NFMLA Virtual Conversation | The Inside Scoop on Film Development & Production with Blackmaled Productions

February 09, 2024 05:00pm PST - 06:30pm PST

Join NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) for a conversation with Giselle Johnson-Morris, Head of Film at Blackmaled Productions, about the inside scoop on film development and production. Blackmaled Productions is Malcolm D. Lee’s production banner that is most known for THE BEST MAN Franchise, SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY and GIRLS TRIP.

We will discuss the development and production of feature films, both at Blackmaled and across Giselle’s expansive career in the industry, as well as Blackmaled as a company, representation in feature film, and advice Giselle has for emerging creatives.

Giselle Johnson-Morris Blackmaled Productions

About Giselle Johnson-Morris:

Giselle is currently the Head of Film at BLACKMALED, Malcolm D. Lee’s production banner that is most known for THE BEST MAN Franchise, SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY and GIRLS TRIP.

She most recently served as a development and production executive at the Sony Pictures label – Screen Gems, where she helped oversee the latest horror release THE POPE’S EXORCIST directed by Julius Avery, starring Russell Crowe as well as upcoming horror release, TRUE HAUNTING starring Jamie Campbell Bower and Erin Moriarty. She was also instrumental in ushering in a new wave of comedy and romance development projects for the studio, one of which stars Academy Award winner, Ariana Debose.

Prior to joining Screen Gems, she held positions at Netflix on the Original Studio Film team, where she worked on such films as SPENSER CONFIDENTIAL, DA 5 BLOODS, THE HARDER THEY FALL, and THE CURSE OF BRIDGE HOLLOW.

She began her career at VICE Studios where she assisted on Scott Z. Burns’s directorial debut THE REPORT starring Adam Driver and Annette Bening. She is a Howard University School of Communications’ graduate.

Kellianne Rae Jordan Black Girls Film Club

About the Moderator

Kellianne Rae Jordan is a Jamaican-American storyteller who serves her community as a producer, writer and award-winning actor with a desire to show the “artful” life of people of color in the diaspora through film, theater and events. Kellianne has produced a handful of indie films in South Florida including the award-winning short film “The Park”. She has also been involved in various theater productions as a producer, actor and writer, with local and national theater organizations. Kellianne has also produced and curated many events for nonprofits, businesses and individuals that connect art with service, community awareness and engagement. She recently received acknowledgement for Best Ensemble while acting in an ensemble for a play reading with National Black Theatre and Best Creative Coach with Black Girls Film Camp for coaching a Black teenage filmmaker through writing, producing and directing a short film.

Kellianne was a participant in the WATZS Productions Inaugural Writer’s Room in 2021 and was commissioned as a writer for Art Prevails Project. She is also a recipient of the 2022-2023 Phyllis Gebauer Scholarship in Writing at UCLA Writers Extension Program. Her first pilot is in the second round of the Circle of Confusion Writer’s Fellowship Program and is in the top 25% on Coverfly. Kellianne’s latest short film, “Just Friends”, was a short film finalist at the Charlotte Black Film Festival. Her previous work with the Black TV & Film Collective, helped fulfill her personal mission of actively helping Black creatives accomplish their goals while expanding the organization’s reach on social media from 7k to over 11k followers. She currently serves as the Alumni/Outreach Coordinator at Black Girls Film Camp, supporting Black teen girl storytellers.


This panel will take place virtually over ZOOM. Ticket purchasers will receive a ZOOM link to this panel 2 hours before the published start time. If you don’t already have the ZOOM app, please make sure to download on your device before the panel start time.

If you purchase an All-Access Pass for our February Festival events prior to the date of this panel, you will also receive admission to this virtual panel, included as part of your pass.

If you are a current Annual Member of NFMLA, please email to receive a complimentary ticket to this panel. If you are not an Annual Member of NFMLA and would like to join, you can become a member here.