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Paula Patton, Jill Scott, Derek Luke, Rickey Smiley & More Open Urbanworld Film Festival




NEW YORK, NY (Sept. 20, 2013) – The 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival presented by BET Networks opened last night with a lively screening of the romantic comedy Baggage Claim at the SVA Theater in Manhattan. Director David E. Talbert was on hand to present the film along with his wife and executive producer Lyn Talbert. Cast members Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Jill Scott, Jenifer Lewis andRickey Smiley were also in the building and participated in a post-screening Q&A moderator by TheGrio entertainment editor Chris Witherspoon. Urbanworld founder Stacy Spikes welcomed the packed audience followed by remarks by executive director Gabrielle Glore. After the screening, the crowd headed over to The Out for the after-party which featured performances by Luke James, Yummy Bingham and more.

Urbanworld continues today with spotlight screenings of VH1’s Finding the FunkThey Die by Dawn and BET’s Gun Hill, starring festival ambassador Larenz Tate. For tickets, visit

Urbanworld continues today with spotlight screenings of VH1’s Finding the FunkThey Die by Dawn and BET’s Gun Hill, starring festival ambassador Larenz Tate. For tickets, visit

Photos: Terrence Jennings, Stephen Knight


                                        Lyn & David E Talbert                     Paula Patton                                     Jennifer Lewis


 Sophia & Derek Luke                                           Rickey Smiley                                            Jill Scott



  Big Daddy Kane                                    Luke James                                                    Monifah


  Nicole Paultre Bell                           Jennifer Williams                           David E. Talbert & Stacy Spikes



       The cast of Baggage Claim during the Q&A moderated by Chris Witherspoon from TheGrio


       Gabrielle Glore (Exec Dir of Urbanworld)                        Paula Patton and Jill Scott at the Q&A











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The Interactive One panel at Urbanworld Digital

(NEW YORK) – September 20, 2013 – Urbanworld Founding Sponsor HBO® hosted the 4th Annual Urbanworld Digital on Wednesday at the HBO Theater. The one-day event featured a series of panels and conversations with key influencers on the topics of digital marketing, social media and distribution. Participants included HBO GO®, NBC Universal, Interactive One, MoviePass and Revolt TV.

Marvin Scott (HBO), Gabrielle Glore, Stacy Spikes                Ben Chavis                         Shola Lynch



Mario Armstrong, Jackie Gagne (HBO), Navin Kamath (HBO)                          A captive audience



Stalley at the Interactive One panel                                         The NBC Universal panel



Guests mingle between panels                                  Carol Cunningham (BET), Tricia Clarke-Stone, Karen Horne,

                                                                                                      Seana Johnson (Universal)


The Urbanworld® Film Festival, founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, is the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind. The five-day festival includes narrative features, documentaries, and short films, as well as panel discussions, live staged screenplay readings, and the Urbanworld® Digital track focused on digital and social media.  Over the last fifteen years, Hollywood studios, indie film distributors, and established and emerging filmmakers have consistently chosen Urbanworld® to premiere box office and award-winning hits.  Urbanworld® has also provided a platform for some of today’s leading brands seeking to reach key influencers across the industry and within the consumer marketplace.  The Urbanworld® Film Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld® Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that endeavors to consistently manifest its mission of redefining and advancing the roles of multicultural constituents in contemporary filmed entertainment.  By implementing initiatives that actively support and develop content creators of color, Urbanworld significantly contributes to the evolution of the media and entertainment landscape and the diversity that it reflects.  Gabrielle Glore serves as Executive Producer & Head of Programming for the Urbanworld Film Festival.  The festival website is



BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.



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