MACRO is a multiplatform media company that represents the voice and perspectives of persons of color.


Since its founding in 2015, the Company has released seven feature films and two TV shows, and garnered nine Oscar nominations and one win. With verticals extending to all aspects of media creation - from film and television development and production to individual representation, brand marketing and a venture arm — MACRO presents a new paradigm in the media landscape set to disrupt the way things have always been done.

MACRO Business Verticals

FILM
Produce and finance premium theatrical content by established and emerging storytellers that reflects a more accurate portrayal of people of color globally.

MACRO Television Studios
Scripted and unscripted projects that showcase multifaceted aspects of the culture.

Brand MACRO
Creative agency focused on building community through brand marketing, merchandising and experiential activations.

M88
Representing filmmakers, actors, writers and multi-hyphenates who shape culture.

[UNCMMN]
Amplifying the voices of diverse talent through digital influencer/branded entertainment partnerships.

M Ventures and MaC Venture Capital
MACRO's early stage venture firms that invest in technology companies that benefit from shifts in cultural trends and behaviors in an increasingly diverse global marketplace.

Who We Are

Charles D. King
CEO & FOUNDER

Charles declared in his 1996 law school graduation year book that, one day, he would be the head of a diversified entertainment and media company. And a little over 15 years later, that proclamation became MACRO. As CEO, he casts the overall vision, mission and strategic goals for all things MACRO and its multiple business verticals. Before launching MACRO in 2015, Charles formerly was Partner/Agent in the Motion Picture Department at William Morris Endeavor (WME). He is the first and, to date, the only African-American to rise from the training program in the Beverly Hills office film and TV group to Partner in the company’s over 100+ year history. Known industry wide for his innovative deal-making, keen eye for talent and strategic long-horizon thinking, Charles has been recognized in Fortune, The New York Times Magazine, Fast Company, NPR, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Complex, Essence, and countless other publications. An active angel investor and dedicated philanthropist, he is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and sits on several nonprofit boards, including the Sundance Institute, the NBA Players Association, Think 450 and College Track, where he serves as National Vice President. Charles holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law.

Ahmadou Seck
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, MACRO TELEVISION STUDIO

Ahmadou is an innovative TV executive who creates and develops original content for the Television Studio always with an unconventional and oft avant-garde lean. He doesn’t do it from the ‘Gram, he does it for the culture. His prior expertise involves stints at Will Smith’s production company Overbrook Entertainment, Participant Media and CAA. Additionally he was an Associate Producer on the critically acclaimed YouTube Premium show COBRA KAI. Raised in Seattle by Senegalese parents, Ahmadou graduated from St. Martin’s University.

Aisha Corpas Wynn
VP, ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMMING, MACRO TELEVISION STUDIO

Aisha oversees and creates content in our alternative content space, which includes unscripted programming, animation, podcasts and more. A seasoned executive and EP with fifteen years of experience in the television industry, she uses her knowledge and resources to deliver top-quality results in content development, production, sales and brand strategy. Prior to joining MACRO, she ran point as Head of Development for award-winning actor and comedian Anthony Anderson and Bunim/Murray Productions’ partnership. She also founded A Wynn Wynn Production, known for producing HBO’s After the Thrones for the worldwide phenomenon series Game of Thrones. A creative powerhouse, Aisha has sold original content to HBOMax, Apple, OWN, WEtv, and Snapchat, developed podcast strategy for The NFL Network and created digital content for Disney’s Freeform. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Caroline Guo
COORDINATOR, MACRO TELEVISION STUDIO

Like any good Chinese-American daughter, Caroline promised her parents she'd be a doctor or lawyer...only to become a diehard film nerd, graduating with a B.A. in Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University and M.A. in Film Studies at King's College London. A Finalist for the 2020 Women in Film x Black List Feature Film Residency and Semifinalist for the Universal Writers’ Program, Caroline has published in academic media journals, spearheaded international film festivals and lectured at universities. She wrote, directed and produced the award-winning short film THE TEST, shot on location in Beijing. Hailing from Atlanta and having lived in Chicago, Paris, London and Beijing, Caroline is now based in Los Angeles and serves as TV Coordinator at MACRO.

