Comcast NBCUniversal was proud to sponsor the 20th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) from June 15-19 in Miami, Florida. Since 1997, the ABFF has worked to increase diversity in the entertainment community both in front of and behind the camera, and it has partnered with media companies dedicated to fostering diverse talent and creating discovery programs for some of TV and film’s up-and-comers.
This year, Comcast NBCUniversal partnered with the ABFF for two talent competitions: The Star Project and the Second Annual NBCUniversal TV Hosting Workshop. Actress Kelcy Griffin (@kelcygriffin) was chosen from nearly 1,000 applicants as the recipient of the Star Project prize, worth over $1,500, and Gia Peppers (@GiaPeppers) and J. Aaron Boykin (@hollatchaboykin) were the two finalists selected from NBCUniversal’s TV Hosting Workshop in April to be live hosts at this year’s ABFF. Comcast NBCUniversal also hosted a writing for television master class taught by Karen Horne, SVP, Programming Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC Entertainment & Universal Studios and provided an inside look at Universal’s upcoming new comedy, Almost Christmas, starring Gabrielle Union and produced by Will Packer’s eponymous production company that signed a two-year deal with Universal Television through 2017. Other ABFF activities sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal included the Comcast Xfinity Web Original competition and a showcase suite, both of which aimed to shine a light on Comcast NBCUniversal’s commitment to creating diverse programming, services, and content across multiple platforms.
To see some of the films that were featured at this year’s ABFF, go to XFINITY’s American Black Film Festival page.