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2024 Power of Color Symposium


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Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, February 6 - Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Location: Clark Atlanta University

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Current and emerging experts, leaders, artists, technicians, and engineers, from an array of art, science, and technology backgrounds come together to discuss advancements in designing, capturing, and delivering the full breadth and depth of tone, texture, and vibrancy seen in global humanity.

Through in-person and online panel discussions, sessions, and workshops, SMPTE will amplify the voices, insights, and foresight of industry leaders and change agents committed to exploring and expanding topics, conversations, and techniques that advance the power of effective color representation throughout the media and entertainment industry. 

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Welcome Session:  9:30 am  - 10:00 am

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Welcome and Introductions: Dr. Brain Bentley and CAU Leadership

SMPTE Introductions 

  • Renard Jenkins
  • David Grindle 
  • Zandra Clarke 
  • Dr. Michele Wright
  • Laquie TN Campbell

Keynote Introduction  Dr. Michele Wright

Mistress of Ceremony - Laquie TN Campbell

Keynote Presentation: 10:00 am - 10:30 am

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Session 1: 10:30 am  - 1:30 am

Leaders: David Grindle  and  Dr. Michele Wright

Title: Power of Representation

Description: Skin Tones/Color Tones/Hair Textures/Hues/Makeup (Cultural Requirements and Sociological Perspectives)


  • Elfried Samba   – Why Representation Matters
  •  Dr. Carolyn Calloway-Thomas – Cross-cultural communication as it pertains to viewing skin tones. How do we adequately represent the way you want to be represented.
  •  Panel – The Art of Representation  Moderated by Darius Evans. 

Lunch - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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Session 2: 2:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Leader:  Renard T. Jenkins


Description: Skin Tones/Color Tones/Hair Textures/Hues/Makeup (Scientific/Technical Perspectives)/ AI tools –


  • Christian Epps, Director of Photography/Lighting Designer
  • Creator/Animated Series (Hair Textures, Lighting/Shading, Etc.)

Dinner Extravaganza 6:30 pm - 8:30 PM

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Wednesday, February 8, 2024

Welcome to Day 2: 9:30 am - 10:00 am

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Opening Welcome , Wrap Day 1 : Michele Wright, Renard T. Jenkins

What to Expect Day 2 -   Laquie TN. Campbell

Session 3: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Leader: Catherine Meininger

Title: RIS Color Management 

Description: Color Workflows from Camera Lens to Screen (Technical Perspective)

Speakers: TBD

Lunch: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Session 4: 2:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Leaders: Dr. Brian Bentley and Zandra Clarke

Title: Wrap-up and Looking Towards the Future

Description:  This session could include Animation; The Good, Bad, and Ugly (How to encourage Change)’ Increasing Number of DEI in this field to address unconscious biases in this field (better true representation to represent not only skin tones but culture, soul, and humanity); and capture real-life perspectives (bring in the full breadth and depth of this humanity). It should also incorporate something hands on (to increase fun and interest)

Speakers: TBD

Thank You: 5:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Michele Wright and David Grindle