Caryn Lawson
CHIEF OF STAFF

Caryn works closely with our CEO and interfaces with key leadership on strategic business initiatives from development through successful execution. Prior to MACRO, she worked at eOne assisting television & film producer Mark Gordon and was essential in The Mark Gordon Company’s transition during its acquisition by the entertainment firm. She began her career in entertainment industry with roles at Annapurna Pictures and APA Talent Agency. A native of Chicago, Caryn is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and is currently pursuing an advanced business degree from Wharton.

Gaby Mena
PARTNER, M88

Gaby joined MACRO to launch the representation vertical in early 2020. He has a keen eye for talent and his creative taste level is widely acknowledged to be among the best in Hollywood. As a former agent/partner at Paradigm Agency, he made a name for himself by representing international filmmakers and acclaimed storytellers such as Oscar-nominated Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego from Colombia, multi hyphenate Blitz the Ambassador from Ghana, and Mexican filmmaker Issa Lopez, among others. His current client list includes those talents, as well as Jayro Bustamante, a filmmaker of Guatemalan descent who recently won the top prize at Venice Film Festival.

Greta Talia Fuentes
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, FILM

Greta is a bilingual first-generation Nicaraguan-American, born and raised in LA, who developed a special affinity for telling stories that highlight the Latinx experience. As Director of Development, she identifies, cultivates and shepherds a slate of projects from development through production. Prior to MACRO, Greta worked at talent agency WME, where on her first day as Charles’s assistant, he announced that he would launch MACRO. She took the leap with him and left to join the company. A proud UCLA grad, Greta got her bachelor’s degree in World Arts and Cultures with a minor in Visual and Performing Arts Education.

Ilayda Yigit
MANAGER, MACRO TELEVISION STUDIO

Ilayda supports MACRO Television’s development and production needs while tracking and highlighting emerging talent and creative properties driven by people of color. Her passion for progressing on-screen representation, especially for women of color, stems from her experience growing up as a first-generation Turkish American. As a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, she hopes to produce premium television for multicultural audiences.

Inga Dyer
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS & LEGAL AFFAIRS

With more than twenty years of proven success in business and legal affairs, Inga oversees the Television Studio’s business affairs to ensure continuity and maximized returns while structuring and negotiating rights, development, talent, production, distribution, and financing deals. Prior to joining MACRO Inga served as General Counsel for REVOLT Media & TV, and has served in various roles in business & legal affairs at BET Networks, Spike TV and Magic Johnson Enterprises, negotiating competitive and precedent setting deals. Inga received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Howard University and her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. Inga is a member of the California Bar, the Beverly Hill County Bar Association, a Board Member of The Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

James Pong
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

James oversees all finance and accounting functions at MACRO and its affiliates while providing strategic financial insight as part of the senior management team. Prior to joining MACRO, James most recently served as the CFO at Annapurna Pictures and spent over 10 years in the global television strategy and business development group at Sony Pictures. Previously, James held roles in strategy consulting and investment banking. He holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a BA from UC Berkeley.

James Swoope
TEAM MACRO

Swoope, as he is affectionately known, joined the team in early 2020. He’s our office ninja who uses his magic and swagger behind the scenes to help the workplace run more smoothly. Hailing from Cleveland, he was widely known as the ultimate connector in his hometown. His true passion is in discovering artists and makers and helping bring their stories to light, a path Swoope seeks to continue here on the West Coast.

Jelani Johnson
EVP, CONTENT STRATEGY AND SENIOR PARTNER OF M88

Jelani joined MACRO in early 2020 to launch the representation vertical for MACRO. Most recently, Johnson spent 4+ years as a Motion Picture Agent at the Creative Artists Agency (CAA). While at CAA his clients included: Melina Matsoukas, A$AP Rocky, Cheo Coker, Jesse Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Storm Reid, Angel Soto, Solvan “Slick” Naim, Gina Rodriguez, Virgil Williams, Mara Brock Akil and André Holland amongst others. Johnson began his career in entertainment as an intern at CAA and transitioned into talent management at the Santa Monica-based management company Generate. He subsequently co-founded The Mission Entertainment, a management and production company focused on multicultural content creators, before returning back to CAA. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in History and Anthropology from Columbia University.

