Paul V. Grant is a multimedia designer, filmmaker and editorial photographer.
He is also the Chief Creative Officer of Ascender Communications, LLC, an award-winning marketing and multimedia communications company that specializes in the creative production of print media, audio, video, Internet and new media content for advertising, public awareness campaigns and broadcast television networks. Paul established Ascender in 2005, after having won a film production grant from Kaiser Family Foundation and The Black AIDS Institute to produce ‘Tangy’s Song!,’ an award-winning documentary film for Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) national ‘Rap-It-Up’ HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in 2004. The following year, he returned to the BET ‘RAP-IT-UP’ campaign as a co-producer of a special one-hour primetime drama, ‘Multitude of Mercies’ (by StraightNoChaser Productions) and again in 2006 as a judge for the national ‘Black AIDS Short-Subject (BASS/RIU) Film Competition.’
For the past seven years, Paul Grant has produced radio PSAs, political advocacy commercials, conference presentations, several series of online educational and promotional videos and a host of other interactive content in support of successful marketing and public awareness campaigns. His client list includes, well-known non-profit organizations such as: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); The Balm In Gilead, Inc.; Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU Local 689); and federal agencies including; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Office of HIV/AIDS Policy (OHAP), Office on Women’s Health (OWH) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). He has also worked with many private corporations to produce outstanding creative work, specifically targeting communities of color.
He began his career in 1995 as a photojournalist for the Richmond Free Press newspaper and then followed his heart into television production in 1997, working at New Millennium Studios, the first full-service film and video production studio in Virginia, as a production assistant on feature films, commercials and the critically acclaimed Showtime TV network series ‘Linc’s.’
Paul Grant studied photography /filmmaking and graphic design at Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Visual Arts.