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Our Story

Shahid Manning founded Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation in 2009. A member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT), theatre, and dance communities all of his life, Shahid experienced a wide acceptance-divide between the theatre and dance world and society-at-large. He felt it was imperative that he confront society that it should be proud to marginalize LGBT community; that parents and other others through systemic homophobia do the same. Shahid decided that he could no longer watch from the sidelines as society isolated and segregated the LGBT community and betrayed the integrity and diversity at the heart of human rights.

In 2000, when Shahid moved to Los Angeles to become the first openly gay actor in Hollywood, he was met with criticism from his peers and the industry. But, his resolve never wavered. Following that logic he began developing LGBT content, since very little existed. Many applauded him for his perseverance; slowly LGBT television and film began to take root. That inspired him to found this non-for-profit organization, with the mission of combating homophobia through quality and diverse LGBT Television and Film.

“I helped found MSEF to empower the LGBT community with positive role models through the visual arts.  As a child in the 70’s, I was very fortunate to have my parent’s acceptance at a time when homosexuality was heavily stigmatized. MSEF’s goal is to eradicate that stigma by removing the access barriers to funding and support for the underserved filmmaker of LGBT visual arts now and into the future. Through the Foundation, a 501(c)(3) IRS tax-exempt nonprofit charity organization, together with your tax deductible financial support we can make that change for the LGBT visual arts community-at-large.”

The History of MSEF’s LOGO

The shape in the center of the new logo is an ancient central american Indian symbol for transformation.  The Diamond shape and colors symbolize the beauty and strength of the LGBT community.  The symbol perfectly represents MSEF’s core message of transforming homophobia into acceptance through LGBT visual arts.

Our Mission

MILLENNIA SCOPE ENTERTAINMENT FOUNDATION, INC., (MSEF) is a 501(c)(3) Organization formed to eradicate homophobia through television and film.  As such, the Foundation is a resource for producers, writers, and directors of quality and diverse LGBT Television, Film, and Theatre, encouraging all involved to develop content that promotes diversity, increases visibility, showcases truth, and inspires acceptance. MSEF provides production grants, development support, writer’s room development, filmmaker educational resources, academy award style event awarding excellence, and connecting LGBT Television and Film to mainstream media.

Established in 2009 to address the under representation and misrepresentation of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in the media industry, MSEF is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about the LGBT community. The Foundation provides services to both users and makers of film and video programs, with a special emphasis on supporting work by Independent filmmakers of color. MSEF facilitates the development of LGBT media through partnerships with internationally recognized and a production grant program.

Board of Directors

SHAHID MANNING (Founder, Executive Director, and Chief Creative Producer)

Executive Director, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc.
Chief Creative Director, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc.
Creator of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Television and Motion Picture Awards “LGBT TMAs”
SAG/AFTRA, member
Business Finance Degree
Formerly President, Blue Horizon Entertainment
Formerly Wall Street, Enterprise Risk Management Professional

CORY GEORGE (Board Chairman)

Board Chairman, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc.
Degrees’ in Software Engineering and Masters in Management
Multimedia Professional

QUERIN BROWN (Secretary)

Secretary, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc.
Project Coordinator, Kaiser Permanente
Masters Business Management
US Army, Veteran
Formerly Information Systems Specialist, Lockheed Martin

BENJAMIN ROSE (Treasurer)

Treasurer, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc.
Senior Manager, LA County LGBT Healthcare program,
Advocate LGBT equality, Television and Film

PAUL THERIEN (Board Member)

Board Member, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc.
Vice President Operations, Centum Financial Group, Inc. (Canada)
Masters Business Management
Founding member of the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals
2013. 2015 ranked as one of the most influential people in the mortgage industry in Canada

Advisory Board

AKIL PATTERSON

Chairman Advisory Board, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc.
Founder, Patterson Project
Director of Programs, Terrapin Wrestling Club

MARC COLLINS, Esquire

Entertainment Counsel, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc
Founding Partner, Collins Law Firm, LLP

CISCO HENSON

Producer, LGBT Television and Motion Picture Awards Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc
Executive Producer, Kathy Griffin Kennedie Center on Herst
Executive Producer, Kathy Griffin Seaman 1 Class
Formerly Executive Producer, Cedric the Entertainer Taking You Higher
Formerly Producer, Comedy Central Presents

TISHA FEIN

Producer, LGBT Television and Motion Picture Awards Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc
Producer, 2012 American Country Awards
Producer, 2012 Billboard Music Awards
Producer, 51 Annual Academy Awards
Formerly Producer, American Idol
Formerly Producer, BET Awards

KEITH DAVENPORT

Producer, International Olympic Committee 2016 Olympic Games
Consulting Director of Ceremony Operations, 2014 Winter Olympic Games – Russia
Formerly Director of Operations, Pan American Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies – Mexico
Formerly Executive Producer, 2011 Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Holiday Parade
Formerly Producer, 2007 Pan American Games – Rio

GARY THOULOUIS

Sponsorship Management, LGBT Television and Motion Picture Awards Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc
Managing Partner / Founder, Orange Peel, Inc

JOHN BOATNER

LGBT Television and Motion Picture Award Video Producer, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc
Multimedia Specialist Casting Workbook
Formerly, Multi-Media Specialist ICM Agency

DEBORAH MARION,CPA, EA Nonprofit Accounting Counsel

WALTER B. BATT, Esquire Nonprofit Legal Counsel

KEVIN STEA, LGBT Musical Artist

JOSH PILGRIM, CEO, Echelon Entertainment. Inc

KENA MONIQUE, Founder, Kena Monique Entertainment

Management & Volunteers

WAYNE BARBIN

EVP of Network and Production Company Relations, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc
Producer, Discovery Communications, PBS, NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX

JOHN PACHECO

Director of Corporate & Private Grants and Special Events, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc
President and Co-Founder, Innovative Solutions Network
Specialist in Board Development, Fundraising, Human Resource Management, and Strategic planning
Expert, Corporate Sponsorships
Formerly Executive Director, American Red Cross Santa Monica

MARCIA CALDIROLA

Director of Corporate Giving & Celebrity Sponsorships, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc
Co-founder, Amandla Foundation
Board Member, Pacific Survivor Center

President and Founder, Caldirola International Recruitment
Formerly Director of Development, American Red Cross of Santa Monica

RYAN LEECH

Senior Director of Marketing, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc
Master in Business Management Marketing
Professional Musician

CRAIG STRENGER

Director of Individual Giving, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc
President, Penster Consulting
Formerly Director of Development, OC Child Abuse Prevention Center
Formerly Vice President, Classic Sports Management

MELISSA PODANY

Director of Communications, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc
Producer and Sirius XM Radio Host, Aural Stimulation
Formerly President and Event Coordinator, MOMS Club International Nonprofit

VANESSA CARMONA

Development Manager & Script Analyst, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc
Award winning, Screenwriter and Playwright
Independent Literary Manager, Creative Developer, and Script Analyst
Formerly Script Analyst, Academy Award Winning Weinstein Company & Asylum Entertainment

G. MCCOMBS

Director of Social Media, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc

JOE SOLO

Webmaster, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc
President, Solo Studios

KATE O’DONNELL

Manger of Special Events, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc

AARON ALBUCHER

Manager of Accounting/Bookkeeping, Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation, Inc

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