Jerome Martin
MANAGER, M88

Jerome joined MACRO in 2019, bringing an impressive client list and a 20+-year proven record and experience in managing star talent. Through his own firm, Jerome Martin Entertainment, he counted Tyrese Gibson, Eva Marcille and Michael B. Jordan among his first clients and went on to manage the film careers of music icon Janet Jackson, platinum recording artist/fashionista Ciara and more. He has been successful in bridging the television, film, fashion, sports and music worlds. A a philanthropist and original member of 100 Black Men of Miami, Jerome donates his time and financial support to numerous organizations that inspire, educate and uplift those in disadvantaged communities around the world.

Kay Healy
DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING

Kay manages MACRO’s accounting and financial reporting functions. Prior to joining MACRO, she was an Audit Manager with Deloitte & Touche, where she performed SOX testing, DOL employee retirement plan compliance audits, and financial statement audits under both AICPA and PCAOB standards. Prior to her experience in public accounting, she worked at the Office of Business & Finance at UCLA School of Law where she provided accounting and financial analysis support to the Financial Aid department, along with the Human Rights and Public Interest programs, amongst others. She is a graduate of Smith College and holds a CPA.

Khalid Jordan
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, MACRO TELEVISION STUDIO

As Director of Development, Khalid brings his keen eye for talent and commitment to authentic, elevated storytelling to MACRO Television Studios. He joins from Warner Horizon, where he was the Manager of Drama and Comedy Development. Previously he was the Development Manager for Mass Appeal under multi-hyphenate filmmaker Sacha Jenkins and helped bolster the group’s scripted and non-scripted development. Jordan began his career as an agent trainee at WME, spending time in both the West and East Coast offices. Jordan has a BA in Radio-Tv-Film with a concentration in Television Production from Howard University.

Kyle Bowles
FILM DEPARTMENT

An LA native from Inglewood, Kyle’s passion for storytelling led him to MACRO, where he supports the Film Department in all aspects. He brings previous experience from Forward Pass, Gersh, and Mandalay Pictures. Kyle cites his time at Villanova Universtiy as his training ground for social justice filmmaking and activism. His marathon continues at MACRO, where he’s realizing his dream of helping to bring projects to life with people of color at the forefront on both sides of the camera.

Mark R. Wright
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, FILM

Mark champions inventive and genre-bending narratives with people of color at the center. His goal is to expand the range of images people of color have historically been limited to in the traditional media landscape through genre-based content. Mark is one of MACRO's OGs, having joined the company as an intern in 2017, rising as an assistant and then getting promoted to DoD in just under three short years. Before coming to MACRO, he produced several short films, including an award-winning science fiction piece, Prototype, which premiered at the 2018 American Black Film Festival. He also had stints at Rideback, CAA and Fox Searchlight. Mark is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He holds an MFA in the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, and a B.S. in Communication from Ohio University. Go Bobcats!

Marta Fernandez
PRESIDENT OF MACRO TELEVISION STUDIO

Marta spearheads MACRO's Television Studio, which includes a slate of original scripted, nonscripted and alternative episodic projects. She oversees new development and current productions for the Studio, with a focus on international and female-forward programming and authentic stories by both established and emerging talent.

Marta joins from Starz, where she was EVP of Original Programming and led the development of some of the network's top shows, including original series Vida, American Gods and P-Valley. She also worked on the highly rated Spartacus franchise (Blood and Sand, Gods of the Arena, Vengeance, and War of the Damned), the acclaimed series Boss, as well as Flesh and Bone, Ash vs Evil Dead, Da Vinci's Demons and Black Sails.

Michael Palank
GENERAL PARTNER, M VENTURES AND MAC VENTURE CAPITAL; FOUNDING TEAM MEMBER, MACRO

Mike has over fifteen years of diversified experience in finance, media and startups. A former hedge fund analyst and talent agent, Mike has worked with some of the biggest names in media. Additionally, Mike has worked with numerous startups in various operational, business development, sales, marketing, finance, and fundraising capacities.

