Roger Bobb is a top TV producer. As president and CEO of Bobbcat Films based in Atlanta, the London-born Bobb has become a film industry insider. Before launching Bobbcat Films, Bobb served as the executive vice president of Tyler Perry Studios. And Bobb was the producer for such hit television shows as Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Meet The Browns, and he is the producer of 11 Tyler Perry films.
Major accomplishments to say the least. But some would say Bobb hasn't gotten the attention he's due. The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) thought just this and recently honored Bobb with the organization’s 3rd Annual SYNERGY Award for his pioneering efforts to advance the cinema community in Atlanta. SYNERGY Atlanta is an AAFCA signature event which was launched to recognize members of Atlanta’s expanding creative community.
"Roger has been one of the early pioneers who has contributed to the growth of Atlanta as a real player in film and TV production," explains AAFCA co-founder Gil L. Robertson IV. "People have the best of intentions and truly want to connect with their peers for both social and creative reasons. Our goal is to provide them with that opportunity in the hopes that it will create a spark for future collaborations."
According to Robertson,"The SYNERGY award started as a way of providing African-American professionals in the industry an opportunity to connect with their industry peers." Previous recipients of the award have included Tirrell Whitley and Nick Nelson, Principal Partners at Liquid Soul Media (2012) and Charles Humbard, CEO of UPTV (2013).
The AAFCA, which is composed of some of the nation’s leading film journalists, has been busy with various projects, including preparing for the next AAFCA Awards in Hollywood, which celebrates the very best in cinema each year. "We're gearing up for our 6th season of the AAFCA Awards, which is taking place on Feb. 4, 2015," says Robertson. "We're also planning for our Los Angeles SYNERGY engagement and our first screening series."
The AAFCA is also readying for the second year of its internship program with Clark Atlanta University, which kicks off in September.
* (Photo caption, from left to right: Roger Bobb; Laronda Sutton, director of entertainment, City of Atlanta; Gil Robertson, cofounder and president, AAFCA)