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SeriesFest – Jocko Sims and the Charles J. Blackwood Scholarship Fund

Actor and Producer (Stay Ahead Media) Jocko Sims visits Denver Colorado for a panel on Black representation in medicine. Watch to learn more.

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Denver’s SeriesFest holds panel on Black representation in medicine

DENVER — Actor Jocko Sims and Dr. Nia Schwann Mitchell joined forces at SeriesFest: Season 10, an annual TV festival in Denver to participate in a panel on the importance of Black doctors.

The event included a screening of the TV show “New Amsterdam” followed by a panel discussion on representation in medicine on the big screen and in real life medical settings.

Sims, who played Dr. Floyd Reynolds on the show “New Amsterdam,” said the role taught him about the impact he can have on future generations who watch the show and see a Black man playing the role of a doctor.

“Being on New Amsterdam, I had parents reach out to me to say, ‘Thank you for the role that you’ve played… My Black son or daughter now want to be doctors because of Dr. Reynolds.’ And that was very inspirational,” Sims said. “I think it was about that time where I started to realize, well, this show and this role that I have is making a greater impact than I realized. And I started to look and I started to learn about the disparities in health care.”

Sims said those disparities recently hit close to home.

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SeriesFest Winners List for 2024’s Independent Pilot Competition | Exclusive

International television festival and non-profit organization SeriesFest revealed the winners of its Season 10 Independent Pilot Competition at an awards presentation on Sunday in Denver, capping off the 2024 event. Jurors screened 45 pilots from creative voices around the globe at this year’s milestone celebration and selected winners in categories including “Independent Pilot,” which receives $25K in-kind post production support from Company 3, “Digital Short Series,” “Late Night” and “Pitch-A-Thon.”

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GDC chats with cast of Grey’s Anatomy of Season 10 of SeriesFest in Denver

All weekend long tv-stars filled Denver for ‘SeriesFest!’
It’s a nonprofit and international festival celebrating the art of independent TV series creation.

It’s a chance to learn about and see new shows, meet the best talent in the tv industry and so much more.
This year, series fest celebrated 10 years and GDC’s Spencer Thomas had a chance to check it out over the weekend and chat with some of the iconic cast of Grey’s Anatomy.

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Shondaland’s Betsy Beers Gives Back To Emerging Television Storytellers

For the past five years, Beers, alongside Shondaland founder Shonda Rhimes and Head of Creative Production Tom Verica, have partnered with SeriesFest to offer on-the-rise female directors the opportunity to shadow Shondaland productions with the Women Directing Mentorship (…) As for the SeriesFest leadership team, they have nothing but praise for Beers and her Shondaland team, as they continue to work together with the Women Directing Mentorship program, which was awarded this year to writer/director Shelby Blake Bartelstein.

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Season 10, Episode 2 Gallery | May 2, 2024

Check out the photos from SeriesFest: Season 10, Episode 2 (May 2, 2024)

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