Sanaa Lathan Starring in ‘Flyy Girl’ Movie Adaptation

Sanaa Lathan will star in and executive produce the movie adaptation of Omar Tyree’s “Flyy Girl” book trilogy for Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films.

Lathan will portray the film’s protagonist, Tracy Ellison — a successful businesswoman and workaholic who believes that money is always the key to happiness.

Lathan will also star in Lionsgate’s “Now You See Me 2″ and the upcoming production of “The Best Man Wedding.”

“So many people have grown up on this series and I’m looking forward to bringing Tracy Ellison’s story to life through film,” Lathan said. “It’s my hope to continue to help bring diverse stories to the big screen.”

Geoffrey Fletcher (“Precious”) will write the script.

“Lathan’s star power paired with Fletcher’s nuanced script work — we’re confident that ‘Flyy Girl’ will prove to be a classic,” Codeblack Films President Jeff Clanagan said.

Lathan’s credits iclude “Brown Sugar,” “Best Man’s Holiday” and “Love and Basketball.”

Robert Melnik handled Lathan’s deal on behalf of Codeblack Films. Codeblack’s Quincy Newell and Greg Snodgrass handled the Fletcher deal. CAA represents Fletcher.

Arthur Wylie acquires film rights from the $650 Million Final Destination Creator Jeff Reddick for a new thriller franchise named Superstition


Global Renaissance Entertainment Group has entered into a multi-picture production deal with Jeffrey Reddick , creator of the “Final Destination” franchise.

Reddick’s new slate with Global, which will feature multi-ethnic and culturally diverse casts, will be led off by Reddick’s screenplay “Superstition: Final Chance,” a horror/thriller set on a university campus.

The film is being set up as the first in a series of pictures aimed at leveraging Reddick’s fan base from the five “Final Destination” movies. CEO Arthur Wylie and chief operating officer Dale Godboldo will produce with Reddick exec producing.

Producers are in talks with a director.

The five “Final Destination” films grossed over $650 million worldwide. Wylie noted that Global Renaissance wants to take advantage of the interest in such films as Warner Bros.’ “The Conjuring,” which generated over $300 million worldwide.

“We knew that we wanted to be in the horror/thriller space,” he said. “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Jeffrey on this endeavor, who enables us to take full advantage of the market’s clear demand for this genre.”

Reddick will also work with Global to develop the adaptation of Omar Tyree’s supernatural thriller “Leslie” into a trilogy of pictures that will take its characters beyond the novel’s story. Tyree is known for his “Flyy Girl” trilogy of novels, which were acquired this year by Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films.


Article by Dave McNary
Film Reporter @Variety_DMcNary

“Leslie” Film based on NY Times Best Selling Author novel will be produced by Arthur Wylie and the makers of the successful Final Destination Brand.

Leslie by Omar TyreeFrom the creators of “Final Destination”, the feature length film adaptation of the classic novel ‘LESLIE’, written by New York Times Best Selling author Omar Tyree. Now read by over 8 million worldwide, according to Tyree’s publisher Simon & Shuster, the Omar Tyree brand has generated in excess of $50M in revenue worldwide.

Part I of the “LESLIE” trilogy follows the beautiful and serious college student Leslie Beaudet who struggles with a dark, powerful secret. In the eyes of her Haitian immigrant father, Leslie is a queen. To her Black Indian mother, she is a source of pride and strength. But when an alarming string of murders begin to point in Leslie’s direction, it becomes clear that no one knows the real Leslie, or her dark hunger for power. Dillard University in the lush, mystical city of New Orleans provides the backdrop for this supernatural thriller, that touches on the darker themes explored by films such as Stephen King’ “Carrie” and “Angel Heart”, but as well, blockbusters like “Stomp The Yard” and “Final Destination”. The film will be scored by RZA, and released during the Halloween season of 2010.

