Howard University

1996 HUSL Grad Listed Among Top 50 Hollywood Power Brokers

The March 2007 issue of Black Enterprise magazine, at page 124, lists Howard University School of Law graduate Charles King as one of the “Top 50 Hollywood Power Brokers”. Mr. King (HUSL ‘96) graduated in the same class as Adrian Fenty, Mayor of Washington D.C., and real estate developer/entrepreneur Lawrence Elliott (among others). Mr. King and Mayor Fenty became friends during their stay at HUSL.

Mr. King currently serves as a Motion Picture Agent & Senior Vice President for the “the legendary Hollywood firm”, The William Morris Agency. His story is inspirational. He is the first African American to work his way “from the ground floor up to the television and motion picture arm of the company. The piece on Mr. King states that he “USED HIS LAW SCHOOL CONTACTS” to reach out to artists such as Missy Elliot. Mr. King noted that he had “been developing a client base even before [he] became an agent.” He was eventually promoted, according to the article, because he understood the influence of urban culture on the youth demographic.”

“Today, his clientele includes actors such as Academy-Award nominee Terrence Howard, rapper-actor Andre Benjamin of OutKast, and newcomer Paula Patton, who played Denzel Washington’s love interest in the film Déjà Vu. King’s role calls for him to develop concepts with his clients as well as pitch projects to various studios.

“King also represents a number of creators behind the camera, such as filmmaker Craig Brewer, the director of the breakout film Hustle and Flow.” Mr. King noted that “there is a trend now of putting together a project before you take it to someone to finance.”