9B Collective is the first Black-Owned Concept Art Studio made up primarily of BIPOC artists and founded by Phillip Boutté Jr., Mike Uwandi, and Aldis Hodge. Our goal is to provide a shift in the Entertainment landscape by working towards true inclusivity both in front of, and behind the camera. We are artists working across multiple disciplines. Whether it be Feature Films, Animation, Television, Video Games, XR, Graphic Design and more—we can help you flesh out your creative endeavors and push them to the limit. Let’s collaborate and empower artists together!
ARTISTS AND COUNTING
Mike Uwandi is a Concept Artist and Art Director working in the video game, film, and animation industries. He specializes in character design and costume concept art and has worked on projects like Supergirl, Westworld, Star Trek: Picard, Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, The Mandalorian, and The Book of Boba Fett.
Phillip Boutté Jr.
Phillip has been working as a Costume Concept Artist/ Production Designer for film, music video, and television for the past 15 years. He has illustrated for a multitude of blockbuster hits including Marvel’s Black Panther, Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, Captain Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Star Trek 2 & 3, The Justice League and many more. He has also Production Designed several music videos for artists such as Ariana Grande, The Black Keys, Panic at the Disco, Tiesto feat. Busta Rhymes, Travie McCoy, Fefe Dobson, and more.
Aldis Hodge is an entertainer and an entrepreneur, having built a career in various arts. Hodge is a horologist who’s spent many years as a conceptual designer in the horological field, and he’s also a painter with pursuits in the fine-art arena. Hodge is most well known for the characters he portrays in film and television. Hodge can currently be seen playing Hawkman opposite Dwayne Johnson in the DC Comic Black Adam, and his many other credits include One Night in Miami, Straight Outta Compton, City On A Hill, Leverage 2.0, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Friday Night Lights, Supernatural, The Walking Dead, CSI, Universal’s The Invisible Man, and the independent feature Clemency which won the 2019 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film.
Nicole Hendrix is a four-time Emmy-winning Producer and has won five PromaxBDA GOLD awards as a Producer and Creative Director. With a multi-disciplinary background, Nicole has used storytelling as the main ingredient in her successful campaigns that span across television, games, live events, and film. She is currently working as a Producer and Marketing + PR Consultant with clients like Niantic, Baobab Studios, and 9B Collective. She is the Co-Founder/Executive Director of the BRIC Foundation, an organization that focuses on increasing representation for women and people from underrepresented groups in the entertainment industry, where she directs their yearly Talent + Innovation Summit. She is also the Co-Founder of the Concept Art Association, and organization focusing on elevating and raising the profile of concept artists within the entertainment industry, where she directs their yearly Concept Art Awards show.
Rachel’s background lies in costume for film production. After working on several big budget movies in London such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The First Avenger, World War Z and the Harry Potter franchise she relocated to California. During her time in the costume department she worked closely with concept artists and has experienced first-hand the involvement these individuals have in the movie making process. As the Creative Recruiter and a Producer at 9B as well as Co-Founder of Concept Art Association, an advocacy organisation for artists working in the entertainment industry, it has been really rewarding finding her way back to working with artists in this way.
Angela Alise is a performer, writer and producer born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She has a BA in Theatre and Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. While living in Chicago, studying acting and comedy, she also served as Artistic Director of The Prologue Theatre. Working for prestigious companies like The Goodman and The Second City, she became a 2018 NBC Universal Bob Curry Fellow, and co-wrote sketch material found in nationally touring shows like Black Side of the Moon, and Felonius Munk’s Nothing to Lose But Our Chains. She has self produced her own music video "Doppelganger", available on all streaming platforms. Angela is now living in Los Angeles and is excited to work as a producer for the 9B Collective. A working television actor, she can be found in the short film LINING now on The Roku Channel, as well as South Side on HBO Max. Her most recent project, Star Vehicle, which she co-produced and stars in is currently on the festival circuit, and screened at the 20th Annual Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival.
Kiana Nicole Washington
Kiana Nicole Washington is an actress, singer, and director based in Los Angeles, CA. She is a recent graduate from the University of Georgia where she obtained two B.A. degrees in Theatre and Entertainment and Media Studies. Kiana is a creative at heart and is passionate about telling stories that address societal issues and make viewers think. She loves pursuing projects that promote equality and development, while inspiring a sense of community. Kiana is currently working as Social Media Manager for 9B Collective, Black Rebirth Collective, and Visionrey, which all work to support and give a voice to artists of color which is most important to Kiana. Kiana is best known for her roles as JoAnn Gregory in the feature film, Playing Through and Tracy Morris in the upcoming mini-series, Linked by Love, and is currently in production as a lead role in her first Lifetime movie. Kiana has also produced, directed and starred in her own projects like A Part of That, a musical film adaptation, as well as her short film, The Confession that was recognized as Best Film in the UGA Black Theatrical Ensemble Film Festival. The past five years, Kiana has been working diligently with her sister in developing their first teen thriller television series which she plans to star in as well.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Miwa Kido grew up fascinated by TV and Films and their power of visual communication and storytelling. Though she got her B.A. in History from Middlebury College, it was her time working for their costume department that set her on her career path. She quickly returned to LA and combined passions by working in the costume department for films such as G.I. Joe: Retaliation, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, and others. During this time, she worked closely with several concept artists. After a short hiatus to start a family, she joined the 9B family and has loved getting to work with the incredibly talented 9B artists.