Creator and Executive Producer
Friday is one of the most innovative and visionary entrepreneurs in the
entertainment industry today. Leading what he calls a quiet revolution,
his company, Film Life, Inc., positioned to become the leading American film
brand offering fresh, innovative Black films and related entertainment content
is changing the face of Hollywood.
entered the film business in 1996, when he became president of UniWorld Films,
a division of UniWorld Group, Inc. Under his direction, the company
founded the American Black Film Festival and assisted studios in marketing
movies to the African-American audiences. Friday acquired UniWorld Films,
renaming it Film Life, Inc. Today, Friday has grown Film Life into a
major entertainment conglomerate, adding the star-studded Black Movie Awards as
the company’s second signature event property. This year, he executive-produces
the 2006 BLACK MOVIE AWARDS as it is broadcast for the second time to a
national television audience on TNT.
(cum laude graduate of Howard University and MBA graduate of New York
University’s Leonard Stern School of Business) boasts seventeen years of
success as a product marketer, entertainment executive and entrepreneur. A
champion of social change and a proponent of diversifying the images of African
Americans in film, Friday is highly sought after as a public speaker.
Suzanne de Passe
Suzanne de Passe, chief executive officer of de
Passe Entertainment Group, LLC, began her career at Motown Records as creative
assistant to company founder Berry Gordy and subsequently rose to the position
of president of Motown Productions. She later formed Gordy/de Passe
Productions with Gordy prior to establishing her own company in 1992.
de Passe is the
recipient of many professional awards, including two Emmys®
NAACP Image Awards, three Peabody Awards and a Golden Globe®
She received an Academy Award®
nomination for co-writing Lady
Sings the Blues
. Some of her productions include Lonesome Dove
, The Jacksons: An American Dream
and The Temptations
. Additionally, Motown 25:
Yesterday, Today, Forever
and Motown Returns to the Apollo
number of Motown related television specials.
veteran of three decades in Hollywood, de Passe has received countless honors
for her contribution to the television, movie, and music industries. Her
extraordinary career has been recognized with an American Women in Radio and
Television Silver Satellite Award, an Essence Award, the Revlon Business Woman
of the Year Award, the Women in Film Crystal Award and induction into the Black
Filmmakers Hall of Fame. Community honors include the 2003 Whitney M.
Young Award, the Los Angeles Urban League’s highest accolade.
2004, Ebony Magazine
selected her for its highest honor, presenting her
with the Madame C.J. Walker Award, and she was the recipient of the 2006
Producer of The Year Award from the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers
Passe was executive producer of the long running series Sister, Sister
and Smart Guy
and currently serves as executive producer of the
syndicated program Showtime at the Apollo. In 2005, de Passe served as
both executive producer and head writer of THE BLACK MOVIE AWARDS, which
received NAACP Image Award and NAMIC Vision Award nominations.
Passe has also been the subject of two Harvard Business School cases and held
the Time Warner Endowed Chair as Visiting Professor to the John H. Johnson
School of Communications at Howard University. In March 2006, she
received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities during Howard University’s 138th
Charter Day celebration.
Passe resides in both Los Angeles and New York City.