Chuck West, President and CEO of OCTET Productions, a full-service film and television production company, is a nationally acclaimed producer in Broadway, Urban Theater, and the film industry.
A former American University basketball star where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance with a concentration in Accounting, Chuck commenced his career as a financier and partner, producing the landmark plays of the acclaimed playwright, screenwriter, and director David E. Talbert. During his time in the theater, West was responsible for the national tours and General Managed “Bring In The Noise, Bring In The Funk,” “Lord of The Dance,” “Rent,” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” In addition, he produced over a dozen David E. Talbert theatrical productions, including “He Say, She Say… But What Does God Say?” starring Kirk Franklin.
Through the years, Chuck West quickly became a standout industry leader, specializing in the urban market while creating universal standards and procedures for industry professionals to follow. His love for his community and commitment to education led Chuck to providing countless hours of service to others. In the early 2000s, Chuck teamed with Duke Ellington School of the Arts to bring students to Dakar, Senegal to experience the arts on the continent. In addition, Chuck set up internships and classes to expose students to the theater.
In 2015, Chuck’s love for the arts expanded to film and television production when he partnered with his wife, Bree West, to form OCTET Productions, a full-service film and television production company. West has accumulated over thirty film credits. His priority remains his commitment to educating students across the globe by ensuring they are allowed to experience the film industry. Chuck facilitates that by having students shadow OCTET Productions’ department heads to garner experience working with different production line items and gaining experience in filmmaking. Chuck has given lectures at colleges and universities Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Howard University, Bowie State University and American University.
In 2022, OCTET Productions released two (2) BET+ Original projects, a holiday film, “A Wesley Christmas,” which received two NAACP Image Awards nominations, “Stalked Within,” and its first TV Series, “HUSH,” which premiered on AMC Networks streaming service ALLBLK, and was rated the Number one new show on the streaming service as a top series on AppleTV. In 2023 by storm by completing four dynamic film projects: “A Wesley Christmas Wedding,” the second of three “Wesley Christmas” movies opened BET+’s 2023 holiday films’ season and “Wake,” a suspense thriller starring Shoniqua Shondai, J. Alphonse Nicholson and DeRay Davis. The second season of OCTET’s acclaimed series “HUSH” was released in December and is receiving the highest views each week. In March 2024, OCTET will travel to Durban, South Africa to shoot the third Wesley Christmas installation, “A Wesley South African Christmas” and a number of exciting projects.
In addition to his professional and community achievements, Chuck West is a dedicated husband and father. With four boys – two biological sons and two nephews who he and his brother raised like brothers and four girls who stole is heart from the moment he met his wife Bree, he often says that his tribe is “blended to perfection.” His unconditional love for and dedication to his family is Chuck’s greatest treasure and he takes none of that for granted. A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, Chuck West was inducted to the Maryland Hall of Fame for his Outstanding Achievement in High School Football. Chuck is in the 1000-point club for scoring at American University and was recognized as the District of Columbia Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment (OCTFME) January 2020 Filmmaker of the Month. Most recently, Chuck West was the 2023 recipient of the Pigskin Award, a prestigious honor awarded to him for his dedication to servicing the community.
Chuck’s commitment to his family, his community and the arts is his greatest achievement and his mission in life to be a blessing to others.