Black Public Relations Society Los Angeles Announces 2016 Honorees For the
3rd Annual Pat Tobin PR Excellence Awards
What: BPRS-LA 3rd Annual Pat Tobin PR Excellence Awardsa
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 13, 6:00PM
Location: The Sofitel Hotel at Beverly Hills
8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Media Features/Credentials: Contact KimiRhochelle of KRPR Media, 909-543-2978, [email protected]
April 1, 2016, Los Angeles, CA: It’s time to honor and celebrate those that have gone above and beyond the level of excellence in the field of communications/public relations. The BPRS-LA 3rd Annual Pat Tobin PR Excellence Awards produced by the Los Angeles chapter of Black Public Relations Society (BPRS) will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 6pm at the Sofitel in Beverly Hills. Hosted by entertainment journalist, pop culture specialist, and producer Tanika Ray, the evening will be one to remember.
Communications professionals will come together to honor four senior communications executives. Honorees include Monica Bouldin, executive vice president of Hill + Knowlton Strategies; Anna Fuson, founder and CEO of Red Sea Entertainment; Arnold Robinson, vice president, Rogers & Cowan, and Allison Queen, founder of Queen Publicity.
“Our honorees each exemplify professional excellence in their careers and we are proud to salute them,” said Shawn Smith Turner, president of BPRS-LA. “They are a showcase of dynamic communications talent and we look to them as shining examples as we champion greater diversity throughout the industry.”
The BPRS-LA Pat Tobin PR Excellence Awards was created to recognize communications executives who have made an impact on the industry. Named after the late public relations pioneer and co-founder of the National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS), Pat Tobin, the Awards shines a light on career achievements of professionals who continue Tobin’s legacy through their tireless work and dedication to shaping a positive narrative for the global brands and clients they represent.
Past attendees have included celebrities, media, and studio executives making this annual event the industry highlight of the year and this year will be no exception. Sponsors for 2016 include Toyota Motor Corporation, CBS Entertainment Diversity, BusinessWire, Rolling Out, and Nakeah Cosmetics.
For media credentials please send requests to: KimiRhochelle, BRPS-LA PR/Marketing Chair at [email protected]
To credential talent, please contact KimiRhochelle, BPRS-LA PR/Marketing Chair at [email protected]
For more information, please visit www.bprsla.org
Black Public Relations Society of Los Angeles (BPRS-LA) is one of the nation’s foremost organizations for professional image-makers and communications strategists. Since its founding in 1998, National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS) has served as an advocate for African-American PR practitioners. As an affiliate chapter, BPRS-LA focuses on professional development and connecting PR professionals throughout Southern California. We promote diversity of thought and talent, while providing support and education to help today’s professional stay competitive in an ever-changing communications industry.
Monica Bouldin is a 20+year marketing and communications veteran, and has created integrated marketing campaigns for B2B and B2C clients across multiple industries including automotive, CPG, entertainment, consumer technology, food & beverage, health & wellness, non-profit, travel and tourism. Prior to joining H+K Strategies, Monica served as Executive Vice President of Consumer and Multicultural Marketing for Edelman. Prior to joining Edelman, she served as the Group Director for Ogilvy Public Relations’ West Coast Consumer Marketing practice and oversaw the Los Angeles office operations. During her tenure at Ogilvy, Monica led initiatives for Nestle, Ford, LG Mobile Phones, Virgin America and others. Monica previously worked for Ruder Finn where she launched successful branding campaigns and public relations initiatives for a variety of consumer and entertainment brands. Her clients included The Patina Group, Citysearch.com, Sony Consumer Electronics, Square Enix (formerly Squaresoft) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the opening galas of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. From 1991-2000, Monica held a number of public relations positions at Warner Bros. Consumer Products where she was instrumental in positioning the division as a leader in the licensing and entertainment industry. Monica began her career at Fox Broadcasting Company as part of the publicity team responsible for the launch of the “fourth network,” targeting teens and female viewers.