Writer: Omar Tyree
Production Budget: $10,000,000

Black Enterprise Article: Pumping Up Portfolios

April 01, 2004
Black Enterprise Article: Pumping Up Portfolios: How one entrepreneur helps clients stay fiscally fit by Zakiyyah El-Amin

Black Enterprise Magazine April 2004 Arthur Wylie’s passion for investing started in college, when he discovered that he not only enjoyed, but had a knack for trading stocks. It was not long before Wylie transformed his fascination with the stock market into a thriving business enterprise.

These days, the 29-year-old is president of Charlotte, North Carolina-based Arthur Wylie Wealth Management Group. The firm works with clients to establish structured short-, medium-, and long-term goals, and offers a range of services, including budget planning, debt/credit management, portfolio analysis, real estate investing/purchasing, and insurance planning. Launched as a one-man operation in November 1998, the firm now has a staff of 18 and more than 1,000 individual and corporate clients.

Starting with $7,000 in personal savings, Wylie purchased a desk, computer, and office supplies, and had a Website built. In just over five years, the company’s assets under management have grown to about $40 million in investments, insurance, and real estate. The firm’s revenues reached $400,000 in 2002, and Wylie projects 2003 revenues to exceed $1.2 million.

Fiscally savvy, Wylie drew upon his own expertise when he decided to launch his venture. “Banks saw that I was a young, black man and they created a no-win situation for me.” When he applied for a loan, officers responded by stating that he needed better credit, additional collateral, and more capital.

To ensure that his credit was flawless, Wylie contacted the credit agencies in search of any discrepancies on his credit report and, if needed, he disputed the claims. To obtain additional collateral, Wylie took matters into his own hands and started buying properties, and in 2000, he added real estate services to his repertoire. Profits earned from real estate sales were set aside to help him accumulate capital. Although banks are now more willing to offer the entrepreneur funding, Wylie admits it still does not come easily.

Wylie follows a disciplined approach and focuses on establishing goals with investment vehicles that include money markets, government securities, mutual funds, stocks, and bonds. One problem Wylie mentions is the fact that when people focus on individual investments, they lose sight of their ultimate wealth management goals. Regardless of the client’s income, credit, age, etc., he or she has a budget that must be followed. “I like to focus on the plan, not the investment,” he says.

Wylie says the recent mutual fund scandal has actually driven his business up because clients are moving away from the larger companies in search of a company, like his, that will offer more personalized attention. Clients are no longer concerned with the size of the firm, but rather who is managing their money.

Looking ahead, Wylie is planning to expand regionally and open satellite offices in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. Wylie also plans to place a heavier emphasis on wealth management for individuals in the sports and entertainment arenas. “It is one thing for a client to give me a million dollars to manage. However, I form a trusting alliance with a client when I help him or her to accumulate wealth.”

The Charlotte Observer, N.C., Business $uccess Column: Wylie instills discipline to help build wealth.

December 1, 2003 | The Charlotte Observer, N.C. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Section: MONEYWISE | Edition: ONE-THREE | Page: 3D
Business $UCCESS Column by Amy Baldwin, Staff Writer

The Charlotte Observer He instills discipline to help build wealth.

Charlotte native Arthur Wylie II, 28, has built a wealth management firm that boasts 1,200 clients, including poet and writer Omar Tyree and former Charlotte Hornets player Dell Curry’s foundation, and $40 million under management. He touts full-service financial planning, from buying stocks, real estate and insurance to estate and budgeting issues. Wylie talked recently with staff writer Amy Baldwin about his success in acquiring wealth and helping others do the same.

Before graduating from UNC Charlotte in 1999 with a degree in finance, I interned at Merrill Lynch. I noticed they focused on a person who already had acquired massive amounts of money, but they didn’t get at the point of how that wealth was created. They were more about maintaining those particular assets and performing certain transactions.

Later, while working at a smaller financial services firm, I noticed the same thing. Clients would come in and if they wanted life insurance, they got life insurance. If they wanted, stocks or bonds, they got stocks or bonds. It was like filling orders.

