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FOUNDER/PRESIDENT

Angela M. Hutchinson, Entrepreneur

This Chicago native drove cross-country at 22-years-old to pursue her entertainment career in Hollywood. Now with a decade of industry experience, Mrs. Angela Marie Hutchinson has worked for MGM, Warner Bros. Television, and the Grammys. Angela Marie is a producer, casting director, former talent agent and author of six books. She has written a memoir "Breaking into Hollywood," four children's picture books, and an e-Book, "DBA: Doing Business As," which was named by Rolling Out magazine as a "the go-to guide for entrepreneurs on how to launch a business in 24 hours." Angela produced her first feature film, "Hollywood Chaos," which she also wrote and cast starring Vanessa Simmons with an ensemble cast. The film was distributed by Breaking Glass Pictures, released on Hulu and now available on Amazon.

As a Casting Director, Hutchinson has cast veteran actors such as Billy Dee Williams, Vanessa Williams, Lynn Whitfield and other stars in movies, TV pilots, short films and web series. Prior to casting, Angela worked as a talent agent for two years at a boutique agency in Hollywood. There, she repped actors, models, music artists and youth talent across the board. She also oversaw the youth commercial and print modeling divisions. She was featured on the cover of one of the entertainment industry's leading publications, Backstage West, and often participated in their "Ask an Agent" column.

An alumnus of the University of Michigan, Angela earned her B.S.E. in Industrial & Operations Engineering. She also has a Cross-Media Journalism certificate from USC. She has been a featured speaker at notable film festivals, showcases and conferences, as well as within the faith-based community. In October 2005, Angela was elected as the first African American president of The Scriptwriters Network (SWN), since the non-profit organization was founded in 1986. During her year tenure, she established diversity initiatives, including partnering SWN with ABC/Disney's Talent Grant Program.

Angela has a sincere passion for networking. In May 2005, she founded BReaKiNG iNTo HoLLyWooD (BiH), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for entertainment professionals to learn from established pros within the Film, TV, Music, Digital, Sports & Fashion industries. Due to the non-profit organization’s growth, over 3,000 participants from around the world have attended the various  She is also the Creator and Executive Producer of “The BReaKiNG iNTo HoLLyWooD Show,” which aired daily on Transit TV with over 1.15 million viewers.

In addition to Angela's work in entertainment, she served as Managing Editor of a law magazine for five years. Angela is also active in her community and has served on several boards. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County of Education's Regional Occupation Advisory Committee for the arts. She is also a former Los Angeles City Official.

Angela is committed to balancing work with her family and personal life. She has been married to her husband for 14 vibrant years, and they have three young children. In Angela's leisure time, she enjoys mentoring youth, rollerblading, playing badminton, and spending time with friends and family.

"Life's difficulties prepare us for the victories!"

 
 
 
Maria Aceves

VICE CHAIR EMERITUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATIONS CHAIR

 

Maria Aceves, Actress & Producer

A native of Bilbao, Spain, María Aceves is a fiercely talented actress and producer who brings experience, dedication, commitment and a true passion for show business to every project that she undertakes.

As an actress, Maria is repped by Pantheon and AVO Talent. She has starred in films, theater plays and national commercials, and performed voice-over work for numerous clients. A trained musician, she also performs her own songs.

In her capacity as a producer, Maria has delivered high budget commercials, promos and music videos for top clients such as Insomniac, Orange, T-Mobile, Comcast, Toyota, and FOX among others. She is also a founding partner of LA Panda, a production company that she established with fellow LA-based Spanish filmmakers to bridge the gap between the Latin American, European and U.S. film industries; and whose credits include the SXSW-winning feature 10,000KM, as well as a Founding Partner of Blue Hats Creative, Inc., an interactive Production Company specializing in the development and creation of social programming and content that encourages engagements and participation from the audience.

With a strong interest in education and children in need, Maria actively collaborates with several charity organizations. Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Management and a master’s in International Financing from Universidad del País Vasco. Maria has been involved with BReaKiNG iNTo HoLLyWooD since the organization was founded in 2005.

