The Pipelines Purpose

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THE WHY

Identifying the DE&I Issue

The entertainment, tech, and creative industries are majority white, male, and straight. They do not reflect the diversity of our real world. We are solving that issue.

THE how

Bringing Pipelines to Life

We created a space where it’s easy for underrepresented talent and leading companies to meet each other.

THE future

Where Pipelines is Headed

Our members are committed to education, training, and development. Access to opportunities leads to the change our world needs.

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is a group of influential industry leaders across tech, entertainment, and creative industries providing hands-on support and guidance which is integral in our growth and scalability.

PHARRELL WILLIAMS

Entertainer

OMAR JOHNSON

Founder
Opus United

Former CMO
Beats by Dre

MELINA MATSOUKAS

Director/Executive Producer

ARABIAN PRINCE

CEO
Innov8 Next Labs

Founding Member
NWA

GEOFF EDWARDS

Executive Creative Director
GALE Partners

BARON DAVIS

Producer/Entrepreneur

NBA All Star

PETE FAVAT

Chief Creative Officer
Deutsch NA

Paul Hunter

Co-founder/Director
PRETTYBIRD

JIMI VAUGHN

VP
Diversity & Engagement Company3

Doug Melville

VP
Diversity & Inclusion Richemont

Meet the Pipelines team

Kerstin Emhoff

Founder/CEO

KERSTIN EMHOFF is the Co-Founder/ CEO of PRETTYBIRD, a hybrid production company inspiring content for all forms of entertainment. She is also CEO of Ventureland, a creative studio and idea accelerator, developing entertainment properties, and advertising campaigns.

Recognized for her successful and enduring relationships with top agencies, clients, artists and managers, Emhoff has built PRETTYBIRD into one of the world’s most prestigious production companies in branded storytelling. The company has won numerous industry awards including a Cannes Grand Prix, Grammys, MTV VMAs and Emmys, among others. With Ventureland, Emhoff is expanding her focus on creating compelling and meaningful original content across genres and platforms.

In addition to her roles at VENTURELAND and PRETTYBIRD, Emhoff is a member of the DGA and Television Academy, a trustee for the PHBP, and serves on the boards of D&AD Impact Council and the Evolve Entertainment Fund with the city of Los Angeles.

Emhoff founded PIPELINES to address and combat the disconnect between underrepresented talent and the entertainment, creative, and tech industries in a meaningful and effective way.

Director of Operations

Shari Holly began her work in the diversity & inclusion space at PromaxBDA where she implemented several development and training programs to prepare emerging talent to transition into the entertainment marketing industry and the early stages of their creative careers. Other programs and events led include: Creative Coach program, HR Roundtable, Student Portfolio Night, Executive Mentorship Program, panels and workshops with TV network partners, and various programs through strong academic and industry partnerships nationwide.

Prior to Pipelines, Shari was the Program Administrator for the first ever Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP); created and endorsed by both the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) and the Directors Guild of America (DGA). There, she created an immersive program with the objective of providing more access and opportunity to underrepresented directors in commercial production. She is a board member of ArtworxLA, on the advisory councils for both the CSU Entertainment Alliance and the CA Department of Education Arts, Media, and Entertainment sector. She is a Detroit native, an avid salsa dancer, ex-slam poet, and self-proclaimed coffee snob.

Shari Holly

Bill Ware

Director, Technology & App Development

A lifelong tinkerer, Bill Ware earned a degree in Biology in pursuit of a medical career, but quickly found that he couldn't resist the siren song of his beloved hobby. After obtaining a degree in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida, he moved to Los Angeles with his wife Ellie where he began work as the Head of IT for PRETTYBIRD Pictures. Bill has since expanded his dual passions for technology and media into a full-blown career, from creating and managing a transatlantic media network to a system of custom apps, servers, and websites in service of the company's varied and expanding needs. His position as in-house tech guru has allowed him the opportunity to help the creatives and directors of PRETTYBIRD in achieving some of their more ambitious creative visions. In early 2018 he was brought onboard to help make the Pipelines app a reality. On any given day you may find him hiking, skiing, surfing, writing, or working on one of his many projects at home. He is a proud husband and father to a beautiful baby girl and two indifferent cats.

Coordinator

Whitney Burton graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Journalism. She spent two years traveling the country and working with different nonprofits through Americorps. She spent eight years in New Orleans being involved with the local music scene. Along with learning about audio engineering and recording music she also sang with local bands in the city. In 2019, she moved to Los Angeles to explore the opportunities in the entertainment industry. Whitney now supports the day-to-day operations of the app and The Pipelines Foundation as the Operations Assistant/ Coordinator and is mom to the two best dogs on the planet.

Whitney Burton