HDA Co-Founders J.R. Pittman and Vanzil Burke to Give Industry Update at July 12th Meeting

The Hollywood Diversity Association’s (HDA) monthly meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12th at the Nate Holden Ebony Repertory Theater at 7PM. During the much anticipated meeting, HDA co-founders J.R. Pittman and Vanzil Burke will give a report on the most recent updates in the film and television industry. Opportunities, professional strategies as well as key relationships will be shared.  Click here to RSVP


The Hollywood Diversity Association is proud to announce that Hollywood rising star Jocko Sims will be the guest speaker for the July 12th HDA monthly meeting. Jocko Sims is one of the most engaging acting, writing and producing talents on the rise with roles in feature projects such as the award-winning Dreamgirls, Jarhead, and 2014’s box office smash Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, opposite Gary Oldman. Sims also starred with the late Dennis Hopper in Starz’s first original drama series, Crash, and has had recurring roles on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, TNT’s Franklin & Bash and ABC’s Castle, as well as appearances on numerous notable television series such as Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Covert Affairs, Burn Notice, CSI and Bones among many others.

Sims is currently one of the stars of Michael Bay’s hit series, The Last Ship which is in its third season on TNT. In the post apocalyptic drama, Jocko plays Lieutenant Carlton Burk, a member of the U.S. Navy as he and his shipmates attempt to spread the cure for a virus that has caused a worldwide pandemic.

Off the screen, Sims is currently writing and producing a comedy series, and he hosts the weekly Apollo Night LA Radio show designed to showcase indie music artists from around the world (http://apollonightla.com). Originally hailing from Texas, Sims graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in theater and currently resides in Los Angeles.


The Hollywood Diversity Association (HDA) host monthly meetings that feature guest speakers from every aspect of the film and television industry. The monthly speakers series are designed to provide insight into the inner-workings of Hollywood both in-front and behind the scenes. Hollywood Diversity Association membership (FREE) is required and a $20 donation is encouraged.  Click here to RSVP

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