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SimonSays Entertainment SimonSays Entertainment seeks to Tell Every StoryTM via film, stage & TV with the hottest young talent from, and about, under-represented communities.

SimonSays Entertainment, founded in 2009 by Ron Simons, is a Film & Theatre production company whose mission is to "Tell Every Story" with a particular focus on narratives that dig deeply into the outsider's struggle for dignity and acceptance and how that journey unfolds in the ever-changing American Tapestry. The film’s debut film project "Night Catches Us", premiered in dramatic competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was screened as part of the 2010 New Directors / New Films Festival by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society at Lincoln Center. The film was released in the U.S. in December 2010 through Magnolia Pictures and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. The company’s second feature, "Gun Hill Road", stars Esai Morales and Judy Reyes. "Gun Hill Road" was a 2011 Sundance Grand Jury nominee. Recent projects include the Tony-winning longest running Broadway production of "Porgy & Bess" starring Audra MacDonald as well as the all black Broadway production of "A Street Car Named Desire" starring Blair Underwood. SimonSays Entertainment currently has two films at 2012 Sundance: "Mother of George" in the Dramatic competition & "Blue Caprice" in the NEXT category for Innovative Storytelling.

Look who I ran into at my local Fika coffeehouse just now, the night after she and Oprah came to see Ain't Too Proud Mus...
05/17/2019

Look who I ran into at my local Fika coffeehouse just now, the night after she and Oprah came to see Ain't Too Proud Musical.

Bravo Ephraim M. Sykes!
05/16/2019
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***TUNE IN ALERT*** Tune in to the "TODAY" Show on NBC tomorrow, Monday, April 29th in the 8AM and 10AM (ET) hours to wa...
04/29/2019
Heard it on TODAY? - TODAY.com

***TUNE IN ALERT***

Tune in to the "TODAY" Show on NBC tomorrow, Monday, April 29th in the 8AM and 10AM (ET) hours to watch performances by the Classic 5 Temptations of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations.

The "TODAY" Show airs nationally across all NBC affiliates, and on WNBC Channel 4 in New York City.

For more information, and to check your local listings, please visit https://www.today.com/on-the-show.

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Congratulations to Ain't Too Proud Musical - The Life and Times of The Temptations on receiving four (4) Chita Rivera Aw...
04/26/2019
Breaking: KISS ME, KATE, AIN'T TOO PROUD & More Earn Chita Rivera Awards Nominations!

Congratulations to Ain't Too Proud Musical - The Life and Times of The Temptations on receiving four (4) Chita Rivera Awards Nominations:

Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway Show - Sergio Trujillo
Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show - Jeremy Pope
Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show - Ephraim Sykes
Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show - Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations

The 2019 Chita Rivera Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at NYU Skirball Center. A complete list of nominations can be viewed at: https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-KISS-ME-KATE-AINT-TOO-PROUD-More-Earn-Chita-Rivera-Awards-Nominations-20190426

Nominations for the 2019 Chita Rivera Awards were announced today. In keeping with the mission of the Chita Rivera Awards, nominators considered shows and films that opened during the 2018-2019 theater season.

What’s that you say?  Two black Broadway producers (Brian Moreland & Ron Simons) helming a comedic-drama black Broadwa...
04/22/2019
'Blue,' directed by Phylicia Rashad, is coming to Broadway | Broadway News

What’s that you say? Two black Broadway producers (Brian Moreland & Ron Simons) helming a comedic-drama black Broadway play to be directed by the legendary Ms. Phylicia Rashad? Phylicia Rashad Page for Fans are you ready?

It’s gonna be EPIC!
https://broadway.news/2019/04/22/blue-directed-by-phylicia-rashad-is-coming-to-broadway/?fbclid=IwAR1okTZDLnnTIfBCC5TwLSllVgLf9hJ5P4GjS4BeyoFabhDro8cq6zHalV4

Charles Randolph-Wright's play "Blue," is coming to Broadway under the direction of Phylicia Rashad. The play will come to Broadway in spring 2020 at a theater to be announced. Produced by Brian Moreland, Eric Falkenstein and Ron Simons, the play will feature music by Nona Hendryx. This is the Broad...