Anna Fuson is a veteran entertainment publicist with a track record spanning more than two decades in television and film publicity, inclusive of more than 100 plus films and shows. She began her career at CBS Network News in New York before transitioning into film as a unit publicist under the tutelage of Spike Lee. Her early film credits with Lee include his Oscar nominated biopic “Malcolm X.” Other early films include “A Rage In Harlem” starring Forest Whitaker, “Passenger 57,” starring Wesley Snipes, Will Farrell’s first film “A Night At the Roxbury” and Morgan Freeman’s directorial debut “Bopha,” shot on location in Zimbabwe. After more than a decade on the production side, Fuson expanded to corporate publicity as a Senior Publicist at Paramount Pictures. There she worked on numerous successful releases including the late director Anthony Minghella’s masterful drama “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” Rick Famuyiwa’s breakout hit “The Wood,” and Tim Burton’s blockbuster “Sleepy Hollow.” Following an extended maternity leave, Fuson returned to corporate publicity as Executive Director of Media Relations on Paramount Television’s “Entertainment Tonight.” She later served as Executive Vice President at Terry Hines and Associates launching their urban marketing division and spearheading numerous campaigns including the series debuts of “Empire” and “Power,” and working on the shows “Key and Peele,” “The Soul Man,” and such hit films as “Flight,” “The Equalizer” and “The Amazing Spider Man.” One of her protégés remains an invaluable and highly respected young executive in the division. Fuson currently serves as President and CEO of the LA based PR/Marketing firm Red Sea Entertainment. Clients include Academy-Award winning director Quentin Tarantino and his talented producing team, with whom she is a three-time collaborator, having worked on “Django Unchained,” “Inglourious Bastards” and “The Hateful Eight.” Red Sea Entertainment has also collaborated with Tyler Perry on nine record-breaking film campaigns including “For Colored Girls” and the Oscar winning drama “Precious,” directed by Lee Daniels, which Perry executive produced with Oprah Winfrey. Most recently, Fuson travelled to South Africa to publicize the Africa Movie Academy Awards which she helped produce behind-the-scenes. Another gratifying career highlight became working with the brilliant young director, Ryan Coogler, on his Oscar nominated boxing drama “Creed.”
Arnold Robinson is a Vice President at Rogers & Cowan. He joined Rogers & Cowan in September 1993. Notable clients Mr. Robinson has worked with include Quincy Jones, Quincy Jones Productions, Quincy Jones/David Salzman Entertainment, Anthony Hopkins, Billy Bob Thornton, Kevin Costner, Andre Benjamin, Greg Kinnear, Luke Perry, Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Juliette Lewis, Martin Lawrence, Carly Simon, Wesley Snipes, Robert Zemeckis, Val Kilmer, James Caan, Mykelti Williamson, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Soul Train Music Awards, Motown Records, Clint Black, ASCAP, Dolly Parton, Hollywood’s RockWalk and Vibe Magazine among others. Mr. Robinson attended Temple University’s School of Communications where he majored in Radio, Television and Film with a specialization in Public Relations and Advertising.
Allison Queen got her start in PR during the time of the Rodney King Riots while working as a paralegal for Deirdre Hill, an attorney and the first woman president of the Los Angeles Police Commission. She is a UCLA Extension graduate with a Certificate in Entertainment Publicity and internships at the ACLU, CBS Television and Davidson Choy Publicity where she worked on major stage productions including Cirque du Soleil and the hit musicals Ragtime and Showboat. After interning in 1998, Queen worked at Sony Studios and then had the great fortune of meeting and being hired as a junior publicist for a phenomenal woman and the ultimate publicist at the very top of the game, Pat Tobin. Through Pat Tobin’s encouragement, success and sincere passion for her work, Queen found the courage to start Queen Publicity in 1999. Since that time Queen Publicity has been representing creative artists, creative businesses, stage plays, non-profits organizations, city municipalities, book authors and new product launches. Some of Queen’s clients has included Grand Marnier, Quincy D. Jones, III (aka QD3), comedienne Roz Brown, Interntional Magician “ICE” McDonald, music producer Kashif, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, BAD West, Pacifica Graduate Institute and many more. Queen Publicity specializes in securing local and national media placements and delivering concrete results for her clients who have been featured on Good Day L.A., Good Day N.Y. NPR, CNN, BET, and on most television networks. For the past 20 years Queen Publicity has also been retained by larger public relations agencies to work on projects and provide local publicity assistance. Most special and dear to her heart is her work for the non-profit organizations who are dedicated to improving the lives of others.
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