 

Sarah-Elizabeth (Liz) Reed, Actress & Philanthropist

Managed by B.i.H. Entertainment, Sarah-Elizabeth K. Reed had her feature film debut in the movie, “Three Can Play That Game,” the sequel to “Two Can Play That Game,” starring Vivica Fox and Morris Chestnut.

Born and reared in Atlanta , GA , Sarah-Elizabeth graduated from the University of Michigan , where she received a full gymnastics scholarship, and then went on to receive her J.D. from Howard University School of Law. She was selected to enter the prestigious Capital City Fellows program in 2004 and then worked in the General Counsel’s Office of the Chief Financial Office of the District of Columbia. She currently works as a Real Estate Development Consultant and is an active advocate for early childhood education.

While in law school at Howard, Sarah-Elizabeth was crowned Miss District of Columbia 2002. Her platform at the Miss America Pageant was "Mentoring the Youth of America." Sarah-Elizabeth continued her pageant activities by winning the Miss District of Columbia USA pageant in 2004 and competing in the nationally televised 2005 Miss USA pageant.

She was also selected to compete in the Miss USA Fear Factor reality television show on NBC. Miss Langford won Fear Factor and contributed $25,000 to a youth mentoring charity, the United Youth Adult Conference. Sarah-Elizabeth has also starred in films including, “The Wedding Date,” produced by K. Corner and “Run.”

 
 
 

SOUTHEAST REGION CHAIR

Wilmer Jackson, Sports Agent

Founder and Partner of the Axiom Sports Group, Wilmer “Will” Jackson, splits his days and nights recruiting Athletes while managing the careers of musical talents such as Hip Hop / R & B Producer “Street Symphony”, Producer/Songwriter “Vice” aka “International V” along with Singer Songwriter sensation L2. And let us not forget to mention the next teenage Hip-Hop/Alternative star Ubayy pronounced “You-Bay” Gooseberry. Under his imprint “Hot 16 Entertainment” Will strives to find the freshest and newest talent with the quality 2nd to none.

Born and raised in the gateway city of St Louis Mo, Wilmer Jackson-Spencer graduated from Tennessee State University with a Masters Degree in Sports Admin and an Undergraduate Business Degree Concentration in Management. Will’s corporate sales background ranges from top sales rep at Fortune 500 computer companies to one of the highest sellers in the mortgage business.

Residing in Atlanta Georgia, Will maintains his home base in the “Hollywood of the South”. His wide network of resources, diverse background in sports and entertainment, and business skill sets are utilized night in and night out throughout various events and entertainment platforms, making him a stable rock in the business for direction, connections and guidance throughout the industry. This Board Member brings the face you can trust with a passion to help those willing to help themselves achieve unthinkable dreams and aspirations of success in the world of entertainment.

 

 

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TALENT OUTREACH CHAIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiri Stevens, Actor

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kiri Stevens was born to parents who immigrated to the U.S. from Agios Demetrios, a village in Greece. Looking to create better opportunities for their children, Kiri's parents made a smart move!

Kiri earned various college scholarships that totaled over $120K, which he used to attend Xavier University. He majored in Pre-Law and Theatre and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Ever since he was a child, Kiri loved to perform in plays at school. He loved to entertain people and tell a great story. His first major print job and commercial he booked when he was only 5 years old for a popular Chili company back home and he also did print campaign for Burger King! Throughout his years in Ohio, he got involved in many theater schools that Ohio had to offer and always trained extensively, but always knew that acting was his true passion regardless of what others felt he should do. He got with another agency in Akron, Ohio and he studied with them for 1 year, where he would drive 3 hours to the class, take the 4 hour class and then drive 3 hours back for an entire year.

Before Kiri officially moved to Los Angeles, he competed at the IMTA convention and landed lots of callbacks. He came out to meet with possible representation and instantly obtained management. He finally moved to Los Angeles and started booking immediately. His IMDb page is filled with credits and has been represented by some of the best agents in town. He is studying with Hollywood’s finest, became SAG within the first 4 months of moving to LA, and currently can be seen on several films, TV shows and commercials. Finally, Kiri is also writing and completing a memoir that is set to inspire and encourage people with his struggle to overcome obesity. He lost over 250 pounds through hardwork, discipline and a strong work ethic. At only 26, we can only imagine What the future holds for this young man? A whole lot!! He loves life and people!

