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Motion Picture Association of America

Today, the stories that define our lives and shape our world are brought to life by the global creative community, including the creators and artists working in American film and television. The MPAA fosters this economic and cultural enterprise by advocating for policies that recognize the power of our stories, reward creators, and allow us to produce, distribute, and protect the creative content audiences love. Learn More>>>


Prudential Financial

With operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America, we provide customers with a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. We strive to create long-term value for our stakeholders through strong business fundamentals, consistent with our mission guided by our vision and directed by our company's core values. Learn more>>>



Welcome to the New Jersey Institute of Technology. We're proud of our 130 years of history, but that's only the beginning of our story - we've doubled the size of our campus in the last decade, pouring millions into major new research facilities to give our students the edge they need in today's demanding high-tech marketplace. Read More>>>


744 Broad St. the Home-base for the Newark International Film Festival
the Newark National Building - The Jewel of Newark
Neo-classical office skyscraper, The National Newark Building stands as the tallest building in Newark at 466 ft. Designed by the father and son architectural firm, John H. & Wilson C. Ely, which also designed Newark City Hall and the American Insurance Company Building. The exterior is mainly tan brick and limestone. The interior ceiling is lined with 24k gold. The top of the building is inspired by the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The ten mezzanine murals by J. Monroe Hewlett and Charles Gulbrandsen depict the growth of commerce in Newark.



Reconnecting the generation that identified the fashion brand of the 90’s when Hip Hop was at its peak and in its purest element. Introducing a new generation to For Us By Us Television which taps into and connects the streaming watching audiences of today. From lifestyle and culture to technology and fashion. FubuTv is a (VOD) Video on demand channel  distributed by Xfinity Comcast, Verizon Fios and Dish Network. Fubu provides quality programming globally to over 250 million homes

Bob Sumner

Bob Sumner Legendary Talent Scout who helped launch the careers of many of today’s most well known comedians including Dave Chappelle, Chris Tucker, Sheryl Underwood, the late Bernie Mac, Mike Epps, Academy Award Winner Monique, Newark’s very own Bill Bellamy, and many more.


The City of Newark

The City of Newark is the largest city (by population) in the U.S. state of New Jersey, and the county seat of Essex County. One of the nation's major air, shipping, and rail hubs, the city had a population of about 277,222 in 2010, making it the nation's 67th most-populous municipality, after being ranked 63rd in the nation in 2000. For 2015, the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program calculated a population of 281,944, an increase of 1.7% from the 2010 enumeration.

JPMorgan Chase

Making the economy work for more people is a key focus for JPMorgan Chase. As part of that mission we launched Advancing Black Pathways—an initiative that builds on our existing efforts to help the black community chart stronger paths towards economic success and empowerment.

Through Advancing Black Pathways, JPMorgan Chase will work to improve educational opportunities and job readiness for black students. This includes hiring 4,000 black students at the firm in roles such as apprenticeships, internships and post-graduation roles over the next five years.

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Ironbound Film and TV Studios 

Ironbound Film and Television Studios offers facilities for television, motion picture and digital media productions.

Newark Office of Film and Television

The Newark Office of Film + Television (NOFT) is the official film office for the City of Newark, NJ. Its mission is to facilitate and promote opportunities for film, television, web production, education, jobs, and access in Newark and/or for Newark residents.
NOFT aims to help make Newark a world-class center for film, arts, culture and entertainment.


 SAVvy MARKeting Entertainment Group, LLC (SMEG) was formed by owners Savoy (SAVvy) Walker and Mark (MARKeting) A. Forrest. They were prompted to start their company under the guise of then-aspiring artists who were in dire need of guidance and honest managerial representation in the entertainment business.

The Newark Times

The Newark Times

The city of Newark is a city full of depth, rich history, as well as cultural and commercial impact on the world at large. The Newark Times is dedicated to sharing the perspectives and narratives of Newark’s history, emergence, challenges, and triumphs with dignity, honesty, and candor


YOPAT INC. is a not-for-profit youth media arts and technology enrichment center founded in 2006 by SuSu Stewart; with a vision to empower youth through multimedia arts education and to meet the demands of the community for after-school programming that helps prepare young people for the digital and technical future. With the experience and expertise of YOPAT’s staff in education, multimedia, production and business management, within a year, the team successfully developed the organization from a two-person operation to one that now has staff of 10 and close to 50 young participants.