Natalia Williams
MANAGER, M88

Natalia brings her skills in client representation and is committed to continuing to breaking the doors open for the next wave of creators. Previously, she was a motion picture literary agent at Paradigm. There, she touched nearly every department from Independent Film, Music and Television as she built strategies around artists and settled into her true passion for representing filmmakers and storytellers. Raised by Haitian immigrants on one side and Mexican Angelenos on the other, Natalia has been driven by the unseen perspectives and authentic narratives that stem from working with global artists. Natalia is a graduate of USC Film School.

Natalie Guerrero
BRAND MACRO + FILM

Natalie joined the team in early 2020 and, by her third day, immediately broke the office record for saying “Oh yeah, I read that.” This bookworm betty does departmental double dutch, working in both our Film and Management groups. Prior to MACRO, she cut her teeth in the Books and Lit Packaging departments at WME. With a bachelor’s degree in film and communications from Boston University, she seeks to use her skills, talents and keen eye to more accurately portray POC, specifically Afro-Latinx, in media.

Noel Heard
CONTRACT MANAGER

Noel provides oversight of contracts relating to business & legal affairs and contracts administration functions, ensuring compliance to production delivery schedules, pricing, terms and conditions and other contract provisions. Noel joined from the Conent & Development and Business and Legal Affairs groups at REVOLT Television Network, where her role included content submissions intake/implementation, administration oversight, contract support, and corporate liaison. In addition to keeping our books in line, Noel is an avid traveler and a gifted linguist, fluentin English, Japanese and Spanish. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine and a JD from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, in addition to having multiple study abroad adventures in Buenos Aires and Hangzhou, China.

Phil Sun
PRESIDENT AND MANAGING PARTNER, M88

Most recently a partner/agent at WME, Phil has ascended the ranks as one of the industry’s most prolific agents. His client roster has been comprised of sought-after talent at the intersection of entertainment and culture, including Michael B. Jordan, Idris Elba, Riz Ahmed, Donald Glover, Gemma Chan, Lena Waithe, Rihanna, Naomi Scott and many more. Sun and Jordan built Jordan’s award-winning production company, Outlier Society, which currently has first-look deals at Warner Bros. Pictures for film and Amazon Studios for television. They created the first-ever corporate inclusion policy in partnership with Warner Media. Phil has graced THR’s Next Generation list, Empowerment list and A100 Most Impactful Asians list. He was one of the first Asian American agents to be promoted to partner at WME and has used his platform to push for change internally by co-founding Empower, WME’s company-wide program that ensures that employees at all levels feel supported rising through the agency — and externally as a board member of USC Annenberg’s Inclusion Initiative.

Poppy Hanks
SENIOR VP, DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTION, FILM; FOUNDING TEAM MEMBER, MACRO

Poppy shepherds the development of MACRO’s film and television project slate. She works with a wide range of prolific writers and directors, and sees them through to production. An 18-year veteran of the business, Poppy previously was Senior Vice President for Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films. Her produced film contributions included For Colored Girls, starring Perry, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg; Peeples, starring Kerry Washington; and she was part of the team who brought the 6-time Oscar-nominated film Precious to the screen after discovering it at Sundance. Prior to 34th, she was Vice President at State Street Pictures, where she oversaw development of Barbershop, Men Of Honor and Soul Food. A proud graduate of USC, Poppy received her B.F.A. in Screenwriting from the School of Cinema in 1995.

Selina Smith
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Selina brings her interests in pop culture and passion for representation to life through MACRO’s social media and experiences. She manages MACRO's social channels and is a critical member of the team that creates events and cultivates brand partnerships. Selina brings her unique experience from working in Bay Area nightlife and startups including Trapxart and Sundaze. As a proud USC and Cal State East Bay grad, Selina got her M.A in Strategic Public Relations and B.A in Communications with a minor in African American Studies. She is Mexican. She is black. She is proud. #stayMACRO

Stacey Walker King
CHIEF BRAND OFFICER

Stacey is MACRO’s brand ambassador, architect and evangelist rolled into one. She spearheads the ideation and execution of the company’s branding, marketing and experiential activities. To date, she has created several ongoing event series that further align the company’s creative content and its mission to uplift communities in ways that live beyond the movie or tv screens. Stacey hails from NYC’s fashion and beauty industry with roles in marketing and merchandising at Avon Products, Saks Fifth Avenue and upstart beauty brand AM Cosmetics. She moved to LA in 2000 to become Fashion Director of a startup luxury e-retailer, creating content for the site’s online magazine and populating the site’s internationally-inspired commerce areas. She also owned her own styling and pop-up retail boutique company, iCovet, Inc., for 10 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University.

