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DARREN GENET, PRINCIPAL

Director/Cinematographer Darren Genet (ASC) has been making films since he could hold a camera...Having received his MFA from the American Film Institute, his body of work in features and television has earned him membership into the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers and prizes from film festivals all over the world. Over the years, his camerawork has been noted in publications such as The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, American Cinematographer, and The New Yorker, having been praised as “luminous”, “provocative”, ”lyrical” and “masterly.”  Darren’s eclectic career as a director continues to evolve, helming network episodic television shows such as THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE ORIGINALS, music videos featured on MTV worldwide and National commercial spots. His capsule collection of short films MUSE debuted at Cannes and was featured in Vanity Fair magazine and the PSA for Black Lives Matter he shot and directed was recently featured on CNN, Adweek, and other publications. 

KAT GRAHAM, PRINCIPAL

Kat Graham is an actress, singer, dancer and producer. Working across a variety of genres in film, television and music, she is one of most accomplished and versatile young talents working today. 

Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Katerina “Kat” Graham is the  daughter of a Liberian father and a Russian Jewish mother. Raised in Los Angeles, Kat began acting by age 6 in ads such as Barbie, K-Mart, Pop-Tarts, American Girl and Old  Navy.

 

At 14, she was chosen to perform at the BET Awards as a backup dancer for Bow-Wow, leading to stints as a dancer for Missy Elliott, Ludacris and Pharrell, and went on to work with choreographers Hi Hat and Michael Rooney.

 

Her first break came when she replaced a young Christina Milian as the host of the Disney channel's popular series "Movie Surfers." She continued her work in the entertainment industry with television shows "Like Family," "Grounded for Life," and "Lizzie McGuire”. 

 

At age 15, Kat began to pursue a career as a music artist. One  of the first songs she wrote and performed - "Derailed" - was featured in the Jean-Claude Van Damn movie bearing the same title. She was inspired to purchase her own studio equiptment and add producer to her list of talents. A year later she met super producer Damon Elliott (Pink, Mya, Destiny's Child). While the  two worked on perfecting Kat's skills as a musician and producer, she continued to work as an actress, starring on the series "CSI: Las Vegas", "The O.C.," "Malcolm In The Middle," "Joan of Arcadia," "Strong Medicine" and "Hannah Montana." She appeared in music videos, including Akon's "Mr. Lonely," 112's "What If," John Legend's "Used to Love U," B2K's "Why I Love You",  Musiq Soulchild's "Buddy", Nelly's "Just a Dream," and Diddy ft. Usher "Looking for Love”. 

 

At 17, Kat was selected by Coca-Cola to be part of an international campaign to market their soft drink Fanta. While promoting the campaign as a member of the "Fantanas" (Capri/ Strawberry), Kat simultaneously completed her degree in recording engineering. In 2006 she began working with Will.I.Am and in 2007 Kat went on a world tour with The Black-Eyed Peas. Her voice is featured on Will.I.Am's solo release "Songs About Girls" ("I Got  It From My Mama") and "The Donque Song," featuring Snoop Dogg.

 

In 2009 after completing the Black Blue and You tour with her then producer Will.I.Am, Kat was cast as Bonnie Bennett in the CWʼs The Vampire Diaries. During the nearly decade long series, Graham would continue to pursue music and films such as New Lineʼs “17 Again" with Zac Efron, Screen Gemsʼ "The Roommate”, Universal Picturesʼ "Honey 2", and Lionsgateʼs  “Addicted". 

 

In 2011, after a short stint at Warner Bros. records, Graham signed to A&M/ Octone/ Interscope Records and released her debut EP, "Against The Wall" in May of 2012. The first single, "Put  Your Graffiti On Me," produced by Australian Duo "Twice as Nice" (50 Cent, Pete Wentz), reached over 7 million views on VEVO and charted top 5 on the Billboard Dance Charts. Her single "Power" produced by Mitch Allen (Demi Lovato's "Heart Attack")  was released on iTunes July 31st 2013 and premiered on billboard.com to positive reviews. The song was added to over 30 stations within the first week of its release. Graham eventually left Interscope to self produce and released her first full length album, "Roxbury Drive," which includes "Secrets" featuring Babyface. Graham continued to work with her mentor Babyface and friend Prince on her sophomore album “Love Music Funk Magic”. 

 

Grahamʼs sophomore albumʼs sound was a departure from the 90s RnB “Roxbury Drive”. She credits Prince for the albumʼs direction, as well as songwriting (“If Eye Could Get UR  Attention”).

"I had gotten a phone call in 2013, he said that he wanted to work with me on my album and work with me as an artist," Graham told ET during a Facebook Live interview. "I winded up going down to Paisley Park on my birthday and we started working on a few different records.” 

 

The buzz single and music video “All Your Love” was released October 2016. Her second single “Sometimes” (co-written by Babyface) charted #4 on the Billboard charts. The artist and her sophomore album Love Music Funk Magic have been featured in magazines such as Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and W magazine, which debuted the Dennis Leopold directed music video for her 3rd single “Magic”.

 

In 2013 she became a high profile supporter of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees). She is a council member for GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), as well as a supporter of The Water Project. Graham went on to help fund wells for clean water to be built for villages and schools throughout Africa. In 2016, she became the international Goodwill Ambassador for Empower54. In 2017, Graham was given a certificate of Merit which appreciated her philanthropic works and named her an honorary "Princess of Inongo"; the capital of Province du Mai- Ndombe. 

 

After wrapping eight years on the hit TV show “The Vampire Diaries” Kat turned her focus to music and film. She took on roles such as Jada Pinkett in Morgan Creekʼs Tupac Shakur biopic "All Eyez On Me” and the comedy feature “Whereʼs the Money”. Graham has recently finished production on Netflixʼs “How It Ends” with Forest Whitaker and Theo James as well as RZAʼs “Cut Throat City” with Eiza Gonzales, Shameik Moore, Wesley Snipes and Terrence Howard.

 

In 2017 Graham made history after being cast as the first African-American April OʼNeil in the revamped Nickelodeon animated Ninja Turtles series debuting 2018.

 

In 2018, Graham signed on as the leading lady in Netflixʼs “Christmas Calendar” holiday film as well as George Galloʼs “The Poison Rose” where she plays alongside John Travolta, Forest Whitaker and Morgan Freeman as Freemanʼs daughter. 

 

Graham has produced and sold multiple projects which range from web series' with Maker Studios, her series of shorts titled “Muse”, to her dance drama "From The Top" with Warner Bros. Television. She is currently producing the Tammi Terrell biopic alongside Bob Teitel (Barbershop, A Few Good Men). 

 

Kat has gone on to be the face of many campaigns that include Wet ‘N Wild, Foster Grant, Degree, Tresemme, Nivea, Caress, OP, Yoplait, Samsung, U by Kotex, Avon, Bing, Ford, Aquafina, Abercrombie, Nivea, and Armani Exchange.

 

Kat is currently represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners  & William Morris Endeavor.

 

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