W Entertainment Inc. an entertainment management and consulting Service Company was established in 1989, originally called Walker Entertainment, it has evolved into what is known as W Entertainment.
W ENTERTAINMENT INC., provides services to singers, songwriters, producers, actors entrepreneurs, athletes, and personalities. W Entertainment also serves as the umbrella organization for a publishing company Long Walk Publishing and record label Zephryn Records LLC.
We take pride in delivering quality and excellence in the services we provide. The vision is to utilize W ENTERTAINMENT INC. as a catalyst for change in the relationships build with the talents we manage. We intend to create an environment of respect. All this will be accomplished by building a reputation of honesty and teamwork.
Ultimately, we want to be the major player, providing effective services, with the highest integrity to our clients. We aim to truly build a family and not just a company.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frighten us. We are all meant to shine.”
Kitson has gained a wealth of experience working in various aspects of the business. Starting as a financial consultant with Ultra Image, Inc. (an independent film production company founded by Bille Woodruff), Kitson has used his experience and expertise to create an extensive network of contacts within both the film and music industries.
Following Ultra Image, Kitson worked as Managing Director for Ideal Promotions, a family owned business with its headquarters in Toronto, Canada. Ideal specialized in concert promotions and live theatre productions. While there, Kitson continued to pursue and complete his undergraduate degree. During this time he fine-tuned many skills in production, budgeting, writing, directing that would later come in handy in establishing his entertainment management company.
An alumnus of the University of Maryland at College Park, Kitson received a bachelor’s degree in Urban Economic Development with a minor in Entertainment. It was this environment that further nurtured Kitson’s dream of starting a management company providing representation that could be trusted. The idea was to build a family, not just a company. Kitson has an MBA from Woodbury University in California and is a Certified Treasury Professional. He served as a Relationship Manager overseeing a 3.5 Million Dollar portfolio. Most recently he has produced segments through W Entertainment Inc. for BETs Turnstyle.
Kitson has spent the past 14 years learning and developing, with many different players – both large and small in all aspects of the entertainment industry. He’s consulted for small startup labels, aided in the development of artist contracts and publishing deals, structured record labels and distribution deals, and developed marketing and promotion plans for various projects nationally and internationally.
In addition to running W Entertainment (including its umbrella companies – Long Walk Music Publishing, and Zephryn Records), Kitson worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment while residing in Los Angeles. He spent his days working on the approval process of financing for major studio projects. In his capacity as a Treasury Analyst he accounted for millions of funding dollars for various movies and shows we see everyday.
Kitson also spent months in an “agent training” program for Feature Literary Agents. He was able to develop his knowledge of the script writing process, as well as provide coverage on scripts pitched to all the major studios in Los Angeles. This exposure to major development executives gave him a broader understanding of the development process. This was put to use when he went to work completing the feature length screenplay “Kids From Foreign” with his partner Keith Lawson.
Keith entered the business as an Associate Producer with Ultra Image, Inc., an independent film production company run by industry creative mogul, Bille Woodruff. Within a year his role was elevated to Vice President of Production, where he oversaw the production of music videos and profiles from artists including “The Sounds Of Blackness”, “S.O.S. Band”, “TLC”, “Phyllis Hyman” and many others.
Along with running day-to-day operations at W Entertainment, Inc., Keith is currently the Senior Director of Production for Ad Sales at BET Networks. He has also held the position of Executive Producer of prime-time entertainment at BET, where his responsibilities included overseeing the daily production of entertainment programs including the multiple award winners “Turnstyle” and “NYLA”. Prior to this he worked as Director Of Special Projects where he wrote, directed, and produced on-air topical and image spots, developed the network “Style Guide” and 2000-2001 Image campaign, and managed “Off-Network” media including radio and television campaigns. In his tenure at BET, Keith has been responsible for developing several original programs and specials, including “Turnstyle”, “UnReal”, “Made You Look”, and “Music Inside Out”. He was also the primary creative force and Executive Producer of the “Phenomenal Music Library” (BET’s urban music library), composed by W.E., Inc. producer Terry Lewis.
Keith is an award-winning TV producer. He has earned numerous Telly Awards for commercial production and design, a Classic Telly Award for the design and production of the American Basketball League (ABL) Open, a BDA Award for design and co-production of a Holiday ID, and a Rosebud Award Nomination for a film short, a NAMIC Visionary award, a Cable Positive POP Award, and nominations for NAACP, and Shine Awards.
Keith is the author of two original feature length screenplays. He continues to make his way into the Hollywood inner circle, garnering the attention of heavyweights like Robert Townsend, who made himself available to direct and produce Keith’s first screenplay “Kids From Foreign”, a feature co-written with W Entertainment CEO Kitson Walker. He is also co-creator of the popular and controversial reality hit, “Committed: The Christies” about NBA Star Doug Christie and his wife Jackie.
An alumnus of the University of Maryland at College Park, Keith began his college career pursuing an Engineering degree. Eventually, Keith gave in to his creative talents and made the full time switch to the entertainment business.
John entered the entertainment industry as an artist manager working with W Entertainment Inc. His duties included the planning of day to day operations of the company, Securing new clients, Ensuring record company compliance with contracts of W Entertainment artists, tracking record company sales, advances, expenses and royalties for artists, tracking and promoting radio airplay. Mr. Hinkson was instrumental in the management of W Entertainment artists such as “Born Jamericans” and “Ananda Lewis”. Mr. Hinkson negotiated television contracts for Ms. Lewis who went on to appear as a host on BET’s award winning show “Teen Summit,” MTV and her own nationally syndicated show “The Ananda Lewis Show”.
John has taken his experience in the high tech and financial arenas and applied it to the entertainment industry. Mr. Hinkson is known for providing solid advice and consulting to artists and other music industry entrepreneurs on topics such as: publishing rights, distribution deals, royalties and proper fiscal discipline.
John’s educational background provides a pretty diverse beginning for the challenges encountered in both the entertainment and high tech industries. With dual majors in Psychology and Economics, John graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a BA. John also completed a MS degree from The American University in Washington, DC.
John has taken the next logical step in the entertainment industry, working with his two partners from W Entertainment to form the new independent record label Zephryn Records LLC. The Label will produce music from several genres including Jazz, R&B, Reggae and Gospel. John serves in the capacity of President of the Label.