Charles D. King
CEO & FOUNDER

Charles declared in his 1996 law school graduation year book that, one day, he would be the head of a diversified entertainment and media company. And a little over 15 years later, that proclamation became MACRO. As CEO, he casts the overall vision, mission and strategic goals for all things MACRO and its multiple business verticals. Before launching MACRO in 2015, Charles formerly was Partner/Agent in the Motion Picture Department at William Morris Endeavor (WME). He is the first and, to date, the only African-American to rise from the training program in the Beverly Hills office film and TV group to Partner in the company’s over 100+ year history. Known industry wide for his innovative deal-making, keen eye for talent and strategic long-horizon thinking, Charles has been recognized in Fortune, The New York Times Magazine, Fast Company, NPR, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Complex, Essence, and countless other publications. An active angel investor and dedicated philanthropist, he is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and sits on several nonprofit boards, including the Sundance Institute, the NBA Players Association, Think 450 and College Track, where he serves as National Vice President. Charles holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law.

Ahmadou Seck
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, MACRO TELEVISION STUDIO

Ahmadou is an innovative TV executive who creates and develops original content for the Television Studio always with an unconventional and oft avant-garde lean. He doesn’t do it from the ‘Gram, he does it for the culture. His prior expertise involves stints at Will Smith’s production company Overbrook Entertainment, Participant Media and CAA. Additionally he was an Associate Producer on the critically acclaimed YouTube Premium show COBRA KAI. Raised in Seattle by Senegalese parents, Ahmadou graduated from St. Martin’s University.

Aisha Corpas Wynn
VP, ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMMING, MACRO TELEVISION STUDIO

Aisha oversees and creates content in our alternative content space, which includes unscripted programming, animation, podcasts and more. A seasoned executive and EP with fifteen years of experience in the television industry, she uses her knowledge and resources to deliver top-quality results in content development, production, sales and brand strategy. Prior to joining MACRO, she ran point as Head of Development for award-winning actor and comedian Anthony Anderson and Bunim/Murray Productions’ partnership. She also founded A Wynn Wynn Production, known for producing HBO’s After the Thrones for the worldwide phenomenon series Game of Thrones. A creative powerhouse, Aisha has sold original content to HBOMax, Apple, OWN, WEtv, and Snapchat, developed podcast strategy for The NFL Network and created digital content for Disney’s Freeform. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Caroline Guo
COORDINATOR, MACRO TELEVISION STUDIO

Like any good Chinese-American daughter, Caroline promised her parents she'd be a doctor or lawyer...only to become a diehard film nerd, graduating with a B.A. in Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University and M.A. in Film Studies at King's College London. A Finalist for the 2020 Women in Film x Black List Feature Film Residency and Semifinalist for the Universal Writers’ Program, Caroline has published in academic media journals, spearheaded international film festivals and lectured at universities. She wrote, directed and produced the award-winning short film THE TEST, shot on location in Beijing. Hailing from Atlanta and having lived in Chicago, Paris, London and Beijing, Caroline is now based in Los Angeles and serves as TV Coordinator at MACRO.

Caryn Lawson
CHIEF OF STAFF

Caryn works closely with our CEO and interfaces with key leadership on strategic business initiatives from development through successful execution. Prior to MACRO, she worked at eOne assisting television & film producer Mark Gordon and was essential in The Mark Gordon Company’s transition during its acquisition by the entertainment firm. She began her career in entertainment industry with roles at Annapurna Pictures and APA Talent Agency. A native of Chicago, Caryn is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and is currently pursuing an advanced business degree from Wharton.

