‘Variety’ recognizes young producer

Erika Olde – Photo: Courtesy of Erika Olde via Variety magazine

A young Caymanian has been recognized by a weekly entertainment trade magazine for her achievements as a female in the entertainment industry.

Erika Olde of East End was featured in the Variety 2017 Women’s Impact Report, which “identifies powerful women in the entertainment industry to keep an eye on,” the April 18 issue of the magazine states.

Ms. Olde, 25, the founder of Black Bicycle Entertainment, attended St. Ignatius before completing her education at Regents University in London. She has produced seven feature films and developed Iris-In, a course for young women at the nonprofit Ghetto Film School. The school, located on both coasts, provides educational opportunities to students passionate about making movies.

“Everybody is taught the theory behind what they are studying, but you are not taught anything about how your business actually operates on a day-to-day level. How much politics are involved, etc. I thought these kids, who frankly may not have as much industry access as some others, could really benefit from having that practical advice,” she says in the magazine article.

“I started my company Black Bicycle Entertainment with a clear vision to feature strong women with a focus on the empowerment of women, so to receive this recognition from Variety so early in my career … is very special to me,” said Ms. Olde.

“I was raised in the Cayman Islands and surrounded by strong entrepreneurial women. It had a profound impact on me and I am grateful for being able to take that solid foundation with me as I launch my career in the entertainment industry.”

The Variety article on Ms. Olde also points out:

“[She] produced and helped finance Haillie Meyers-Shyer’s ‘Home Again’ starring Reese Witherspoon, which Open Road will distribute, Susanna White’s ‘Woman Walks Ahead’ starring Jessica Chastain, and Whitney Cummings’s ‘The Female Brain’ all through her company Black Bicycle Entertainment.”

The Impact Reports, which cover a variety of professions, appears in the same issue that lists the magazine’s “Power of Women New York.” Those honorees are Jessica Chastain, Chelsea Clinton, Gayle King, Blake Lively, Audra McDonald and Shari Redstone.

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