LOS ANGELES--()--“Verses & Flow” has just been nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Variety Series or Special.” The series, which was created by Walton Isaacson for Lexus and airs on TVOne, has become an important force in showcasing innovative spoken word and music artists across multiple media platforms. The 2013 NAACP Image Awards will be presented live on February 1, 2013 on NBC.
“Having our work recognized by the NAACP is one of the greatest honors we could receive”
“Having our work recognized by the NAACP is one of the greatest honors we could receive,” states Aaron Walton, co-founder of Walton Isaacson. “We’re equally proud of Lexus’ commitment to showcase young artists who are upholding the rich African-American tradition of expressing relevant and important stories about the human condition through words and music. This project has been a celebration of our culture and provided a forum to acknowledge the journey we have shared as a community.”
In just two seasons, “Verses & Flow” has established itself as an important barometer of emerging and established talent. Music artists featured on the show include: Macy Gray, Tyrese, Melanie Fiona, Luke James, Elle Varner, Estelle Carl Thomas, Eric Benet, Tamia, Musiq, Chrisette Michele, Angie Stone, Naturally 7, Estelle, Kem, Marsha Ambrosius, Tank, and Ledisi.
“Verses & Flow” has an impressive list of poets from across the country including: Javon Johnson, PhD., Aaron Samuels, Jon Goode, Georgia Me, Gina Loring, Edwin Bodney, Miles Hodges, Omar Holmon, Tasha Jones, Queen Sheba, Carlos Robson, D'dra White and Prentice Powell. The show recently invited viewers to submit their work for consideration to participate in the series third season.
Poet/actor Omari Hardwick (CSI: Miami, Dark Blue Sparkle, and For Colored Girls) hosted Season Two of “Verses & Flow.”
McMann, Tate & Stephens (the production arm of Walton Isaacson) served as the line production company for “Verses & Flow.” Andrew Logan, the series director and producer, is also enjoying a breakout success as the director of recording artist Jessie J’s smash music video, "Crazy ‘Bout You,” written by multiple Grammy Award winning and Oscar nominated songwriter Diane Warren for The Weinstein Company’s acclaimed film, "Silver Linings Playbook."
Season Three of “Verses & Flow” will begin taping in April 2013.
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About McMann, Tate & Stephens
McMann, Tate & Stephens (MTS) is the in-house production arm of Walton Isaacson (www.waltonisaacson.com). MTS was launched in 2010 with offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. MTS develops and produces entertainment content across all media platforms. Recent high profile projects include the 2013 NAACP Image Award nominated “Verses & Flow” (with Lexus and TVOne), ONE.org’s award-winning “Why Bother” PSA campaign and singer Jesse J’s breakout music video, "Crazy 'Bout You."
About Walton Isaacson (WI)
Founded in 2005 by industry leaders Aaron Walton and Cory Isaacson, the full-service independently held, agency is a certified minority-owned company, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami and Tokyo. The company has an expertise in leveraging sports, entertainment and pop-culture to support a number of Fortune 500 brands including: Lexus, Samsung, Verizon, Wireless, General Mills, Unilevers’: Clear, Axe, Dove & Degree and Suave Brands; Jim Beam’s: Courvoisier, Skinnygirl, Kilbeggan, Basil Hayden & Knob Creek. Additionally, the agency has been responsible for the launch of Avion Tequila, Right Gin, and has an impressive track record with establishing the advertising and marketing support for One.Org, White Memorial Medical Center and Charitybuzz. WI has built a world-class agency with a proven track record in developing inclusive consumer communication that not only appeals to the general market but also focuses, African American, Hispanic and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender consumer segments.
VERSES & FLOW Platform Credits
Executive Producers – Aaron Walton, Cory Isaacson, Ayiko Broyard,
MaryJane Kroll, Mariko Kusumoto
Producers – Andrew Logan, Shauna Williams, John Corser
Director – Andrew Logan
Music Director – Adam Blackstone