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Codeblack
Codeblack Films (CF), a division of leading global entertainment company LIONSGATE®, is a vertically integrated film production and distribution company focused on providing independent studios, filmmakers, globally-recognized celebrities, intellectual property rights holders and brands cross platform monetization solutions. Entertainment industry veteran Jeff Clanagan founded Codeblack Films in 2012.

The passion of Codeblack Films executive team is to super serve the global Black community and help its content and brand partners access the power of the $1-trillion African-American consumer market. The African-American population continues to expand both in pure numbers and in buying power and has a major influence on entertainment, technology and media trends. CF's analysis and understanding of the social context of this fast evolving market, values, attitudes, behavior, trends and pre-trends, allow us to position our content and brand partners in the center of influence and develop the best strategy to maximize benefit.

Codeblack Films employs a transmedia approach which involves the discipline of leveraging brands and products across multiple platforms, by creating a diversified portfolio of developed content and technology applications with an overarching brand narrative that is then distributed through both traditional and new media outlets. By establishing a single brand narrative that flows from live performance venues to theatrical exhibition houses to TV to web to mobile devices to game consoles, brands and content are strategically leveraged and positioned to benefit from multiple revenue platforms, consumers and fans enjoy a richer experience and stakeholders realize increased value.

Through parent company Lionsgate, Codeblack Films' operational capabilities include motion picture production and distribution, strategic acquisitions, television programming and syndication, home entertainment distribution, digital distribution, new channel platform monetization and international distribution and sales.


Jeff Clanagan
Jeff Clanagan
President, Codeblack Films
The entertainment industry's shifts are seismic, but visionary Jeff Clanagan has managed to remain in front of the next wave for over two decades.  As Codeblack Enterprises President and CEO, Clanagan continues to set industry precedents by producing and distributing content that defies conventional wisdom, and is leading market growth into a territory that was once dismissed as barren.

In 2012, Clanagan ventured into an unprecedented partnership with Lionsgate, a leading global entertainment company, to bring his expertise in feature film, television programming, comedy specials and digital content to this new partnership.  As a division of Lionsgate, Codeblack Films is a vertically integrated entertainment and new media company focused on providing independent studios, filmmakers, globally-recognized celebrities, intellectual property rights holders and brands operating in the entertainment and sports industries cross platform monetization solutions.

The passion of Codeblack Films executive team is to super serve the global black community and help its content and brand partners access the power of the $1-trillion African American consumer market. The African American population continues to expand both in pure numbers and in buying power and has a major influence on entertainment, technology and media trends. CF's analysis and understanding of the social context of this fast evolving market, values, attitudes, behavior, trends and pre-trends, allow us to position our content and brand partners in the center of influence and develop the best strategy to maximize benefit.

Codeblack Films employs a transmedia approach which involves the discipline of leveraging brands and products across multiple platforms, by creating a diversified portfolio of developed content and technology applications with an overarching brand narrative that is then distributed through both traditional and new media outlets.

In 2011, the highly successful independent blockbuster film, "Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain" was marketed using Clanagan's signature, targeted techniques and grossed an average of $20,000 per theatre, which was groundbreaking for an independently produced and distributed film.  The film set a record as the best performing concert series since "Martin Lawrence: Runteldat" in 2002 to break the $5 million mark.

Jeff Clanagan, recognized as one of Black Enterprise Magazine's Top 50 Hollywood Power Brokers and a member of Ebony Magazine's Power 150, is responsible for the release of nearly 200 DVDs. His projects have generated over $150 million in revenue.

Previously, in his role as President and CEO of UrbanWorks Entertainment, Clanagan developed and implemented the company's strategy.   At the time of Clanagan's departure, UrbanWorks was positioned as a leading distributor of home entertainment.

Clanagan entered the entertainment industry as a concert promoter for vanguard artists Run DMC, LL Cool J, The Isley Brothers, MC Hammer, and Luther Vandross, among others.  His first role, after transitioning from backstage to the back lot, was as President of Master P's seminal No Limit Films. At No Limit, Clanagan was responsible for the production of the successful films Foolish and Lockdown, and facilitated the firm's growth into a $40 Million pioneering force in the urban home video market. 

Clanagan was eventually tapped by Peter Guber's Mandalay Sports & Entertainment, for a role as President of Mandalay Urban Entertainment.  Under Clanagan's direction, Mandalay received accolades for award-winning films like Civil Brand, which was recognized at international film festivals including the American Black Film Festival, the Urban World Film Festival, and the Pan-African Film Festival.


