network and guided The Channel Factory and Planet Street through the process of establishing new media entities. At Taurus Entertainment and Dream Factory, she managed all aspects of “production legal.” While at Gigapix Studios, Ms. Davari negotiated and drafted scripted and unscripted television production, animation series, documentary and feature film, acquisition and financing agreements. At GVN Releasing she helped management launch GVN Releasing and negotiated domestic and international distribution agreements with content providers and sub-distributors.
This smart and savvy attorney has represented a number of prestigious companies including WR Films Entertainment, Je’Caryous Johnson Entertainment, Konwiser Brothers, Entertainment Treasures, Film Roman, Starz Entertainment, the popular Geekie Awards, and ScareLA. In the past, Ms. Davari practiced law as an associate with the law firms Rosen and Anderson as well as Barnes Morris. Nadia graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in molecular, cell and developmental biology and attended USC Law School where she participated in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program. Ms. Davari is also a guest lecturer at The University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. She recently guested as a legal expert on KCRW, KBEACH and LA Talk Radio and was profiled by popular blogs like Ms. In The Biz and the Hollywood Press Corps for her legal expertise.
Vida has been active on the Tinsel town scene as an award-winning actress and voiceover artist. This comedic powerhouse is best known for her appearances on the television comedies, The Mindy Project formerly on FOX, Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC, and Mind of Mencia on Comedy Central. These projects cap off a number of successes for the versatile starlet. She just wrapped a supporting role in Nation’s Fire, which will be distributed by Universal opposite two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Dern, Emmy winner Gil Bellows, iconic action and horror film heroine Laurene Landon and UFC Champion Chuck Liddell. Her other film, the much buzzed-about Holy Terror, where she plays the pivotal role of Hayley, a very troubled young woman opposite legendary actors Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Black Belt Jones) and Kristine DeBell (Meatballs, The Big Brawl). Holy Terror is climbing up the charts and is #11 on Amazon Prime UK. This scream queen has gotten local, national and international press from this project and was billed as “the Persian Linda Blair” from her work in this role by noted journalist Maurice Dwayne Smith at this link: http://coldheatnews.com/archives/7401 and here’s Holy Terror’s trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNjDmcCRAhY&t=3s
Vida also just shot Hybristophilia with Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock). She will also be voicing a lead role in the three time Peabody award nominated The Suspense Show on XM satellite radio opposite Novak once again. In addition to voicing commercials, industrials, and audiobooks, Vida made her animation voice-over debut alongside Fred Willard, Lisa Kudrow, and Janeane Garofalo inLovesick Fool, a film festival darling created by Emmy nominated director and animator Dominic Polcino (The Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the Hill).
As an award-winning journalist and blogger of her self-titled blog, www.soveryvida.com, she has also worked as a red carpet correspondent and has interviewed many celebs ranging from Oscar nominees and winners to Grammy winners. Vida recently received commendations from the City of Los Angeles and the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce for her journalism and acting endeavors as well as an Entrepreneur Award from the World Networks, an Excellence in Media Award from the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Association and a Media Appreciation Award. Ever the fashionista, Vida recently graced the cover of noted fashion magazine FVM Global Magazine twice, Shine on Hollywood Magazine, and 1st Class Magazine and was quoted about her knowledge of red carpet fashion for the Oscars by US News and World Report. She was also named a blogger to watch by On Trend Magazine.