Gaby Mena
PARTNER, M88

Gaby joined MACRO to launch the representation vertical in early 2020. He has a keen eye for talent and his creative taste level is widely acknowledged to be among the best in Hollywood. As a former agent/partner at Paradigm Agency, he made a name for himself by representing international filmmakers and acclaimed storytellers such as Oscar-nominated Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego from Colombia, multi hyphenate Blitz the Ambassador from Ghana, and Mexican filmmaker Issa Lopez, among others. His current client list includes those talents, as well as Jayro Bustamante, a filmmaker of Guatemalan descent who recently won the top prize at Venice Film Festival.

Greta Talia Fuentes
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, FILM

Greta is a bilingual first-generation Nicaraguan-American, born and raised in LA, who developed a special affinity for telling stories that highlight the Latinx experience. As Director of Development, she identifies, cultivates and shepherds a slate of projects from development through production. Prior to MACRO, Greta worked at talent agency WME, where on her first day as Charles’s assistant, he announced that he would launch MACRO. She took the leap with him and left to join the company. A proud UCLA grad, Greta got her bachelor’s degree in World Arts and Cultures with a minor in Visual and Performing Arts Education.

Ilayda Yigit
MANAGER, MACRO TELEVISION STUDIO

Ilayda supports MACRO Television’s development and production needs while tracking and highlighting emerging talent and creative properties driven by people of color. Her passion for progressing on-screen representation, especially for women of color, stems from her experience growing up as a first-generation Turkish American. As a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, she hopes to produce premium television for multicultural audiences.

Inga Dyer
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS & LEGAL AFFAIRS

With more than twenty years of proven success in business and legal affairs, Inga oversees the Television Studio’s business affairs to ensure continuity and maximized returns while structuring and negotiating rights, development, talent, production, distribution, and financing deals. Prior to joining MACRO Inga served as General Counsel for REVOLT Media & TV, and has served in various roles in business & legal affairs at BET Networks, Spike TV and Magic Johnson Enterprises, negotiating competitive and precedent setting deals. Inga received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Howard University and her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. Inga is a member of the California Bar, the Beverly Hill County Bar Association, a Board Member of The Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

James Pong
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

James oversees all finance and accounting functions at MACRO and its affiliates while providing strategic financial insight as part of the senior management team. Prior to joining MACRO, James most recently served as the CFO at Annapurna Pictures and spent over 10 years in the global television strategy and business development group at Sony Pictures. Previously, James held roles in strategy consulting and investment banking. He holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a BA from UC Berkeley.

James Swoope
TEAM MACRO

Swoope, as he is affectionately known, joined the team in early 2020. He’s our office ninja who uses his magic and swagger behind the scenes to help the workplace run more smoothly. Hailing from Cleveland, he was widely known as the ultimate connector in his hometown. His true passion is in discovering artists and makers and helping bring their stories to light, a path Swoope seeks to continue here on the West Coast.

Jelani Johnson
EVP, CONTENT STRATEGY AND SENIOR PARTNER OF M88

Jelani joined MACRO in early 2020 to launch the representation vertical for MACRO. Most recently, Johnson spent 4+ years as a Motion Picture Agent at the Creative Artists Agency (CAA). While at CAA his clients included: Melina Matsoukas, A$AP Rocky, Cheo Coker, Jesse Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Storm Reid, Angel Soto, Solvan “Slick” Naim, Gina Rodriguez, Virgil Williams, Mara Brock Akil and André Holland amongst others. Johnson began his career in entertainment as an intern at CAA and transitioned into talent management at the Santa Monica-based management company Generate. He subsequently co-founded The Mission Entertainment, a management and production company focused on multicultural content creators, before returning back to CAA. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in History and Anthropology from Columbia University.

Jerome Martin
MANAGER, M88

Jerome joined MACRO in 2019, bringing an impressive client list and a 20+-year proven record and experience in managing star talent. Through his own firm, Jerome Martin Entertainment, he counted Tyrese Gibson, Eva Marcille and Michael B. Jordan among his first clients and went on to manage the film careers of music icon Janet Jackson, platinum recording artist/fashionista Ciara and more. He has been successful in bridging the television, film, fashion, sports and music worlds. A a philanthropist and original member of 100 Black Men of Miami, Jerome donates his time and financial support to numerous organizations that inspire, educate and uplift those in disadvantaged communities around the world.

