Connecting Talent With The Industry
Connecting Talent With The Industry
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How they're changing the game at VIP Ignite LIVE Events!

From: Alycia Kaback & Michael Fomkin

New York City, New York
In 12 years, Alycia Kaback and Michael Fomkin went from having zero connections in the entertainment industry to becoming a part of the Broadway and Fashion “Inner Circle” of power movers and shakers, and sought-after investors whose investments in five Broadway shows that, combined, have won over 36 awards including six Tony’s, one of which was for Best Play in 2013 for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
 
Their “secret ingredient” was creating a one of a kind networking experience for upcoming talent.

Alycia and Michael are the co-authors of the soon to be released, Finding Fame: The Insider’s Guide to the Entertainment Industry. Industry powerhouses that have teamed up to offer advice in their new book include such notables as Dan Lauria who played the dad on the Wonder Years to Alan Zweibel, who has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America, and TV Critics awards for his work in television which also includes Curb Your Enthusiasm and the hit TV show Monk. 
And We'd Like to Officially Invite You to...
Audition for our next VIP Ignite LIVE Event!
WHAT WE DO
When talent join VIP Ignite, our goals are simple:
  • Establish their portfolio and brand
  • Get them connected with leaders in the entertainment industry
  • Equip them with the education to properly pursue their careers
Helping actors, models, and musicians who are either new to the industry or who want to take their careers to the next level, we host networking events in cities that lie in the heart of the entertainment industry.

With talent and industry professionals together under one roof, we’re able to coach talent in developing the skills and confidence necessary to be successful in the entertainment industry.

By creating an educational platform for new talent, we bridge the gap between unprofessional, inexperienced talent at casting calls and a casting call full of professional talent ready to present and ready to roll!
HOW WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Every VIP Ignite LIVE event helps to develop talents' skills, portfolio, and education about the entertainment industry - bridging the gap between a newcomer that never ascends the ranks and those that can create a career here.

Sometimes, you may just need a little clean up, some info on casting call courtesy, and or help putting your book (portfolio) in order to really help your skills shine during an audition.

But if you were never educated on these factors, you could be missing a lot of opportunities to have an amazing and satisfying career as a model, actor or musician.
Essentials For Industry Professionals
Industry professionals can tell right away when talent walk in the door and are completely unprepared or just plain new at the game...

There job is to find talent like YOU see...

with their time tied between sorting through talent and finding the RIGHT one, wouldn't it be so much better to be casting a room full of people who are attending with professional mannerisms and all their assets in order?

That's where we come in to help - We educate talent on how the entertainment industry works and provide opportunities to develop their photo, video, and audio files to capture their essence and skills to submit at every VIP Ignite Event.

Our speakers at VIP events  help set expectations for new talent on:
  • What to Bring and NOT to Bring to Castings
  • ​Industry Etiquettes and What to Expect
  • ​Photo Portfolio w/ Headshots
  • ​Demo Reels
Networking
Attending VIP Ignite events means, not only will you be able to work with other new talent in the industry, you'll also get access to the VIP Team's Network of:
  • Casting Directors
  • ​Talent Scouts
  • ​Agency Owners
  • ​Vetted Working Talent
  • ​Producers
  • ​Coaches
  • ​And More!
Immersion
With the frustrations of finding talent who are professionally presenting themselves, are as skilled and talented as their portfolio implies, but also look the part being casted, you might find yourself spending time outside the office...
  • Publishing Articles
  • ​Getting on Interviews
  • ​Hosting Your Own Coaching Workshops
  • ​Involving Yourself with Indie Projects
  • ​Etc...
... desperately hoping new talent coming into your auditions have read your tips, watching your interviews sharing your insights, have attended some kind of coaching, or at least something to up their game to the standards the entertainment industry demands at a casting level!

But the results may seem to no avail...

Speaking at VIP Ignite Events might be that bridge you're looking for to educate talent, who pay attention, on a mass level across the industry to help bring that standard up and make your job easier in the days to come!
Value-Packed Days
Everyone who wants to enter the entertainment industry has a reason - a story they likely want to share...

And becoming a VIP talent with us imagine yourself as a working professional who's been in the industry for a number of years, there might be a message you want to promote as well:
  • Racial Diversity
  • ​Size Inclusivity
  • ​Gender Variance
  • ​And More...
Many of our talent and speakers who've shared their experiences want to promote more diversity and inclusivity among ethnicity, sizes, genders, orientations, religions, but the hardest part is finding talent with the courage to break through media stereotypes and enter the industry in the first place!

By attending one of our events, you'll be able to cultivate new relationships and connections from all backgrounds and encourage others  allowing the world to see your special talent and unique ideas...
We Develop Talent Worth Watching
 OUR TALENT HAVE APPEARED IN THE FOLLOWING SHOWS AND MOVIES
"Inspiring"
"Attending the VIP Event has dramatically changed my understanding of how the entertainment industry works. I now have a roadmap to follow."
"Life Changing"
“Attending the event has allowed me to work with clients from Rolex to Cartier to BMW in addition to having the opportunity to travel all over the world.”
"Informative"
“With so many scams out there, it was comforting to find a place where we could meet and speak with legitimate people in the industry”
We Develop Talent Who Exact Attention
 OUR TALENT HAVE MODELED FOR THE FOLLOWING DESIGNERS
"Your Network Is Your Net Worth."
- Tim Sanders
Our Network
  Notable Connections
Ice-T & Coco
Legendary Rapper/Actor
Actress/Dancer/Model
Demi Lovato
Singer/Songwriter/Actress
Michael Kenneth Williams
Actor
Christine Teigen
Sports Illustrated/Host Lip
Sync Battle/IMG Model
LL Cool J
Rapper/Entrepreneur/Actor
Tone Capone
Executive Vice President at
CMG/Universal Motown Records
Meet Our Speakers
  Open New Doors AND Meet New People Stop Feeling You Don't Have the Right Opportunities!
David Doan
Director of Young Talent Development in the Theatrical
Department at CESD Talent Agency in New York City
David books young actors on TV, Film, and Theater projects.
He was nominated for a 2012 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special for Nick Jr.’s Bubble Guppie, and his passion for developing and successfully breaking out young performers was recognized in Variety Magazine’s 2015 Youth Impact Report where he was profiled alongside the industry’s top talent, musicians, agents, and influencers. 
 
David also serves on the Board of Directors for The Artist’s Patron Fund which is a nonprofit charity that provides fiscal sponsorship for mid-career artists whose primary income comes from sources other than their art, with project-specific grants. 
Corey Cott
Actor, Singer
Corey Cott is best known for playing Jack Kelly in the Broadway musical Newsies,
And for originating the role of Donny Novitski in the Broadway musical Bandstand.
Laura Osnes
Actress, Singer
Laura Osnes is known for her work on Broadway.
She has played starring roles in Grease as Sandy, South Pacific as Nellie Forbush, Anything Goes as Hope Harcourt, and Bonnie and Clyde as Bonnie Parker, for which she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.

She also starred in the title role of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella on Broadway, for which she received a Drama Desk Award and her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. 
Phil Sullivan
Fashion Model
Phil Sullivan is an American fashion model.
He rose to fame initially on a season of America's Next Top Model. Since then, Phil has appeared in magazines such as Man of the World, GQ, and Vogue Italia. The American model has also taken to the catwalk for labels, which range from Michael Bastian to POLO Ralph Lauren.
Michael Urie
Actor
Michael Urie reprises his role of Arnold in Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song, having starred in the role in the off-Broadway production.
He has also appeared on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. His off-Broadway credits Buyer & Cellar(Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, L.A. Drama Critics Awards);The Government Inspector; Homos, or Everyone in America(Obie Award); Shows For Days; The Cherry Orchard; Angels in America; The Temperamentals (Lortel, Drama Desk, Theatre World awards) and Bright Colors and Bold Patterns (director).

Regional theatre includes Hamlet for Michael Kahn at The Shakespeare Theatre. He's been seen on film in He's Way More Famous Than You (also directed), Thank You for Judging (co-director), WTC View, Decoy Bride, Petunia, Such Good People, The Hyperglot and on TV in Younger, The Good Wife, Modern Family, Hot in Cleveland and Ugly Betty.

Robert Funaro
American Film & Television Actor
Funaro is best known for the role of Eugene Pontecorvo in the Emmy Award-winning television series The Sopranos.
His last episode on The Sopranos, "Members Only," in which he played a major role, won an Emmy Award for Best Writing in a Drama Series in 2006 for producer/writer Terence Winter.

