Brett KING

Vice President, Creative | SONY PICTURES

Brett King is Vice President, Creative Programming, Diversity & Inclusion for Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he works with both Sony Pictures Television and the Motion Picture Group to identify and advantage opportunities for diversity and inclusion as it touches film or television. King is a television veteran with oversight of literally hundreds of hours of television under his belt, in his role as a senior level executive at BET, The WB, Paramount Television Studios and 20th Century Fox Television. He has overseen series such as The X-Files, In Living Color, Supernatural and NCIS and worked with industry legends such as Quincy Jones, Joss Whedon and John Wells after moving to Los Angeles nearly two decades ago. His executive career followed his work in New York, where he was on staff as the producer of the commercial parodies at Saturday Night Live as well as a producer and sometimes director of innumerable music videos, commercials and unscripted content, all while moonlighting as a DJ in some of the city’s seminal downtown clubs

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1. What was your very first job?

Stock boy at Kroger’s grocery store in Pittsburgh.

2. Please describe, in your own words, what your job is and what work it entails.

I work to uncover opportunity as it touches film or television at the studio. From identifying diverse directors for episodic television assignments, to bringing new writers and executives into the fold, to sourcing new projects for the studio, I look to provide entrée into the studio for those often not invited to the party.

3. How did you discover that the creative world was right for you? Was there a time in your life that you credit to this discovery? What was there train of events that brought you to where you are today?

Was always interested in film and television, but I credit my time in the early 80s downtown art scene as the most critical in determining my creative aesthetic and approach. It was a mind blowing period of explosive creativity that changed the way I see the world.

4. In your constantly growing and expanding industry, how do you find inspiration to keep your work fresh, innovative and relevant?

Regular visits to galleries and museums, and I still regularly put out DJ mixes of new, emerging underground dance music. I am a voracious consumer of new music.

5. If you had to pick one piece of work or project that you are most proud of, more for the creative work and innovation it required, rather than its recognition or industry “success,” what would it be?

An age old  documentary that on underground dance that I produced for PBS back in the nineties called ‘House of Tres’; or the documentary that I’m producing right now on Ferguson and the birth of the Black Lives Matters movement.

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