Black excellence in global media is evident through the exceptional contributions of writers, producers, directors and actors who have enriched the industry through powerful narratives, diverse perspectives and groundbreaking performances.
The creativity of Black professionals in the media and arts not only entertains, but also challenges societal norms, fostering inclusivity and inspiring future generations.
The Global Black Impact Summit (GBIS) has announced Bree West, Chief Creative Officer of OCTET Productions, as one of the event’s distinguished speakers.
An award-nominated writer, showrunner, director and film and music video producer, West’s participation will be valuable for those interested in growing their contributions to the global media industry and unlocking their full potential, event organisers said.
Starting her film career in 2015, West has seen widespread success in production. Shortly after co-executive producing The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story with Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere, she established OCTET Productions – a full-service film, television and event production company.
In 2019, OCTET produced two films for television network BET Network; Angrily Never After and Twas the Chaos Before Christmas – the second of which was the highest-rated holiday film in BET Network’s history.
West’s production house also created a virtual gospel concert event for the Biden-Harris Presidential Inauguration in 2021, with various other hit productions leading to West being named as Washington DC’s Office of Cable Television Film Music and Entertainment’s Filmmaker of the Month in 2022.
Alongside this success, West has committed to empowering the next generation of filmmakers. From lectures at high schools and colleges to mentorship programs with young, aspiring filmmakers, she successfully increased exposure and access to opportunities for filmmakers globally.
During GBIS 2024, West is expected to provide further insight into the opportunities available for young aspirant creatives and filmmakers.