He also appeared in the 2007 film American Gangster as Detective McCann and in 2012 appeared in "Whistle Blower" the 10th episode of the 2nd season of the CBS show Blue Bloods as NYPD Captain Browne.
Ed Bennett
Owner, Bennett Media Studio (BMS) and
723 Washington Studios in New York City
A published writer, song lyricist, music composer and recorded musician, Ed serves on the Board of The Songwriters Guild of America Foundation.
Ed was the first President and Chief Executive Officer of VH1, MTV Network’s 24-hour music and lifestyle network. Ed developed many of the “Signature “ TV shows for this popular global TV network. Mr. Bennett has also been publicly recognized for his professional and personal work.

He was given the American Civil Liberty Union’s Torch of Liberty Award, an honor he shares with Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, Gregory Peck,and Harry Belafonte. Ed is also developing new singers and performers in his recording/film/media studio. The studio offers a large Live Performance Space for established and emerging artists. His Asia Division has been producing, writing and recording K-Pop for various artists.

Recently he has been featured in several TV Documentaries on K-pop’s influence in the world of Pop Culture. His last interview covered the “Psy” phenomena of the power of the internet for artistic expression and branding.
Rigo "Riggs" Morales
Vice President of A&R and Artist Development
at Atlantic Records
Award winning artists he works with include such as Wiz Khalifa, Janelle Monae, Action Bronson, Tayla Parx and the groundbreaking Broadway musical, Hamilton.
Riggs has been a fixture in urban music for over 20 years. First as a journalist documenting music culture for publications like The Source, XXL, Vibe and The Fader and later as an accomplished music executive overseeing records to the tune of 40 million in sales. His penchant for spotting talent was cultivated during his tenure as a music editor at The Source Magazine.

For 6 years Riggs wrote and edited innovative stories while overseeing columns such as Lyric Of Month, Mic Check Q&A, Coast to Coast and Unsigned Hype, where he would discover future Grammy-Award Winning phenom, Eminem.

Vince Rodriguez
Actor
Vincent Rodriguez III currently stars as Josh Chan in the critically-acclaimed Emmy and Golden Globe winning CW musical comedy "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."
The television show tells the story of Rebecca Bunch, a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up her prestigious New York life after running into her summer camp boyfriend, Josh Chan.
Valerie Smaldone
5-Time Billboard Magazine Award Winner
Valerie Smaldone is well-known for her unprecedented success holding the #1 on-air position in the New York radio market.
She has hosted, produced and created several nationally syndicated programs featuring in-depth interviews with top recording artists such as Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Elton John and Mariah Carey, among others.

A well known voice-over artist, Valerie can be heard narrating commercials for clients like Tidy Cats Kitty Litter, IBM, Verizon, Publix Supermarkets, and Minute Maid as well as television promos for Dateline on NBC, The NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, The CBS Morning Show, Lifetime, Cinemax, Oxygen and many others.

Acting credits include a featured role in “Blue Bloods” on CBS, a recurring character in the Fox Television series, “The Following,” and several acclaimed Off-Broadway plays: “Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell” at the Minetta Lane Theatre, “Naked in a Fishbowl” at the Soho Playhouse, “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” at The Triad, and “Girl Talk:The Musical” at the Midtown Theatre.
Frank Knuckles Walker
Musician, Producer
Frank “Knuckles” Walker was a 17 year member of The Roots.
He performed 8 years on the Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon, Brand ambassador for “Cielo” suite/fashion company for 3 yrs, Modeled for John Varvatos for 2 years for his fall/winter line in 2011. Judged & Hosted the PHL center stage awards in 2017.

Gabriel Rey
Casting Director, Scout, Bookings Editor for Fashion  Advertising & Editorial
Extensive experience in coordination, planning and support of daily operations and administrative functions.
Experience in the support for photographers, clients and talent on all needs.
Edgar Alvarez
Talent Scout at Envy
Edgar Alvarez joined Envy in 2009. It's been a fabulous 8 years so far as the head of the TV Commercials division for the Los Angeles branch.
Envy is a full service, SAG franchised agency with location in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, as well as a satellite office in NYC. Edgar scouts for actors and models of all ages for all of our locations and all divisions, including fashion, runway, print, commercials, film and television. 
Vivica A. Fox
Actress, Television Producer
She is best known for her roles in the films Independence Day, Set It Off, Soul Food, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, and Kill Bill: Vol. 1.
While in California she started acting professionally, first on soap operas such as Generations, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless. Fox starred in and co-produced the Lifetime Network drama series, Missing. Fox participated in the third season of ABC's hit television show, Dancing with the Stars.

In September 2007, she appeared in the sixth season of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm as a mother of a family displaced by a hurricane and taken in by Larry and Cheryl. Then, on October 1, she appeared in an episode of the show The Game. In August 2008, she filmed Shark City in Toronto. Fox hosted her own VH1 reality series entitled Glam God. She stars in the stage play starring in a play entitled Cheaper to Keep Her, produced by I'm Ready Productions.

Fox was one of TV Guide Network's red carpet correspondents for the 82nd Academy Awards which were held on Sunday, March 7, 2010.
Tanya Kleckner
Director Theatrical
Tanya joined HRI Talent in early 2008, but she grew up around many famed and celebrated artists such as Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Shirley Bassey, Nina Simone, and Billie Holiday which inspired Tanya to pursue music.
The power packed combination of her ability to play many different instruments, hands on music industry knowledge, and a college degree in music, earned her a position as a sound engineer. Tanya worked in many British studios with amazing artists and legends including Led Zeppelin, Tina Turner, and The Who.

Tanya realized that if she really wanted to how more about the entertainment industry, she would have to move to Los Angeles. Tanya worked her way through the talent agency and management system where she has earned a reputation as a “straight-shooter.” She has accumulated a fiercely loyal clientele following including Kelsey Grammer, Edward James Olmos, Faye Dunaway, James Coburn and The Coppola Family.
Sergio Garcia
LA Models Men’s Division
Sergio has been a crucial element to the success of LA Models Men’s Division.
Prior to joining the highly revered agency, Sergio Garcia came to LA by way of Las Vegas in ’99 to start his career in the entertainment industry at the prestigious CAA Mailroom Trainee Program. There, a chance encounter with a famous supermodel made Garcia realize his passion for the fashion industry.

He made the move to Ford Models, working his way up from assistant to an agent in the Men’s Division.

Over the span of his 16 year career in the modeling industry, Sergio has discovered, developed and booked the world’s top male models and worked with top photographers, magazines, brands, and advertisers worldwide.
Warren Kurtiss
Co-CEO of Dawty Music Group
Warren Kurtiss, is a talented Platinum Producer, Songwriter, Singer and DJ ,
Who has worked on projects with artists such as Ne-Yo, Estelle, French Montana, Wale, Dj Drama Boyz II Men, Janelle Monae, Blackstreet, Snoop Dogg, Sean Kingston, Shaggy Hugel and many more.

His newest 2017 summer release is the Song "Sky Blue" by Dawty Music and songwriter/producer/ artist Nikko Sherard distributed by His own Label Dawty Music Group via Sony Music Arista France. Sky Blu ft. Nikko Sherard ha over 500,000 streams throughout all streaming services and counting!

Warren Kurtiss has sold over 2 million records worldwide!
Jose Ortiz
TV Production, Casting, Talent Producer, Scouting &  Development
With over 20 years experience in Talent Relations, Jose Ortiz’ extensive files have Talent based in LA, NY and Miami. By 21, he became Director of New Faces for Boss Models in NY, Miami & London.
He then worked for Ford Models in NY & Miami and helped launched the Men’s Division of NY Models. Shortly after he discovered Channing Tatum and Nick Bateman. 
Jose started working for Ocean Drive magazine in 2006 and soon became Editor at Large. He produced over 50 editorials and features where he art directed annual portfolios.

He also had a column where he interviewed Kim Kardashian, Sofia Vergara, Gisele Bundchen, Zac Posen, Kourtney & Khloe, Paul Walker, Norman Reedus, Diplo, and John Legend to name a few. During this time he also developed, cast and produced the Real Housewives of Miami and decided to move to Los Angeles in 2011 to pursue reality television. He freelanced with MTV, Bravo and VH1.
Nikko Sherard
Affiliate of Sony/Dawty Music Group
Nikko Sherard has had over 10 years working professionally in the music industry.
He signed his first deal with Grammy award winning songwriter Andre Merrit through Ms Lynn/Universal Music Publishing Group and began working with industry peers Rihanna, Chris Brown, The Jackson family, Elijah Blake, Teairra Mari, Bridget Kelly, Mia, to name a few. This is where he later met Platinum producer Warren Kurtiss of Dawty Music.