Congratulations to Ain't Too Proud Musical – The Life and Times of The Temptations on receiving three (3) 2019 Drama L...
04/17/2019
Breaking: THE PROM, AIN'T TOO PROUD, BEETLEJUICE & More Earn Drama League Awards Nominations!

Congratulations to Ain't Too Proud Musical – The Life and Times of The Temptations on receiving three (3) 2019 Drama League Award Nominations:

Outstanding Production of a Musical
Jeremy Pope – Distinguished Performance Award
Ephraim M. Sykes – Distinguished Performance Award

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-THE-PROM-AINT-TOO-PROUD-BEETLEJUICE-More-Earn-Drama-League-Awards-Nominations-20190417

The Drama League (Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Executive Artistic Director) today announced the 2019 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished....

So so proud of this amazingly talented woman.  I petitioned to give her more to sing in the number referenced below!  Sh...
04/13/2019
Meet Broadway’s Rashidra Scott, Who Blows ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ Audiences Away with a One-Minute Solo!

So so proud of this amazingly talented woman. I petitioned to give her more to sing in the number referenced below! She SLAYS in that one minute and ALL her roles! You know that moment when someone takes you to church unexpectantly? Yea that!

Look out world! Here is Rashidra Scott!
http://www.justjared.com/2019/04/12/meet-broadways-rashidra-scott-who-blows-aint-too-proud-audiences-away-with-a-one-minute-solo/

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Derrick was sick of musicals.   How thankful are we that Derrick Baskin reconsidered?!https://deadline.com/2019/04/aint-...
04/12/2019
‘Ain’t Too Proud’s Derrick Baskin Almost Resisted The Temptation Of The Broadway Season’s Hit Musical: On Theater

Derrick was sick of musicals. How thankful are we that Derrick Baskin reconsidered?!
https://deadline.com/2019/04/aint-too-proud-derrick-baskin-broadway-the-temptations-on-theater-tony-award-1202593763/

Derrick Baskin was sick of musicals when Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations arrived in his life. He’d performed on Broadway in Memphis, The 25th Annual Putnam…

So proud of this young man and all the young artists of color giving their all in Ain't Too Proud Musical and other show...
04/11/2019
Jeremy Pope Is the Breakout Star of the Broadway Season

So proud of this young man and all the young artists of color giving their all in Ain't Too Proud Musical and other shows on Broadway. Witnessing their successes warms my heart more than I can say.
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jeremy-pope-is-breakout-star-broadway-season-1199832

The newcomer has drawn stellar reviews for his back-to-back Broadway debuts in 2019, in the Tarell Alvin McCraney play 'Choir Boy' and the Temptations bio-musical 'Ain't Too Proud.'

Double truck in the Times!   Big time!
04/09/2019

Double truck in the Times! Big time!

It's outta sight! 🔥 The New York Times got a little fresher last weekend.

“The show translates across age ranges and will thrill any fan of soul-stirring R&B classics, but one thing is for sur...
03/28/2019
The life and times of The Temptations comes to Broadway - theGrio

“The show translates across age ranges and will thrill any fan of soul-stirring R&B classics, but one thing is for sure, it remains unapologetically Black.”
https://thegrio.com/2019/03/28/aint-too-proud-broadway-musical-the-temptations-review/

Ain't Too Proud Musical now playing at The Imperial Theater on Broadway.

Fall in love with the new Broadway musical “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations,” which offers a look into their journey to fame.