Kay Healy
DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING

Kay manages MACRO’s accounting and financial reporting functions. Prior to joining MACRO, she was an Audit Manager with Deloitte & Touche, where she performed SOX testing, DOL employee retirement plan compliance audits, and financial statement audits under both AICPA and PCAOB standards. Prior to her experience in public accounting, she worked at the Office of Business & Finance at UCLA School of Law where she provided accounting and financial analysis support to the Financial Aid department, along with the Human Rights and Public Interest programs, amongst others. She is a graduate of Smith College and holds a CPA.

Khalid Jordan
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, MACRO TELEVISION STUDIO

As Director of Development, Khalid brings his keen eye for talent and commitment to authentic, elevated storytelling to MACRO Television Studios. He joins from Warner Horizon, where he was the Manager of Drama and Comedy Development. Previously he was the Development Manager for Mass Appeal under multi-hyphenate filmmaker Sacha Jenkins and helped bolster the group’s scripted and non-scripted development. Jordan began his career as an agent trainee at WME, spending time in both the West and East Coast offices. Jordan has a BA in Radio-Tv-Film with a concentration in Television Production from Howard University.

Kyle Bowles
FILM DEPARTMENT

An LA native from Inglewood, Kyle’s passion for storytelling led him to MACRO, where he supports the Film Department in all aspects. He brings previous experience from Forward Pass, Gersh, and Mandalay Pictures. Kyle cites his time at Villanova Universtiy as his training ground for social justice filmmaking and activism. His marathon continues at MACRO, where he’s realizing his dream of helping to bring projects to life with people of color at the forefront on both sides of the camera.

Mark R. Wright
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, FILM

Mark champions inventive and genre-bending narratives with people of color at the center. His goal is to expand the range of images people of color have historically been limited to in the traditional media landscape through genre-based content. Mark is one of MACRO's OGs, having joined the company as an intern in 2017, rising as an assistant and then getting promoted to DoD in just under three short years. Before coming to MACRO, he produced several short films, including an award-winning science fiction piece, Prototype, which premiered at the 2018 American Black Film Festival. He also had stints at Rideback, CAA and Fox Searchlight. Mark is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He holds an MFA in the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, and a B.S. in Communication from Ohio University. Go Bobcats!

Marta Fernandez
PRESIDENT OF MACRO TELEVISION STUDIO

Marta spearheads MACRO's Television Studio, which includes a slate of original scripted, nonscripted and alternative episodic projects. She oversees new development and current productions for the Studio, with a focus on international and female-forward programming and authentic stories by both established and emerging talent.

Marta joins from Starz, where she was EVP of Original Programming and led the development of some of the network's top shows, including original series Vida, American Gods and P-Valley. She also worked on the highly rated Spartacus franchise (Blood and Sand, Gods of the Arena, Vengeance, and War of the Damned), the acclaimed series Boss, as well as Flesh and Bone, Ash vs Evil Dead, Da Vinci's Demons and Black Sails.

Michael Palank
GENERAL PARTNER, M VENTURES AND MAC VENTURE CAPITAL; FOUNDING TEAM MEMBER, MACRO

Mike has over fifteen years of diversified experience in finance, media and startups. A former hedge fund analyst and talent agent, Mike has worked with some of the biggest names in media. Additionally, Mike has worked with numerous startups in various operational, business development, sales, marketing, finance, and fundraising capacities.

Natalia Williams
MANAGER, M88

Natalia brings her skills in client representation and is committed to continuing to breaking the doors open for the next wave of creators. Previously, she was a motion picture literary agent at Paradigm. There, she touched nearly every department from Independent Film, Music and Television as she built strategies around artists and settled into her true passion for representing filmmakers and storytellers. Raised by Haitian immigrants on one side and Mexican Angelenos on the other, Natalia has been driven by the unseen perspectives and authentic narratives that stem from working with global artists. Natalia is a graduate of USC Film School.

