Entertainment announces licensing agreement with TurnerPatterson (June
16, 2007)CodeBlack Entertainment, a multi-faceted entertainment
organization featuring urban themed programming, today that it has signed
an agreement to retain TurnerPatterson as the exclusive merchandise
licensing agency for the CodeBlack brands and their films.
Founded in 2005 by Jeff Clanagan, CodeBlack Entertainment is the first
independent, vertically integrated African American-owned film studio and
is the largest annual producer and distributer of films targeting African
Americans. CodeBlack is actively engaged in the business of feature film
production and distribution, urban market consulting, and the production
of programs for television broadcast and syndication. Clanagan, President
and CEO, says, "CodeBlack Entertainment is more than a film studio. It is
the urban community's foundation for independent thought and creation; a
premiere platform for the contributions of a society so commonly ignored
and a celebration of African Americans' uninhibited creativity for
generations to come."
CodeBlack Entertainment was created out of the necessity for the positive
representation of African Americans in film. Through several entertainment
outlets, CodeBlack provides a consistent stream of sophisticated urban
themed programming that is distributed across theatrical, digital,
broadcast and internet platforms. CodeBlack's expansive library consists
of dramatic, comedic, romantic and faith- based titles featuring top
African American and Latino talent.
Current CodeBlack releases include "Jamie Foxx Presents-America's Funniest
Comics" hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, "My Brother" starring Vanessa
Williams, and "Shadowboxer" starring Academy Award winners Helen Mirren
and Cuba Gooding, Jr. A powerful driving force in motion pictures,
television, home entertainment and new media, CodeBlack Entertainment
projects double the revenue of their gross sales of 2006 in 2007.
CodeBlack has further increased its equity by developing a strategic
business alliance with one of Hollywood's biggest media conglomerates,
20th Century Fox. Codeblack currently has a multi-picture deal with 20th
Century Fox's new film distribution division, FOXFAITH, to produce six
original films targeting the African-American faith-based market. The
first two productions are film adaptations of the 80's Off Broadway gospel
musical hit, "Mama I Want to Sing!" and the popular play "A Good Man is
Hard to Find."
"We could not be working with a more creative and innovative licensing
agency than Turner Patterson," stated Jeff Clanagan, President and CEO of
CodeBlack Entertainment. "They are experts in the urban consumer and
merchandising market and we look forward to a long and promising
CodeBlack Entertainment will partner with TurnerPatterson to analyze
product licensing opportunities in all categories of interest in the urban
marketplace. Initially, the companies will focus on categories including:
mobile entertainment and internet technology, financial services, apparel,
music, toys and home entertainment appealing to African-American women,
families, teens and children.
"We are very excited about working with a leader in the urban
entertainment space like CodeBlack ," says Debra Turner, CEO of
TurnerPatterson. "We are looking forward to creating exciting and
innovative licensing programs through this partnership." Please visit
CodeBlack Entertainment at 2007 Licensing International Show at Jacob
Javits Center in New York City from June 19, 2007 - June 21,2007 at Booth
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