After leaving Ms Lynn/Universal Music Publishing, Warren and Nikko Sherard began to work more exclusively. Nikko Sherard became more involved in the production side of music co producing with Warren Kurtiss on major artists and television projects such as Ne-Yo, Empire, Celine Dion, and other major label artists. They soon landed a deal after working on their own project together. Vincent the president of Sony Music Arista France heard the first single from their unreleased EP “The Dawty Project,” where he quickly signed them and released their first single Sky Blue.
Teri Bostaji
Founder Teri B Talent & Model Management
Teri Bostaji is one of the most-respected and sought-after managers in entertainment.
Teri spent 15 years of her career as a SAG/AFTRA/AEA talent agent, and in 2002 joined Wilhelmina. Teri helped expand the business by developing a kid’s board and adding the teen division. In under 12 months “Willy Kids” had quickly grown a presence and became an official brand extension of Wilhelmina - Wilhelmina Kids & Teens, and Wilhelmina Creative Management became a top competitor within the youth management marketplace, and all under Teri Bostaji’s leadership.

Their clients can be found in top TV series - as series regulars and guest stars – in leading roles in film and TV, to Broadway shows, and even top fashion retail campaigns.  
Nole Marin
Owner/Director AIM Model Management
Nole Marin has been appointed as the fashion director for the international fashion and entertainment news agency Runway magazine.
Mr. Marin is also known for his roles as a coach on MTV's hit series MADE. He has coached on the hit series more times than anyone before. Along with his spots as a MADE coach, he is also a judge on the UPN's hit series America's Next Top Model cycles 3 and 4, which saw contestants Eva Pigford and Naima Mora winning the competition respectively.

Marin has also made several appearances on the second cycle of Canada's Next Top Model as the photo shoot director, which saw Rebecca Hardy win. In the third cycle he became a series regular, appearing in each episode as the artistic director for photo shoots.

He was a judge on True Beauty, Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher's reality show. He was replaced in the second season by Carson Kressley. In 2006 Nolé Marin discovered Sean O'Pry. Within just three years of Nolé discovering Sean, Forbes magazine released an article in a 2009 issue noting O'Pry as one of the most successful male models of all time.
Robert Galinsky
Actor, Acting Coach
After a 30 week run in NYC, Galinsky is now running his critically acclaimed solo show “The Bench, A Homeless Love Story” (presented by Chris Noth and Barry “Shabaka” Henley) in Hollywood, at the Hudson Guild Theatre.
His work as an acting coach and artist/activist has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, and on The VIEW, NPR, ABC Nightline News and many media outlets.

50 Cent is one of Galinsky’s clients and he is currently collaborating with Jay O. Sanders (Sneaky Pete) and Galinsky is a contributing editor to The Fresh Toast, is Head Speaker Coach for TEDxTeen, TEDxFultonStreet, and Galinsky teaches writing and performance at Rikers Island Jail, and other jails and prisons throughout New York, through the non-profit Literacy for Incarcerated Teens and GalinskyCoaching.com
Michelle Henderson
President/CEO HRI Talent
Michelle Henderson created an elite, exclusive powerhouse talent agency where clients are exposed to only the best talent and talent are treated as equals.
HRI Talent is one of the most successful and respected talent agencies in Los Angeles, incorporating commercial, theatrical, print, youth, new media, unscripted reality, brand marketing and celebrity divisions.

Some of Michelle’s campaigns include Dior, Gatorade, McDonalds, Apple, Target, Carl’s Jr, Chevy, Magnum Ice Cream, Pantene, Wells Fargo, Restasis and Moen, just to name a few.
Danny Abeckaser
Actor, Writer, Producer
Abeckaser's first foray into cinema was 2010's Holy Rollers.
Following the film's success, Danny went on to land one of his better known roles as Dino Lapron in The Iceman, appearing alongside Ray Liotta, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, and James Franco. Abeckaser continued momentum and soon after finished a longtime project writing and co-producing the film Club Life, which was loosely based on his life as a New York nightclub power player. Danny was then able to fulfill a lifelong dream when he was given the opportunity to work with the legendary Martin Scorsese on The Wolf of Wall Street. 

Abeckaser will reprise his work with Scorsese in the upcoming film The Irishman, set to release 2019. Abeckaser made his directorial debut in the new film First We Take Brooklyn, co-starring AnnaLynne McCord, Harvey Keitel, Charlotte McKinney, Edoardo Ballerini, Stevie Gutman, and Kathrine Narducci. Apart from acting, Abeckaser runs 2B Productions, which has produced nine films to date since its founding in 2013.
Leslie Pham
DT Model Management
DT Model Management is one of the leading boutique modeling agencies, priding itself on its distinguished talent roster and client base.
Founded in 2012 by David Todd, DTMM has secured some of the biggest worldwide campaigns for clients such as Paco Rabanne, DSQUARED2, Diesel, and Stuart Weitzman.

The agency has booked high-fashion editorials and covers for the likes of American Vogue, Elle Magazine, V Magazine, GQ Magazine, Italian Vogue, and Vanity Fair Italia, making it one of the premiere model management companies in Los Angeles.
Daniel Pina
Model Agent LA Models
In just over 29 years of operation in the fast-paced, high-stakes world of modeling, founder Heinz Holba has built LA Models into one of the most powerful and successful agencies in the industry.
Since the early 1980s, Holba has worked tirelessly to bring a significant international modeling presence to Los Angeles. Holba's efforts have paid off: LA Models is the largest modeling agency on the West Coast and one of the most respected in the world.

Holba's well-established New York Model Management in Manhattan is quickly achieving the same notoriety. Providing full service to its clients, New York Model Management maintains a presence in the fashion center of the country as well as booking directly into Europe and other U.S. cities.
Roger Guenveur Smith
Actor, Director, Writer
An esteemed African-American playwright and actor whose roles almost invariably contend with the politics and dynamics of race,
Thespian Roger Guenveur Smith grew up in Berkeley and debuted onscreen in the late '80s. Over the ensuing years, Smith cultivated and sustained a reputation for tackling demanding, challenging, and thought-provoking assignments with immense aplomb. 

He achieved much of his success thanks to repeated collaborations with Spike Lee, who cast him as Yoda in the musical School Daze and Smiley, the hipster street philosopher in Do the Right Thing; in fact, Lee later noted that Smith was the one who devised the idea for the juxtaposed photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X in one of Thing's pivotal scenes.

Meanwhile, Smith remained extremely active in regional theater, both by authoring his own efforts and by teaching drama to juvenile delinquents. As the years passed, Smith's onscreen activity crescendoed; he signed roles in such contemporary classics as King of New York, Deep Cover, and Eve's Bayou, Malcolm X, Get on the Bus, He Got Game, and Summer of Sam, and A Huey P. Newton Story, Shade, God's Waiting List, Confessions of a Call Girl, and American Gangster. Smith continued his theatrical work with such plays as the Iceland.
Jodi Katz
Singer, Actress
Jodi Katz began her career as a background singer for Josh Groban and Miley Cyrus. She is currently on tour with Cher ann just finished her 9th tour with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
She has received 2 RIAA Gold Records from TSO.

Her talents have been heralded by such luminaries as Bob Leone (former manager of Lady Gaga) who simply said, “Jodi has IT in spades." Becca Tobin (Kitty, from hit TV show, GLEE) says, “Katz is the next super star from America!” The Legendary Freddy DeMann (former manager of Michael Jackson & Madonna and owner of Maverick records) said, “You know a star the minute you see them.” He then cast her in his movie right on the spot.

Film/Theater Producer Scott Prisand (Rock of Ages starring Tom Cruise) stated, “Jodi is an amazing talent, with unmatched magnetism." Mark Dagostino of People Magazine, “I knew the minute that I was introduced to Jodi that I would be following her career for a long time." Jodi was also cast in such movies as Normal Adolescent Behaviors starring Amber Tamblyn and Lonely Streets starring Joe Mantegna and Jay Mohr. 
Cassandra Torres
Next Model Management
NEXT Management is a global modelling agency that connects top talent in fashion and entertainment with leading international brands.
Established in New York in 1989, the agency quickly expanded into key markets: London, Paris, Milan, Los Angeles, and Miami. 

Publications and brands know to look to NEXT for the best new faces and the most established fashion models with global recognition.

Next oversees the successful careers of the most internationally recognizable faces.
Catherine Asanov
Photographer
Catherine Asanov is an established fashion, commercial, advertising and celebrity photographer based in Los Angeles and NYC.
After majoring in photography at Savannah College of Art and Design and graduating Valedictorian of her class, she passionately launched her career.

