The entertainment industry's shifts are seismic, but visionary Jeff Clanagan has managed to remain in front of the next wave for over two decades. As Codeblack Enterprises President and CEO, Clanagan continues to set industry precedents by producing and distributing content that defies conventional wisdom, and is leading market growth into a territory that was once dismissed as barren.
In 2012, Clanagan ventured into an unprecedented partnership with Lionsgate, a leading global entertainment company, to bring his expertise in feature film, television programming, comedy specials and digital content to this new partnership. As a division of Lionsgate, Codeblack Films is a vertically integrated entertainment and new media company focused on providing independent studios, filmmakers, globally-recognized celebrities, intellectual property rights holders and brands operating in the entertainment and sports industries cross platform monetization solutions.
The passion of Codeblack Films executive team is to super serve the global black community and help its content and brand partners access the power of the $1-trillion African American consumer market. The African American population continues to expand both in pure numbers and in buying power and has a major influence on entertainment, technology and media trends. CF's analysis and understanding of the social context of this fast evolving market, values, attitudes, behavior, trends and pre-trends, allow us to position our content and brand partners in the center of influence and develop the best strategy to maximize benefit.
Codeblack Films employs a transmedia approach which involves the discipline of leveraging brands and products across multiple platforms, by creating a diversified portfolio of developed content and technology applications with an overarching brand narrative that is then distributed through both traditional and new media outlets.
In 2011, the highly successful independent blockbuster film, "Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain" was marketed using Clanagan's signature, targeted techniques and grossed an average of $20,000 per theatre, which was groundbreaking for an independently produced and distributed film. The film set a record as the best performing concert series since "Martin Lawrence: Runteldat" in 2002 to break the $5 million mark.
Jeff Clanagan, recognized as one of Black Enterprise Magazine's Top 50 Hollywood Power Brokers and a member of Ebony Magazine's Power 150, is responsible for the release of nearly 200 DVDs. His projects have generated over $150 million in revenue.
Previously, in his role as President and CEO of UrbanWorks Entertainment, Clanagan developed and implemented the company's strategy. At the time of Clanagan's departure, UrbanWorks was positioned as a leading distributor of home entertainment.
Clanagan entered the entertainment industry as a concert promoter for vanguard artists Run DMC, LL Cool J, The Isley Brothers, MC Hammer, and Luther Vandross, among others. His first role, after transitioning from backstage to the back lot, was as President of Master P's seminal No Limit Films. At No Limit, Clanagan was responsible for the production of the successful films Foolish and Lockdown, and facilitated the firm's growth into a $40 Million pioneering force in the urban home video market.
Clanagan was eventually tapped by Peter Guber's Mandalay Sports & Entertainment, for a role as President of Mandalay Urban Entertainment. Under Clanagan's direction, Mandalay received accolades for award-winning films like Civil Brand, which was recognized at international film festivals including the American Black Film Festival, the Urban World Film Festival, and the Pan-African Film Festival.
VP of Acquisitions & Development
Candice Wilson is a multifaceted Creative Executive with a diverse background in both film and songwriting, and has consulted and worked alongside some of the industry’s top executives and talent to provide top tier support and execution. Always on the hunt for original and provocative material to produce and distribute, Candice finds new and inventive ways of bringing products to market. Candice wears many hats at Codeblack working on different projects in various stages of pre-production, filming and delivery, proving it is possible to find a happy medium between commercialism and creativity.
Born in New York and raised by techie and clothing designer parents, Wilson has always held an interest in both the practical and creative side of arts and entertainment. With a background in script development, film production, physical production, post-production, art direction and delivery, Candice oversees development through from inception to completion.
In an industry that is often more interested in the bottom line than artistic merit, Wilson has managed to remain strong in her desire to carve out her unique niche. As a producer and production coordinator, Candice has worked with some of the most formidable directors and actors in the business, as well as discovering unique, often unheard voices and stories, bringing them into the mainstream. Wilson naturally transferred her past experiences as a songwriter and astute business acumen into establishing her as a natural power player in the industry.
Candice Wilson holds a B.A. from Temple University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Established in 2009, Candice co-founded the Steven D. Olensky Memorial Fund, which has biannually awarded scholarships for single parents pursuing their college degree. Candice enjoys spending her free time volunteering and exploring her passion for photography.
Currently, Candice Wilson manages all Acquisitions and Development for Codeblack Films a Lionsgate company.