The former director of Savannah’s film office says he’s no longer working for Medient Studios in Savannah. Jay Self tells GPB he’s no longer employed by the film company, but is declining further comment for now. Medient’s board fired its former CEO and several other key employees following a shakeup last month. Self was fired from the City of Savannah Film Office in 2013. He took a job as Medient's head of corporate affairs soon after.
Kumaran, a co-founder of the film studio, was forced out as CEO on June 9. The ousted CEO of Medient Studios in Savannah is suing the film company and asking a judge to dissolve it. In a lawsuit filed Monday in Nevada's Second Judicial District Court, Manu Kumaran asks a Nevada judge to dissolve the corporation; appoint a receiver to settle the company’s affairs; and issue an injunction preventing Medient from conducting business. In the complaint, Kumaran says he invested $15 million in Medient in exchange for a controlling interest in the company, before he was forced out on June 9.
Most African Americans living in the South before the Civil War were enslaved. But what may not be as well-known is the history of free African Americans in places like Savannah. Dr. Whittington Johnson is a retired history professor and the author of several books about black history. As part of the city's commemoration of Juneteenth, he visited Savannah's Second African Baptist Church this week.