Soon after making the move to LA, she became published in major magazines and has worked and is working with clients such as Charles David, Sunglasses Hut, Sony Music/RCA Records, Creative Recreation, Badgley Mischka, NBC, Telemundo, Dreamworks, Enzoani, NBC, and brands passionate about their business goals. She has also been featured in an exhibition alongside one of her most influential photographers, Richard Avedon.

Catherine is a kick-ass Russian-American photographer full of not only creativity but vision for design and branding. She strives in the high-level of her work, and her attention to client needs.
Pamela Phillips Oland
Lyricist, Composer, Author
Lyricist Pamela Phillips Oland has had 500+ songs recorded in a wide range of genres, including pop, R&B, rock, country, jazz and musical theater.
Her break was becoming Frank Sinatra’s last lyricist when he recorded “Monday Morning Quarterback” and commissioned her to write “Barbara” for his wife.

Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Selena, Anne Murray, Peabo Bryson, Reba McIntyre, The Jacksons, and Gladys Knight are just a few of the artists who’ve recorded 3X-Grammy- nominated Oland’s songs.
Paul Gargano
Artist Manager
Paul Gargano is a music industry veteran with more than 25 years experience and is a former host on VH1 and on-air personality for VH1 and MTV.
An artist manager since 2001, current management roster includes Drowning Pool, Stitched Up Heart, 9Electric, Jason Charles Miller, Type O Negative, Combichrist and The Black Moods.

He has overseen the production of countless music videos, and worked with many of the biggest names in music, including Bon Jovi, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tiesto, Metallica, Marilyn Manson, Motley Crue, KISS, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Motorhead and more.
Barry Shabaka Henley
Actor
Barry Shabaka Henley played Herbert Muhammad in Ali, where he appeared with film stars Will Smith and Jamie Foxx.
In Collateral, where he appeared again with Foxx and film co-star Tom Cruise, he portrayed a sensitive jazz musician living on borrowed time. He also starred in Steven Spielberg's The Terminal. In Miami Vice, Henley succeeded Edward James Olmos as superior officer, Lt. Martin Castillo, once again with film co-star Foxx along with Colin Farrell.

He also appeared in the short-lived television series, Robbery Homicide Division and Barbershop. From 2009 to 2010, he played the recurring character of FBI Agent Vreede in FlashForward, an ABC television series. He also played Buddy in the 1998 film, How Stella Got Her Groove Back. In 1999 Henley supplied the role of Pokerface in the Eddie Murphy/Martin Lawrence film Life.

In 2010, Shabaka played the character Dr. Olson in the season 3 Lie to Me episode "Veronica". As a stage actor, Henley's honors include the Drama Desk, Obie, and Olivier Awards. He was also a member of the West Coast Black Repertory Theatre and the San Francisco Mime Troupe.
Willie Wisely
Songwriter & Repertoire Management at Concord
Bicycle Music
Willie Wisely is a songwriter’s songwriter, often compared to Ron Sexsmith, Paul McCartney and Elliot Smith.
His music is hyper-personal, and by turns quirky and unexpectedly profound.He has toured extensively in the USA and Japan and with his 7th studio album “True”, marks the reunion of his legendary Minneapolis-based quartet the Willie Wisely Trio [sic].

Wisely is also a producer, notably for the young Mark Foster (Foster The People), comedian Andy Dick (albums Do Your Shows Always Suck & The Darkest Day Of The Year), and educator Michael Ryther’s “Kids Of The Earth,” an ambitious new project hailed as “the soundtrack to saving the planet.”
Phil Nicolo
The Butcher Bros
The Butcher Brothers is an American production team made up of brothers Phil and Joe Nicolo, originally based out of Philadelphia.
In 1989 the brothers Nicolo teamed up with Chris Schwartz to launch Ruffhouse Records using Studio 4 as a base of operations. Over the next decade the label moved more than 100 million units through Sony distribution.

Responsible for the careers of Lauryn Hill, the Fugees, Cypress Hill, Kriss Kross and Wyclef Jean; Ruffhouse accounted for 12 of Columbia Records 39 Grammy nominations in 1997. To accommodate a busy production schedule, the brothers renovated a warehouse in Conshohocken, PA and converted it into studios, digital editing rooms, a mastering lab (MasterVoice) and offices.
Joe Franklin
Radio & Television Host Personality, Author, Actor
Joe Franklin’s television series debuted in January 1951 and was one of the longest running uninterrupted careers in broadcasting.
He has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the longest-running TV talk show in history, The Joe Franklin Show which ran for 50 years.

He has interviewed many guests, including: Dorothy Lamour, Buddy Hackett, Jackie Mason, Rodney Dangerfield, Ray Bolger, Redd Foxx, Vincent Price, Jake LaMotta, Tiny Tim, Frank Sinatra Jr., Howard Stern and Buster Keaton. Franklin has also done guest spots on Live! with Kelly, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Late Show with David Letterman.

He was an actor, known for Ghostbusters, Broadway Danny Rose and The Mercy Man.
He was also mentioned several times on The Simpsons.
Gerardo Carillo
Head Booker, New Icon Models
Gerardo Carrillo started as a fashion editor at NYLON Español.
Gerardo produces, styles, and directs the photoshoots. He is also in charge of the planning and development of the stories, and concepts of each project.

Occasionally he writes articles where he analyzes the behaviors of the industry and how they evolve in an edgy, progressive and inclusive manner.

Gerardo's work has been published in i-D México, Nylon Español, Wonderland, Hunger and Vanity Teen.

He has also worked with celebrities like Megan Fox, Lucky Blue, Pyper America Smith, Dascha Polanco, Johnny Galecki, Peter Murphy, and Alice Glass, who he had the honor of interviewing.
Vanesa Capitaine
Mexican Photographer
After graduating from UDCI in 2005, spent much of his time working in the art scene for galleries and Museums in México and San Diego, making photography about social and intimate themes.
Now Vanesa continues various projects that celebrate the social themes relate with youth culture, creative latinos and fashion.

She actually works as contributor for i-D México.

Her editorial work was published for Vice, NYLON Español and Vanity Teen.
Dan Lauria
Actor, Writer, Producer
Lauria is best known for his portrayal of Jack Arnold, the money-conscious father on the TV series The Wonder Years.
Other roles include James Webb in the 1998 TV miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, Commanding Officer, USA in 1996's Independence Day, Coach Hamstrung in The Three Stooges N.Y.U.K. on AMC in 2000. 

Lauria appeared on stage in New York in the summer of 2006 in an Off Broadway production of A Stone Carver. In late 2009, Lauria returned to the Off Broadway stage, appearing as Jimmy Hoffa in Brian Lee Franklin's Good Bobby, a fictionalized account of Robert Kennedy's rise.In 2010, Lauria appeared as Vince Lombardi in the Broadway play Lombardi.

In 2012, Lauria played the part of Jean Shepard in the Broadway production of A Christmas Story: The Musical, a role which he reprised off Broadway at Madison Square Garden in 2013. From 2012 through 2014, he played Jack Sullivan on the Steve Byrne sitcom Sullivan & Son. In 2015, Lauria starred in Dinner with the Boys, a script he wrote.
Steve Garrin
Producer & Talent Booker of Sunday Night Live
with Joey Reynolds
Steve Garrin is an Author, Promoter, Voice Talent and the founder of the highly acclaimed VoiceWorks® voiceover workshop.
Steve was a member of the Drama Desk nominating committee for the 2014-2015 Season. Steve started in show business in 1986 as a performer, director, and producer of voiceovers.

He then moved on to producing, directing, recording, and editing radio programs and books on tape. His company, VideoActive Productions, (1991-2010) expanded to become a full-service digital audio-video production and post-production house. Steve was Joe Franklin's Radio Producer/Talent Booker and Broadcast business partner. In 1996 Steve was nominated for a GRAMMY (editor) in the Audio Book Spoken word category. In 1997, Steve won an EMMY Award for his work on the HBO Family daytime special, “How Do You Spell God”. Steve co-authored (with Rich Herschlag), Legendary Comedian Pat Cooper’s autobiography, How Dare You Say How Dare Me, Foreword by Jerry Lewis.Steve worked on the "Aristocrats" with Paul Provenza and "Make 'Em Laugh" with Michael Kanter/PBS.

