Ars Nova is a New York-based production company specializing in multi-platform programming for film, television and live entertainment.
Michael Jai White has over two decades of experience in film and television with credits as an actor, director, producer, and writer on several features. His feature credits include Spawn in Spawn, 2 Days in the Valley, Breakfast of Champions, Thick As Thieves, Universal Solder: The Return, Exit Wounds and Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Most recently, Michael has starred in Undisputed 2, Batman (The Dark Knight), as well as the box office blockbusters Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married 1 & 2, and Black Dynamite, which Michael wrote and co-produced. Television credits include the NBC movie Mutiny and episodes of NYPD Blue, JAG, Living Single, and Renegade. Currently, Michael is directing and starring in the upcoming film Never Back Down 2 and reprising his role as Marcus from the popular Why Did I Get Married? movies in the new TBS series, For Better or Worse, debuting this Fall.
Originally from North Carolina, Scott Sanders is a screenwriter and film director who began his career as a television writer working on shows such as A Different World, Roc, and The Wayans Brothers. Sanders’ directorial debut came on the 1998 HBO film Thick as Thieves. His latest film, Black Dynamite, was released by Sony Pictures on in 2009.
Executive Producer / Writer, Black Dynamite: The Animated Series
Carl Jones was the Co-Executive Producer and Writer of the hit animated series, The Boondocks, which was the first Cartoon Network program to win a Peabody Award, as well as to be nominated for a NAACP Image Award. He is also the Writer/Creator/Executive Producer on Freaknik: The Musical, featuring hip-hop megastar T-Pain, also for Adult Swim. He has developed The Playpen, an animated property for Roc-A-Fella Films, and Directed/Produced The Super Rumble Mix Show, a sketch comedy show for adultswim.com. Carl has recently worked with Jamie Foxx as Co-Executive Producer of FOX Television’s “In the Flow with Affion Crockett.”
Byron Keith Minns has appeared in many theatrical, TV, and film productions, including the Tony Award-winning August Wilson play Fences on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre, directed by Lloyd Richards. Other credits include South of Sunset and Dellaventura on CBS, D.E.A. on Fox as a series regular, and films such as Forrest Gump, Trespass, and South Central. He has trained at Lincoln Center, H.B. Studios, and the Yale Annex and has a passion for martial arts, dialects, boxing, and basketball.
In addition to his work with Black Dynamite, Brian has written for Aaron McGruder’s The Boondocks, Freaknik: The Musical on Adult Swim, In the Flow with Affion Crocket, and Playhouse Disney’s Imagination Movers.
Adrian Younge is a self-taught musician, film editor, and recording engineer who has dedicated his life to the study of vintage black soul music. In 2000, Younge released Venice Dawn, a psychedelic funk score to accompany a faux vintage Italian film. Venice Dawn, and supplementary productions, were produced in Younge’s very own analog studio, one of the last fully operational analog studios in Los Angeles. In 2009, Younge composed the score for the Sundance sensation Black Dynamite. The score has generated critical acclaim for authentically capturing the cinematic soul of the 1970s. It is available on Wax Poetics Records as well as his follow up album, entitled SOMETHING ABOUT APRIL.
Originally from Washington DC, Tommy Davidson hit the scene as a cutting-edge, extraordinarily talented young stand-up comedian. After several successful tours opening for A-list performers Patti LaBelle, Kenny G and Luther Vandross, Tommy appeared for the first time on national television in Partners in Crime. Soon after, he became an instant celebrity when he starred along with the uniquely talented cast in the adventurous primetime variety show, In Living Color. His iconic performances led to three Showtime specials: On Strength of New York, Illin’ in Philly, and Takin’ it to DC. Other film credits include Strictly Business, Woo, Booty Call, Bamboozled, Juwanna Mann, and the cult favorite, Ace Ventura II: When Nature Calls. He starred in Disney’s hit animated series The Proud Family and co-hosted FOX’s The NFL Show with Michael Irvin and Tony Siragusa. Other recent projects include starring in Will Smith’s up-and-coming animated series Youngin’s, Netflix favorite I am Comic, critically-lauded spoof comedy, Black Dynamite and Ahmed Ahmed’s award-winning documentary Just Like Us.
Balancing a successful career as an actress, producer, director and stand-up comedian, multitalented artist Kym Whitley has starred alongside some of Hollywood’s elite in such box office hits as Fun with Dick and Jane, Along Came Polly, The Perfect Man, Deliver Us From Eva, and Next Friday. In addition, she created and co-hosted her own evening talk show on BET entitled Oh Drama! To add to her already impressive resume, Kym has appeared on such popular shows as Sparks, Grey’s Anatomy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Missing, That’s So Raven, and My Wife and Kids. Most recently she has appeared on the hit drama Standoff and the underground smash The Boondocks on Cartoon Network. Currently, she owns and operates Kwik Whit Productions. She also performs stand-up routines weekly at “Whacked Out Wednesdays” in Studio City, CA with Buddy Lewis. Upcoming projects include co-staring with Vivica A. Fox and Terrence Howard in the feature film, The Salon, as well as being featured in upcoming pilots for Touchstone/ABC’s Making It Legal, and HBO’s “Untitled Kanye West Project”.