KARLTON T. CLAY
Karlton T. Clay has always loved to write. He began writing at a very young age. But it wasn’t until his time at Davidson Fine Arts School in Augusta, GA that he began to get involved in production and wanting to use his gift of writing as his career.
However, on March 18th, 2002, Karlton, at the age of 16, was diagnosed with acute lymphoma leukemia. However, instead of succumbing to this terrible disease in his life, Karlton decided that he was going to persevere. During his time in recovery, he grew closer to his family and his relationship with God strengthened. Also, from this experience, VICTORY PRODUCTIONS was born. Karlton graduated from Davidson Fine Arts School in 2004, and he graduated from Georgia State University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in film and television production.
Under Victory Productions, Karlton has written, produced, and directed several theatre productions, short films, and 15 series: College Daze (September 2006-January 2011), The Lyons Den (February 2012-March 2021), Karma (September 2014-April 2017), Lovers Lane (August 2015-December 2019), Color Blind (November 2015-February 2017), Ex-Factor (December 2016-June 2021), BrothAhood (January 2017-March 2022), Bondage (September 2017-present), Sweet Mahogany (February 2018-December 2018), My Best Friend (March 2018-April 2021), In The Nick Of Time (July 2018-present), Peace Be Steel (February 2019-August 2021), SistAhood (June 2019-July 2019), The MAINE Way (January 2020-present), and My Life (April 2020-October 2021). His shows have been accepted into several web festivals and nominated and awarded several awards including the L.A. Web Fest from 2013-2018, the Rome Web Awards from 2014-2017, the Miami Web Fest from 2015-2020, the Rio Web Fest in Rio, Brazil, and the African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Sort Film Showcase and the Micheaux Film Festival both in Los Angeles, CA.
Sweet Mahogany was picked up for distribution by Maverick Movies making it Karlton's first feature-length film. Sweet Mahogany was released digitally on Amazon Prime, Fandango NOW, and Vudu streaming services April 14, 2020. Reindeer Games, VPN's first original feature-length film was released via Maverick Movies on Tubi November 1, 2020.
Since 2020, Karlton has written, produced, and directed 8 feature-length films: Sweet Mahogany (2020), Reindeer Games (2020), Sweet Mahogany 2: Sweet Indulgence (2021), Redemption For Easter (2021), My Brother's Keeper (2021), SistAhood (2021) (another series turned film), The Assistant (2021), and A Very Merry New Year (2021).
In 2017, Karlton was named one of the Top 10 Young Professionals of Augusta by the Augusta Chamber of Commerce. In 2018, he was named one of Georgia's Top 40 Under 40 Professionals by Georgia Trend Magazine. In 2020, he was named the Greater Augusta Arts Council's Artist Of The Year. In 2021, Karlton was named Most Accomplished by the Beverlee Bernstein Online Awards and Breakthrough Creator of the Year at the 2021 Capital City Web Awards.
Karlton is also a published author with his four-part book series entitled As The Earth Spins, and he is the creator and editor-in-chief of VPN MAG. In everything he does, Karlton hopes to remain true to who he is and be that beacon of hope that will inspire others to follow their dreams. His motto: Grow as you go, which springs from his favorite scripture, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)