He recorded, directed and edited Broadway legend, Carol Channing reading her autobiography, Just Lucky, I Guess, A Memoir of Sorts. Steve produced, directed, recorded, and edited Pat Cooper reading the audio book version of his autobiography, How Dare You Say How Dare Me. Steve is a voting member of NARAS, NATAS, SAG & AFTRA.
Disco Fries

The duo has hit the Hypem #1 spot multiple times with their releases on labels such as Cr2, Strictly Rhythm, OneLove, and Vicious Recordings.
After recently being named one of VIBE Magazine "30 DJs to Watch in 2013", Disco Fries partnered with Novation to create a Max for Live plug-in dubbed "Konversate" for use with the Launchpad in their live sets. In late 2013, The Disco Fries became a FabFilter Endorsed Artist. The Disco Fries performed all over the world.

Notable gigs have included playing alongside Tiesto at Hakkasan in Las Vegas, Icona Pop and Krewella at Stage 48 in New York City for WKTU KTUphoria and Tommie Sunshine at the Amsterdam Dance Event in The Netherlands.

The duo also completed bi-annual tours in Asia, Australia, Indonesia and Canada with a string of dates throughout mainland China, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Sydney, Perth, Toowoomba, Adelaide, Alberta, Ottawa, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labradour.

On June 29, 2014 The Disco Fries played WKTU's Ktuphoria with Calvin Harris, Cash Cash, Ariana Grande, and Jennifer Lopez.
Thomas G Waites
Actor, Acting Coach
When Thomas G Waites was 21 years old, he was offered two movies simultaneously: Snowbound, directed by Robert Young, and Pity the Poor Soldier, directed by Bill Jersey.
Waites chose Pity the Poor Soldier because it was in celebration of the centennial of the American Revolutionary War. Next Waites originated the roll of Oliver Treefe in Simon Gray's world premiere of Molly, at the First Annual Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C.

After this highly acclaimed performance he returned to NYC to be cast as the lead in the Joan Micklin Silver-produced On the Yard, co-starring John Heard. After very strong critical notices Waites auditioned for and got the lead in Walter Hill's The Warriors playing the character Fox.

After disputes with the director, he was fired from this film. Three weeks after being fired from The Warriors Tom auditioned with Al Pacino, and was cast as Jeff McCullough in the Norman Jewison film ...And Justice for All, starting a long-standing friendship between the two men. In 1982, Waites landed land the role of Bobby in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, American Buffalo. Kurt Russell and John Carpenter saw his performance and cast him as Windows in the film The Thing. He opened the TGW Acting Studio in 2000 and his school continues to thrive today.

He has coached such actors as Alfred Molina, Vinnie Pastore, Vinessa Shaw, Tim Guinee, Oliver Hudson and Jamie Harris. TGW Acting Studio was named the top school to study acting in New York City by Backstage in 2015. Upon returning to New York, he directed the Off-Broadway hit Six Goumbas and a Wannabe, starring Annie McGovern and Kathrine Narducci. He also directed Golden Ladder (with Amy Redford) and numerous other Off and Off-Off-Broadway productions. Tom directed Joe Mantegna and Frances Fisher in a short film, Pandora's Box, for which he won Best Director in the Atlantic City Film Festival.
Wil Sylvince
Comedian
Wil Sylvince is one of the most explosive comedians performing around the world today.
His comedic performances on COMEDY CENTRAL, HBO’S DEF COMEDY JAM, and SHOWTIME all garnered standing ovations by the audiences, a feat rarely seen accomplished by many performers.

Sylvince honed his act in New York’s top comedy clubs – the Comedy Cellar, Comic Strip Live, Caroline’s on Broadway, Stand-Up NY and the Gotham Comedy Club. His unique perspective on political and social issues, with a twist of his West Indian Haitian culture makes Sylvince a comedian in high demand. He has been hand picked by comedian heavyweights Damon Wayans, D.L. Hughley, Wayans Brothers, Katt Williams and Gabriel Iglesias to tour the country.

When not touring with other comedians, Sylvince is a wanted commodity at college campuses everywhere. His versatility to work clean as well as edgy, make him one of the nation’s top booked college comedians. In addition to his on camera work, Sylvince also prides himself on his exceptional comedy writing skills. His writing has been used and featured on The Fugees’ album The Score, Wyclef’s The Carnival. He was also a contributor to sketch shows Chapelle Show on Comedy Central and Damon Wayan’s The Underground.
Patrick Quagliano
Stella Adler
Patrick Quagliano is among the premier acting technique teachers in the world today.
He has spent many years studying Stella’s work, both as an actor and teacher. As an actor, he began his training at The Stella Adler Studio in the late 1980′s. After a short acting career, performing in extensive theatrical productions both in New York and London, Patrick returned to the Stella Adler Studio in 1996 to begin teaching.

During this time, he met, apprenticed under, and taught alongside Master Teacher Ron Burrus, the greatest living exponent of the Adler Technique. Patrick also has a long standing relationship with The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, begun while furthering his acting training there. He is currently the Academy’s US representative and a founding member of The London Theatre Exchange.

Patrick won the International Independent Film Festival Best Director Award for his directorial debut of the short film “Rambler,” featuring award-winning former student Daniel Keith.

He also enjoys collaboarating on acting projects with other former students, such as Alexander Villafane’s short film, “All The Days,” in which he co-starred. Film coaching credits include ”Officer Down” with Steven Dorff and James Woods (Jeff Most Productions), where he was dialogue and acting coach for Ukrainian musical performer and actress Kamaliya Zahoor, and “Leading Ladies,” directed by Daniel Beahm, where Patrick coached choreographer Melanie LaPatin (“So You Think You Can Dance”) in her film debut.
Monique Coleman
Actress
Monique Coleman, who is an American actress, dancer, singer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist best known for her co-starring role in Disney's High School Musical movies, in which she plays Taylor McKessie.
Coleman also had a recurring role on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, as a school girl named Mary–Margaret, along with Vanessa Hudgens. She also competed in the third edition of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, finishing in fourth place.

Most recent, Coleman was named the first ever UN Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth and is currently on a world tour to raise awareness of challenges facing youth.

Coleman launched her online talk show Gimme Mo', a show dedicated to empowering today's youth.
Randy Jones
Actor, Author, Founding Member of Village People
In his career spanning four decades before, with and since Village People, he has sold more than 100 million units and garnered in excess of a quarter billion views on YouTube.
Perhaps best known for his hits with the group, like "Macho Man", "In the Navy", "Go West" and "Y.M.C.A," he has earned 75 Gold and Platinum record certificates, toured worldwide, starred in the camp classic film, "Can't Stop the Music", made the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and in 2008, was honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

He has appeared onstage in musicals and plays in New York City and elsewhere, including "When Joey Married Bobby", "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, "Mame", "Music Man", “Chicago”, "The Madonna Whore: Confessions of a Dirty Mind", "Carousel", "Oklahoma!", "Applause", "Barefoot in the Park", "Hello Dolly!", “Camelot, "42nd Street", and "The Anthem."

He has appeared in various documentaries and has been featured on the covers and in the pages of countless magazines and publications around the globe in every language including RollingStone, People, TIME, GQ, Vanity Fair, US, Paris Match, The New York Post and The New York Times. His upcoming memoir, "Glory Days, Disco Nights" is due 2019.
Paul Fisher
CEO of Paul Fisher Management
Paul Fisher has been a business owner and agent in the modeling industry since 1982.
In a career spanning three decades, he has represented models of international renown such as Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour, Carla Bruni, Monica Bellucci, Brooke Burke, Kimora Lee Simmons and secured over $100,000,000 worth of trend-setting media contracts for his clients who include Victoria’s Secret, Chanel, Armani, Versace, Guess, Ralph Lauren, Tommy HIlfiger, Calvin Klein, Prada, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent.
Tiffany Zeno
NBC Universal MEDIA 
Tiffany Zeno currently is with NBC Universal.
She is a passionate, solid, 4 time Emmy nominated, Associated Press award-winning, "old school" news producer. She knows good tv and good news programming. Tiffany has worked in several markets across the country and is dedicated to her craft.

Ms. Leno is also passionate about cultivating young journalists and promoting opportunities that benefit our community. Her goal is to educate the public, produce the best programming possible and to beat the competition.
Brandon Steiner
Founder and CEO of Steiner Sports Marketing
Today the company is best known for its memorabilia. In 2005 Steiner reached an agreement with the New York Yankees to create Yankees-Steiner Collectibles.
In 2008, the Dallas Cowboys partnered with Steiner to form Cowboys-Steiner Collectibles In 2010, the Madison Square Garden company partnered with Steiner to create MSG Steiner Collectibles. Under the deal, Steiner was given license to sell "artifacts, memorabilia and hand-signed items featuring the storied history – past and present – of the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty and The Garden."

