The Merge Summit Returns For Fifth Year August 22-24, 2013 Merging Faith And Entertainment

The weekend-long program features top entertainers and industry executives including: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Tracey Edmonds, Suzanne de Passe, Kym Whitley, Michelle Williams, DeVon Franklin, Erica Campbell and more...
The Summit is excited to have Denzel Washington back for another conversation
The Summit is excited to have Denzel Washington back for another conversation
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The weekend-long program features top entertainers and industry executives including: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Michelle Williams, Mikki Taylor, Kym Whitley, Tracey Edmonds, Omari Hardwick, Emil Wilbekin, David Oyelowo, Meagan Good, Christian Keyes, Suzanne de Passe, DeVon Franklin, Mali Music, Edwina Findley, Erica Campbell, among others…

Beverly Hills, CA – July 15, 2013  -- Relevé Entertainment announced today that The Merge Summit 2013 will be held August 22-24 at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The event is presented in association with partners RCA Inspiration, Walgreens, BET Music Matters and UPSCALE magazine. Integrating faith and entertainment, The Merge Summit provides a platform for men and women of faith to interface learn and partner with leading executives and talent in the entertainment industry.

The Summit is one of the largest events for people of faith and its multifaceted program includes a complete weekend of education, inspiration and entertainment. Nearly 100 of the industry’s top entertainers and executives will lead more than 20 interactive panel discussions, workshops and Master Class sessions, covering music, television, film, creative development, and branding, marketing and new media.

This year, The Summit kicks off its weekend events with Opening Night At The Merge, hosted by actress Kym Whitley of “Raising Whitley” on OWN with special music performance by recording artist  Michelle Williams.  The weekend also boasts the Wellness Lounge sponsored by Wellness Interactive Inc. and Walgreens, an Awards Luncheon and the BET Music Matters showcase.  The Merge will conclude with Freedom: The Merge Concert sponsored by RCA Inspiration, featuring Mali Music and "Sunday Best" finalist Jessica Reedy, Gospel rapper Tedashii and Kierra Sheard, star of the hit reality series, “The Sheards” on BET Networks.

The Summit is excited to have Denzel Washington back for another highly anticipated candid conversation. The exceptionally talented couple, Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance will participate in a new session The Balancing Act: Prioritizing Marriage, Faith and Career. Suzanne de Passe will host Bold, Beautiful & On Purpose a session featuring several dynamic women including media mogul, Tracey Edmonds.

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will also host it's Third Annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday, August 24th will be honoring those bridging the gap between faith and entertainment. The 2013 honorees include Steve Pemberton, Divisional Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer of Walgreens and Pastor Toure Roberts of One Church International in Los Angeles.

“We are so excited to announce our fifth year and we celebrate this milestone”, said The Merge Summit Founder & Chair Dr. Holly Carter.  “Each year The Merge Summit has progressed to represent the evolution of the entertainment business, while always remaining true to our original purpose. Our desire is to give creative men and women of faith, the opportunity to share their stories, to edify and to give a voice for the gifts and talents in our community".

“Each year, I grow more excited with anticipation of the Merge.  It has proven to be an invaluable source of information for all who attend. I have no doubt this time around will be even greater.” Says The Merge Summit Co-Founder & Co-Chair Robi Reed.

“I'm excited to be co-chairing this year’s Merge Summit,” adds Traci Blackwell. “I have been a great supporter of this event from its inception and each year I look forward to its growth and how it continues to enhance the lives of others.”    

“I am so happy and proud to be involved with the Merge Summit again,” says co-chair, Debra Langford.  “This is the one conference where attendees and panelists can be enriched with key business, creative, professional, personal, and spiritual insights on the entertainment business.  This is also an experience that people carry with them throughout the year.”  

Other confirmed speakers include:

Harry Lennix, Actor (Man of Steel, a Beautiful Soul, The Matrix, The Five Heartbeats)

Issa Rae, Creator/Actress (The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl); CEO Issa Rae Productions

Kwesi Boakye, Teen Actor (Unconditional, Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself)

Ralph Farquhar, Writer/Producer (The Real Hollywood Husbands, Moesha)

Lecrae, Gospel Hip-Hop Recording Artist,Reach Records

Kim Coleman, Casting Director (Enemy of the State, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Peeples)

Ezekiel Lewis, Vice President of A&R, Motown Records

Charlie Jordan Brookins, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, BET Networks

Billy Johnson, Yahoo! Music Senior Editor

Ayo Davis, Vice President of Casting, ABC Entertainment Group

The Playmakers, Comedians, YouTube Superstars

Good Clean Fun, Production Company (Tia & Tamera, Run's House)

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