MPAA’s John Gibson Brings Three Studios To ABFF 2016

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MPAA’s John Gibson Brings Three Studios To ABFF 2016
Posted by Wilson Morales

June 30, 2016

John Gibson at ABFF 2016

Last week and for the first time, John Gibson,Head of Diversity and Multicultural Outreach of the Motion Picture Association of America MPAA), attended the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Annual Media Summit in Los Angeles,CA. The gathering, sponsored by HBO, Comcast/NBCU and the Time Warner Foundation among others, is one of the premier events for members of the Latino entertainment community with approximately 2500 attendees. John joined the Hispanic Heritage Foundation at two of their marquee events: “Cracking the Code: Hacking Diversity in Entertainment and Tech” session, and their joint programming with ShortsHD to launch a campaign to select the best short film by a Latino creator.

ABFF 2016 logo

During the week of June 15, John Gibson joined the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) for its 20th annual celebration in Miami. Not only did John bring his astonishing presence to this year’s festival he also brought 3 of the MPAA’s member studios with him. That included Warner Brothers, Fox Searchlight, and Universal Pictures. This marked the first time that the MPAA brought three major studios to the festival for programming.

MPAA's John Gibson at ABFF 2016 Opening Night

On the festival’s opening night, the MPAA served as the presenting sponsor and presented the film Central Intelligence (Warner Brothers) starring Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart. Before presenting the film John delivered opening remarks along the film’s co-star Danielle Nicolet, rapper/actor Common, and ABFF founder, Jeff Friday. The MPAA also delivered a specially taped video message from Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart for the festival film goers.

The next day, John received a special invite to join Miami City Commission Chairman, Keon Hardemon, Viacom’s newest Director Tax-Counsel, Chiquita Banks, and a few others for a private tour of Viacom International Facility in Miami. The facility opened as Viacom in 2015 and produces shows for BET, Nickelodeon, MTV, and Comedy Central. The 88,000 square-foot facility cost over $14.5 million, the structure features two high-tech 15,000 square-foot sound stages with 40-foot ceilings, along with ample office space and post-production, dressing, wardrobe, and conference rooms.

MPAA John Gibson at ABFF 2016 Birth of a Nation cast

On Friday, the MPAA presented two marquee events with film studios Fox Searchlight and Universal Pictures. A first look panel and discussion for the film The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight) with filmmaker/actor Nate Parker. for this event John delivered the opening remarks and introduced the panel moderator, television personality, Star Jones. Shortly afterwards, the MPAA supported another member studio, Universal Pictures, as they present their panel and discussion for the film Almost Christmas with actress Gabrielle Union.

On Sunday June 24, John jetsetted to Los Angeles, CA for the ABFF Encore in partnership with the BET Experience. While there John attended the ABFF Winners Reception and VIP Celebration in honor of the winning filmmakers and artists from the 2016 ABFF Encore during the 2016 BET Experience at the JW Marriott Rooftop Pool.

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