Karena Evans One of Top 20 Canadians Shaping Our Culture

Complex Canada has released an article naming the 20 Canadians who will shape the next 20 years of the culture. Director and Creative Producer Karena Evans is on that list. Read more here

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Fela Earns Three 2022 VMA Nominations

Congratulations to Director X, Karena Evans and everyone involved for their 2022 VMA nominations. Best Collaboration for Rosalia ft. The Weeknd ‘LA FAMA’ Best Hip-Hop for Future ft. Drake ‘WAIT FOR U’ Best R&B for Chlöe ‘HAVE MERCY’ VOTE here.

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Lego “Rebuild The World” Wins Wood Pencil at D&AD Awards

Lego “Rebuild The World”, featuring Ekow Nimako won a Wood Pencil at the 2022 D and AD Awards. Directed by LeSean Harris and produced by Fela, this short film took home the prize for excellence in Non-Scripted Long Form.

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Toyota x Lunay Campaign Wins 3 Clio Awards

The Toyota “Featuring You” campaign, directed by Aaron A and produced by Fela, won 3 Bronze at the 2022 Clio Awards! The spot took home wins for Digital/Mobile, Innovation, and Partnerships & Collaborations.

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Shots On My Radar: Kajal

Director, photographer, and creative Kajal talks Doritos, diversity and Christian Dior as she reveals to Shots what’s on her creative radar. Read the full article here.

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Karena Evans On The Cover Of Teen Vogue

Creative Executive Producer and Director Karena Evans is on the latest cover of Teen Vogue magazine. Featured in their “New Hollywood: Class of 2022” issue, Karena talks about working as a Black woman in a male-dominated space. Read the full article here.

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Director X’s Original Series ‘Robyn Hood’ Greenlit by Global TV

Global TV and Corus Entertainment have greenlit ‘Robyn Hood’, a new original scripted series created by Fela’s own Julien Christian Lutz pka Director X. The near-fi action drama, produced by Boat Rocker Studios, is a contemporary re-imagining of Robin Hood. Read more on The Hollywood Reporter.

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Director X’s Music Video for “LA FAMA” in Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone magazine writes about Director X’s latest music video for Rosalia and the Weeknd’s “La Fama”. “The Director X-directed clip is set in a dimly lit nightclub where actor Danny Trejo serves as the MC, enthusiastically introducing the performer of the night, La Fama… Rosalia saunters on stage while singing. The Weeknd and Rosalia […]

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Director Jackson Tisi Signs With Fela in the US

Fela is thrilled to announce that we have expanded our relationship with director Jackson Tisi into the US! As a result, Fela now represents Jackson across commercials, music videos and branded content in the US. Read the full article on SHOTS here.

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Jasmin Mozaffari Directs First TV Pilot Episode for Netflix

Congratulations to Jasmin Mozaffari on directing her first TV pilot episode for Netflix & CBC Gem series “Fakes”. Read more details in the article on Deadline Hollywood here.

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Director Kajal Signs With Fela

Kajal has officially become part of the Fela family! We are beyond excited to announce that director Kajal has joined our roster in both Canada and the US. Read more on Shoot Online.

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“Popstar” Nominated for Two MTV Video Music Awards

Our music video for DJ Khaled’s “Popstar” ft. Drake and starring Justin Bieber, has been nominated for two MTV VMA awards. The video has been nominated for Video of the Year and Director X has been nominated for Best Direction. See the full list of nominees here. Vote Here.

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‘Underplayed’, Fela’s First Feature Film Shortlisted at Cannes Lions 2020/21

“Underplayed”, directed by Stacey Lee, has been shortlisted at this year’s Cannes Lion in the “Entertainment Lions for Music” category. Click here for the full shortlist.

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Rolling Stone Premieres Haviah Mighty’s “Protest” Directed by Kit Weyman

Rolling Stone premiered Haviah Mighty’s new music video for “Protest” directed by Fela’s Kit Weyman and Chrris Lowe. The song is off her upcoming mixtape, Stock Exchange, which drops this fall. “[Protests] made me feel some sense of hope,” Mighty tells Rolling Stone. “I’ve never seen, in my life, that sort of support from my […]

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Deadline Hollywood: Gossip Girl Drops Teaser Trailer

HBO Max has dropped the first teaser trailer and poster art for the Gossip Girl reboot, episodes directed by Karena Evans, which will premiere on July 8. Read more here.

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Introducing Fela’s New Podcast: ARTchitects

Introducing ARTchitects, our new podcast series in collaboration with Curiouscast. Hosted by Taj Critchlow, and guest hosts Director X and Karena Evans, ARTchitects takes you inside the minds of some of the biggest names in music videos, film, fashion and more. Episode 1 featuring legendary director Dave Meyers is out now on all streaming platforms. […]

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Fela Launches U.S. Operation With Roster Featuring Director X, Karena Evans

We are excited to announce that we are extending our reach to the US! Fela will be opening an office in Los Angeles and securing strategic sales representation on both coasts. Read the full press release here.

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Elle Canada Talks with Karena Evans

“Karena Evans’ Future Isn’t Just Bright – It’s Blinding”. Karena chatted with Elle Canada about getting her start as a director and making the transition from music videos to television and more. Read the full article here.

