Rita Coburn Whack
CEO, Director, Producer
Resident griot and chief storyteller.
Rita Coburn Whack is an award winning writer, producer, and manager with a solid background in television magazine, series, news, talk, documentary programming and social media. As Director of Special Projects and a Producer for Oprah Radio, Rita Coburn Whack became Maya Angelou’s producer from the start-up of the award winning Maya Angelou Show in June of 2006 through its final run in June of 2010. Rita oversaw events and specials as well as created and managed the internship program for Oprah Radio. Under her direction, the Maya Angelou Show won two AMERICAN WOMEN IN RADIO AND TELEVISION GRACIE AWARDS “BEST RADIO PROGRAM” 2008,“BEST RADIO HOST” 2009 and the “SILVER WORLD MEDAL” IN RADIO NEW YORK FESTIVAL 2009. Rita has produced numerous public radio programs and in television produced 3 Emmy Award-winning documentaries and managed production for local and public television with programs airing on C-Span and the History Channel. Developing a history in social media, she has grown Dr. Maya Angelou’s Facebook Page to a 5.7 million fan site and is currently Co-Director of Maya Angelou The People’s Poet a 90-minute television documentary scheduled to air on PBS’ American Masters Documentary series in 2016. A Production Manager for BET’s Apollo Live music series, Rita managed the successful pilot and seasons one and two of this national entertainment program. Rita’s news career began with Satellite News Channel, the predecessor to CNN and continued locally with WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio’s news magazine programs. Random House’s Strivers Row published Rita’s first novel, Meant to Be, (2002) and her articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and other publications. Rita opened her own production company RCW Media Productions, Inc. in 2010 and holds a B.A in Communications with a Journalism Minor from Northwestern University where she has taught Advance Journalism as an Adjunct Professor.
Sarah P. Carrol
Communications Director/Requests/Speaking Engagements
Working in the entertainment industry for over 30 years as a talent liaison for appearances on television, radio and print publications, Sarah’s areas of expertise include: contract negotiations and profile development. Get in touch with Sarah for speaking engagements, communications questions and media contact.
Artist, Artistic Director, Webmaster
Image painter and story shaper.
Matthew Wead’s art can be found in installations around the country, while his creativity and ability to map a website, execute a deadline and turn a concept into reality works to your advantage.
Research, Social Media, Musicologist
Researcher and story futurist.
Christine Whack must admit the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. With an eye for detail, a passion for research and an ear from Opera to Neo-soul, Christine brings a flight of creativity to every project.
The Invisible Team
Everyone You Need
You don’t see names listed because we cull a team to meet your needs. Researchers for your specific project, additional artists, writers, producers and entertainers are matched to perfect your project. We’ve worked with the best and continue to find new and emerging talent to suit each project.