Posted by | Ray Cornelius

I had the pleasure of attending the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) “Synergy” Awards this week that recognized the talents of acclaimed producer, playwright and Tyler Perry Studio executive Mark E. Swinton. The private ceremony took place at Atlanta’s newly renovated Auburn Avenue Research Library and was attended by a number of invited guests and members of the press.

img_0683The “SYNERGY” Award is presented every year by AAFCA’s Gil Robertson, to an individual who has excelled in the realms of television, film and entertainment. The event also provides industry professionals with an opportunity to network and interact with other creatives and plant the seeds of growth and collaboration.

Swinton is a two-time NAACP Award winner who is currently the producer of Perry’s OWN hit series—“The Haves and the Have Nots,” “Love Thy Neighbor” and “For Better or Worse.” He has also worked on “Good Deeds,” “Meet the Browns,” “Aunt Bam’s Place,” and countless other TPS productions. Swinton was genuinely excited to be receiving the award from his peers and thanked the Atlanta community at large for their support and for welcoming him with open arms.

Attendees of note included previous “Synergy” Award recipients Tirrell Whittley and Nick Nelson of Liquid Soul and Ri-Karlo Handy, Senior VP of Original Programming for Bounce TV.

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Mark E. Swinton with AAFCA members in the background

Ronda Penrice, Edward Adams and Gil Robertson


Mark E. Swinton 


Gil Robertson with Mark E. Swinton

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