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Marlena Martin

Greetings everyone & welcome to October’s "Driven in 2K5! (2005)." Our purpose is still the same and so is our message. We are committed to giving you the best information to guide you towards the path of success. Even though were closing in on fall, don’t let the change of weather keep your eye off the prize. From time to time, I'll feature stories from those in the industry that want to share career advice and words of wisdom. If you are in the film industry and want to be recognized or give tips, by all means, contact me at:

Jerome Williams Senior Vice President,
Business Development of Exodus Film Group

The headline read, "Exodus Film Group Taps Jerome Williams to Head up Business Development" but Jerome Williams was always been a major business player in Hollywood. Jerome began his career booking musical talents as one of the first African American pioneers at the William Morris Agency. He then moved to ICM where, as a Music Agent, he booked their entire music roster across the United States and Canada. Jerome has worked on a variety of blockbuster tours including Korn; The Eagles; Goo Goo Dolls; Mariah Carey; Earth, Wind & Fire; Boyz II Men and the Spice Girls.

His success at ICM attracted the attention of Earvin "Magic" Johnson who recruited him as the Director of Production with Magic Johnson Enterprises. While there, he was directly responsible for Alicia Keys' national concert tour, Mr. Johnson's corporate speaking engagements throughout the USA, and overseeing the company's brand marketing. Jerome was instrumental in the 2003 negotiations that brought Magic Johnson Productions and the Anschutz Entertainment Group together in a joint venture.

Keeping his ties with the African American community, William’s most recently served as the Regional Director for world renowned minister T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest 2005, which was Atlanta’s third largest revenue-generating entertainment event, surpassed only by the Super Bowl and the 1996 Olympic Games. He was directly responsible for the negotiations and facilitation of the festival’s live events. Additionally, he has served as T.D. Jakes Ministries’ liaison to the Mayor’s Office of Atlanta, government officials, church leaders and civic organizations.

John D. Eraklis, President of Exodus Film Group, recently brought on Jerome Williams as the Senior Vice President of Business Development. As a trailblazer in the industry, William’s is the first African American to hold a position on the Senior Executive level at Exodus Film Group. Undergoing enormous responsibility, he will oversee all aspects of business development, finance and the $50 million dollar private placement film fund. "We’re thrilled that Jerome is joining us," Eraklis said. "His agency background and extensive experience negotiating large entertainment deals will be a valuable asset to Exodus."

"I look forward to working with the talented Exodus team," added Williams. "They have a terrific slate of films with enormous potential."

Exodus Film Group has a slew of films in production, Including: Bunyan and Babe an animated film with the voice of Eddie Griffin as Babe the Blue Ox and Igor another animated tale with the voice of Christian Slater. If you’d like to read more about Jerome Williams or Exodus Film Group, go to their website

Congrats to Jerome Williams on your newest position. As a pioneer in your field, we salute you on all your hard work and dedication. May your climb towards the top, be a stepping-stone for others in the community.

Without Struggle, There Is No Peace! Without Pioneers…. The Struggle Stops!
Stay "Driven in 2005!"


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