Crystal Ship Artist & Filmmakers

Crystal Ship Artist & Filmmakers Dynamic group made up of entertainment production companies in various stages of experience.

Crystal Ship Filmmakers is a pilot program run by Plaza 7 Agency located in midtown New York City. Each month a roundtable of industry veterans join participants of the Crystal Ship to discuss in depth the business side of content creation. From marketing to legal the agents and associates of Plaza 7 NYC collaborate with filmmakers, giving them an open forum and support structure that allows them to join like minded professionals. The program is administrated by Sharon Parker-Fraizer who conduct intake meetings with content creators who have expressed a desire to have their original projects evaluated and/or seek recommendations to bring to market.

05/11/2019
04/09/2019
Crystal Ship Mini Indie Film Festival

A festival of Trailers, Teasers, Sizzle Reels and Shorts. Current Industry judges evaluate and winners are selected. This is a huge networking event known t...

Symphony Space - June 1st, 2019 NYC!
04/04/2019

Symphony Space - June 1st, 2019 NYC!

Open Letter to the NY Times. Caranytime.com @caraNYTIn 1991 I was franchised as an agent at a then high profile talent a...
02/14/2019
The Uphill Battles of Black Talent Agents in Hollywood

Open Letter to the NY Times. Caranytime.com @caraNYT

In 1991 I was franchised as an agent at a then high profile talent agency in NYC. I had very promising clients. Trust me, nobody looked like me. I was brought into ICM by super agents. They could care less if I was a zebra, they wanted results and that's what I gave..every day! The last thing I thought about was being black. All I thought about were clients and how I would penetrate the market. At the top of any industry it's the fight that's in the dog that anyone cares about.

Today, I own the only fully franchised, union agency in NYC that has 5 black partners, all highly skilled. We have a very diverse client roster. Talent cluster together like scared rabbits to the big agencies but unless they're Oprah, all they get are assistants who've had a year or two experience and most of that is how their agent takes their coffee, they have little knowledge of what the underside of this business looks like. They forget that boutique agencies work just as well. Sometimes better if all you've had are assistants.

@caraNYT if you're going to do a story on agents of color please fact check a bit more...so you get the whole story and publish some of the successes. If you don't have a quote from the likes of, Mark Cheatham, Joan Fields, Charles King, Rich Murphy you only have half the story......
Francesca Francois-Grimaldi
CEO, Senior Agent
Plaza 7 NYC/Crystal Ship Artists

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/13/movies/black-talent-agents-hollywood.html?auth=login-smartlock&login=smartlock&smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad

With few colleagues of color in the four big agencies, these representatives have an impact on what is produced. But they also face isolation and other barriers.

Diverse Female Writers of Hollywood, Where Are Your Agents of Color??
12/06/2018
Diverse Female Writers of Hollywood, Where Are Your Agents of Color??

Diverse Female Writers of Hollywood, Where Are Your Agents of Color??

Talicia Raggs (drama - Verve, Sheree Guitar) 2 Zoanne Clack 3 Rochée Jeffrey (UTA, Rain, Frankfurt Kurnit) 4 Erika Green Swafford (drama - WME, Sheree Guitar, Hansen Jacobson) 5Ester Lou Weithers (drama - Paradigm, Circle of Confusion) 6 Erica L. Anderson (drama - Gersh) 7 Maisha Closson (drama - W...

11/10/2018

Situationship Finale Event! Watch out for Season 3!

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09/28/2018

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Congratulations to Issa!
08/30/2016
Issa Rae Inks First-Look Deal With HBO

Congratulations to Issa!

Issa Rae, co-creator, executive producer and star of HBO’s upcoming comedy series Insecure, has closed a first-look producing deal at the premium cable network. Under the two-year pact, Rae w…

07/07/2016
NYWIFT News

NYC Announces New Diversity Initiative for Film and Entertainment Industry - check it out here!
http://www.nywift.org/newsletter.aspx?id=6103

NYC Announces New Diversity Initiative for Film and Entertainment Industry A message from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment: NEW YORK CITY ANNOUNCES NEW DIVERSITY INITIATIVE FOR FILM AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY June 29, 2016—Today, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Ju...

BODEGA! - A Short Film Written/Directed by Donna Augustin"Bodega! is a short dramatic/comedy about gentrification. When ...
06/24/2016
Bodega!

BODEGA! - A Short Film Written/Directed by Donna Augustin

"Bodega! is a short dramatic/comedy about gentrification. When a middle class family moves into Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, an elder in the family says something inappropriate, causing the local African American community to take extreme measures in order to receive an apology."

Any donations, big or small, will be gratefully accepted to help successfully fund and produce this project! Here is how you can bid, support, or simply say "good luck!"

Indiegogo Campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bodega/x/14436883#/

To review Donna's previous work: http://www.donnaaugustin.com/

To donate directly go to: http://paypal.me/DonnaAugustinProd

Bodega! is a short dramatic/comedy about gentrification. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

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06/03/2016
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