I asked myself, `Why are we just focusing just on making transactions?’

I didn’t think it benefited me to be that kind of adviser, nor did it benefit my clients, because they didn’t have an overall view of their financial well-being and security.

I thought financial advisers should focus on making sure a person is financially strong from all aspects. I thought that clients needed to have a complete financial plan to get to where they are trying to go. Even if they have $1 million when they walk in the door, we should ask ourselves: `Could they have $2 million if they watch their expenses on a day-to-day basis and work within their budget?’

What clients were needing from me was discipline, discipline, discipline to help them get to where they needed to be going. And the only way I could give them that was to know where they were, by helping them put together a complete budget, check their credit reports and even help them evaluate major purchasing decisions.

People would say things like, `Why can’t I buy a house? I have a good job. I have a good salary. Is there anything I can do?’

People think that just because you are a doctor, you automatically know what you are doing with your money. But it doesn’t matter what income bracket you are in.

Wealth planning, unlike financial planning, is a whole other tier. It’s financial planning with a big exclamation point on it. It’s what I have found people are looking for – clear, concise, dependable information that can help them accumulate wealth.

I mean, that’s the bottom line. How many people do you know who don’t want to be wealthy? Society ranks a person’s success by how much money they can end up making.

UNC Charlotte Alumni Association recognizes seven at awards banquet

October 31, 2003
UNC Charlotte Alumni Association recognizes seven at awards banquet
Former athletic director and men’s basketball coach Mullins named Alumnus by Choice

aw_green CHARLOTTE –  Earlier this month, several hundred alumni, faculty, staff and friends of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte gathered to celebrate the recipients of this year’s annual alumni awards presented by the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association.

The Saturday, Oct. 18, reception was followed by an awards dinner, emceed by alumnus Mike McKay. During the awards ceremony, former men’s head basketball coach and athletics director Jeff Mullins was named Alumnus by Choice. Additionally, the board, for the first time ever, inducted a legacy into the Hall of Fame when it added Misty Cowan Hathcock and her mother Linda Humble, along with the late Russell Lee Kologiski, to its ranks.

Also honored were Mary Ann Rouse, who was honored as Distinguished Alumna, and Arthur Wylie was tapped as Outstanding Young Alumnus. Richard H. Toenjes, UNC Charlotte’s faculty president and an associate professor of philosophy, was recognized for Faculty Service.

More detailed bios of the award winners are listed below. For more information, contact the UNC Charlotte Office of Alumni Affairs at (704) 687-2273.

2003 Alumni Award Winners:

Mary Ann Rouse
2003 Distinguished Alumna

A 1980 graduate from the Belk College of Business Administration, Mary Ann Rouse has repeatedly demonstrated her commitment to her alma mater by selflessly giving both her time and talent as president of the Alumni Association and through numerous other leadership roles. As vice president for finance at Carolinas Healthcare System, Rouse has put her education into action and modeled the values instilled by her family and UNC Charlotte. For the stature she has attained in her profession, her participation in the life of her community, and for her loyal service to her alma mater, the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association presented to Mary Ann its Distinguished Alumna Award.

Jeffrey V. Mullins
2003 Alumnus by Choice

In his 11 years with UNC Charlotte as the men’s head basketball coach and director of athletics, Jeff Mullins distinguished both the university and himself. While his basketball record alone makes him a worthy nominee, his leadership and positive attitude in building a great team makes him a natural choice for this award. Mullins said he came to UNC Charlotte following an outstanding career with Duke and the NBA because he believed it to be “one of the best jobs in the country.” He viewed the university’s work – his work – as more than graduating students with a four-year degree. He saw it as preparing them for a lifetime. For his inspiration and dedication, Jeff Mullins is this year’s Alumnus by Choice.

