THE UFRONT VIDEO 4 CAST 2014 “ New Content on the Rise”

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Welcome to Ufront Media Insights;

The 3rd Annual Ufront Video 4 Cast on October 23rd 2014 was a showcase of  digital video content creators that premiered at the Stella and Charles Guttman Community College in New York City hosted by the founder Mr. Roger Maloney.

The Ufront Video 4 Cast 2014 mission is to promote diversity in the online video space and it includes a variety of video presentations from upcoming online video producers from various fields. The Ufront Video 4 Cast has been really lucky to be at the center of this new industry. Online video, right now, is at a very important moment. There is so much excitement, so much potential, and so much talent,” said Roger Maloney, creator of the event. “Every day, billions of videos are watched online. Some of the online video creators have larger audiences than successful cable shows and  I want to give these online channels as much exposure to the general audience.

The Ufront Video 4 Cast is about giving a voice to a more diverse diaspora of video content creators and getting people to see, talk and celebrate the new content they are creating.”


This years presenters for the UFRONT VIDEO 4 CAST 2014 were broken up into Ufront video categories to give the audience insight into all the different types of video content theses presenters have to offer the world so allow me to introduce them to  you:

 First, in the category of Best One on One interviews goes to  Kevin E Taylor’s show NOW WHAT – this a show that interviews people in entertainment and architecture, fitness and health and other realms, and talk to them about how they  stepped into their next level AFTER something happened that forced them to deal with their own dreams. NOW WHAT?

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 Kevin E Taylor makes multi-tasking sound easy. He’s a pastor (9 years in January 2010), a writer and producer for television (12 years in television and more than 15 years running TM3-his own video production company), with shows as: ACCESS GRANTED, TESTIMONY, LYRICALLY SPEAKING and NOTARIZED, which gave the network its highest day-ratings in its history in 1999 and where he won a Gold World Medal for International Programming for a special (24 HOURS WITH DRU HILL) and a pair of NAACP Image Award nominations, competing against himself in 2001 for his Aaliyah episode of ACCESS GRANTED and his interviews with Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige for TESTIMONY. Taylor also wrote biographies for projects or featured articles on Anita Baker (“Rhythm of Love” and “My Everything” cd releases, Jennifer Holliday (cover story for REAL magazine), Rachelle Ferrell (The Black Guide) and Tina Turner for the 1996 cover feature of Sister2Sister magazine. As an author (UNCLUTTER, a “help-yourself” book he published in 2003 after leaving BET to pastor full-time; JADED, a novel released in 2006, which was Top 10 on several Amazon charts and 2 books coming in 2010—IT’S TIME FOR SOME ACTION and BECAUSE HE LIVES)

Second , in the category for Best Video Game & culture content goes to Shalako L Gordon with DUSTY CARTRIDGES GAMERS LIFE 

Shalako L Gordon  is a writer the founder of owner and CEO of BlackFeet Films, Inc. BlackFeet Films strives to create opportunities through independent productions (i.e. film, Television or video).  Mr. Gordon has worked in film and television for the last twelve years. Throughout his years in television, Shalako has contributed to the success and completion of such prestigious programs, Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Dateline, NBC, VH1, Black Entertainment Television, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Saturday Night Live and many more.  Shalako is an Award-Winning director with his short film, ‘One Word,’ which screened at over 15 film festivals. Making the transition from editor to director was almost seamless and Shalako’s latest film, ‘The Truth About Lies’ is truly an example. Shalako is currently developing two web series, ‘Fathers and Sons’ and ‘Dusty’ along with a feature length film FLAWLESS.

 Third, in the category for best music video & creating a social movement  goes to IN MY CITY RECORDS co founder Jeremy Castro. The name of their artist is HeeSun Lee ft Jin and the video is called  I Break Stereotypes

 Jeremy Castro is CEO and Co Founder of In My City Records and is the A&R Analyst for RCA Records and  Co founder of GOD IS IN MY CITY and IN MY CITY RECORDS.    Jeremy Castro is a confident, creative and highly qualified marketing & creative professional with 15 + years of distinguished performance & demonstrated success in media and entertainment. Broad-based background encompasses exceptional work ethic and commitment to organizational objectives within highly competitive and rapidly changing marketplace. Proactive manager, team builder and tactical planner with ability to attract and secure key players in building strong and lasting relationships. Recognized for decisive leadership and proven ability to face challenges head-on and execute sound decisions while directing product launches.

