You Are Here: / /

Uptown Magazine to Honor Charles D. King, Founder and CEO of MACRO

"Uptown Honors Hollywood" Pre-Oscar Gala Hosted by Chris Spencer
Uptown Magazine to Honor Charles D. King, Founder and CEO of MACRO

Uptown Ventures Group, the parent company of UPTOWN Magazine, today announced that they will honor MACRO Founder and CEO, Charles D. King at its annual exclusive, invitation-only "Uptown Honors Hollywood" pre-Oscar gala on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

The dinner and celebratory tribute will recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of King who launched MACRO, a disruptive entertainment company, that sits at the intersection of content, technology and brand curation with a focus on creating premium film, television and digital content for African American, Latino and multicultural (ALM) audiences, in 2015. Prior to launching MACRO, King was Partner/Agent in the Motion Picture Department at William Morris Endeavor (WME). He was the first and only African-American to rise from the mailroom to partner in the 119 year history of the company. His career as an agent spanned over 15 years, during which he was known for his innovative deal making and his strategic planning in developing brands for and around his clients.

Most recently, King was Executive Producer of the multi-award winning Fences, directed by and starring Denzel Washington. Based on August Wilson's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play, the film, that also stars Viola Davis, is nominated for several 2017 Academy Awards. The company's next film, Mudbound, directed by Dee Rees, recently premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to high critical acclaim and secured the highest sale of all films at the festival. King will produce the film that will debut in theaters in late 2017. MACRO's digital series "Gente-fied" featuring America Ferrera, was selected to be featured at Sundance as well as it was the first year that the festival featured a short-form episodic showcase. King's company will also produce Harriet, an epic adventure of American icon, Harriet Tubman.

The event will bring together the entertainment industry's brightest executives and true celebrities both in front of and behind the camera for a seated dinner followed by a private reception. This year's event is presented by Lexus. Other sponsors include Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and Tanqueray Ten. Past honorees have included Nia Long, Malcolm D. Lee, Lee Daniels, Will Packer, and Ava DuVernay as well as Reggie and Warrington Hudlin.

"We are extremely excited to honor the accomplishments of our friend, Charles D. King. Over his 20-year career, he has become a major force in Hollywood. His disruptive new media company, MACRO, provides a much needed funding pipeline for content that entertains and engages underserved multicultural audiences. This evening will salute him and many contributions to the entertainment industry," said Len Burnett, Co-CEO and Chief Revenue Officer, UPTOWN Ventures Group.

About UPTOWN Magazine

Founded in 2004, UPTOWN is the only luxury lifestyle brand that targets the Affluent African-American (AAA) Market. UPTOWN Magazine affords luxury purveyors the broadest access to this highly sought-after audience. Uptown offers both traditional and innovative strategies across multiple platforms including UPTOWN Magazine, the interactive website, signature events and it's soon to launch digital channel Uptown EXP.


About 'Shefik presents Invocation'

Aptly titled Shefik presents Invocation, the nationally-syndicated radio show is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking journey through musical discovery and appreciation that spans the decades. The show is currently broadcast on 22 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States. Each one-hour episode, executive-produced and hosted by media personality Shefik, highlights one relatable focal point (chosen by Shefik), along with an accompanying playlist of songs (curated by Shefik), encompassing a unique thematic concept that invigorates the audience with creative impact. Top recording artists, actors, business executives, politicians, community leaders, and other special guests are invited to offer their own commentary on the weekly topic, as a supplement to Shefik's engaging mindset. The radio show's online hub at serves as a conduit for discussion of the show, while featuring related videos and auxiliary content. The journey continues right here and everywhere.