Arthur Wylie
2003 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

In a time when most graduates are eager to find a job after completing their undergraduate education, Arthur Wylie sought opportunities to create his own niche in the financial services field. While attending classes and working part time, he laid the foundation for his company, Arthur Wylie Financial Service. Today, the company manages more than $35 million in investments, insurance and real estate, and prides itself on its clients’ success. This 1999 College of Business Administration graduate offers his financial acumen both to his alma mater and community. Wylie conducts workshops for churches, community groups, and professional organizations and is a frequent university speaker to student groups. A successful businessman and who gives back to his community, Arthur Wylie is the Outstanding Young Alumnus.

Richard H. Toenjes
2003 Faculty Service Award

Serving as faculty president is just one of the many hats that Dick Toenjes wears. He is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, which he served for many years as chair. A specialist in business ethics, Toenjes is a faculty associate in the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics. He chaired the task force on academic integrity that published the “Code of Student Academic Integrity,” a model that is used by other UNC institutions. Perhaps his greatest achievement at UNC Charlotte is designing the respected and successful annual Barnhardt seminar, “Ethics and the World of Business,” named in memory of William H. Barnhardt whose family underwrites the seminar. For ensuring that ethics is at the core of the university and for his leadership roles, Dick Toenjes is honored with the Faculty Service Award.

Misty Cowan Hathcock, Linda L. Humble and Russell Lee Kologiski (posthumously)
2003 Hall of Fame

Misty Hathcock has earned an impressive four degrees from UNC Charlotte: ’85 B.A. in intermediate education, ’91 M.Ed., ’92 M.A. in educational administration and ’96 C.A.S. Certificate of Advancement in educational administration. Not only that, she will receive her fifth, a doctorate in education, in May 2004. However, Hathcock didn’t consider entering a classroom on another campus, so impressed is she with the caliber and prestige of an education at UNC Charlotte. Hathcock not only is an alumna, she is an employee, serving as director of the N.C. Teaching Fellows Program in the College of Education. She has served, and continues to serve her university in spades: as past-president of the Alumni Board of Governors, ex-officio member of the Athletic Foundation Board, member of the UNC Charlotte Foundation Board and board of the Endowment Fund, among many others. In 1999 she received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Department of Educational Administration.

Although her daughter, Misty Hathcock, has her outnumbered in the area of degrees, Linda Humble’s blood runs no less green and is no less distinguished in the field of education. Humble ’78 M.Ed., ’88 C.A.S. was Central Teacher of the Year and runner-up to State Teacher of the Year in 1982. In 1990 she was selected as Anson County Principal of the Year and UNC Charlotte’s Department of Educational Administration Distinguished Alumna. Humble serves her alma mater on the Alumni Association Board of Governors and volunteers extensively within the community and at her church. Certainly one of her biggest contributions to UNC Charlotte was introducing her daughter to the university. Due to their parallel careers in educating the students of North Carolina and the devotion they have shown their alma mater, the Board of Governors of the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association has voted to tap Humble and Hathcock as the first Legacy recipients to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Though his career was brief, Rusty Kologiski ’71 made significant contributions to the developing study of natural wetlands. While serving a tour of duty in Vietnam, he developed a strong interest in botany and ecology. He earned a biology degree from UNC Charlotte and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in botany. His doctoral study of the 13,000-acre Green Swamp Preserve in Brunswick County was the first to document its ecological importance. Kologiski was a member of the N.C. Rare and Endangered Plant Species Committee and served as a botanist for the Smithsonian Institution Ecology program. Working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a regional botanist, he studied the endangered plant species in New Mexico and grassland vegetation in North Dakota, tirelessly working to enforce the Endangered Species Act. With his natural gifts, Kologiski returned to UNC Charlotte to teach. Friends and faculty set up a permanent memorial, the Russell Kologiski Field Trip Fund, to honor him. For his many contributions to his alma mater and the earth, Rusty Kologiski is being inducted into the Hall of Fame.