We had the good fortune of connecting with Elliott S. James and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elliott, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
In 2015, Elliott S James launched KING TV. A native son of New Jerusalem (NJ) his passion for entertainment, including Film/ Television, Music, Theater, Dance and Fashion originated while growing up in an urban metropolis. Elliott S James is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Hampton University was also where he cultivated his acting as a member of the prestigious Hampton Players Theater Ensemble, directed by Dr. Karen Turner Ward. He starred in literary classic productions such as August Wilson’s Fences and The Bad Seed. Uniquely adept in business as well as the arts, Elliott S James is a multifaceted creative visionary with successful endeavors as an actor, writer, artistic director, entertainment producer and entrepreneur. KING TV is an interactive digital media network. We host celebrities and entertainers from the worlds of Film, Television, Sports, Music and Fashion; in an intimate talk and/or live performance setting with unprecedented upfront access. KING TV is also a Full-Service Atlanta, GA based boutique Film and Video Production Company. Our award-winning creative team of Producers, Directors, Writers, Editors and Graphic Artists has been collaborating with Brands, Agencies and Companies around the world; to create Features, Commercials, Documentaries, Branded Content, Corporate Videos and Photography.
What should our readers know about your business?
From 1999 to 2014, Elliott S James owned and operated premiere nightclubs and live entertainment venues in New Jersey. As CEO of Club Millennium, Inc., he directed the operations of a state-of-the-art new millennia, tri-level nightclub; and pioneered the concept of live radio broadcasting from the venue. He created a partnership with one of the area’s preeminent urban radio stations, New York’s 107.5 WBLS FM to feature the station’s most popular Saturday Night Live broadcast featuring DJ Antoine Qua and hosted by Wendy Williams. He later took the reigns of Newark’s historic jazz supper club, the Key Club, located in the prestigious Downtown Arts District, just steps away from the famed New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and the Newark Museum. Building on his prior success with prominent radio station collaborations, he engaged New York’s 98.7 KISS FM to provide a home for their widely successful R&B open mic talent competition, hosted by the station’s top talents, Shaila Scott and Lenny Green. Having established such a rich legacy of quality live entertainment, Elliott S James was successful in attracting a distinctive celebrity clientele of patrons and performers. This impressive roster includes Elisabeth Withers (Broadway’s The Color Purple), Ms. Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, Queen Latifah, Kelly Price, Chrisette Michelle, 50 Cent, Chico DeBarge, Carl Thomas, Joe, Johnny Gill, Ron Grant, Gary “Lil G” Jenkins, DJ Funkmaster Flex, Busta Rhymes, Kenya Moore, Eric Roberson, Christopher Williams, Lisa Raye, Shaggy, Luke James, Shaquille O’Neal and even Floyd Mayweather. The Key Club stage has also been graced by such R&B/ Pop music legends as Ray Goodman & Brown, Barry Eastmond and Gerald Alston lead singer with the Manhattans. In 2010, the Key Club welcomed the inaugural Blackout Awards, produced by Yancey Edwards; which honored celebrity makeup, hair and style heavyweights from the entertainment industry. The event was hosted by BET correspondent, April Woodard, with Lexi Chow and Daniella Cobb serving as presenters to honorees that included Nole Marin, Merrell Hollis, Hadiiya Barbel, Karen Dupiche, Quintin “Q” Hardy, and Misa Hylton. Ever the innovator, in 2013; James launched Studio58TV out of an underutilized studio space to create dynamic, original livestream entertainment on USTREAM. Sessions @ Studio58TV was a live acoustic music performance series that highlighted both emerging and established artists. This series featured live performances by Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Gordon Chambers, Jean Baylor, Amma Whatt, Angela Johnson, Jarrard Anthony, Mike Hammond and Abiah. In 2014, the Key Club played host to the kick-off reception for the 18th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF); held in New York City. The ABFF was founded by Jeff Friday, CEO of Film Life Inc.; with Morris Chestnut serving as the American Black Film Festival’s 2014 Celebrity Ambassador. Elliott S James has also served as a volunteer for the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint offers good Southern food and live music – the $5 fee per person during live music covers the entertainment. City Winery Atlanta | City Winery is unique space to enjoy world- class wine, food, and music. The Tabernacle is a former church converted into a club, and it hosts a diverse lineup of artists. It’s also one of Billboard’s “25 Most Popular Music Clubs in the U.S.” Center Stage is home to Vinyl, The Loft and the Center Stage Theater, so you’ve got three venues and bars at which to enjoy your favorite bands. The Fox Theatre is an Atlanta landmark that attracts the best in performance entertainment including Broadway shows, the Atlanta Ballet, Billboard’s top music concert tours and even classic feature films. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is one of Atlanta’s top performance venues, hosting Broadway shows, opera performances, ballets, events and more. The High Museum of Art, located in Atlanta, is a leading art museum in the Southeastern United States. Located on Peachtree Street in Midtown, the city’s arts district, the High is a division of the Woodruff Arts Center. In 2010 it had 509,000 visitors, 95th among world art museums. World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta! Spend the day interacting with multiple exhibits and sampling over 100 different beverages from around the world! Georgia Aquarium is a public aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Georgia Aquarium is home to hundreds of species and thousands of animals across its seven major galleries, all of which reside in more than 10 million US gallons of fresh and salt water.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
George Littlejohn Co-Founder & Co-CEO Purpose Music Group
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