Creative Director, Pennant Media Group, Toronto, ON. Born: Toronto, ON.
Kevin Pennant brings more than 18 years of progressive communications and media relations experience to Pennant Media Group (PMG). He has previously served as Director of Public Relations and co-founder of The Publicity Group – a boutique public relations company he helped found with actress Tonya Lee Williams (Young and the Restless). Before that, Kevin served as a Publicist with Warner Bros. Canada for seven years. PMG works extensively in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles.
Kevin has a vast repertoire that is comprised of the “who’s who” of the entertainment and business worlds. His talent and contribution to Canadian and international public relations was recognized with his induction into the 1st and 2nd editions of Who’s Who in Black Canada. Recently, Kevin was awarded the ReelWorld Film Festival Trailblazer Award at its 10th annual Brunch with Brilliance. This award recognizes the accomplishments of ethnically diverse industry professionals whose work has made an impact in Canadian entertainment.
Pennant Media Group represents clients in the entertainment and lifestyle sectors. The firm raises public awareness for professionals in a number of areas such as film, television, theatre, fashion, interior design, consumer products, hospitality, business and philanthropy. PMG publicizes personal talent including actors, musicians, filmmakers, stylists, fashion designers, jewelry designers, realtors, cosmetic surgeons, fitness advisors and portfolio managers; while also launching film festivals, production companies, boutiques, department stores, restaurants, furniture and fashion collections, to name a few.
Kevin has worked with influential personalities such as, Hilary Duff, Deborah Cox, Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx, Rachel McAdams, Lincoln Alexander (A Linc In Time), Sean “Diddy” Combs, Tanya Kim (etalk), Rockmond Dunbar (Soul Food, Punks), Darrin Henson (Soul Food), Luther Brown (So You Think You Can Dance Canada), LaGrande Green (Oprah Winfrey’s former producer), Maiko Watson (formerly of Sugar Jones), Eric Walters (Canada’s best-selling children’s author), and Rachel Wilson (Republic of Doyle).
He has worked on a number of films including, The Lottery Ticket (Warner Bros.), August Rush (Warner Bros.), Letters From Iwo Jima (Warner Bros.), My Uncle Navy (TIFF), Made in Jamaica (TIFF), A Winter Tale (Leda Serene Films) and Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey (Warner Bros.); film festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto International Short, ReelWorld Film Festival and press conference, Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, Caribbean Tales Film Festival, and Regent Park Film Festival. Kevin has also worked on Gemini-nominated television shows including, Ancestors in the Attic (History Television), Working Over Time (History Television), ‘da Kink in my Hair and Moccasin Flats (APTN, Showcase).
Kevin was instrumental in helping to launch the Canadian division of the charity Blessings in a Backpack, an initiative established by USA Harvest founder, Stan Curtis and Hilary Duff to feed children at schools across the country. Since then, Blessings in a Backpack has partnered up with several schools in cities such as Toronto, Pickering and Sault Ste. Marie. In addition, he has helped to raise awareness for the organization South African Women for Women and V-Day Toronto.
In the fall of 2006, Kevin traveled to South Africa to attend Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 75th birthday party. During this voyage, he had the honour of joining Winnie Mandikizela Mandela at a private breakfast meeting at her home, while on another occasion he met Nelson Mandela. During this trip, he developed a full understanding of South Africa’s social/political environment, including issues pertaining to segregation, AIDS and heritage.
Community: Teaches regularly at Toronto’s Youth Employment Services (YES) program; York University’s Learning Disabilities Mentorship Program, as a coach helping students to realize their business goals and career paths.
Favourite book? Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
Favourite quote? “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.”
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Write a book.
Who inspires you? Kind people.
Why do you do what you do? Because I get to work with gifted people who inspire me and I get to share their talents with the world.