BLACK MEDIA STORY SUMMIT

2020 NATIONAL BLACK MEDIA STORY SUMMIT

VIRTUAL
CONFERENCE

JUNE 23-25, 2020

Tuesday — Virtual Town Hall 7:00 PM EDT, The Pandemic Pivot

Wednesday — Panel Discussions, 2:30-4:30 PM EDT, Rebuilding the Distribution Ecosystem

ThursdayClips & Conversations, 2:30-4:30 PM EDT; and 40th Anniversary Virtual House Party, 7:00 PM EDT

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2020 SUMMIT FOCUS: DISTRIBUTION

Black Public Media has trained, funded and supported Black stories since 1979.  The 2020 National Black Media Story Summit, held in the midst of a pandemic and swirling social unrest, invited networks, content creators, and content distributors to come together online to continue discussing the state of Black stories across commercial, XR, and public media. Much has changed since our inaugural summit in 2018 (read our Black Paper, which provides an overview of that summit). The 2020 summit focused on distribution and featured a town hall, panel discussions, and a watch party tribute to documentary filmmaker Marlon Riggs.

Highlights from the summit will be posted on this site in the coming days. Meanwhile, check out this spirited keynote speech from Phillip Agnew, who kicked off our 2nd day of programming.

THE BLACK PAPER

BPM convened the inaugural Black Media Story Summit on April 6, 2018 to assess and address deeper systemic challenges across the media industry with the ultimate goal of developing multi-sector partnerships and building a collective of professionals focused on creating an environment for Black content to grow and thrive. The diverse range of professionals included Black thought leaders, activists, commercial and public media professionals, financiers, philanthropic funders, and Black content makers. The sessions focused on everything from content production to financing and distribution and emerging media.

The Black Paper provides an overview of the issues concerns and recommendations raised by those who participated in the inaugural Black Media Story Summit.

2020 BLACK MEDIA STORY SUMMIT PROGRAM

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

 

Virtual Town Hall — THE PANDEMIC PIVOT

Tuesday, June 23 (7:00 - 8:00 pm EDT)

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown all sorts of organizations for a loop. Now, everyone is scrambling to figure out how to keep their audiences, members, and customers engaged for what may be an extended period of social distancing. In this town hall, learn how three institutions are pivoting during the pandemic to develop online events that showcase Black talent.

Opening Remarks: Phillip Agnew, Black Men Build  Click here to see his remarks.

Featured Speakers: Ryan Wilson, The Gathering Spot; and Jason Steer, Apollo Theater. Moderated by Stephanie McKee-Anderson, JuneBug Productions

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Panel Sessions — REBUILDING THE DISTRIBUTION ECOSYSTEM

Wednesday, June 24, (2:30 - 4:30 pm EDT)

Here’s our chance! With the traditional model upset by the current pandemic and discussions happening across the board around solutions, now is the time to look beyond immediate fixes to rebuild the foundation. Prior to COVID-19, there were persistent problems in distribution opportunities available to Black content creators. We can capitalize on the industry’s current flexibility and creative thinking to arrive at solutions that address the ongoing inequities faced by Black storytellers. The Rebuilding the Distribution Ecosystem session will have a capped attendance to optimize our ability to gather everyone’s valuable insights.

Featured Speakers: Maori Holmes, BlackStar Film Festival; Dr. Yaba Blay, author; Michelle Materre, Creatively Speaking; and Aymar Jean Christian, OTV-Open Television.

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Watch Party — CLIPS & CONVERSATIONS

Thursday, June 25, (2:30 - 4:30 pm EDT)

Between 1987 and 1995, public television released the independent documentaries of filmmaker Marlon Riggs: Tongues Untied, Black Is ... Black Ain't , Color Adjustment, and Ethnic Notions. Join us for a conversation about his impact on public media and the field.

Featured Speakers: Thomas Allen Harris, Family Pictures USA; Rhea Combs, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; and Luchina Fisher, Mama Gloria. Moderated by Cornelius Moore, California Newsreel.

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BPM 40th ANNIVERSARY VIRTUAL HOUSE PARTY

Thursday, June 25 (7:00 - 8:00 pm EDT)

#BPM40th Anniversary Virtual House Party featuring streamed music, BYOB, and a special DIY anniversary menu by Celebrity Chef Ricky Moore, owner of SALTBOX Seafood Joint and featured in PBS’ The Hook.

Click here for details about this event.

Click here for details about the 40th Anniversary celebrity chef recipe.

REGISTRATION

Registration for this event is closed.

Photo credits: James Brooks

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