Industry Presentations

Amazing Industry sessions!

This year’s festival features dynamic and exciting educational sessions by industry leaders.


Ed Laborde Jr. is a Native Virgin Islander. Ed has developed and produced dozens of short films, documentaries, talk shows and community-based films. In 2015 he wrote and directed his first feature film, Timeless. His experiences also includes work with the V.I. government to facilitate out reach projects.



John P. Wheatley is 3-time award winning Film & TV Director, Producer and Consultant from the US Virgin Islands. His career in the entertainment business started in 2001 at The Major Broadcasting Cable Network where he conceptualized and produced on-air television campaigns for the creative services department. In 2004, Wheatley signed on as the Executive In Charge of Production at The Black Family under Hollywood icon Robert Townsend where he was responsible for the development and delivery of original programming. After 3 successful years at The Black Family Channel, John launched Dominion Global, a boutique entertainment and consulting firm that provides high quality media solutions for networks and corporate businesses.


Graduate and class president of All Saint’s Cathedral School class of 2016, Mason was born and raised in St. Thomas. He went on to graduate from UCLA where he established the Color Box Production Company (dedicated to creating a space for marginalized groups to perform). At the age of 24, he recently made his directorial debut with the off-Broadway production of Ain’t Misbehavin’.



Born in St. Croix, Nykole Tyson earned her Bachelor’s in mass communications with minors in business and journalism from William McDaniel College. She has since utilized all of her degrees, from internships at Black Entertainment Television to working for the Department of Health as the public relations director to being the owner/director/producer of NT Media Productions (for 12 years!)



Peter Bailey is an award-winning author, journalist and founder of NiteCap Media, a cutting edge multi-media company known for producing the critically-acclaimed NiteCap conversation series in which Bailey engages in introspective discussions with A-list entertainers, business leaders and other newsmakers.

Educators have implemented “NiteCap Live”, the interactive format of the series, at high schools throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Bailey’s latest film project, “Paradise Discovered”, based on his New York Times Op Ed, “Has America Forgotten the Virgin Islands”, captures the stories of those throughout the Caribbean affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria which Bailey himself survived and has since become an outspoken advocate of the region’s recovery efforts. His is currently the USVI Ambassador of Film.





Minoca Britney Pierre-Alexander is a 27 year-old Virgin Islands Entertainment Blogger originally from the beautiful nature isle of the Caribbean, Dominica.  Moving to St. Croix U.S.V.I., she have always had a passion for writing. 

She got inspired to start blogging by various artists’ of the Virgin Islands, when they expressed that every other island had a blogger to write about their entertainers except Virgin Islands. The idea was established.