- About the Producers
CHRISTOPHER “PLAY” MARTIN (Executive Producer): Nationally known to many Hip Hop movie and music fans as Play from the rap and acting duo Kid ‘n Play starring in the box office, New Line Cinema hits House Party and the sequels House Party 2 and 3. Their other phenomenal achievements also include the Warner Bros. movie cult Hip Hop hit “Class Act”, a NBC television cartoon series, a Marvel Comic book series, 4 successful albums, National magazines, television talk and music shows from Oprah Winfrey to the American Music and Soul Train Awards and touring the country with other rap icons from Salt’n Pepa and Tupac Shakur with Digital Underground to Public Enemy and NWA, this small group from Queens, N.Y. achieved and proved a higher level for Hip Hop in movies and music that has made the hip hop culture a global phenomenon.
Born and raised in Queens, New York Christopher is now fueled with a new drive, purpose and hope. Christopher Martin is founder and visionary of Hp4 Digital Works & Solutions which recently launched Brandnewz.com where Christopher serves as Executive Producer overseeing mass communication major students from different colleges and universities. The goal is to report and expose positive individuals and events making a difference in their communities around the world in education, health, politics, entertainment, sports and more.
Christopher served as Artist in Residence at Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama from 1998 to 2000, North Carolina Central University for their credited Hip Hop in Context 101 classes and works in the Hip Hop Initiative department at NCCU in the video and television production from 2004 to 2010. Christopher is also served as Producer in Resident at Healthy start Academy in Durham, N.C. working with 6 and 8th grade students helping them use positive Hip Hop media as a tool for a successful education in 2005. Christopher now serves as Professional in Residence and Executive Coordinator at Florida A&M University in the Music Industry & Hip Hop Institute and development in the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication.
VANESSA BADEN (Executive Producer): A seasoned veteran in the Television/ Film Industry, Vanessa has been in entertainment her whole life as a series regular on Nickelodeon’s Kenan and Kel, Gullah Gullah Island, and John Singleton’s feature film Rosewood. Vanessa is a native of Satellite Beach, Florida and attended Satellite High School. A graduate of Florida State University, Vanessa has had extensive organizational and business experience as a former regional director of a 501(c) 3 national organization and a staff member on the Obama for America Campaign in Philadelphia.
JAMES BLAND (Executive Producer): An emerging actor, writer and director, James has worked on a number of high profile projects including Takers, Death at a Funeral, Family Crews, and Burlesque. He got his start in Hollywood working as an intern to producer Will Packer and went on to serve as an assistant to a Sony Screen Gems Senior Vice President and Creative Executive.
James wrote and directed his first feature film Dreaming in Color while a student at Florida A&M University and has since written and directed the award winning short film Cocoa Love which aired nationally on the season two finale of BET’s Lens On Talent and earned the Best Comedy Award at the Urban Media Makers Film Festival.
Currently, James directs the web series Debt Collectors and produces the series The Hypnotist, while continuing to develop project for Hometeam Entertainment.
EWARD VOCCOLA (Producer): Born and raised in New England, Edward received his bachelor’s degree in media communication with a concentration in film from Emerson College in Boston, MA.
Since graduating and moving to Los Angeles he has had a steady career in the entertainment industry, both in development and production. First working for the EVP of Development at Odd Lot Entertainment (The Spirit, DRIVE) before making a move into physical production.
He has worked in different capacities on such films as Indiana Jones IV, Burlesque, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Amazing Spider-Man and more. Long hours on these productions gave him the experience to acquire his current position as Coordinator for the SVP of Production Administration at Columbia Pictures.
He has just finished photography on the first season of the web series FAIL for Home Team Entertainment, which has premiered on YouTube and the show’s official website to positive reviews. He is also working in a producing capacity on the currently shooting comedy web series, Everyone’s The Worst.
ADAM H MACK (Producer): Bio forthcoming.