Blackhouse Board Members – Gordon Bobb, Jenean Glover (Executive Director), Carol Ann Shine (Co-founder),
Ryan Tarpley (Co-Founder), Elizabeth Polk, Pauline Fischer, Brickson Diamond (Co-founder and Board Chair)

The Blackhouse Foundation recently commemorated a major milestone. For the past 15 years, The Blackhouse Foundation has undeniably amplified the voices of Black multi-platform content creators via its marquee programming at The Sundance Film Festival, ultimately growing the number of Black attendees and expanding the opportunities for Black films to be featured at major film festivals. Variety exclusively recapped the evening!

On Saturday, October 15th, in celebration of this historic moment, The Blackhouse Foundation hosted its 15th Anniversary Cocktail Reception at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, CA. During the proceedings, Board Chair and Co-founder Brickson Diamond presented Nicole Brown, the President of TriStar Pictures, with the “Entertainment Trailblazer” Honor for embodying The Blackhouse Foundation’s mission to continually change the way audiences think about Black movies and television and to keep the conversation about Black storytelling going on and off the screen. Under Brown’s leadership, TriStar Pictures recently brought us the groundbreaking film, THE WOMAN KING, starring Viola Davis and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, and will soon release the highly anticipated Whitney Houston biopic, I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY.

Nicole Brown, President of TriStar Pictures and “Entertainment Trailblazer” Honoree

Speaking on the 15th Anniversary, The Blackhouse Foundation’s Executive Director Jenean Glover states “It was indeed an honor to celebrate 15 years of The Blackhouse which has roots in advocating for BIPOC storytellers via our strategic partnerships and programming. In the next 15 years, we look to build an enhanced executive pipeline and we couldn’t be more thrilled that we were able to honor Nicole Brown who exemplifies the success we are looking to model for multi-platform content creators and decision-makers of the future. My goal is to continue fostering support from our board members and the Black creator community while staying true to the vision of our founders.”

Additionally, CAA was named a “Founding Sponsor” Honoree and CAA’s Chief Communications Officer Michael Mand accepted the honor. HBO was also recognized as a “Founding Sponsor” Honoree during the evening, while The Gill Foundation was recognized as the “Community Partner” Honoree.

Sponsors of the 15th Anniversary Cocktail Reception included Paramount Pictures Marketing and Distribution initiative, Project Action, and Content for Change, along with the generous support of Monkeypaw Productions with Crenshaw Coffee Co., Alto, and The Purple Agency.

Guests of the reception included actors Richard Brooks (“Abbott Elementary”), Myles Truitt (“BMF,” Stranger Things”), Tijuana Ricks (“Luke Cage”), Lodric D. Collins (“Tyler Perry’s The Oval”), and LeRoy McClain (“And Just Like That…,” The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), along with Charles D. King (Macro), Connie Orlando, Vince Allen (Producer, “Remember Me — The Mahalia Jackson Story”), Emmy-winning director Chris O’Connor, and more.

 LeRoy McClain, Lodric D. Collins, Myles Truitt

The next day, the festivities continued with Blackhouse’s 15th Anniversary Board & Advisory Recognition Brunch, held at the CAA Headquarters on Sunday October 16th where sponsor Color Of Change kicked off its #ChangeHollywood initiative to answer calls for action across the industry with infrastructure that will create concrete, measurable solutions towards racial justice.

The Blackhouse Foundation continues to champion and support leading black writers, directors, producers, crew, and talent throughout film, television, digital media, and beyond with an unshakable platform.

Stay tuned for more news and announcements soon from The Blackhouse Foundation.


The Blackhouse Foundation works to expand opportunities for Black content creators by providing pathways to opportunities within film, television, digital, and emerging platforms. Blackhouse provides opportunities for minority creatives to learn about the financial production, marketing, and distribution resources that will raise the profile of their content, while also providing participants with a nucleus for continuing support, community, and education.


Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Paramount (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA), a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Paramount Pictures controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, and Paramount Players. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.


Project Action, founded in 2020 by the Paramount Pictures Marketing and Distribution Departments in response to the social, civil and systemic injustices plaguing our world, is a workplace initiative made up of six task forces that combined, aim to promote inclusive and actionable programming to make our work environment a better place for all.


Paramount’s Content for Change is a global companywide, cross-branded initiative that seeks to use the power of the company’s content creation ecosystem to break down the narratives that enable intolerance, hurtful stereotypes, and systemic racism to exist and grow. Content for Change is centered using scientific research, rigor, and data to transform Paramount’s creative ecosystem across three pillars — the content it produces, the creative supply chain that powers it, and the culture that underpins everything the company does.




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