NICKIE DAVIS (formerly Nickie Shapira)
Nickie Davis is the President and co-founder of Kala Entertainment. Nickie’s start in the television industry began as the President and co- founder of 8th Wonder Entertainment. Nickie executive produced, created and was the showrunner for the following shows: “DMX: Soul of a Man, “BPSI” (starring Kevin Hart, Eddie Griffin, Katt Williams, Anthony Anderson), and “FIRST IN” (Tyrese Gibson). All three tv shows aired on Black Entertainment Television (BET).
In 2010, Nickie left 8th Wonder to partner with Akon to develop and identify talent in Africa with the launch of AKONIC Entertainment. Nickie and Akon’s television and music project in Africa, “Vodacom Superstar” launched in the Democratic Republic of Congo and immediately became a nationwide phenomenon. Academics at the Milken Institute conference hailed it as an original and “effective way to build nationalism and bridge ethnic lines” through the use of music. Vodacom Superstar aired for three successful seasons until 2013. Nickie is recognized as the creator of the reality content genre in central Africa and her projects led to the birth of a new generation of music artists and production talent in the region. The show aired in a number of countries in Africa and Europe.
After taking some time off to start a family, Nickie signed a new record label distribution deal with ROC NATION in 2018 for the development of musical talent.
Nickie graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Politics and Economics, with a minor in East Asian Studies. She also holds a certificate of Business from the Executive MBA program from Columbia University’s School of Business. She grew up in Hawaii and is a proud alumnus of Punahou School.
Nickie has received numerous awards and recognitions for her philanthropy in Congo, Los Angeles, and Israel, including a Certificate of Honor from the U.S. Congress, an Achievement Proclamation from the California State Assembly and also a Certificate of Merit and Accomplishment from Mayor Villaraigosa of the City of Los Angeles.