DETROIT (WWJ) – Anyone looking to get “up close and personal” with the movers and shakers of the local entertainment scene, should be at THIS event.

It’s called the “Return of Motown” gala and organizers describe it as one-of-a-kind. One designed to bring the excitement and innovative spirit of Motown back home to Detroit.

“It allows the regular public and fans and other actors, writers, directors, other producers, filmmakers to actually get involved and get up close with the actual panelists who are decision-makers and filmmakers and musicians, and so on in the industry,” said Rod Harrell, publicist and Vice President of Business Development for Global Pictures Studios, which is sponsoring the event.

“It’s nothing like walking into the new year with the momentum of having connections, and that’s what we want to do,” said Bill McKinney, film producer and CEO of Global Pictures Studios. “We want to make sure people are connected with people both inside and outside, and keep that bridge from California to Detroit.”

Spokesperson Cheryl Patterson, president of Universal Xperience, says attendees just might be star-struck by the experience. “A wonderful Red Carpet full of celebrities; and there’s going to be a panel discussion with people like ‘a Motown authentic’ Martha Reeves; Kern Brantley, the musical director for Lady Gaga and Beyonce; and Detroit playwright Vanessa Lynn,” Patterson said.

Lawrence Lamont Jenkins of the popular, and locally-produced movie “Corner Store” is also set to be in attendance, along with Brian Wright — producer for Big Sean — and Celebrity Publicist Krystle Coleman, among others.

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Special invited guests include actor Brandon T. Jackson, star of Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son, Roll Bounce and Lottery Ticket.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will support a new foundation formed by Global Pictures Studios, founded by Bill McKinney and Rod Harrell. The goal of the non-profit is to create interactive programming and development for inner-city youth, to give them an opportunity to showcase their talent, express creativity, and gain skill sets in the entertainment industry.

bill mckinney Upcoming Gala Aims For The Return Of Motown

Bill McKinney, Global Pictures Studios

The “Return of Motown” event takes place starting at 7:00 pm on Friday, Dec. 30, at the KaCent Club, located at 630 Woodward Avenue, in Detroit. For tickets and more information, click here.

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