 Fourth, in the category for best video content by a BRAND goes to MD Callahan wine/spirits brand called  VODKILA 

MD Callahan – Md Callahan COO and founder of Vodkila spirits, as well as the founder of Vodkila spirits since 2004. His role as founder and COO is gaining daily accounts such as liquors stores, clubs, lounges restaurants.  He also handles visibility for Vodkila and he is  involved in all marketing for Vodkila and promotions.  He is in charge of course of putting the Vodkila girl team together for Vodkila and his role is pretty much what ever is needed lol and all off these duties are done on a daily basis.

Fifth, in the category for Best educational  video content goes to Cornerstone Academy for Social Action by principal Jamaal Bowman and Kevin Allen with The 7 Habits Video 

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Jamaal A. Bowman, proud father and husband, is the founding principal of Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School. Born and raised in New York City, Jamaal’s values and educational philosophy are shaped by his single mom, three sisters, playing street games with friends, constant visits to museums, and the golden age of Hip Hop music and culture. Jamaal played college football at the University of New Haven and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. Jamaal also holds a master degree from Mercy College in guidance and counseling and three New York State ed certifications in business and distributive ed, guidance counseling, and school building leadership. After teaching for 9 years in K-12 settings, while also serving as dean of students, coach, and club liaison, Jamaal received his school building leadership training from New Leaders for New Schools. While a resident with New Leaders, Jamaal wrote and proposed a new middle school rooted in writing across the curriculum, experiential learning, creativity and love. In January 2009 the proposal was accepted by the department of education and C.A.S.A. Middle School opened its doors in September 2009. 5 years later C.M.S. has a widely celebrated school culture, a 21st century child development program, and most importantly, parents and children that love the school. Jamaal maintains a beginners mindset; always looking to learn and ask questions. Jamaal’s hobbies are reading, writing, walking, conversing, and strategic planning.

Kevin Allen is the Chief Creative Director and Partner of The Allen Group World Wide.The Allen Group World Wide is a company whose main focus is Integrated Marketing and Brand Strategies.  Kevin Allen is also a product of the NYC Public School System(elementary to the Leonard Davis Center for Performing Arts @City College New York). Kevin Allen serves as a Intervention and Prevention Specialist Coach for the NYC Department of Education. Kevin Allen also serves as a Senior Advisor @ The Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School in the Bronx,NY.

 Sixth, in the category for Best technology and futuristic video content goes to Katie Aquino aka Miss Meta Verse. Her video is called  Futurist Miss Metaverse

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 Katie Aquino aka “Miss Metaverse” is a Futurista™ with a whole lotta moxie. Fans and colleagues  describe Katie as a “joyful, disruptive intellect” and “the queen of innovation.” But above all, Katie is a female futurist, the world’s first Futurista™, a techno-optimist, video producer and host. Her background is in filmmaking, having produced and created original content for 11:11 Productions, AEG Productions, and Solaris Entertainment. Katie has collaborated on series for SPIKE, MTV, TruTV, Lifetime, Discovery, Nat GEO, and several others. Katie launched Futurista Inc. in 2013 to promote her futurist speaking, foresight, and consulting business. Her magnetic personality, passion for spreading the futurist ideology, and extensive technology and media experience led her to present at conferences and events including the Tree Media Conference, Wearable Tech Expo at the Jacob Javitz Center in NYC, and many more. Among Katie’s many projects that embrace futurism and empowering young women through the Futurista™ lifestyle, she’s most passionate about her AwesomeFuture.TV original web series and blog It’s on these platforms where Katie – in her signature charismatic style – breaks down for readers and viewers what’s going on in today’s world, tomorrow’s future, and what it means for them.

Seven, in the category for Best Dramedy (drama with comedy)  video content goes to Johanna Tolentino with her trailer for Whatever It Takes  

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Johanna Tolentino got her first big break at the age of 16 on the feature film “Lean On Me” with Morgan Freeman.  After being bitten by the acting bug, she went full fledge into her acting career and booked roles on off-off broadway in New York with the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater.  She then started booking roles in regional theaters around the country including in Atlanta and Philadelphia.  She did a number of industrial films and regional commercials in Atlanta and Philadelphia.  She has also booked roles on various web series, including the web series “Which Way”.  Recently, she played the character of Rosa in The Buddy Holly Story at the Walnut Street Theatre, a nurse on the NBC show Do No Harm, and Maria on the short film, “Taking East New York”. Right now she is the creator, producer and star of the web series “Whatever It Takes”.

Thank you and I hope to see you at the next  UFRONT VIDEO 4 CAST event coming in 2015 !!


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