Some of our favorite pix from opening night of Ain't Too Proud Musical.  Many taken by the expert photographer Brian Hes...
03/24/2019

Some of our favorite pix from opening night of Ain't Too Proud Musical. Many taken by the expert photographer Brian Hester (www.brianbehindthelens.com)

And so begins the journey.  Opening night of Ain’t Too Proud!
03/21/2019

And so begins the journey. Opening night of Ain’t Too Proud!

Today’s the day.... Opening Night! Let’s DO THIS. AintTooProudMusical.com

03/18/2019
Ain't Too Proud Musical

Available Thursday!

A little sneak peek of “My Girl” in the studio. Y’all better be ready for this cast album! Pre-order the album and get this track TODAY! 🎶

Hello late night USA!  Ain't Too Proud Musical opens on Broadway for all to see Thursday while on the The Tonight Show S...
03/18/2019
Ain’t Too Proud – Headed for The Tonight Show | Broadway Direct

Hello late night USA! Ain't Too Proud Musical opens on Broadway for all to see Thursday while on the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon!
https://broadwaydirect.com/aint-too-proud-headed-for-the-tonight-show/

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Time of the Temptations, the forthcoming musical biography about the titular band that enjoyed a parade of hits in the 60s and 70s, is headed for network television. Songs from the musical production will make their late-night television debut on NBC’s The Tonigh...

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It’s been one epic road to Broadway and the day is here 🙏🏾 First preview begins.... now.

Women led stories are a part of our mission.  Last night Diana - a new musical about Princess Diana - premiered at La Jo...
03/04/2019

Women led stories are a part of our mission. Last night Diana - a new musical about Princess Diana - premiered at La Jolla Playhouse. Thrilling is the word that comes to mind! Come check us out on the first leg of our journey to Broadway!

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01/30/2019
The Blackhouse Foundation And IFP To Partner For 2019 Multicultural Producers Lab

Thrilled to be a part of another effort to cultivate and support talented artists of color with IFP and BlackHouse
https://www.blackfilm.com/read/2019/01/the-blackhouse-foundation-and-ifp-to-partner-for-2019-multicultural-producers-lab/

The Independent Filmmaker Project (“IFP”), the nation’s oldest and largest U.S.-based non-profit dedicated to supporting the future of independent filmmaking and storytelling, is teaming up with The Blackhouse Foundation, a leading non-profit organization that works

Join us Monday eve at Harlem Stage for a conversation about thriving in multiple artistic spaces as artists, creators an...
01/11/2019
DIVE DEEPER: Navigating the Hyphenated Space: Theater-Music-TV-Film

Join us Monday eve at Harlem Stage for a conversation about thriving in multiple artistic spaces as artists, creators and producers moderated by The National Black Theatre: Institute for Action Arts’ Jonathan McCrory.
https://www.harlemstage.org/events-list/divedeeper-theater-music-tv

Join us for a dynamic conversation around creating your own narrative, using your social capitol to feed the larger pantheon of the performing arts and the importance of philanthropy in sustaining culture. 

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10min standing ovation!  Tidal wave of love for Ain’t Too Proud: The Life & Times of The Temptations.   What an openin...
08/27/2018

10min standing ovation! Tidal wave of love for Ain’t Too Proud: The Life & Times of The Temptations. What an opening at the Ahmanson! We love you Los Angeles, California!

Funding Opportunity: Black Public Media 360 Incubator programPRODUCERS COMPETE FOR UP TO $150,000 IN FUNDING FOR TV AND ...
08/06/2018
Black Public Media – We support diverse voices by developing, producing and distributing innovative media about the Black experience and by investing in visionary content makers.

Funding Opportunity: Black Public Media 360 Incubator program

PRODUCERS COMPETE FOR UP TO $150,000 IN FUNDING FOR TV AND DIGITAL PROJECTS

Black Public Media launches third round of its 360 Incubator+ for nonfiction broadcast films and scripted or nonfiction web series

NEW YORK (July 19, 2018)—Black Public Media (BPM), the nation’s only nonprofit dedicated solely to media content about the black experience, has issued an open call to producers for nonfiction broadcast projects (individual programs or series pilots) and scripted or nonfiction digital web series. The third round of BPM’s 360 Incubator+ will see as many as 10 teams contend for up to $150,000 in funding to help produce the pilots or funding reels of their broadcast or digital projects. The program is designed to get quality programming and content into the pipeline and help move it to market.

