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In 2013, Michael Elliot, award-winning screenwriter of the films Brown Sugar, Like Mike, and Just Wright, made the audacious decision to open the country's first hand and foot grooming shop for men, and launch a national brand. In a follow-up to his incredible 2012 Merge Summit session, “From Faith to Sugar,” hear the candid story behind Hammer & Nails, and a testimony that will inspire, empower and sharpen your faith.

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You sing, you dance, your rap, so its time for your record deal, right? MUSIC, MEDIA, & FUNDAMENTALS will help you get ready by taking you inside the music business with the decision makers who help run it. The industry changes by the day but good business is timeless and bad practices will sink your dreams. This candid conversation will empower attendees with insights they desperately need to hear the methods, protocols and proper practices of getting the opportunity you want. You will hear the straight talk and gain wisdom from these power players including great strategies and techniques as well as the infuriating mistakes, bad business and decisions they see time and time again. Great talent isn’t enough and when your opportunity knocks, this conversation will help you be ready. Or you could just stick to performing in the shower, your choice.

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We finally have a female presidential nominee but women have been running the world for years. (We all know its true!) Join us for GIRL BOSS!, a conversation among amazing women who are making major moves in media and entertainment. You will learn from their insights and stories, their successes and failures, as they share all in an effort to help take you to the next level.

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The impact of television is undeniable. Since the first TV station flickered on in grainy black and white in 1928, television has been a global force, capturing hearts and imaginations of billions, sharing the worlds joys and sorrows. Today, television is more ubiquitous than ever, more choices, more platforms, more opportunities. But good content is still good content. CREATING IMPACTFUL MOMENTS will provide take attendees inside the process through a conversation with some of today’s best television producers. Attendees will gain insight into the creative process, taking ideas from thought to screen, as well as the business of TV. Using recent successes as examples, this group of dynamic producers will also discuss the challenges and opportunities of producing content that informs, uplifts and inspires and share their expert tips to help you do it.

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The brightest and most provocative minds in the Christian and secular communities, ponder topics of faith, spirituality and theology. In each 10 minute Speak, anointed experts from all aspects of the faith will each talk on a single unique topic. From the tangible to the theoretical, the questions that plague us everyday are pondered in ways like never before...

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Renown Actress and Humanitarian, Lisa Raye hosts an interactive and fun workshop where YOU are able to create your very own VISION BOARD complete with a collage of photos from books and/or magazines to affirm your personal goals, wants and desires. This is an opportunity for you to paint a visual picture of where you are headed in life, career and more. **Materials Provided. Spaces Limited. 150 reserve slots available.

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The brightest talents inspire us, entertain and enrich our lives. We feel like we know them, we share in their joys. But their struggles, those are often hidden, endured alone in pain. A BETTER YOU: THE JOURNEY TO WELLNESS AND FREEDOM is a candid conversation about life, mental health and wellness designed to break the cycle of silence. Together these incredible ladies will open up about their individual journeys and how they overcame. Dreams, doubts, fears, depression, haters and success, they will discuss it all to help others move towards their own wellness and freedom.

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Learn from some of TV’s most successful network executives and show producers about the process of developing an original reality series. In this interactive, Q&A driven session, attendees will gain insights into what networks look for, the current pitch climate, and typical parameters of a first-time development deal. These top executive producers will give their insight on successful writing tactics and necessary tools needed to navigate through Hollywood.

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Industry experts share their insight and experiential knowledge to help you master the ever-changing world of social media by drawing on examples from successful campaigns, as well as failed attempts. Panelists will provide the tools you need to stay ahead of the trends, maximize online visibility, and develop creative strategies (like crowd funding), so you can stay on top of the game.

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Hollywood power players take you behind the scenes into the producer’s suites where the "greenlights" happen. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the inner workings of the film business and how to bring great films to life but, more importantly, this candid conversation amongst true industry decision makers will empower attendees with insights they desperately need to hear the methods, protocols and proper practices of getting the opportunity you want. This type of conversation usually only happens behind closed doors but this amazing group has agreed to share their wisdom with you. They will share great strategies and techniques as well as the infuriating, repeated mistakes, bad business and decisions that send decision makers running and ruin careers, often before they even truly start. Great talent isn’t enough and when your opportunity knocks, this conversation will help you be ready.

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Long term success and fulfillment is no fluke, it does not just happen. It is a mindset and there are proven principles. THE MINDSET OF SUCCESS will take you on an inspirational look behind the scenes for a rare view into the lives and minds of some of today’s top leaders, artists and executives. Sharing their daily routines, strategies, systems and thoughts on overcoming defeats and winning long term, they will empower you to move closer to your dreams.