Quincy C. Newell III
Quincy C. Newell III
General Manager, Codeblack Films
Quincy Newell has more than 20 years of entertainment industry experience and possesses a unique and diverse repertoire of skills acquired from positions held at mainstream and independent studios and distributors including Warner Bros. Records, Rhino Entertainment, Virgin Records, Paramount Home Entertainment, UrbanWorks Entertainment, Ventura Distribution and Codeblack Entertainment/Vivendi Entertainment. During this time, Newell has marketed and project managed the release of more than 300 music and home video titles and has directly managed the theatrical release of 6 independent films. In the past 10-years, Newell has launched and run two successful businesses and has been responsible for generating over $500-million in revenues for those organizations. Newell currently holds the position as General Manager of Codeblack Films, a subsidiary of Lionsgate and serves as Executive Vice President and Partner at Codeblack Enterprises LLC.

Newell's diverse professional background affords him the ability to exhibit a powerful mix of core business acumen and creative aptitude. Having held a range of senior management positions in sales & marketing, project management, acquisitions, operations, production and business development, Newell's vision, discipline and ambition combined with good old-fashioned hard work, have established him as a strong catalyst to success.

Born into a family of musicians, Newell grew up listening to songs written and produced by his grandfather Joe Jones, who recorded and wrote the New Orleans classic hit "You Talk Too Much," and launched the careers of The Dixie Cups, Alvin "Shine" Robinson, and Aaron Neville. The Jones household was a musical sanctuary, the site of frequent jam sessions with legendary New Orleans artists Professor Longhair, James Booker "The Piano Prince of New Orleans," Jessie Hill, and many others. This early exposure to the arts inspired Newell to pursue a career in entertainment.

After initially cutting his teeth working with his family's music publishing company, Newell then launched an independent marketing consulting firm, executing regional campaigns for such clients as Nike, Def Jam Records, Island Records, A&M Records, Arista Records, Interscope Records and Adidas. His firm also ventured into nightclub and concert promotions in and around the Los Angeles area promoting successful live events featuring live performances by RUN DMC, WILL-I-AM, BLACK EYED PEAS, WU TANG CLAN and OUTKAST among others.

After spending 5 years as Associate Editor of music industry trade publication HITS Magazine, Newell spent the next 6 years as Director of Product Management and Urban Catalog Development at Rhino Entertainment, a division of AOL/Time Warner, managing the growth and development of their urban, R&B and jazz music catalogs. During his tenure at Rhino Entertainment, Newell was responsible for the sales, production, marketing, product development and brand management of the music catalogs of some of the music industry's most prestigious artists, including Curtis Mayfield, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Sammy Davis Jr., John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Richard Pryor and Quincy Jones. Under Mr. Newell's leadership, the division enjoyed continued double digit growth each year from 1996 to 2000.

Newell served a short stint, in 2001, as the Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for Blackground Records. Blackground Records was a recorded music label distributed by Virgin Records North America. After his short time with Blackground, Newell went on to lend his expertise to Paramount Home Entertainment, consulting the media giant as a VMI Specialist. While at Paramount, Newell played a key role in the launch of the Vendor Managed Inventory partnership for the studio division's Best Buy and Target accounts.

In 2002 Newell joined forces with entertainment industry veteran Jeff Clanagan to launch UrbanWorks Entertainment.

During his tenure at UrbanWorks, Newell held the positions of Vice President and Sr. Vice President/General Manager. In these roles Newell led UrbanWorks' strategic entry into the urban market and held operating responsibility for the company, catapulting it in less than a year into a recognizable force in the marketplace and the leading distributor of urban home video. Mr. Newell's responsibilities included; managing day-to-day studio operations including financial management, sales, product development, production, and marketing and branding initiatives.

While at UrbanWorks, Newell was responsible for the acquisition and management of three of the group's anchor label relationships (Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids, The Cosby Show, Nike), and also spearheaded the creation of the group's strategic retail marketing alliances with Walmart, Best Buy, Movie Gallery and Target. Mr. Newell's direction and influence at UrbanWorks was crucial in the company's evolution into becoming the #1 independent producer and distributor of urban home entertainment, generating more than $300 million in revenues under his leadership.

In 2006 Newell joined Jeff Clanagan in the launch of Codeblack Entertainment. Codeblack Entertainment was a joint venture between Vivendi Entertainment, a division of the world's leading music company Universal Music Group, and Codeblack Enterprises LLC. In this new venture, Newell served as Executive Vice President/General Manager.

While at Codeblack Entertainment, Newell focused on providing content management and monetization solutions to independent producers and filmmakers. Newell ensured that he maximized the revenue potential for Codeblack's partners by leveraging their brands and products across multiple platforms. This was achieved by creating a diverse portfolio of developed content and technology applications that would then be distributed through both traditional and new new media distribution channels. By establishing a single brand narrative that flowed from live performance venues to theatrical exhibition houses to TV to mobile devices and game consoles, brands and content were strategically leveraged and positioned to benefit from multiple revenue platforms resulting in increased value for both Codeblack Entertainment and its partners.

