Institute Speaker/Panelist Bio

D’Angela Proctor

Chief Elevation Officer

As the current CEO of Wayfarer Entertainment, D’Angela Proctor describes her title as Chief Elevation Officer, reflecting her passion for scaling companies to have a global impact and for storytelling that moves audiences to positive social change. Proctor is a multi-faceted C-Suite executive who has successfully straddled the creative and business sides of entertainment. While she began her career as an attorney, Proctor most recently served as consultant at Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Filmworks, to service its exclusive television pact with Warner Bros. TV, after a strategic leadership role at Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films.

Proctor’s passion did not develop overnight as she served as TV One’s Head of Original Programming for over five years. At TV One, Proctor maintained the creative, fiscal and business affairs oversight of 44 original movies, 50 episodes of scripted comedies, 1000 + hours of news and public affairs programming, 240 hours of true crime & justice programming, 120 hours of reality programming, 5 NAACP Image Awards and a host of other specials and programming initiatives.

Before transitioning to network and studio executive, Proctor was a veteran of music, film and television production, having co-owned and operated Strange Fruit Media for over 15 years. There, she developed, created and produced music videos, live music and comedy recordings, documentaries, feature films and television series. Of note, Proctor earned the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Reality Series in 2011 with Sunday Best and later created OWN’s first female-centric docu-reality series, Love in the City.

Before entering the media business, Proctor practiced labor and employment defense law at Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she litigated cases for clients in the banking, public utilities and corporate sectors. Proctor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Spelman College and a Juris Doctorate and Master of Science degree in Leadership from Duquesne University.

Proctor is based in Los Angeles and has a son, Nikolas, who attends Morehouse College.

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