Steiner is the author of three books: The Business Playbook, You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid From Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankees Stadium and Built a Sports Empire and Living on Purpose: Stories about Faith, Fortune, and Fitness That Will Lead You to an Extraordinary Life. Brandon has also become a media personality as a regular guest on 98.7 FM/ESPN-NY Radio and co-host of the YES Network’s “Yankees-Steiner: Memories of the Game” series.

He is frequently utilized as an expert commentator on sports and marketing on national news networks including CNBC, CNN, MSNBC and ESPN, and in newspapers including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He also made several appearances on the MLB TV Network while promoting the MLB Fan Cave.
Keith Fenimore
Award-Winning Writer & Producer for Howard Stern
Fenimore is an Executive Producer and Development Executive who has extensive knowledge and experience in creating, producing and writing content across a multitude of mediums.
He has served as an Executive Producer on shows for Networks including, A&E, E!, VH-1, TV Guide Channel, FOX Reality and Reelz Channel -- where he was part of the largest Network launch in television history. He has also developed shows around a variety of talent including: Woody Harrelson, Emmy winner - Jeremy Piven, Skateboarding legend Tony Alva and Oscar winning special effects guru Stan Winston.

n addition to working on numerous productions, Fenimore has held in-house positions within a production company as a creative executive and a Network as an Executive Producer. Fenimore was featured in the Associate Press, Daily Variety, New York Post, Chicago Tribune, Media Week, Orange County Register and E! Online.

Charles Bodner Agent, BRS/GAGE
Talent Agency
BRS/Gage currently represents clients in all parts of the Entertainment Industry including Theatre, Television and Film.
Their clients can be seen on Broadway/National Tours (Book of Mormon, Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins, Memphis, Phantom of the Opera and Wicked), in many Off Broadway and Regional shows, on major television shows (The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, L&O: SVU, Person of Interest) and in many upcoming feature films. 
Fran Kirmser
Producer
Fran Kirmser has worked with artists and arts organizations for 20 years and has facilitated the work of hundreds of artists to stage.
In 1997 she founded Fran Kirmser LLC, one of the first consulting companies dedicated to the emerging artist. In 2000 she co-founded, Manhattan Theatre Source, a theater and playground for passion in Greenwich Village. On Broadway Kirmser co-produced the award-winning Radio Golf. Kirmser was a producer on the 2009 Tony Award-Winner for Best Musical Revival, Hair.

Produced by Kirmser/Ponturo Group and in association with the NFL, Lombardi opened in 2010 and was the longest running play of the 2010-2011 Season where it brought an estimated 146,000 new patrons to the theater for the first time. Additional Broadway credits include Magic/Bird, Bronx Bombers, Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2013 Tony Award), Glengarry Glen Ross. She is represented in Annie and Lucky Guy.
Fran serves as Executive Producer of the feature film Lombardi, based on the Broadway play and produced by Legendary Pictures.
Mark Schoenfeld
Composer, Writer, Lyricist & Advertising
Mark Schoenfeld was hired as a staff songwriter to Irwin Levine Music Publishing during his senior year in high school.
Mark’s career took off when he knocked on Ron Alexenburg, the president of Epic Records’, door, unannounced and uninvited. After that encounter, Alexenbrug became Mark’s employer and later his manager, executive producer, investor, partner and friend.

Mark went on to write music for movies and produced/wrote songs for Polygram, EMI, Motown and Capitol Records. He wrote and sold movies to Orion Pictures, Disney, Dreamworks, and Warner Brothers. He has worked with Hugh Jackman and Director Stephen Herek. Mark went onto write and compose Brklyn the Musical in 2004.
Jeffrey Gurian
Comedian, Writer
Jeffrey Gurian’s start in comedy and the entertainment industry began when Woody Allen took the rare step of allowing an aspiring young comedy writer to meet with him backstage on Broadway, when he was starring in “Play It Again, Sam.” 
Allen was impressed enough with the young writer to invite him to bring more of his work the next evening, and encouraged the young man to pursue his dream of writing comedy. Allen was the first to tell Gurian that his comedy was “very visual”, and urged him to think about adapting it to film.

However it wasn’t until years later that Emmy award winning writer/producer Alan Zwiebel got Gurian started writing professionally. Impressing heavyweights in the entertainment industry with his comedic talent, has been Gurian’s “M.O.”. Gurian has written three films that got made: I’m Your Man, Face to Face and I Am Woody.

Having written for the N.Y. Friars Club Roasts for many years, has made Gurian not only an authority on “Roast humor”, but also one of the best known Roast writers on the East Coast.
Judith R. King
Founder/Owner of King + Company
Judith R. King is the driving force behind one of the industry’s leading independent public relations and strategic marketing firms.
Ms. King personifies KCo’s shared values of integrity, focus and precision, which are at the core of its commitment to achieving the goals of its clients.

Ms. King is a marketing and branding specialist, an expert media trainer, traveling across the country to help hundreds of Fortune 1000 CEOs, four-star generals, celebrities and other prominent personalities shape and articulate their stories to customers, investors and industry influencers.
Nate Erickson
Senior Lifestyle Editor at Esquire.com
Nate is a graduate of Michigan State University.
Nate has worked as Global Digital and Social Media Editor at Christian Louboutin, GQ and Vanity Fair.

Nate also ran Wyclef Jean’s social media.
Bonz Malone
Writer, Actor
Malone began his writing career at Youth Communication in 1986, where he was a teen writer and reporter for New Youth Connections (later renamed YCteen), a magazine written by and for New York City public high-school students.
At Youth Communication, Malone developed and perfected his hip hop writing style in a monthly column called Streetalk, which ran from 1987 to 1989. Malone later took the Streetalk column and style to Spin magazine, Vibe magazine, and other venues for which he became a notable contributor.

In 1995, he wrote the Notorious B.I.G. cover story for July issue of The Source magazine titled, "King of New York", which became the magazine's highest-selling issue. In the same month of that year his feature article, Deep Space Nine was published in Vibe magazine, being the first article to introduce all nine members of the Wu-Tang Clan. Malone is the author of the coffee table book Hip Hop Immortals. Film credits include What’s Going On?, the Marc Levin television documentary about graffiti and street life.

It was the first of several Levin films in which he appeared; Slam, which won the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic film at Sundance; Whiteboyz, Brooklyn Babylon;Shaft; Bomb the System Again, Men Without Jobs and God Has a Rap Sheet. Malone was the script consultant for the 1992 film, Juice directed by Ernest Dickerson and starring Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. Malone was an A&R executive in 1992 at Island Records, where he signed Mobb Deep to their first record deal. He also claims to have missed the chance to sign the Notorious B.I.G. over a dice game he won. 
Keith Shocklee
American Hip Hop Producer & DJ
Malone began his writing career at Youth Communication in 1986, where he was a teen writer and reporter for New Youth Connections (later renamed YCteen), a magazine written by and for New York City public high-school students.
He was an original member of Public Enemy and The Bomb Squad.
He has contributed his talent to several albums including It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back and Fear of a Black Planet.

Shocklee also co-produced the singles "Bring the Noise” and "Fight The Power," which were included on Rolling Stone's list of the “500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.”
He has since gone on to work with the following recording artists: LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Janet Jackson, Sinéad O'Connor and many other big-name acts.
Emily Gipson
Development Executive for I Can and I will Productions
Malone began his writing career at Youth Communication in 1986, where he was a teen writer and reporter for New Youth Connections (later renamed YCteen), a magazine written by and for New York City public high-school students.
I Can & I Will Production’s mission is to create art that tells stories from the unheard and unseen, discover and expose new talent and increases empathy and understanding for all communities.

We believe that by breaking societal norms on screen, we can use art to create tolerance.​
Chaske Spencer
Native American Actor & Producer
Chaske Spencer is best known for his work in the Twilight SAGA New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn as Sam Uley.

Brian O'Hallaran
Actor, Producer 
Brian O’Hallaran is best known for the cult classics Clerks, Mallrats and Clerks II.

Chris Pfaff
New Media & Technology Producer & Strategist
Chris Pfaff is a leading new media and technology producer and strategist.
He is renowned for his knowledge and guidance in integrating leading-edge technology into the media and entertainment community.

