Manny Halley - Entertainment Chair
Without a doubt, one
of the most influential voices in the entertainment industry is mega successful
entrepreneur and music mogul, Mr. Manny
Halley. The CEO of Imani
Entertainment Group (IEG) was born and raised in the inner city streets of
Brooklyn, NY, and brings the hustle mentality and heart of the streets to the
boardroom. The bevy of companies under the IEG umbrella, include Imani
Management, Imani Records (EMI/Capitol), Imani Publishing (Warner/Chappell) and
Imani Film and Television.
Mr. Halley first came onto the scene in 1998 when
discovering "Shyne” Jamal Barrow and
bringing him to Bad Boy Recordswhere after Sean "Puff Daddy” Combs signed him to a five-album deal on the
spot, his self titled debut album was release in September 2000, and made
Billboard’s number five spot on the charts .
In 2002, Mr. Halley met and signed sultry soprano, Keyshia Cole, to his growing
management/entertainment company. Keyshia Cole’s debut album, "The Way It Is”,
was released in April 2005 and went gold within 17 weeks and reached platinum
status eight weeks later.
In 2006, in conjunction with BET, Mr. Halley developed and executive produced the hit reality
television series, "The Way It Is”,
giving audiences the ultimate backstage pass into the life of Keyshia Cole. Mr.
Halley’s role was highlighted in the series as viewers saw how flawlessly he
handled Cole’s day-to-day affairs with press, studio time, artist
collaborations and even her family. The show premiered with outstanding ratings
and the season two finale drew in 3 million viewers and 2 million households
becoming BET’s largest returning series and original series in BET history.
Publishing is best known for chart toppers such as Lil Wayne’s "How to
Love”, Trey Songz’s "Neighbors Know My Name” & "Yo Side of the Bed”, Chris
Brown’s "Sweet Love”, Soulja Boy’s "Pretty Boy Swag”, Keyshia Cole ft. Nicki
Minaj "I Ain’t Thru”, B.O.B. "Strange Clouds” and much more. Current clients
include: Patrick "Guitar Boy” Hayes, Texx, The ARE, Rico Law & Sassieon, G5
Kid, Lambo Lux, Resource, David Connor, as well as artists Young Scooter and
TreVante. In December of 2011, Mr. Halley added a new client to his roaster
when he took over the day-to-day management of superstar Nicki Minaj.
Branching his company into both Film and Television, Mr.
Halley was also the executive producer for "Sacred Is The Flesh” (2001), Lionsgate’s "Truth Be Told” (2004) and
"You, Me & The Circus” (2012), among
Continuing to embark on new business entrepreneurial
endeavors, Mr. Halley is the new backer of high-end fine dining Chinese
restaurant Philippe Chow, known for
its Chicken Satay and Peking Duck. The restaurant first opened its doors in
2009 with regulars such as Kobe Bryant, Jay Z and Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, The
Kardashians, Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway and more. It’s new LA incarnation in
the prime of Beverly Hills opened for business in the Fall of 2013 to rave
his family by his side, Mr. Halley has sought to create a leading empire that
the entertainment industry has yet to see. A man of strength, faith and
humility, Mr. Imani "Manny” Halley will
not rest until the world knows who Imani
Entertainment is. His commitment, dedication and loyalty to his artists are
unsurpassed. Mr. Halley has merged his many talents and keen sense of
delivering what the public wants into his latest endeavors. If his track record
is any indication, the future looks bright for the entertainment mogul and he
is pleased to add Miracles for Kids to his passions.