Actor Brian White to Host Inaugural Georgia Entertainment Gala

Georgia’s entertainment industry will shine a well-deserved spotlight on the state’s expansive and growing indie arts and media community on Sunday. The event is the inaugural Georgia Entertainment Gala, an ambitious black tie and red carpet affair at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

The Georgia Entertainment Gala is the brainchild of August Bailey, the producer and promoter of a popular Atlanta industry networking event called “Get Connected”.

Working in conjunction with the GWCC, SEMAJ Consulting, and a host committee representing a broad swath of the local production community, Bailey is presenting the event intended to recognize the many talented industry professionals around the state who are too often unheralded for their contributions.

Representatives from Georgia’s film production, music and allied industries will enjoy an evening of entertainment and fun hosted by actors Brian White (Brick, Stomp the Yard, Good Deeds) and Sarah Wayne Callie (Prison Break).

Premium sponsors for the Gala include Grey Goose Cherry Noir and Jim Ellis Audi.

Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the arts program of Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School serving the Vine City neighborhood directly across from the GWCC.

Autumn Bailey, GA Entertainment Gala founder


Sunday, Jan 13, 2013, 5pm to 11PM


Georgia World Congress Center Building A,
285 Andrew Young International Blvd., Atlanta 30313


Outstanding Achievement Award
Della Cole & Bob Harter, Co-Owners & Instructors At Your ACT Acting Classes (Atlanta)
Ken Feinberg, Director Creative Studios of Atlanta (Atlanta)
Brigitta Hangartner, Humanitarian (Athens)
Brian Poe, Attorney (Atlanta)

Georgia Entertainment Industry People to Watch Award
Danny Williams, Actor (Atlanta)
James Kicklighter, Director (Savannah)
Nicole Lyons, Producer/Professional Race Car Driver (Atlanta)
Jackie Carpenter, Writer (Atlanta)

Georgia Best Actor Award
Brad James, Actor (Atlanta)
Rhoda Griffis, Actress (Atlanta)
Jeff Rose, Actor (Atlanta)
Alpha Trivette, Actor (Atlanta)

Georgia Rising Star Award
Al G. Sillah, Director (Atlanta)
Kristin Wright, Writer (Atlanta)
Candace Mabry, Actress (Atlanta)
Clive Bailey, Casting Director (Atlanta)

Georgia Best Independent Award (Film, Short, Web Series)
Tabari Sturdivant, Director/Writer/Producer (Atlanta)
Harry Musselwhite, Director/Writer/Producer (Atlanta)
Donnie Leapheart, Director/Writer/Producer (Atlanta)

Georgia Community Leader Award Georgia
Akoyka Chenzira, Teacher/Filmmaker (Atlanta)
Mark Ezra Stokes, Community Liaison (Savannah)
Macon Film Festival, Board
Nate Kohn, Professor, Filmmaker, (Athens)

Music Award
Matt Still, Record Producer (Atlanta)
Jazze Pha, Record Producer (Atlanta)
Rasheeda, Rapper (Atlanta)
Angie Aparo, Singer, Songwriter (Atlanta)
Georgia Soul Council, Band (Atlanta)

STUDIO 11-11-11 BEST SHORT Film Award
Nice Guy
The Promise
Never Alone
The Chronicles of Nathan Gregory
Boost of Love

Georgia Entertainment Industry Outstanding Contribution to the Award (Winners)
Clayton County Film, Sports & Entertainment Office
Zac Brown, Band

Georgia Highlight Award (Winners) – Sponsored by Audi
Joy Pervis, Agent
Catherine Brewton, Music Executive
Joel Katz, Attorney
Ian Somerhalder, Actor

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