Actor and activist Kendrick Sampson has launched BLD PWR Productions, a new production company that expands the impact of his eponymous advocacy initiative.
The actor, best known for “Insecure,” “Miss Juneteenth,” “How to Get Away with Murder” and “The Vampire Diaries,” is a co-founder of the BLD PWR, which helped mobilize thousands of protesters during #BlackLivesMatter. Summer 2020 movement and industry leaders organized to sign a letter asking Hollywood to get rid of the police.
“The days of starting with a seat are over. This is what building our own table looks like,” Sampson said in a press release announcing the launch. “We will continue to challenge those in power, but we recognize that it is not Hollywood’s job to reimagine our future… we have always been experts in our own narratives and we are taking back that power.”
The new banner is led by Strategic Advisor D’Angela Proctor and Director of Development Taylor Jett, with plans to produce content across all genres and for all platforms. BLD PWR will host a preview launch event Thursday night in Los Angeles.
“Since our inception in 2018, BLD PWR is still at the forefront of reinventing Hollywood,” added BLD PWR Co-Founder Tia Oso. “A large part of that work is producing short-form content with and for our partners, so it’s an organic and necessary expansion to launch BLD PWR Productions, a production company to house our long-form content development and production.” .
According to a press release, “BPP is proud to serve as social architects changing culture by building community and producing content rooted in the love of everyday people.”
Jett brings industry and production experience from CAA, HBO’s “Lovecraft Country” and Netflix’s original series content team. Proctor is a multi-award winning producer, C-suite executive, and attorney who previously served as CEO of Wayfarer Entertainment, head of production and business development for Codeblack films, and head of original programming at TV One.
“BLD PWR is home to storytellers who share a passion for expressing truth, expanding imaginations and improving lives in our communities,” said Proctor.
[Pictured: Kendrick Sampson and Taylor Jett]