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Former Film Executive Launches Online Entertainment Network for Black Women
The new BWE Network looks to capitalize on the absence of television shows and movies that appeal to black women.
By: BWE Network
Founded by Camille Irons Coakley, an indie film producer and former film executive at Edmonds Entertainment and Russell Simmons’ Def Pictures, the company looks to capitalize on the absence of television shows and movies that appeal to black women.
“The technology exists to stream directly from the Internet to the TV and there are a lot of great web series out there right now that have strong, positive black female leads that span all genres and created by talented African-American writers, directors, and producers,” says Coakley. "We hand-pick the shows we feature and promote on the site ensuring quality over quantity.”
The company also plans to create original movies and programming similar to the Lifetime TV Network and plans to work with Hollywood's top black actresses, writers, producers, and directors to bring great stories about African-American women to the network. The company is looking to make branded entertainment deals with major advertisers to fund its original content.
In addition to web shows, the site features the latest movies, music, and books that appeal to its targeted demographic. Through the company’s affiliation with Amazon.com, users can purchase DVD’s, books, and music directly through the site’s built-in ecommerce platform. The website provides a platform to showcase independent music artists, book authors, and filmmakers that may otherwise get lost in the shuffle.
The site also features the best blogs written by women covering topics ranging from politics and sports to natural hair care and travel. The site’s shop page connects to black female designers, crafters, and entrepreneurs. “There are lots of black women creating beautiful clothes, shoes, bath and body products, jewelry, that are not receiving the proper exposure,” says Coakley. “The BWE makes it easy to find these people by showcasing them on the site.”
The BWE looks to create an eco-system where everything connects from black female music artists creating original music for show creators to show creators using the clothes and products of black female designers in their shows. According to Coakley, "It's a way for us to support each other both creatively and financially while continuing to recycle money in the community.”
About the BWE Network
The BWE Network aims to become the premiere online entertainment destination for black women. The BWE makes it easy to find the movies, web shows, music, books, blogs, and products that appeal to its targeted demographic. For more information, please visit http://www.bwenetwork.com.
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Page Updated Last on: Mar 15, 2011