|Posted on December 11, 2009 at 11:26 AM|
Nu Image Pioneerz also known as N. I. P was unofficially founded January 19, 2008 in Kansas City, Kansas at the West Wyandotte Public Library under the name Nu Image Productionz. The company began behind the vision of a family that extended beyond blood relation and stretched as far as one’s imagination could go. The family consisting of Carl Hunter, Brian Colon, and Timothy John (all first cousins) came together to form this organization behind the momentum of a play written by Timothy John: Just in Love II: Addicted 2 Love.
Timothy John was the centerpiece of this group being that he was the writer, director, and actor of the play. He first reached out to his cousin Carl who he just began forming a close relationship with due to their 23 year age difference, along with Carl being raised on the Southside of Chicago most of his life. He asked Carl to star in the play and portray their grandfather, Mac. Carl agreed because he felt his cousin’s passion and believed he could help mold his potential.
Timothy John then reached out to his cousin Brian to ask him to help produce the play. Despite their 7 year age difference the two had a fairly close relationship and grew up together. Brian had since left Kansas City and relocated to Nashville, TN. Brian agreed to help with the project and brought in his longtime friend Adrian Hamilton as the Video Producer due to his training and background. All four men saw a great opportunity with N.I.P and agreed to use the play as their springboard.
On January 19, 2008 their journey began as they held auditions for Addicted 2 Love. The auditions were a success in terms of the number of people who attended, but Timothy John hadn’t found all the people he was looking for. He was attached to the project because it was the sequel to his play Just in Love, which he wrote, directed, and starred in in 1998 and 1999. The play was created in dedication to his slain friend Justin Stanley.
They group known as N.I.P spent the next month assembling the cast and staff of Addicted 2 Love and began preparation for the debut of the play scheduled for July 26, 2008 at the world famous GEM Theatre in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. (See articles for more details: Black Writer’s Thought-Provoking Play and Trio of Washington High Graduates Started Nu Image Productionz)
The experience of producing a play was new to Brian and Adrian as they had never took on such a task. Carl wasn’t a total stranger to it, being as he had starred in the play Mama Don’t and the movie Heart Of Stone, but those performances had been many years prior and the task of starring in Addicted 2 Love as Mac was a handful under the direction of a perfectionist and seasoned young director. Timothy John had been active the past 10 years writing, performing, and directing but the work behind this production was more than he imagined.
Despite several setbacks including having to replace cast members, lack of funding, and a group of strong-willed leaders who didn’t always agree, N.I.P produced a great show July 26, 2008. The success of the production didn’t come without it’s downfalls. By time all the smoke cleared, Timothy John was left to decide how to continue his dream of being a power player in the entertainment industry.
He decided to start fresh by licking his wound’s, changing the name of the company, and assembling a compilation of new material, new personnel, and a renewed spirit. Now N.I.P is stronger than ever with all the original pieces starting to come back together to find a permanent place in a company solely focused on long term success. Is N.I.P just a production company? No. Nu Image Pioneerz is exactly what the change in name suggests; it is a group of pioneers seeking to positively affect the local and national community through entertainment/productions, community activism, and hands on mentoring.
N.I.P is set to make it’s mark with productions from Timothy John such as Just in Love I: 1 LOVE, Just in Love II: ADDICTED 2 LOVE, Just in Love III: 3 WAY LOVE, God's Love: From Pimp to Preacher, Bishop Brown… LIVE IN HD!, The Richard Pryor Empire, and Purpose Driven Love: The Love of My Life to name a few…
In regards to community activism and mentoring, N.I.P has founded the Divine Diamond Descendantz for women 21 and up. The Divine Diamond Descendantz is a women of power group seeking to develop the power and position of women nationwide. All diamonds come from coals, right? This suggests that all coals were created to be a diamond but not all make it through the pressure. N.I.P takes this ideology and applies it to women. All women were created to be queens but not all make it through the pressure of life. Divine Diamondz will be the driving force behind giving women the knowledge, support, and structure to fulfill their destiny. The Divine Diamondz are the big sisters to the B-A-D Foundation’s B-A-D Girlz for ages 20 and under. (See Divine Diamond Descendantz for more info.)
N.I.P is partner to several community and youth oriented programs with the Believe-A-Dream Foundation. (See The History B-A-D Foundation for more info.)
“Image is Crucial”
The purpose of Nu Image Pioneerz (N.I.P) is to present a consistent and positive image while being a pioneer in the community by bringing people of all backgrounds together to educate, empower, and embrace each other.
The objective for Nu Image Pioneerz is to:
• Utilize entertainment to get the attention of youth and adults to show God’s greatness, reach our full potential, and set new standards of living and giving.
• Achieve a unique, upscale, innovative environment differentiating ourselves from other entertainment companies.
• Educate the community and provide jobs by establishing 10% market share in our first two years and increase to 15 % in our gross margins within the third year of operation.
The major competitive edge is high quality entertainment services that have strong Christian, family, and community messages. We differentiate ourselves through excellent customer service clients will receive from the management team. These efforts will generate good word of mouth among the targeted customer group. As the company grows, special efforts will be devoted to the customer service training of all new employees. The customer comes first will be the core underlying concept and philosophy of Nu Image Pioneerz.
Marketing Strategy Summary
Our customers can come from all age groups, male and female, all races, and every income level. They can be local residents or tourists to the area. That is why our marketing plan will keep everyone in mind. Thus the main factor to our success will be polished products that make a distinctive mark in history for not only entertaining but by delivering life long messages.
Image is a key factor when it comes down to making in roads into the higher echelons of human identity. Nu Image Pioneerz will succeed by offering our clients a product that is founded on Persistence, Fortitude, Humility, Faith, Fearlessness, and an investment in our community.
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