REGINALD HUDLIN is an innovator of the modern black film movement, having created, written and or directed such beloved films as House Party, Boomerang and BeBe’s Kids, which are some of the most profitable and influential films of his generation. Hudlin received a Best Picture nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for producing Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. The film won multiple awards including two Oscars and two Golden Globe Awards, and is one of the top grossing Westerns of all time.
Hudlin is the executive producer and writer of the Black Panther animated series, which premiered following a successful multi-year comic book run. Hudlin’s stories reinvigorated the classic super hero for Marvel. He was also executive producer of The Boondocks animated series, director the pilot of the hit series Everybody Hates Chris, and was producer and director of several award-winning episodes of The Bernie Mac Show.
From 2005-2009, Hudlin was the first President of Entertainment for B.E.T. Networks, creating some of the network’s highest rated shows during his tenure. While there, he launched a profitable home entertainment division and revamped the news division, which went on to win more than a dozen awards in that period.
Recently, Hudlin directed episodes of Murder In The First, Bad Judge and other hit series such as Modern Family, The Office, The Middle, and Psych. Through his production company, Hudlin Entertainment, Hudlin produced the 44th NAACP Image Awards in 2013 on NBC, and the 45th NAACP Image Awards last year for TVOne which was the highest rated show in the history of the network. Hudlin Entertainment produced the 46th NAACP Image Awards earlier this year. Last summer, he partnered with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and The Hollywood Bowl to produce a live cinematic concert experience titled The Black Movie Soundtrack which was a critical and commercial success.
Hudlin is a member of several organizations and currently serves on the boards of UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Television, The Comic Book Defense Fund, and Wasatch.
DENYS COWAN is an accomplished and celebrated comic and animation creator and illustrator. Founder of Milestone Media, which sold over 10 million copies of groundbreaking comic books, Denys Cowan has numerous credits to his name, including but not limited to: Batman: Lovers & Madmen, Blind Justice, Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child, The Black Panther: Flags of Our Fathers, The Question, Hardware, and Static Shock.
Static Shock became one of the most beloved characters in the Milestone Universe, spawning a hugely successful animated series. During its run, the series was the only animated show not produced by Nickelodeon to dominate ratings. Denys directed and produced the series, which was nominated for an Emmy.
As Senior Vice President of Animation at BET, Cowan was responsible for the creation, development and production of animated programming for the entire network. This included the development and production of the premiere season of the prime time animated series, The Boondocks. Along with BET President of Entertainment and frequent collaborator, Reginald Hudlin, Cowan also produced The Black Panther animated series.
Serving as Senior Vice President of Motown Animation and Filmworks, he created and developed a number of shows with Fox, ABC, Disney and Nickelodeon. Cowan also co-created the character of Henri Ducard, as played by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins.
Cowan drew the cover art of the GZA/Genius of the Wu-Tang Clan’s platinum selling hip-hop album Liquid Swords. Denys illustrated the successful run of You Can’t Handle the Truth, a monthly full-page comic strip for Ebony magazine. More recently, Denys Cowan illustrated the Django Unchained graphic novel, which was inspired by the Oscar-winning film by Quentin Tarantino.
Among comic book readers and collaborators, Denys Cowan is the stuff of legends. Cowan remains a prolific creator, illustrator, and producer. He is the recipient of the Humanitas Award and he has been nominated for a number of Eisner awards throughout his illustrious career.
DEREK T. DINGLE is Senior Vice President/Editor-In-Chief of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine.
He is responsible for the strategic planning and editorial direction of the magazine and coordinates content development across print, digital, broadcast and event platforms.
He has oversight and involvement in content development of magazine-related events such as the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo as well as the company’s new offerings including the launch of the Black Enterprise iPad app.
In January 2009 he assumed the additional role of BLACK ENTERPRISE chief White House correspondent, splitting his time between the company’s New York headquarters and Washington, D.C. On Feb. 9 he secured the first post-inaugural print interview with President Barack Obama, making national headlines with an exclusive Q&A initially published on the company’s Website, www.blackenterprise.com.
He also founded and served as president and CEO of Milestone Media Inc., the nation’s largest black-owned comic book company. Distributed by DC Comics, Milestone produced an average of eight monthly titles and sold more than 10 million copies from 1992 to 1998. One of the characters he co-created, Static Shock, was developed into an animated series that ran from 2000 to 2005 on the WB Network and The Cartoon Network.
An award-winning editor, Dingle is the author of Titans of the B.E. 100s: Black CEOs Who Redefined and Conquered American Business, and he received the 1999 International Reading Association Award for his book First in the Field: Jackie Robinson, Baseball Hero.
He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the American Society of Magazine Editors, and he serves on the Advisory Board for the American Black Film Festival and Advisory Board of Norfolk State University’s School of Communications. He has also served as a member of the Advisory Board for GE’s Center for Financial Literacy (from 2000-2005).