 

Maria Capp, Director/Producer/Acting Coach

Actively involved in entertainment and the arts for over 20 years, Maria Capp has a multi-disciplinary expertise, including work as a director, producer, entrepreneur, and acting coach. She has served as an advocate, speaker, committee and board member for such organizations as the Youth Biz Alliance, NYSTEA, EdTA, BOCES - Arts in Education, and Kids for Kids Productions.

In 2012, Maria formed Cappricielli Inc., a multi-faceted production company that creates a wide array of entertaining and socially conscious film, video, web, and music content. As CEO of Cappricielli Productions, she has co-produced the award-winning music video, SO WHAT (International Family Film Festival, Dances With Films, Rahway Film Festival and The Hollywood and Vine Film Festival) and the feature film THE BANDIT HOUND, starring Lou Ferrigno, Cathryn Bell and Judd Nelson; written her own web-series, AND BROTHER MAKES THREE; and directed and produced the short film, TAKING A CHANCE ON LOVE, which was accepted into the esteemed Dances With Films festival. She produced the award-winning music video HURRICANE performed by artist RAFFAELA. HURRICANE won for Best Music Video Award and Grand Jury Award for an Artist Performance in the 2016 Hollywood & Vine Film Festival.

Maria currently has several projects in various stages of development, including the award-winning feature, REACH, awarded Best Feature Screenplay in the Hollywood & Vine Film Festival. She is near completion on the documentary film, FIND AN IDENTITY which she has written and directed. FIND AN IDENTITY was the winner at The Hollywood & Vine Film Festival for best sizzle reel and script. Interest from a variety of education distributors as well as PBS KCLS (CONFIRM) to air during mental health month and suicide prevention month.

 
 
 

PUBLICITY CHAIR


Bruce Gordon, Writer/Director/Producer

Bruce B. Gordon is a screenwriter, director, producer, editor and songwriter. His company (Bruce Gordon Media) has multiple film projects in various stages of development.

Bruce moved to Los Angeles from Detroit, Michigan. He played keyboards on recording sessions and a TV awards show, co-wrote an independent feature film theme song, then worked on a music video directed by recording artist, "Prince." Bruce interned at Columbia Pictures Studios (Sony) in the Story, Music, Post-Production, Publicity, Promotion and Sales Departments. He's written scripts and comedy material, selling to stars such as Joan Rivers.

After graduating from UCLA with a BA in Economics, Bruce worked in Production Accounting at Aaron Spelling Productions, where he studied the creative and financial processes for prime-time network, cable TV and feature production. He worked for an international subtitle/dubbing post-production house and for Warner Bros. Entertainment as a feature film and TV digital media technician, creating iTunes VOD conversions of Warner Bros. Pictures new releases and classics.

Bruce has written, directed, produced, photographed and/or edited many shorts, TV projects, commercials and Web promos. He recently updated his filmmaking skills with state-of-the-art techniques and processes at The Los Angeles Film School.

His film, "Whole 'Nother Level," was selected for the Festival de Cannes Court Métrage (Short Film Corner), screened at other international festivals (France and India), won two awards at the Hollywood & Vine Film Festival and is in international distribution with French and Spanish subtitles.

Bruce is committed to creating quality entertainment that maximizes global audience engagement.

 
 
 

STaFF
Angela M. Hutchinson, Executive Director
Nicole Butler, Associate Director
Yvonne Montoya, Program Director
Toni Delk, Business Consultant*
*Member of the Executive Board

 

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Valerie Meraz, Vice President of Program Acquisitions - Turner Entertainment Networks

 

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** If you are interested in joining our Board of Directors , Jr. Board (ages 10-16) or serving as a Volunteer or Intern with our organization, please email the following for consideration: photo, bio and letter of interest. info@BreakingIntoHollywood.org **

 

   

 

 

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-Gary J. Grappo, Ph.D, Manager/Author – The Writers Store

 
 
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