Cultivating the Interest of Performing Arts by Exposing, Educating and Entertaining
Executive Interns

Yaretza Pena

 

Vanessa "CiCi" Darko

 

Kayla Cohen

 

Samuel Jones

 

Jalene M. Mack

Chairperson

Jalene is not only an entertainment attorney but this industry renaissance woman and ARTivist has successfully integrated the demanding roles of wife, mother, playwright, TV & Film producer, writer, actress currently starring as Wanda Kennedy in the UMC Network Houston drama 5th Ward, a hit television series renewed for a second season, Founder of Mack Performing Arts Collective (MPAC), a performing and visual arts nonprofit and author of The Business of Stage, Screen & in Between, Entertainment Attorney Jalene Mack's Practical Advice for Performers, Playwrights & Producers by keeping the focus on her long-term goal "to make an impact on the entertainment industry."

Jalene majored in Political Science and minored in Mass Communications receiving her Bachelor of Art's Degree from Xavier University of New Orleans in 1990. She received her Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in May, 1993 and was admitted to the bar thereafter. With over 27 years of expertise in the entertainment business, she remains passionate about using her legal and business skills to support artists and further their Arts business.

From her base in Houston, she has expanded her reach into the film centers of Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Austin, New Orleans and other cities. Ms. Mack's legal skills in Entertainment include a wide range of matters regarding Film & Television (scripted and unscripted) from development through distribution, Theater, Music, Books, Performing Artists, Contracts, Film Finance, Distribution, Federal Trademark & Copyright Registration and more. In addition to compiling a long list of acting credits in over 40 productions including Better Call Saul & Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and winning a Hollywood & Africa Prestigious Award (HAPA) for Best Supporting Actor for the independent film Christmas Belles, Jalene was also either Producer or Production Attorney on another three dozen or more films and TV series.

A few recent films she produced/executive produced include The Pillow Case (BET, Oct 2021) Staycation (ALLBLK, Feb 2022) One Crazy Christmas (Tammy Townsend, Shawn Blakemore), The Great Divide (BET, Darrin Henson, Tichina Arnold) and My B.F.F. (Aspire, C. Thomas Howell, Sean Patrick Thomas.) She recently served as production attorney to MTV's A Hip Hop Christmas (Dec 2021), Lifetime's Safe Space (Jan 2022) and Red Guerrilla Entertainment's North of the 10 (2022) which shot in Chicago and the UAE. A few clients former or present include Steve Harvey, Rushion McDonald, Kim Burrell, AJ Johnson, Kiana Dancie, LeToya Luckett, Nephew Tommy, Kenny Smith, Carl Payne, Greg Carter, Datari Turner, Rhyan LaMarr to name a few. Jalene also serves as the Executive Director of Tava Cares, a nonprofit that advocates financial assistance and resources to women diagnosed with breast cancer. For her work with the youth, contributions to the arts, law and the community, she has been honored with the President Barak Obama Lifetime Achievement Award, Top 30 Influential Women of Houston Award, Houston Lawyers Association, Matthew W. Plummer, Sr. Justice Award, Attorney of the Year Black Excellence Awards, and recently recognized as one of 40 Influential Women of 2020 by Los Angeles Wire Business Edition to name a few. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. You can find Jalene on all social media and professional platforms: @JaleneMack. Websites: www.jalenemack.com, www.mpac-arts.org, www.tavacares.org.

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Ted Irving

Ted Irving is a Culture Change Agent, Mass Media Influencer, Performance Analyst, Recruiting Specialist, and Professional Educator. His achievements across all these industries have made him a pacesetter with amazing contributions. Ted's background with a master's degree in mass communications from Texas Southern University, and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree-Radio, TV, & Film, from the Sam Houston State University Dan Rather School of Communications, coupled with his learned and acquired knowledge and skills traversing more than a decade's experience with Fox, ABC, and NBC, have enabled him to build a successful brand and career.

Ted's leadership journey started as a Television and Film Professor at the Houston Community College Stafford Media. He has also served the University of St. Thomas, & the Art Institute of Houston in a Mass Communications Professor capacity after a successful leadership experience as a teacher with the Jack Yates School of Communications, and the Hightower High School Digital Media Academy as Academy Coordinator/Instructor, with a return to the Houston Independent School District historic Jack Yates High School as the Magnet Coordinator & Director for the state-of-the-art, 3.5 million dollar, School of Communications and Maritime Logistics programs. Serving across all these fields and in different capacities, he learned the skills in leadership, culture change and strategic marketing unique to media outlets, career & technology education, and human resources, all of which brings them to bear in his current career under the Office of the Mayor as the Director of the City of Houston's cable channel- Houston Television (HTV).

With deep industry knowledge, coupled with a tenacious analytical and detail-oriented approach, Ted is equipped to understand the needs of the most discerning cultures, work-settings, and audiences, delivering an experience rooted in service, integrity, and expertise. His strong personal and professional skills make him a keen advocate for those he represents as seen in his documentary and storytelling work, the latest being Soul Alley, an Amazon Prime documentary detailing the children of African American children left after the Vietnam War and the neighborhoods created by those vets.

Ted is proactively seeking out new ways to enhance his services and continually attain excellence, with employee engagement and improving organization cohesiveness his ultimate objective.

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