When it comes to spreading awareness on humanitarian and environmental causes on a global scale, Hollywood Producer and social media influencer, Kent Speakman, has it down to a tee.

CEO, Producer, and creator of KNEKT TV, Speakman has been able to accomplish two things that nobody else in the industry has been able to do—connecting communities and empowering them across the world.

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally
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Today, Speakman was recognized as the Most Influential Producer of 2018 at the 2nd Annual Influencer Awards in Bel Air. The Influencer Awards, formerly known as “i100,” recognizes those indviduals utilizing their influence on social media for the betterment of the community.

Nominees are based on influencers in the fashion, TV/Film, Health, and Philanthropy sectors. Meanwhile, the event is raising funds for charities that assist those victims of human trafficking.

According the Jessie Imundi, the Founder of the Influencer Awards, Speakman’s performance is beyond comprehension.

“Kent does the job of twenty people at once,” said Imundi.  “I don’t know how he does it, but we are proud to give him this award for his relentless work in the fight against human trafficking, and so many other important causes.”

The New Age of Social Media Influence

Speakman’s production studio, KNEKT TV, creates engaging video content, connecting fans and followers with content that matters. KNEKT quickly became a market leader in live streaming to its ‘OTT’ platform, “KNEKT.tv,” as well as Facebook Live, YouTube, Periscope, Twitter, and a number of other platforms.

Socially Conscious Television

Since early 2017, KNEKT rolled out its own multi-channel network into the marketplaces of Apple TV, Roku, iOS, and Android. It plays host to a library of over 8,500 videos, including full-feature length films and docu-series.

Good Isn’t Good Enough, Good Is For The Other Guy

Speakman ensures he contributes as much value to each cause as possible. That’s why he not only acts as CEO, but is also the Executive Producer for the majority of the live broadcasts. KNEKT TV has recently worked with organizations such as:

  • The United Nations Association
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Daytime Emmy’s).

KNEKT TV had its start in its cutting-edge digital distribution for “Desert Smash,” an annual tennis tournament previously hosted by Hollywood actors, Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, and Jon Hamm.

“It comes down to having a great team of people to produce these shows with. Many of the people we work with are not just colleagues, but are friends and family, and I share this excitement with them to be honored for creating impactful content. We have a responsibility to use our influence for good, and it’s a responsibility that I take very seriously.”

For more information on human trafficking, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s June 2018 Trafficking In Persons Report.

Drew Rossow is a contributing editor to Grit Daily. He is a criminal defense/internet attorney, writer, and adjunct law professor in Dayton, Ohio. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas. A Millennial, Rossow provides perspectives on social media crimes, privacy risks, Millennials, and business. Rossow consults for ABC, FOX, and NBC on the latest news in technology law.