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Day in and day out, you fight for your dream, your big break, success. But are you really ready? Mentally, physically, spiritually, are you prepared for all you dream about? Is what you seek in alignment with what God has called you to do; have you even asked? "Success without fulfillment is failure", Tony Robbins often says, and Hollywood is littered with shining stars who fit this bill. Talented, rich, famous but bankrupt and broken in every other way. ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? is a candid discussion designed to help you avoid this and to prepare you to win on purpose. You'll hear from people who've been there, both the artists themselves and the executives who have seen the same mistakes derail the most talented time and time again. You will leave this conversation empowered, inspired and more ready than ever.

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Whether their forte is theater, television, or film these leading actors are all unique in their own way. Yet they have all made sacrifices, faced and overcome challenges, experienced breakthroughs, and reaped rewards as they built their professional careers. Discover the common threads that connect actors and gain valuable insight as they share the unvarnished truth behind their success, as well as tips and strategies every actor should know to develop and sustain their careers.

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The brightest and most provocative minds in the Christian and secular communities, ponder topics of faith, spirituality and theology. In each 10 minute Speak, anointed experts from all aspects of the faith will each talk on a single unique topic. From the tangible to the theoretical, the questions that plague us everyday are pondered in ways like never before...

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Manhood has been the missing ingredient that turns males into men. Subsequently, women have become deficient of the covering of manhood. In this session, men will be fortified with the skill sets of manhood and women will be fortified with its comfort and safety.

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The impact of television is undeniable. Since the first TV station flickered on in grainy black and white in 1928, television has been a global force, capturing hearts and imaginations of billions, sharing the worlds joys and sorrows. Today, television is more ubiquitous than ever, more choices, more platforms, more opportunities. But good content is still good content. CREATING IMPACTFUL MOMENTS will provide take attendees inside the process through a conversation with some of today’s best television producers. Attendees will gain insight into the creative process, taking ideas from thought to screen, as well as the business of TV. Using recent successes as examples, this group of dynamic producers will also discuss the challenges and opportunities of producing content that informs, uplifts and inspires and share their expert tips to help you do it.

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Every woman lives by a code, whether she realizes it or not. This code is her road-map to living, a guidepost residing deep within her spirit. It governs her romantic relationships, friendships, family ties, career choices, and personal sense of well-being and value. And when her code is out of balance, her life is out of balance. Drawing from her personal faith and experience in the business world, Sophia A. Nelson, ESQ will explore the 20 keys to unlocking the life you want, such as: knowing your innate value and worth, aging gracefully, teaching people how to treat you, making peace with your past, never cut what you can untie, lifting other women as you climb. The Woman Code master class will help women honor themselves while navigating the demands of work, home, family and friendship. You will not only learn how to practice purpose in your life but how to do it with grace.

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Emmy Award winning Casting Director Robi Reed will lead a panel and workshop with top network, studio, and independent casting directors. Learn what goes into the casting process, what to perfect, and how to prepare and put yourself in the best position to land the part. There will be an opportunity to cold read or perform a one minute monologue.

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ABOUT THE MERGE SUMMIT
Integrating faith & entertainment, THE MERGE SUMMIT is a series of exclusive events that provides education, inspiration, empowerment, and opportunity. We bring together leaders in the arts and entertainment industry to teach, prepare and inspire the next generation of leaders in music, film, television, business and ministry. Our efforts revolve around providing value to our participants by providing the opportunity to meet and learn from industry powerhouses. THE MERGE SUMMIT features over 20 Interactive Panel Discussions, Powerful Master Classes and Engaging Breakout Sessions, all taught by more than 60 of the industry’s top entertainers and executives. Plus OPENING NIGHT AT THE MERGE VIP Reception- The Merge Awards™ Luncheon- Merge Showcase & FREEDOM, THE MERGE Concert Experience. Within the past year, THE MERGE has traveled nationwide with events in Baltimore, Atlanta, and Chicago! The much anticipated return to Los Angeles happens this August. Be there. RECENT HIGHLIGHT: THE MERGE SYMPOSIUM CHICAGO THE MERGE Symposium brings with it a unique experience that can only be fully absorbed in person but here is a glance at some of our recent featured guests. Thank you to our partners The Joseph Business School, Aids Healthcare Foundation and Walgreens, and to everyone who joined us in Chicago!  
Meagan Good & Devon Franklin Bill Winston Cindy Jacobs
Derek Luke Jonathan McReynolds Mikki Taylor
 

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