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Karena Evans Talks Directing with Complex

Karena Evans talks directing FX Network’s ‘Snowfall’ and HBO’s ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot. “I am loving my experience on the small screen. I think I feel really blessed to be moving at the pace that I’m moving and working with really incredible storytellers and learning with and from those storytellers, and also in those scenarios and […]

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Facebook Launches ‘We The Culture’, Video Directed by blackpowerbarbie

Facebook’s new initiative created and managed by a team of Black employees that is investing in and amplifying content from Black creators. We The Culture will celebrate voices from the Black community via social channels across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, spanning music, art, poetry, food and more, serving as a launch point for Black creators. […]

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Karena Evans’ ‘Swipe Night’ Wins Epica Digital Grand Prix

Tinder’s ‘Swipe Night’ Digital Campaign won the Grand Prix at this year’s Epica Awards. Directed by Karena Evans and in collaboration with 72andSunny, ‘Swipe Night’ was a successful interactive event on Tinder that allowed participants to dictate a story that determines who you match with. Click here to watch.

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Fela Earns Two Spots in Billboard’s Top Music Videos of 2020

Billboard has compiled their annual list of the 25 Best Music Videos. Fela and Director X’s ‘Life Is Good’ for Future and Drake and ‘Popstar’ for DJ Khaled and Drake were named in Billboard’s top of the year. Check out the the full list here.

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CBC and BET+ Team Up For RT!’s ‘The Porter’

CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, and BET+ have teamed on The Porter, an original drama series about a group of railway workers who unite to form the world’s first Black union. Annemarie Morais and Marsha Green are writers/showrunners on the eight-part series, with RT! set to executive produce and direct. Read the full article on Deadline.

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Taj Critchlow Talks with Complex Canada

Co-founder and managing partner, Taj Critchlow spoke with Alex Narvaez of Complex Canada on Fela, partnership with Director X and breaking new talent. Read the full article here.

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FELA RECEIVES GRAMMY NOMINATION

Fela has been nominated for Best Music Video at the 2021 Grammy Awards for Future’s “Life Is Good” music video, directed by Director X. The recognition marks Fela and Director X’s first Grammy nomination. Click here to view the nominees.

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Variety Talks With Director X about new AEW ‘Boundless’ Campaign

AEW, TNT Team with Director X for ‘Boundless’ Campaign. “Director X is the perfect partner to showcase the AEW brand with his distinct visual style that uniquely speaks to a new generation.” – Melissa Chambless, executive VP of Marketing for TNT, TBS and truTV. Click here to read full article.

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Jackson Tisi Named Young Guns 18 Winner

Jackson Tisi was recognized for his body of work in this year’s The One Club for Creativity’s Young Guns 18. Young Guns is one of the most coveted awards for young creatives around the globe, recognizing up and coming talent in each creative field. Read the full article here

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Director X’s “Life is Good” Video Surpasses 1 Billion YouTube Views

Director X’s music video for Future and Drake’s “Life is Good’ has surpassed 1 Billion YouTube views. “Life Is Good” is the most viewed music video of 2020 and the only to surpass 1 billion views. Watch the music video.

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Shaun Collings Wins 4 Clio Sports Awards

Shaun Collings cleaned up this year’s Clio Awards for his spot with State Farm and ESPN, ‘The Last Dance Deep Fake.’ Collings won Gold for Film (30 Seconds And Under) and Innovation; and Silver for Film Technique and Sponsorships, Partnerships & Collaborations. Click here to watch.

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Fela Featured In The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter recently profiled Fela, speaking to Director X and Taj Critchlow about launching FELA and promoting diversity within Canadian advertising. Click here to read the full article.

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Karena Evans’ ‘If You Want Me To Stay’ Named Vimeo Staff Pick

Karena Evans’ latest spot ‘If You Want Me To Stay’ for Crown Royal featuring Ari Lennox and Anthony Ramos, was chosen as one of Vimeo’s recent Staff Picks. Staff Picks represent the best short films on the internet, handpicked by Vimeo staff. Click here to watch the full video.

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Karena Evans Set to Direct First Two Episodes of HBO Max ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot

Karena Evans has been tapped to direct the first two episodes of the upcoming HBO Max ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot. “Her vision, voice, and passion are incomparable,” says writer and executive producer Joshua Safran, “It’s an honor and a privilege to get to work with her, and I can’t wait for everyone to see what she has […]

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5 Fela Directors Featured In Complex’s Top 10 List

This week Complex compiled a list of the top 10 Canadian music video directors right now. The list included five directors from the Fela roster: Director X, Karena Evans, RT!, Peter Huang and Kat Webber. 

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Underplayed Announced As TIFF 20 Official Selection

FELA’s first feature-film, Underplayed, has been announced as an official selection of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Director Stacey Lee’s debut feature-length documentary confronts the lack of diversity and inclusion in the Electronic Music industry. While the Electronic Music industry was one born from the ideals of diversity, community and inclusivity, in 2019 only […]

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blackpowerbarbie Collaborates with MTV on NYC Subway Installation

blackpowerbarbie has teamed up with MTV for a new exhibition at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue Terminal. Nestled appropriately within the belowground subway station at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue terminal at Barclays Center, the show takes over public advertising spaces to amplify the diverse work of eight emerging visual artists working in a variety of media. Her pieces for this […]

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Director X Nominated For 4 VMAs

Director X has received 4 nominations at the 2020 MTV VMAs. “Life Is Good” with Future and Drake received nods for ‘Video Of The Year’, ‘Best Hip-Hop’ and ‘Best Collaboration’, while Black Eyed Peas’ “Mamacita” was acknowledged for ‘Best Latin.’

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Jackson Tisi’s ‘LEON’ Receives Gold Young Director Award & Vimeo Staff Pick

Jackson Tisi’s short documentary ‘LEON’ has won a Gold Screen Young Director Award. The prestigious award comes shortly after the powerful film was names a Vimeo Staff Pick. ‘LEON’ tells the moving story about the journey and life of Leon Ford. After surviving a traumatic encounter with police in November of 2012, Leon determines not […]

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