Chris was one of the founders of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) New Media Council East, and served as chairman of the group from 2007-2013. 
John Buffalo Mailer
Author, Playwright, Actor, Producer, Journalist
John Buffalo Mailer founded Back House Productions in New York City with three other Wesleyan grads in October 2000.
The following year, Back House became the resident theater company of The Drama Bookshop’s Arthur Seelan Theater, and developed, among many plays, the 2008 Tony winner for Best Musical, In The Heights.
Marc Scott Zicree
Writer, Producer
Marc Scott Zicree has written and produced hundreds of hours of TV programs and worked for virtually all the major studios and networks.
His credits include Star Trek-The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Twilight Zone, Babylon 5, Beauty And The Beast, Forever Knight, Sliders, Friday The 13th - The Series, Liberty's Kids, Superfriends, He-Man, Real Ghostbusters and Smurfs, and many others, as well as pilots For CBS, NBC, ABC and Showtime. 
Marthe Reynolds
Former VP/Crossover Promotion at Island/Def Jam Records
Ms. Marthe Reynolds is a current Member Of Advisors Board at Internet Radio, Inc.
Ms. Reynolds is a 15-year Record Promotion veteran,who during her career has been instrumental in breaking such superstar artists as Montel Jordan, Dru Hill and Kelly Price.
Richard Stratton
Award Winning Writer, Producer & Filmmaker
Richard Stratton is an award-winning writer and filmmaker; his work has appeared in numerous magazines including GQ, Esquire, Details, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Spin, Playboy and Story Magazine.
His memoir, Smuggler’s Blues: A True Story of the Hippie Mafia, was published in 2016 and the sequel, Kingpin, Prisoner of the War on Drugs came out in April 2017.

His award-winning feature film and documentary credits include Slam, Whiteboyz; Prisoners of the War on Drugs, The Execution Machine: Texas Death Row, Thug Life in D.C., which won an Emmy in 1999, and Gladiator Days: Anatomy of a Prison Murder; Crude; Gotti: Godfather and Son.
Antoinette Stratton
Talent Manager
Antoinette Stratton has many years of experience as a manager in the entertainment industry.
She oversees and co-manages Richard Stratton’s career with a managing partner. 
She reads every contract, agreement and makes pivotal decisions daily for his work.
Below are a few of the many projects she has helped bring to the screen or in the publishing world for and with Richard Stratton.
Allison Hall
Casting Director
Allison worked as a print booking agent in South Florida for 5 years at Boca Talent and Modeling Agency. She moved to NYC to work for Andreadis Talent Agency and received her license as an agent under Barbara Andreadis in 2003.
Before venturing into casting for TV and film, Allison worked as a business rep for Actors Equity Association and from there left to assist casting director, Mary Jo Slater. Allison has been now working for Grant Wilfley Casting as a casting director and this is her tenth year there.

Previously cast for Wolf of Wall Street, Quantico, Adam Sandlers "The Week Of", The Get Down, and recently went to Portland, OR to head up bg casting on Disney’s “Timmy Failure. Allison is currently casting Epix series starring Forest Whitaker called “Godfather of Harlem”.
Cristophe Sanchez
Vahle THE INDUSTRY MODEL MGMT
Christophe started his career in London, England at Premier one of the world’s most prestigious agencies.
After looking after women for a few years, Christophe then became Director of the men’s Division that he created before leaving for NY ten years later.

In NY, Christophe worked at both NY models and Soul Artist Management on the Men’s Divisions.

At the start of 2018, Christophe joined the team at the boutique agency The Industry making a special appearance on E!’s current online Snapchat show Camp Runway.
Eric Cano
Casting Director & Founder of Cano Castings
He has collaborated with some of the brightest up and coming photographers, fashion designers, stylists and creative minds in the industry and boasts a diverse roster of clients.
He has worked brands like KITH, Lively, TreSemme, Simon Miller, Bandier and Schott NYC in addition to publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, OUT, NYLON, HypeBeast, and High Snobiety.

Eric is a life-long resident of Jersey City, New Jersey.
Craig Lechner
Head Casting Director / Owner Impossible Casting
With over 25 years in the business, his clients include top photographers directors and producers.
Craig also casts for print and indie film and works closely with social media influencers. 
Ethan Herschenfeld
Comedian, Actor, & Award Winning Opera Singer
Ethan Herschenfeld been a guest star on The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Boardwalk Empire, Damages, Deception, Forever, Girls, Gotham, Happy!, High Maintenance, Power, and Unforgettable, and he's sung at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and Opera stages around the world.
Currently, Ethan is a frequent guest on John Fugelsang's SiriusXM show "Tell Me Everything" where a panel of comedians shed light on the darkness that is the news"Tell Me Everything" airs weekdays from 2-5 on SiriusXM121 with the comedian panel in the final hour of the show.
Jess Zaino
  
Jess is the star of New Mom Diaries on TLC.com, created Jess Of All Trades for NYC TV and is Co-Founder of Kidwork, a shared workspace in Los Angeles with on-site kid care and lifestyle amenities for the career mom.
She leads brand partnerships for Litton Entertainment / Hearst Media, developing relationships for all of Saturday morning programming across CBS, NBC, ABC and The CW.

Nominated for a Daytime Emmy as Style Producer for the The Chew on ABC, she has produced Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie for the NBC Golden Globes Red Carpet pre-show, the Grammy Red Carpet for Universal Music Group and Bizarre Foods for the Travel Channel.

Along with her sister and their producing partner Mario Batali, she co-created the original television series Ahead of the Curve, which explores emerging trends in the food + lifestyle space.
Gary Alexander Jenkins, Esq
  
Gary received his AB* in Psychology from Princeton University in 1983, where he was the 1983 National Impromptu Debate champion, and his JD from Columbia Law School in 1986, where he served on the Human Rights Law Review.
In 1990, Gary was named the General Manager Emeritus of Uptown/MCA, one of the most successful urban boutique independent labels of all time, where he helped bring to market such platinum artists as Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G, Jodeci, Guy, The Late Heavy D and Al B.Sure!, and was one of the early mentors to Sean "P.Diddy" Combs. 
Gary also served as one of the Music Supervisors on the Uptown/MCA produced film "Strictly Business", which featured Oscar winner Halle Berry in her first feature film role.
Sarah Grace Monson
Casting Director
Sarah Monson grew up in Minnesota but went from Mid-Western girl to Prime Time Reality TV Casting Director by the age of 27.
She's thrust ordinary people into the spotlight for over 10 years, casting hit reality shows including Survivor and The Bachelor, and working for nearly every major network including CBS, ABC, NBC, MTV, Discovery Channel, and The Style Network. In Sarah's words, "I absolutely LOVE getting people on reality shows and making their dreams come true. It's a weird passion, but it's my weird passion."
Sarah Merrill
Social Media Influencer & Brand Strategist
Sarah is the Creator and Comedic Writer behind social media handles with over 300k followers across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
She has been featured "Social Media Expert" on various podcasts and segments such as The Steve Harvey Show and Fox Radio. 

Sarah creates daily original content across social media platforms.
Janet Tscha
Head of On-Camera Talent at Arlene Thorton
Janet Tscha was born and raised in Los Angeles, but ventured East to Emerson College in Boston to get a better perspective on the entertainment industry.
In College she majored in Advertising/Marketing.

Janet returned to Los Angeles and after working at a few top commercial talent agencies, took over the on-camera department at Arlene Thornton & Associates.
Marc David Levine
Broadway Producer
Founder of Gemini Theatrical Investors, LLC.
Based in New York City, Gemini Theatrical provides investment opportunities in the very best of Broadway and beyond.

Now Playing: The Lifespan of a Fact starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones, and Bobby. 
Jym Benzing
Owner, Producer & Director at Jym Benzing, Inc.
With over 25 years experience as a casting director, Jym has extensive experience casting talent throughout the country.
Just a few brands that Jym casts for include La Mer, Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder.
Monica Diaz
Director, Ford Models
Developed and managed rising stars such as Taylor Hill, Lexi Boling, Angel Rutledge and Lily Stewart.

Roxanne Messina Captor
Director, Writer, Producer
Roxanne Messina Captor is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and exciting director/writer/producer.
LA Times critic Laurie Winer has called a directing protégé of Francis Ford Coppola, Messina Captor “a director who makes strong choices while coaxing forth the play’s gentle humor.