During his tenure at Codeblack/Vivendi, Newell managed the release of over 50 titles including Lee Daniels' "Shadowboxer", Steve Harvey's "Don't Trip..." and "Still Trippin'", Katt Williams' "Pimp Chronicles Pt.1", and "Pimpadelic", Shaquille O'Neal's "All Star Comedy Jam" franchise, Kevin Hart's "Laugh at My Pain" and the NACCP Image Award nominated film T.D. Jakes' "Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day" where Newell served as a Producer. Newell also served as co-producer on Kevin Hart's 2011 record breaking independent film "Laugh At My Pain" which generated close to $8-million in box office revenues. Laugh At My Pain is the No.7 top selling comedy concert film of all time. Newell was responsible for overseeing the production and creative direction for all facets of the film and its release.

Newell also developed and managed Codeblack Entertainment's platform diversification efforts, establishing key content distribution relationships with Google/YouTube, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, Showtime Networks, Comedy Central and Apple iTunes. Newell also fostered international distribution partnerships that allowed Codeblack Entertainment to expand it's distribution footprint into the U.K., South Africa, Australia and Belgium. Newell helped to generate over $100 million in revenues for the Codeblack/Vivendi venture.

Newell also holds the prestigious label as a Sundance Film Festival filmmaker. Newell served as producer, writer and supervising director for the insightful documentary film, Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy. Why We Laugh was selected to premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and also premiered on the Showtime Network on February 4th 2010.

In 2012 Codeblack Enterprises joined forces with independent powerhouse studio Lionsgate to launch Codeblack Films. The new company will focus on producing and distributing content targeted to the urban and multi-cultural consumer markets, penetrating those markets through all existing and emerging distribution platforms. Newell was tapped to head the new venture serving as General Manager. (www.variety.com)

Mr. Newell holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business & Management and is a student at the University of West Los Angles School of Law where he is pursuing a Juris Doctorate Degree.


Kim Walters
Kim Walters
Director of Marketing, Codeblack Films
Kim Walters is the Director of Marketing at Codeblack Films, and is a savvy, results-oriented Brand Strategist with over a decade of marketing experience. Her insight has contributed to the success of national, regional and local work for automotive, retail, fast casual accounts, and new business accounts; production work for NAACP Image Awards, Stellar Gospel Music Awards, Soul Train Music Awards, Lady of Soul Awards, and Soul Train's "Holiday Starfest"; Buffalo Wild Wings, Shaq's All Star Comedy Tour, to name as few as well as civic work with the United Negro College Fund, Starlight Children's Foundation and the Y.M.C.A., to name a few. Entertainment companies of note include Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Vivendi Universal, A&E Lifetime and now Codeblack Films/Lionsgate. Most recently, Kim established and positioned the brand's identity, led marketing teams and grew accounts for Allied Integrated Marketing's newest African-American marketing division penned, Allied Moxy.

Having been responsible for overseeing national and local consumer campaigns as well as smaller budgeted direct-to-video releases, Kim is skilled at strategy, planning and execution in the areas of B2C and B2B brand integration and marketing disciplines that include: advertising, promotions, events, PR & publicity, creative development, digital/new media, research, business development and more.

Work on extraordinary campaign work on independent films including KEVIN HART'S LAUGH AT MY PAIN theatrical and home entertainment releases (theatrical campaign generated over 1 billion impressions which helped to catapult his stand-up comedy release to become the #1 independent theatrical of 2011), T.D. Jakes' theatrical, WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED: ON THE 7TH DAY (#1 independent theatrical opening April 13), both in tandem with AMC Theatres AMCi platform.

A mix of additional theatrical (limited, 4wall)/home entertainment marketing & promotional work includes new release films like FREE ANGELA (the Angela Davis documentary), KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN, cult classic THE BOONDOCK SAINTS: ALL SAINTS DAY, BLACK DYNAMITE, STOMP THE YARD, FIRST SUNDAY, THIS CHRISTMAS, SAVAGES, SNITCH, THE BOURNE LEGACY, MINDLESS BEHAVIOR: ALL AROUND THE WORLD, MADEA'S WITNESS PROTECTION, Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN II, RESIDENT EVIL: DEGENERATION, THE ART OF WAR II, DRAGON WARS, NINE, THE CONTRACTOR, MOTIVES 2, ST. TRINIAN'S, THREE CAN PLAY THAT GAME, THE YOUNG VICTORIA, ELEGY, ZOMBIE STRIPPERS, and upcoming work on REPENTANCE and FRANKIE & ALICE.

Noteworthy TV work includes leading of off-air consumer campaigns for season premieres and show launches like "Project Runway (Season 8)," "The Fairy Jobmother," "One Born Every Minute," "Army Wives (Season 5)," "Drop Dead Diva (Season 3)" and more.

Kim is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles as well as a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and a past member of the Entertainment Publicists Professional Society (EPPS). She has been featured in The Agency Post, Target Marketing News as well as MadameNoire.com, nominated for Outstanding Women of America and is also the proud recipient of the American Association of Advanced Advertising Studies' prestigious Monty McKinney Award of Excellence for program work with the Robert Mondavi Winery.