LOS ANGELES HONOREE
Dr. Holly Carter
Holly Carter is the President and CEO of Relevé Entertainment, leading one of the premier management, development and production companies for family and faith inspired content, artists and brands.
As a producer, Carter and Relevé consistently deliver high quality, "breakthrough" programming that engages and creates buzz among national audiences. Most recently, Carter developed and created Sheffields Real Estate for FYI network and Oxygen’s “Preachers Of….” franchise that now includes shows in Los Angeles, Detroit and Atlanta. Other recent television projects include “Fix My Choir” (Oxygen) and “The Sheards” (BET). Carter also created and executive produced BET’s “106 & Gospel,” and packaged and produced feature films “The Gospel” (Rainforest Films/Sony Screen Gems), “In the Mix” (Lionsgate) and faith based indie “A Beautiful Soul.”
As a management and brand development firm, Carter and Relevé provide full service support to an impressive client roster that has included multi-hyphenate megastar Usher, Master P, and Akon, as well as current GRAMMY nominated artists Deitrick Haddon, Kierra Sheard and Michelle Williams. During her tenure, Carter has also helped nurture and grow the careers of top gospel talents including Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Cece Winans, and Mary Mary, among many others.
Public service and empowering others are important tenets to Carter. Since 2009, Relevé Entertainment has annually produced The Merge Summit, a complete weekend of education, empowerment and entertainment in Los Angeles. One of the largest education events for people of faith, The Merge Summit features over 100 of entertainment’s top artists and executives “paying it forward” by leading interactive panel discussions, workshops and master class sessions covering music, television, film, artistry, branding and more. Carter is also the Chair of Freedom of Spirit, an outreach ministry which is dedicated to serving the homeless and less fortune in South Los Angeles for the past 35 years, started by her parents, the late Reverend Billy and Mrs. Ruth Watkins.
Finally, along with casting director Robi Reed, Carter created the ASCEND Bible Movement as a private monthly industry bible study group. Since recently making this empowering movement public, the bible study draws hundreds of attendees every month. A graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) with an MBA in Marketing and Entertainment, Carter also holds a Doctorate of Divinity from the Southern California School of Ministry with an emphasis on marketplace ministry, merging the sacred and the secular.