Executive Producer & Real Estate Developer Monica Benton Talks The "Real" Business of Entertainment

Written By: Kimberly Knight

Photo Credit: Monica Benton

Editor’s Note: A special thank you to publicist Dr. Sheria Rowe of DRowe Enterprises and Chelsey Bentley-Holts of Nakoma PR for inviting The Lux Blog NC for this opportunity.

Happy Wednesday Luvs,

I had the pleasure of meeting Monica Benton, The Business of Entertainment Event Founder & Television Producer, and she is excited to bring this event to her home state of North Carolina. The event will be held on Saturday, June 22nd, at the Durham Convention Center. There will be featured special guests sharing their real life experiences in the entertainment business. Attendees will have an opportunity to see celebrities and influencers in the arts & entertainment industry during a 1-day conference style event. See below my interview with Ms. Benton and what she would like attendees to know about her upcoming event.

Pictured: Monica Benton

Pictured: Monica Benton

It’s a big event. The history of North Carolina has never had anything like this. I’m flying in about 18-19 people that are all on TV now. You will get to see the writers that are writing on TV now and the producers that have projects on TV now. Everyone is active. We are not talking about people that use to be on TV 15-20 years ago but we are talking about those on TV now. - Monica Benton.

What can you tell us about The Business of Entertainment 2019?

The event I am having has been something I’ve been wanting to do for years and years. I am from North Carolina so I have a passion for the people here, I know their mindset, and I know the need. As a creative person I knew when I was here the local church or theater was it for your gifts. If you’re a very creative person such as a writer or ideas for stories you were limited. So my passion is to bring it here and I am bringing a host of panelists with me. They are actors, directors, writers, producers, and even entertainment law people because I’m finding that. I did a play in January with Loretta Devine and there was a girl from Greensboro that flew to in to see my play. After the play she told me she had written six plays for her church and had not gotten a dime out of it. They sold every one of them. She did everything. She found the actors, location, the producers, she wrote it and she directed it but got nothing from it. After that I had a choice of investing this money in real estate, that’s my background, or do I move forward to move this forward to bring to North Carolina. I’m bringing it because I know there is a lot of talent here. After you recognize you have this talent what do you do with it? So you’re boxed in and that’s why I’m doing it.

My background is construction and when I went to film school I learned so much.

Will this be an event that you tour outside of North Carolina?

I have been asked already. My Facebook everyday has had 200 people requesting daily and it has been non-stop which is exciting. People have asked me to bring it to New Jersey, Philadelphia, South Carolina, and I’m going wow I haven’t even had my first yet. I’m thinking about Charlotte for next year because then I can pull from Greensboro, Winston-Salem, South Carolina, and of course Charlotte areas.

What made you transition from construction to film?

I still do real estate development. I’m developing a 5-acre property in Charlotte currently. So I’ve been flying in and out of NC from LA. Even when I first moved out to LA I was blessed. I did not know anyone really out there but I found myself working on different shows like 90210, Bones, and Criminal Minds early on. I was on the set looking at the construction looking at how they put the sets together so I don’t think I’ll ever get away from construction ever.

What has been one of your most memorable projects to date?

The one with Loretta Devine because I can say I hired and paid Loretta Devine. That to me was phenomenal and she’s a legend. Even though I have done some TV stuff it was that play in January that meant so much. That was my first executive producer role where I was putting up the money and now I’m doing this which I’m excited about.

Get your tickets to The Business of Entertainment 2019 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-business-of-entertainment-tickets-58122450815 !

Kimberly Knight