Greater Newark Convention Center

The Greater Newark Convention and Visitor Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for the cities of Newark and Harrison, New Jersey. We are committed to promoting and marketing the assets of the region generating economic development and creating new jobs by increasing the length of stay at area hotels, increase per capita spending in the tourism sector, as well as attracting new events, meetings and conferences to the region.


The Vision for Vault is to give a platform to the millions of independent filmmakers worldwide that have been overlooked or pushed by the wayside for larger Hollywood productions.

Rutgers Center for Urban Entrepreneur and Development

The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) is the first center of its kind in the nation to integrate scholarly works with private capital, government, and non-profit sectors to develop citywide resources and bring renewed economic growth and vitality through urban entrepreneurship. We promote and foster a new generation of urban entrepreneurs who actively seek socially conscious urban renaissance.

The Newark Downtown District

The Newark Downtown District, Newark's special improvement district of the central business area, is a privately funded 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, dedicated to revitalizing downtown Newark by improving the economic viability of the central business district.

Newark Black Film Festival

Since its inception in 1974, the Newark Black Film Festival (NBFF) has become known among its peers as the longest running black film festival in the United States. Throughout the years, it has continued to provide a progressive public forum for hundreds of emerging writers, directors, producers, performers and film buffs who enjoy African American and African Diaspora cinema.

Newark Symphony Hall 

Newark Symphony Hall enjoys a long and rich cultural history as New Jersey’s oldest and largest showcase for the arts, education and entertainment programming. This multi-facility edifice was built by the Shriners, a Masonic order, in 1925 and known as the Salaam Temple. The façade is quite imposing with its massive Ionic columns and the interior is elegant with its sculpted marble designs with gold-leaf ornamentation in the Greek and Egyptian styles.

The Short Film Awards

The Short Film Awards, affectionately nicknamed The SOFIES, was born out of a love for the special art form known as the Short Film.  Due to its brief nature, the Short Film genre fosters an unmatched spirit of creativity, resourcefulness and independence that inspires, stirs and transforms.  SOFIE seeks to bring the segmented short film community together to honor, support and enjoy the best work in Short Film.

Essex County College

Essex County College is an open-door public community college that is committed to providing quality educational programs and life-long learning activities at the most affordable cost. The College is open to students with a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities.


New Jersey has a new premiere entertainment destination in Newark with the new CityPlex12 theatre; a first-run, all-Digital, stadium seating, 3D-capable movie theatre in New Jersey’s largest City. Read more>>>

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A respected fragrance marketer and leader in the industry, Topper Schroder has crafted and brought to life distinct scents and body care products including Gendarme®, Grabazzi®, the successful men’s fragrance Gendarme V® and an exclusive women’s line, Carrière®. With a loyal following that includes A-List Hollywood celebrities, Schroder’s lines of fragrances are seen in top boutique and fragrance counters all across the globe, competing and outselling other national brands. Read More>>>

Express Newark

Express Newark is a university–community collaboratory in Newark’s historic Hahne & Company building.
A conceptual framework and an interdisciplinary learning space, Express Newark houses the Newest Americans; the Form Design Studio; the Design Consortium; Visual Means; Shine Portrait Studio; the Community Media Center; Scarlet Magazine; the Newark Print Shop; the Paul Robeson Galleries; and twenty-two resident artists in printmaking, photography, painting and video.

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Donald Payne Jr.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsor Donald Payne Jr.
The Donald M. Payne, Sr. Global Foundation will continue the legacy of Congressman Payne, an educator and passionate human rights advocate for our local and global communities.

Our gentle warrior shined a public spotlight on the world’s worst moral disasters and conditions, frequently in the face of danger. Congressman Payne taught us all that we must find ways to improve the lives of the most vulnerable amongst us. Galvanized by his Newark roots, his role as Congressional Delegate to the United Nations and the human conditions he saw traveling around the world, Congressman Payne sponsored successful legislation to tackle social inequalities and empower people in the United States, Africa, Ireland and the Caribbean.  Read More >>>