Lead Man Award & Lead Woman Award
Attorney Ricky Anderson is the managing partner of Anderson & Smith, where he practices entertainment law. Though he grew up in a small African-American community in Benton Harbor, Michigan, he became one of the biggest names in the entertainment law industry. His clients include many of the greatest entertainers in their fields, namely: comedian-actors, such as Steve Harvey, Mo’Nique, and Rickey Smiley; gospel greats, such as Yolanda Adams and Mary Mary; award-winning actors, such as Isaiah Washington; and sports legends, including, Cynthia Cooper and Eddie Robinson. Attorney Anderson became the first attorney of record who was named at the Academy Awards®, which took place during Mo’Nique’s acceptance speech when she won her first Oscar® for her performance in “Precious.” Attorney Anderson has also received numerous awards from organizations, including: the National BariHBFF alumni, Entertainment Attorney Anderson has received international recognition, he is a firm believer in giving back to his community. Along with offering scholarships to law students, Attorney Anderson has also been an adjunct law professor for nearly 20 years. He teaches at his alma mater, Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
The ‘Lead Woman Award goes to the wonderful film finance guru, Brenda Z. Doby Flewellyn, a native of Houston, Texas. She’s one of the premier finance professionals in the entertainment industry. Brenda is credited with financing such films as My Big Fat Greek Wedding and a slew of other titles. In fact, the former personal banker to Johnny Carson, as well as a former long time Union Bank VP has financed more than 100 feature films and television series with budgets ranging from $500.000,00 to $50.000.000,00.