Under Captor's direction, Hal Linden becomes a present-day Spencer Tracy.”
Michael Beaudry
Talent Manager, Block M Casting
Michael Stonewall Beaudry created Blok M Casting to deliver talent for commercials, music videos, features, voice-over work, shorts, print jobs, web series, live events, SAG, Non-Union, Real People projects and just about anything you can imagine.
In the world of music videos, however, there isn’t a more prolific casting director on the planet, with over 100 credits since the beginning of 2015. His award-winning list includes The Weeknd, Childish Gambino, Katy Perry, Kanye West, Florence + The Machine, Drake, Skrillex, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, Tiesto, Led Zeppelin and hundreds more! His commercial clients include Apple, Nike, Taco Bell, Samsung, Snapchat, Ford, MTV, Toyota, Reebok, Microsoft and hundreds of other well-known brands also!
Alan Zweibel
Producer, Writer
Alan Zweibel was one of the original writers on Saturday Night Live, responsible for famous sketches such as the Samurai with John Belushi and Roseanne Rosannadanna with Gilda Radner.
He also collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award-winning play 700 Sundays and co-wrote with Fame Becomes Me Martin Short.
Ben Crawford
Broadway Actor
Ben Crawford is the current Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.
Other credits include Broadway: Shrek the Musical (Shrek), Big Fish (Don Price, Ed Bloom u/s), On The Twentieth Century (Bruce Granit, Max Jacobs u/s), Les Miserables (Valjean, Javert u/s). New York/Regional: Jasper in Deadland, 35MM, Irma La Duce, Merrily..., 110 in the Shade, Evita. 35MM, Writing Kevin Taylor, Frozen soundtracks.
Howard Magillin
Actor, Longest Running Phantom in Broadway History
Broadway credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Anything Goes; The Secret Garden; She Loves Me; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Sunday in the Park with George; The Phantom of the Opera; Gigi.

Pat Addiss
Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer
Producer Pat Addiss is a native New Yorker.
In 15 years she has produced over 20 plays, many Tony winners. Highlights: Little Women, Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, Bridge and Tunnel, Spring Awakening, 39 Steps, Promises Promises, A Christmas Story, Passing Strange, Vanya Sonia Masha and Spike, Eclipsed, Buyer and Cellar, and Desperate Measures.

She is on the Boards of NJ Rep and League of Professional Theatre Women.
Mark Christopher Lawrence
Actor, Comedian
Mark Christopher Lawrence is well known for his role as “Big Mike” on the NBC hit series Chuck.
He was featured prominently in the popular series’ final year with Warner Brothers submitting him for several nominations in the 2012 Awards Season.

He has appeared on many hit television shows including Glee, Heroes, Seinfeld, My Name is Earl and Martin.

Mark regularly headlines Comedy shows around the country and was one of the most in-demand comics of 2012.

Mark also hosted a successful monthly Comedy show at House of Blues San Diego, bringing in Headline comics and musical performers from around the country.
Jonathan Stoddard
Actor
Jonathan Stoddard is an American Actor known for his TV portrayal as Young John Abbott on The Young and the Restless, and Films such as Rome In Love, Voices and Await The Dawn.
Jonathan grew up on the stage performing in musicals and dramatic theater with roles like The Emcee in Cabaret, Danny Zuko in Grease, Tony in West Side Story, and Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night.

Over the years, Jonathan has transitioned from the theater into TV/Film booking over 60 commercials in 2017/2018, filming 8 features films in the last 2 years, and is now producing his own films which are set to be released later this year in 2019. 
N'Kenge Pacurar
Broadway Actress, Singer
International award winner N'Kenge, was hailed by NY Post as ELECTRIFYING in the role of Mary Wells that she originated in Broadway's Smash Hit Motown: The Musical.
Recently nominated by Audelco Awards this year for "outstanding lead actress in a musical", N'Kenge will be the star, conceiver and producer of Off Broadway's production of a new musical based on the life and music of Hollywood's Dorothy Dandridge.
Karen Goodman
 
Karen Goodman is an American film and television director and producer, best known for her work on various documentaries.
She has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary (Short Subject) category four times for The Children's Storefront (1988), Chimps: So Like Us (1990), Rehearsing a Dream (2007), and Strangers No More(2010).

Goodman won once for producing and directing Strangers No More at the 83rd Academy Awards.

The win was shared with Kirk Simon, with whom she worked on Chimps: So Like Us and Rehearsing a Dream as well.She has further received four Primetime Emmy nominations, winning once for Masterclass in 2014.
Deric Angelettie
American Music Producer, Songwriter, Artist, Manager, TV & Film Producer 
Deric Michael Angelettie is better known by his stage names D-Dot or Tha Madd Rapper.
He is a Grammy NARAS Award winner for "Producer of The Year" in 1998 and a BMI Urban Award winner in 2001.

He created the character, Mad Rapper (who made his debut on Notorious B.I.G.'s LP, Life After Death), and released an album, Tell 'Em Why U Madd, on his ′Crazy Cat Catalogue′ record label distributed by Columbia Records in 2000.

The album featured up and coming rapper 50 Cent on the song "How To Rob" and also introduced a young producer/rapper, Kanye West, whom D-Dot also managed and mentored.
Allure
R&B Group
Allure is an American New York-based R&B girl group that formed in the early 1990s as a quartet, now a trio, best known for their hit single "All Cried Out" with 112 which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Original members were Alia Gray (née Davis), Hem-Lee (aka Linnie Belcher), Lalisha Sanders and Akissa Mendez.
Santino Fontana
Actor, Singer
Santino Anthony Fontana is an American actor and singer, widely known for playing Greg Serrano on the television show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,
Originating the role of Prince Topher in the 2013 revival of Cinderella on Broadway, and voicing Prince Hans in the 2013 Disney animated film Frozen.
Diandra Forrest
High Fashion Model, Actress
Diandra Forrest is an African American model/ actress born and raised in New York. Her modeling career began when she was scouted by fashion photographer Shameer Khan in 2009.
Since then her unique beauty has caught the attention of many magazines including Marie Claire, Glamour, Paper, French, and Tatler to name a few. She has graced the covers of Traffic, WAD, Umno, Blonde and U Magazine. Diandra has walked in numerous fashion shows internationally including her favorite Vivienne Westwood.

Her striking presence has landed her in artistic projects such as Kanye West's "Power" and standing alongside Beyonce in her Music video "Pretty Hurts". Being the first model with albinism to be signed to a major modeling agency, Diandra has been featured in multiple TV specials including ABC's "20/20", "Inside Edition", "The Tyra Banks Show", "RTL" and "Prosieben" (German TV).

Along with Diandra's passion for fashion she has also been very involved in humanitarian work: Working with (ACN) on their Tanzania Project fundraiser which provides food, safe housing, and educational opportunities for Tanzanians with albinism.

She has also been very vocal in countless interviews about her want to change the perceptions of people with albinism, more-so help women fully embrace their beauty of all shapes, sizes, and complexions. In her latest interview for the United Nations "Albinism Awareness Campaign," she speaks about some of her hopes for persons with albinism.
Atit Shah
CEO of Create Entertainment, Award-Winning Producer
Atit Shah is an award-winning producer, known for Money, Brown Nation, Remember Me, and The Crash.
Over the last 7 years, he has successfully produced over 10 feature films, a TV show, and a documentary, along with scores of short-form content.
Tom DeSanto
Film Producer, Screenwriter
Tom DeSanto is an American film producer and screenwriter.
Tom DeSanto is a founding writer/producer behind some of the biggest franchises in movie history (X-Men, Transformers).

DeSanto's films have grossed more than $5 billion dollars worldwide with a per film average of more than $746 million at the box office, in addition to billions more in home video, merchandising, and video games.

The proud owner of more than 40,000 comic books and a self-described pop culture junkie.

Besides producing, DeSanto co-wrote the story for X-men spawning a billion dollar franchise for Fox and starting Marvel's rise out of bankruptcy.
Haviland Stillwell
Actor, Director
Haviland Stillwell's career spans Broadway, TV, Film and Voiceover, both as an Actor and Director. 
Recent TV and Film credits include Magic Mike XXL, Selma, Syfy's upcoming Santa Jaws, Hallmark's The Beach House, Freelancer's Anonymous, UnREAL, Stitchers, CSI: NY, Living the Dream, Sexy Civics, Baywatch, Stitchers, and Unicorn Plan-it.

On Broadway, she was in Les Miserables and Fiddler on the Roof, and released two solo albums, Spark and How I Role.

She has performed on the Oscars and the Tonys.

Her VO work includes Raquelle in Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse, The Mariner in Fallout: Far Harbor and Faybelle in Ever After High.
Billy Magnussen
Actor, Musician
Billy Magnussen’s acting credits include Into the Woods, Game Night, The Big Shore, Bridge of Spies, Aladdin, Get Shorty (television series) Boardwalk Empire, Blue Bloods, As the World Turns .

Tracy Celoherty
VP/Talent, Music Programming BET
Tracy oversaw talent for all of Music Programming which includes daily executions such as 106 & Park and Network specials such as the “BET Awards”, “Hip Hop Awards”, and “Black Girls Rock!” amongst several others.

Lauren Frost
Actress, Comedian