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Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Time: 8am-10:45am-ish | Check In: 7:20am

CHARLES D. KING

Founder and CEO of MACRO

Charles D. King

CHARLES D. KING

Founder and CEO of MACRO

Charles D. King, Founder & CEO of MACRO, the multi-platform media company that found early success producing the Denzel Washington, Academy award-nominated drama “FENCES,” will be the next esteemed speaker at the Hollywood Networking Breakfast®.

King, a former Partner/Agent in the Motion Picture Department at William Morris Endeavor(WME) launched MACRO in 2015 with an undisclosed eight-figure round. He has just recently raised an additional $150 million in equity and debt financing to produce and finance four to six film and television projects a year.

The disruptive new model entertainment company “targets the explosive multicultural content marketplace and brings a unique focus to content creation, distribution and engagement” as it  develops theatrical features, premium television and cinematic digital content with universal themes to which ALL people can relate and connect.

MACRO and King’s first major studio feature, FENCES, was directed by and starred Denzel Washington along with Viola Davis. The film, distributed by Paramount Pictures and co-financed by MACRO, grossed over $64 million at the box office and received four 2017 Academy Award® nominations. The film won a myriad of awards including Davis’ Academy Award® and Golden Globe wins for Best Supporting Actress In a Motion Picture and Washington’s first-ever SAG Award—Best Male Actor in a Motion Picture. King was an Executive Producer on the film.

The company has two highly anticipated films slated for release in November 2017: MUDBOUND, directed by Dee Rees and starring Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell and Mary J. Blige, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and was acquired by Netflix in the highest sale of the festival. The film was produced and co-financed by MACRO and King is a producer on the film. ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. is the company’s second major studio feature. The legal drama, written and directed by Dan Gilroy with Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell starring, was co-financed by MACRO along with Sony Pictures. King is an Executive Producer on the drama.

Additionally, NETFLIX has just announced a 10-episode straight-to-series order for MACRO’s hour-long sci-fi, family drama, RAISING DION, based on commercial and music video director Dennis Liu’s short film. The project comes from Liu, Creed star Michael B. Jordan, who will have a supporting role, veteran showrunner Carol Barbee (UnReal, Judging Amy), and writer-producer Michael Green (American Gods, Logan).

Projects the company also has in development include collaborations with dynamic content creators like Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, Rick Famuyiwa, Van Jones, Eva Longoria and Justin Simien. The director Boots Riley-helmed independent feature, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yuen and Armie Hammer is co-financed by MACRO and now in post-production with an expected 2018 release. King is a producer.

MACRO’s digital studio has a robust pipeline of cinematic projects in various stages of production. The company premiered its first digital series, GENTE-FIED in the Short-Form Episodic Showcase at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. MACRO financed and executive produced the series with creative partner America Ferrera.

Our success is proof that our slate is striking a chord with audiences globally,” King said in a statement. “This round of [$150 million] financing provides the capital necessary to build a robust slate of content that authentically represents the multi-faceted spectrum of our communities.”

During his 15-year career as an agent at WME, King was known for his innovative deal makingand his strategic planning in developing brands for and around his clients and was at the center of some of the most innovative deals in the business. He represented a wide breadth of culture-impacting talent in every sector of entertainment and helped build the careers of some of the most compelling artists talent of our time, including OPRAH WINFREY, TYLER PERRY, JANET JACKSON and PRINCE. King was (and still is) the first and only African Americanto rise from mailroom to partner in the 119+ year history of the company.

King has been featured in many national media outlets and publications including New York Times (current, October 2017), Essence, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Los Angeles Times. Fortune magazine named him as “one of the nation’s most influential” Latino, Asian or African-Americans and he was included on Ebony magazine’s “Power 100 list.” He is also an active angel investor in synergistic ventures at the nexus between the technology sector and the media content business.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Howard University’s School of Law, King resides in Los Angeles with his wife Stacey, a fashion designer/executive and their two sons, Noah and Julian.

 

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