“We are excited to offer the third round of the 360 Incubator+. With the success of past winning projects like My Africa Is and POPS, and the recent release of Read Awakening we hope this round brings just as many exciting new projects and talented artists to public media,” said BPM Executive Director Leslie Fields-Cruz.

The 360 Incubator+ is a competition for development funds. Participants get tailored training and mentorship in proposal development, script writing, fundraising, distribution options, outreach, and more and work to complete a pilot or funding reel, a full project proposal and a robust fundraising strategy. Producers with projects currently in the preproduction phase—on areas in BPM’s current content priorities of health in black communities, environment, mass incarceration, LGBTQ issues andimmigration—can compete in the current round.

The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Those selected to participate as fellows will be announced on Friday, November 30, 2018. To apply and for additional rules and guidelines, visit https://blackpublicmedia.org/360-incubator-fund.

Those 360 Incubator+ Fellows chosen to participate in the program will need to be available for the boot camp and incubator from January 11, 2019, through January 25, 2019, in New York (with travel elsewhere during that period). Producers will then return to their home cities and work for nine weeks under mentorship to prepare for the Pitch Black pitching session, which takes place on Thursday, April 4. Winners will be announced at an awards reception on Friday, April 5.

Past 360 winners include POPS by Garland McLaurin, which premiered on ITVS’ Indie Lens Storycast; My Africa Is by Nosarieme Garrick, which premiered on BPM’s signature public television series AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange in 2017; So Young So Pretty So White by Chanelle Aponte Pearson, which has received funding from ITVS and Read Awakening by Dominique Taylor, which will premiere as a PBS Digital Studio’s Facebook Watch digital miniseries beginning on July 23.

To assist in the application process and strengthen submissions, Black Public Media will host informational webinars to answer questions about the Incubator experience, producing for PBS, BPM’s content priorities and other questions. Webinars will occur on Monday, July 30 at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug 8 at 12 p.m. and Wednesday, August 15 at 12 p.m. To register, visit www.blackpublicmedia.org. Past webinars are on the BPM YouTube Channel.

Based in Harlem, BPM has been presenting diverse stories about black people on public television since 1979. With the growth of digital platforms, the organization has presented its own web series (Black Folk Don’t) and helped train filmmakers and producers on new and emerging media. BPM also helps to fund films—including the Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro, The Murder of Emmett Till and Daughters of the Dust. In April, the organization held its inaugural Black Media Story Summit, an effort to identify stories on the most pressing issues facing the black community and work with seasoned creatives, funders, distributors and others to bring these stories to viewers.

For more information on BPM, visit www.blackpublicmedia.org or follow the organization on Twitter (@BLKPublicMedia) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BlackPublicMedia).

ABOUT BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA:

Black Public Media (BPM), formerly the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), is committed to enriching our democracy by educating, enlightening, empowering and engaging the American public. The nonprofit supports diverse voices by developing, producing and distributing innovative media about the black experience and by investing in visionary content makers. BPM provides quality content for public media outlets, including, among others, PBS and PBS.org and BlackPublicMedia.org, as well as other platforms, while training and mentoring the next generation of black filmmakers. Founded in 1979, BPM produces the AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange documentary series and manages 360 Incubator+, a funding and training initiative designed to accelerate the production of important black serial and interactive content.

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For more information about 360 Incubator+, contact:

Denise A. Greene
Director of Program Initiatives
917-922-0857
[email protected]

Black Public Media funds and distributes media content about the Black experience, and provides training and professional development to independent producers of color.

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