Natalie Guerrero
BRAND MACRO + FILM

Natalie joined the team in early 2020 and, by her third day, immediately broke the office record for saying “Oh yeah, I read that.” This bookworm betty does departmental double dutch, working in both our Film and Management groups. Prior to MACRO, she cut her teeth in the Books and Lit Packaging departments at WME. With a bachelor’s degree in film and communications from Boston University, she seeks to use her skills, talents and keen eye to more accurately portray POC, specifically Afro-Latinx, in media.

Noel Heard
CONTRACT MANAGER

Noel provides oversight of contracts relating to business & legal affairs and contracts administration functions, ensuring compliance to production delivery schedules, pricing, terms and conditions and other contract provisions. Noel joined from the Conent & Development and Business and Legal Affairs groups at REVOLT Television Network, where her role included content submissions intake/implementation, administration oversight, contract support, and corporate liaison. In addition to keeping our books in line, Noel is an avid traveler and a gifted linguist, fluentin English, Japanese and Spanish. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine and a JD from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, in addition to having multiple study abroad adventures in Buenos Aires and Hangzhou, China.

Phil Sun
PRESIDENT AND MANAGING PARTNER, M88

Most recently a partner/agent at WME, Phil has ascended the ranks as one of the industry’s most prolific agents. His client roster has been comprised of sought-after talent at the intersection of entertainment and culture, including Michael B. Jordan, Idris Elba, Riz Ahmed, Donald Glover, Gemma Chan, Lena Waithe, Rihanna, Naomi Scott and many more. Sun and Jordan built Jordan’s award-winning production company, Outlier Society, which currently has first-look deals at Warner Bros. Pictures for film and Amazon Studios for television. They created the first-ever corporate inclusion policy in partnership with Warner Media. Phil has graced THR’s Next Generation list, Empowerment list and A100 Most Impactful Asians list. He was one of the first Asian American agents to be promoted to partner at WME and has used his platform to push for change internally by co-founding Empower, WME’s company-wide program that ensures that employees at all levels feel supported rising through the agency — and externally as a board member of USC Annenberg’s Inclusion Initiative.

Poppy Hanks
SENIOR VP, DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTION, FILM; FOUNDING TEAM MEMBER, MACRO

Poppy shepherds the development of MACRO’s film and television project slate. She works with a wide range of prolific writers and directors, and sees them through to production. An 18-year veteran of the business, Poppy previously was Senior Vice President for Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films. Her produced film contributions included For Colored Girls, starring Perry, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg; Peeples, starring Kerry Washington; and she was part of the team who brought the 6-time Oscar-nominated film Precious to the screen after discovering it at Sundance. Prior to 34th, she was Vice President at State Street Pictures, where she oversaw development of Barbershop, Men Of Honor and Soul Food. A proud graduate of USC, Poppy received her B.F.A. in Screenwriting from the School of Cinema in 1995.

Selina Smith
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Selina brings her interests in pop culture and passion for representation to life through MACRO’s social media and experiences. She manages MACRO's social channels and is a critical member of the team that creates events and cultivates brand partnerships. Selina brings her unique experience from working in Bay Area nightlife and startups including Trapxart and Sundaze. As a proud USC and Cal State East Bay grad, Selina got her M.A in Strategic Public Relations and B.A in Communications with a minor in African American Studies. She is Mexican. She is black. She is proud. #stayMACRO

Stacey Walker King
CHIEF BRAND OFFICER

Stacey is MACRO’s brand ambassador, architect and evangelist rolled into one. She spearheads the ideation and execution of the company’s branding, marketing and experiential activities. To date, she has created several ongoing event series that further align the company’s creative content and its mission to uplift communities in ways that live beyond the movie or tv screens. Stacey hails from NYC’s fashion and beauty industry with roles in marketing and merchandising at Avon Products, Saks Fifth Avenue and upstart beauty brand AM Cosmetics. She moved to LA in 2000 to become Fashion Director of a startup luxury e-retailer, creating content for the site’s online magazine and populating the site’s internationally-inspired commerce areas. She also owned her own styling and pop-up retail boutique company, iCovet, Inc., for 10 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University.