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guardian.co.tt Thursday, April 6, 2017
Award-winning producer-director and TV
personality Lisa Wickham has launched the
Lisa Wickham MasterClass Series.
According to Wickham, this is an opportunity for
her to share her knowledge and that of her friends
and colleagues in the fields of business, media and
communication with the people of T&T.
"Over the years I have been fortunate to work and
collaborate with professionals at the top of their fields,
both in T&T and all over the world. With the Mas-
terClass Series, I will now be able to share some of
that knowledge, talent and expertise with individuals
across T&T and by extension the Caribbean and the
rest of the world."
A release said Wickham has been working in the
film and media industry from a tender age and moving
from screen to behind-the-scenes holding the reigns
of business has built up a solid reputation both locally
Wickham's E-Zone TV series was syndicated in
22 Caribbean countries and was licensed by the US
cable channel BET. Following this, she was contracted
by BET to produce and direct a number of TV shows
featuring some of Billboard's top music stars such
as Rihanna, Babyface, John Legend, Natalie Cole,
Fantasia and Yolanda Adams.
Wickham also produced and directed the acclaimed
documentary Forward Home: The Power of the Car-
ibbean Diaspora which was filmed in nine countries
across Europe, North America and the Caribbean.
The documentary is still very influential in policy
formulation in multilateral funding agencies.
However, the breakthrough role for Wickham came
in 2012 with the production of the award-winning
film Home Again, shot in 22 locations across T&T
using 200 cast and crew and 1,000 extras.
Wickham was headhunted to be the T&T producer
on Home Again produced by Academy Award winner
and prolific producer Don Carmody (Chicago, Resi-
dent Evil, Mortal Instruments, Silent Hill, Boondock
Saints) and the multiple award-winning Canadian
producer-director team of Jennifer Holness and Sudz
Wickham essentially pulled the production together
from ground zero, designing and having constructed
star, make-up, wardrobe and equipment trailers from
scratch as none existed in the country at the time.
She spearheaded and negotiated the integration and
placement of local products into the film---Caribbean
Airlines had two aircraft featured at the top of the film
with the lead actor Tatyana Ali in the shot. She also
wrangled a local and international cast and crew of
near 200 to film in 22 local locations.
Said Wickham: "I remember, I personally hand-
picked every single member of the local crew, because I
knew this film would be a game-changer and I needed
it to be an incident free and highly productive envi-
ronment. I must say hats off to everyone who worked
on this seminal film because everyone brought their
A-game to the table."
Several people who worked on Home Again have
now gone on to form successful businesses in the film
sector creating their own content while servicing other
subsequent local films such as The Cutlass, Play The
Devil, Pan: Our Music Odyssey and Bazodee.
Wickham continued on this winning producing
streak with the US film Girlfriends Getaway directed
locally by former executive VP Tyler Perry Studios,
Roger Bobb. She has also contributed to building
awareness for T&T as a film location by donating
her time to participate in location fairs in Los Angeles
to promote T&T as an ideal film location.
In 2015, Wickham was recognised by the T&T
Chamber of Industry and Commerce Entrepreneur
of the Year Awards and was the recipient of the EY
Entrepreneurial Winning Women Award. In 2016 the
Association of Female Executive AFETT awarded her
the Business Pioneer Award in recognition of a woman
"who is innovator in the business community, has
become an inspiration to others through her chosen
director and TV personality
field and who has paved the way for women to achieve
and continue to strive forward."
Wickham will launch the series on April 25 and 27 re-
spectively, with two MasterClasses---Presenting & Com-
munication MasterClass with Dominic Kalipersad and
Producer's MasterClass with Lisa Wickham. I am also
partnering with Corporate T&T so that aspiring film-
makers from our film and secondary schools can attend.
The classes will be held at Cascadia Hotel, St Ann's.
Following these Wickham will host MasterClasses
with her international colleagues in areas from camera
operations to lighting, stage management and make-up.
Other business topics will cover branding, innovation and
leadership. The 2017 Lisa Wickham MasterClass series
will wrap up with a symposium on Soaring Above the
Recession by the Asian Pacific VP of Innovation for the
cloud computing company, Salesforce.com
Lisa Wickham launches
"Over the years I have been fortunate to work and
collaborate with professionals at the top of their
fields, both in T&T and all over the world. With
the MasterClass Series, I will now be able to share
some of that knowledge, talent and expertise
with individuals across T&T and by extension the
Caribbean and the rest of the world."
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