Reginald D. Brown is a writer, director and producer of film and television whose film credits include the award-winning documentaries “Salute: The Peter Norman Story” and “Witness to a Dream”; and the romantic comedy “Love…& Other 4 Letter Words,” starring Tangi Miller, Flex Alexander and Essence Atkins.
Mr. Brown’s professional career began in 1978, when he received an independent filmmaker grant from the American Film Institute to co-write and produce the dramatic short film “Homecomin’.” In 1981, the TV Lab at WNET/13 in New York awarded Mr. Brown a full production grant from the Independent Documentary Fund for Public Television with additional funding from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Under the auspices of the TV Lab, he wrote, produced and directed the hour-long 1982 documentary “I Remember Beale Street,” about a once-thriving black community that was the center of black culture in the South and the legendary birthplace of the Blues.
The success of “I Remember Beale Street” led Mr. Brown to a seven-year relationship with Anheuser Busch companies, the United Negro College Fund and the annual “Lou Rawls Parade of Stars” telethon. From 1985 to 1992, Mr. Brown worked as a coordinating producer, writer and segment director on this nationally syndicated program.
Mr. Brown’s TV credits include such specials as “Celebrate the Soul of American Music”; “Musical Threads: Expressions of a People”; “African American Heritage Awards”; and Dick Griffey/Solar Record's “Today's Child: Tomorrow's Hope.” In 1990, he wrote and directed the “America Salutes Rosa Parks” special at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In 1995, Mr. Brown served as a writer and associate producer on “Ella Fitzgerald: 60 Years of Music” at the Universal Amphitheater and H. B. Barnum’s “Celebration of Gospel Music” at the Wilshire Ebell Theater.
He has produced work for diverse clients ranging from the UCLA School of Medicine to the Writers Guild of America, West and Universal Pictures. He wrote and directed “Roy Wilkins: A View from the Classroom” starring Brock Peters and Willard Pugh for the U.S. Postal Service's Black Heritage Commemorative Stamp Series.
He was the writer of “The 18th Annual Stellar Gospel Awards” and the “2005 Trumpet Awards,” and was writer/co-producer of “The Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors.”
Mr. Brown’s theater credits include writing and directing Great Women of Color at the Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks, Calif.; directing the Audelco Award-winning musical, Hattie, What I Need You To Know, starring Vickilyn Reynolds, at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater in Denver, Colo., and the National Black Theater in Harlem, N.Y. In 2011, Mr. Brown served as video clip producer for the 21st Annual NAACP Theatre Awards, compiling video tributes to Diahann Carroll, Obba Babatundé, Raven Symoné and Pamela Browner White.
Since 1996, Mr. Brown has been a scholarship selection committee member for the Children’s Defense Fund’s Annual Los Angeles Beat the Odds Awards. Since 1994, he has coordinated the Directors Guild of America’s Student Film Awards representing the African American Steering Committee. Mr. Brown was awarded the prestigious Associated Administrators of Los Angeles Community Volunteer Award in 2010 for his tireless dedication to inner-city youth.
A member of the Writers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America, Mr. Brown is a former co-chair of the DGA’s African American Steering Committee.
Mr. Brown is a lecturer at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, at the University of Southern California’s Bill Cosby Summer Youth Institute, and at Los Angeles Southwest College, where he is an instructor in cinema and media arts.