Shoshana Horowitz has worked in the entertainment industry for over 20 years. She got her start interning for an actors management company in NYC. She went on to intern and then work full time for Sony Music’s production company, Automatic Productions. When she left Sony, she went freelance and worked on many music videos and concerts shot for DVD. She has had the amazing opportunity to work with artists such as Mariah Carey, Usher, Shania Twain, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and the list goes on.
For the last 7 years, Shoshana has put her focus on series television, working on various TV pilots and episodic shows. She produced “Real Simple TV”, a lifestyle type show based on Real Simple Magazine. She then worked on a sketch comedy shows such as Logo’s “The Big Gay Sketch Show” and IFC’s “The Whitest Kid U Know”. Most recently she completed 2 years on the food competition show “Chopped” which airs on The Food Network. She currently works as a producer on “The Gossip Table” and “Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan” at VH-1.
Small Pond Enterprises
Broadway Theater Producer
Michael Roderick was a producer with R2D2 Productions on the Tony Nominated Broadway Production of The Scottsboro Boys. He also served as an Associate Producer of the Off Broadway musical ROOMS a Rock Romance at New World Stages. Michael has been the program director for Self-Producing Artists at Theater Resources Unlimited as well as a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute’s 14-week Program as well as the Six-week Creative Intensive Program. Michael holds a BA in Secondary Ed English and Theatre Performance from Rhode Island College as well as a Masters in Educational Theatre for Colleges and Communities from NYU. He also is a published playwright, the founder of a conference for connnectors called ConnectorCon, and an entrepreneur.
Bandits Roost LLC
A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Cori began her producing and theater management career at Roy Gabay Theatrical Production and Management and continued to work in theater with The Harold Prince Organization and David Binder. Shortly thereafter, Cori went to manage programming for The Montel Williams Show. Cori recently worked as part of the award winning original programming and production department at AMC Television Network. Recently, Cori was the head of original programming and production for New Greek TV, Inc. Currently, Cori and her company Bandits Roost, is developing scripts, comic books and novels with several playwrights, television shows with award-winning writers and world-renowned business journalists, bestselling novelists and up and coming talent.
Broadway Theater Creative Consultant
Currently Jack is a Creative Consultant on four Broadway musicals in development. Most recently he was Play Development Director at the Old Globe where he worked closely with the executive producer, Lou Spisto in planning the Globe’s seasons. Among the productions were Matthew Lopez’ “The Whipping Man”, Duncan Sheik’s “Whisper House”, Leslie Bricusse’s “Sammy” and the Broadway bound musicals “The First Wives Club” and “Robin and the 7 Hoods”.Prior to that, Jack was the Creative Director for the National Arts Management Company where he was involved in the productions of “Chicago”, “Annie Get Your Gun”, “Seussical”, “Wonderful Town”, “Sweet Charity” and “This is Our Youth” in addition to helping in the development of musical adaptations of “The Band Wagon”,”Clueless” and “The Opposite of Sex. Jack started out in casting and was the casting associate for the feature films “Nighthawks”, “King of Comedy”, “Author! Author!”, “Yentl”, “Once Upon a Time in America” and “The Last Temptation of Christ”.
Film Producer/Director, Theater Producer, Actor
Melissa Maxwell is an actor, writer, director, filmmaker and motivational speaker. Recent directing credits: American Slavery Project’s Unheard Voices, developed to give voice to the nameless souls buried at NYC’s African Burial Ground just returned to the New York Historical Society for a second time (www.americanslaveryproject.
CEO, FinePrint Literary Management
Peter Rubie specializes in a broad range of high-quality fiction and non-fiction. In non-fiction he specializes in narrative non-fiction, popular science, spirituality, history, biography, pop culture, business and technology, parenting, health, self help, music, and food. He is a “sucker” for outstanding writing.
In fiction he represents literate thrillers, crime fiction, science fiction and fantasy, military fiction and literary fiction, middle grade and some boy oriented young adult fiction.
Rubie is a former BBC Radio and Fleet Street journalist and for several years was the director of the publishing section of the New York University Summer Publishing Institute. He was a member of the NYU faculty for 10 years, and taught the only university-level course in the country on how to become a literary agent.
Prior to becoming an agent he was a publishing house editor for nearly six years, whose authors won prizes and critical acclaim. He has also been the editor-in-chief of a Manhattan local newspaper, and a freelance editor and book doctor for major publishers. He was a regular reviewer for the international trade magazinePublishers Weekly, and is a published author of both fiction and non-fiction. He is a member of AAR, and regularly lectures and writes on publishing and the craft of writing, and was once a professional jazz musician.
Founder & President, Serendipity Literary Agency LLC
Ms. Regina Brooks is the founder and President of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC. Equally at home in the technical world of engineering as in the literary world of writing and editing, Ms. Brooks has over a decade of experience in senior positions at major publishing houses including John Wiley & Sons Inc. and the McGraw-Hill Companies. She is a graduate of the Howard University Publishing Institute in Washington DC. Prior to her publishing career she worked as an aerospace engineer for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, and made history as the first African American woman to receive a Bachelors of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Ohio State University. She is also a graduate of The School of the Arts High School in Rochester, NY.
Brooks is the Co-Executive Director of the Y. B. Literary Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the reading of literature as a meaningful, lifelong activity and transformative experience for youth. In 2004, she was a finalist for the Stevie Award for Women Entrepreneurs and was honored as the NY Urban Leagues Rising Star. She is listed in International Who’s Who under the categories of Engineering, Technology, Entrepreneurs, and Professional Management. She has been highlighted in several national and international magazines and periodicals, including Forbes, Media Bistro, Writers and Poets, Essence Magazine, Writers Digest Magazine, The Writer, and Sister2Sister magazine and a host of others.
Ms. Brooks is a member of the Association of Author Representatives (AAR) and has edited over 100 published books, and is the author of Writing Great Books For Young Adults (Sourcebooks) the Essence Magazine 2004 Quick Pick children’s book Never Finished! Never Done!, published by Scholastic Inc. and soon to be published You Really Should Write A Book: How to write, Sell and Market Your Memoir (St. Martin’s Press)She has been highlighted in several national and international magazines and periodicals, including Forbes, Media Bistro, Writers and Poets, Publishers Weekly, Essence Magazine, Writers Digest Magazine, The Writer, and Sister2Sister magazine.
L. Perkins Agency
Sandy Lu joined L. Perkins Agency in 2009 and is actively building her list. Her clients include Michael Boccacino, author of the Stoker Award nominated Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling (William Morrow, 2012), Jennifer Harlow, author of two urban fantasy series, Mind Over Monsters (Midnight Ink, 2011) and What’s A Witch to Do? (Midnight Ink, 2013), and Dot Hutchison, author of A Wounded Name, a sensual contemporary YA retelling of Hamlet from Ophelia’s point of view (Carolrhoda Books, 2013).
Sandy has a particular interest in literary and commercial fiction, including science fiction/fantasy, mystery/suspense, thriller, horror, historical fiction, and YA. Her non-fiction categories include narrative non-fiction, history, psychology, sociology, biography, science, pop culture, and food writing. She is looking for submissions that will draw her in with a unique voice, make her miss her subway stop and keep her up at night with a pulse-quickening plot, well-developed characters, and beautiful writing.
She does not represent screenplays, poetry, romance, children’s MG and picture books, how-to/self-help, parenting, religion/spirituality, politics/current affairs, and sports.
President, Ascendant Group
Public Relations & Branding Pro
Raoul Davis specializes in helping CEO’s increase their visibility, revenues, and industry leadership status through a proprietary CEO branding model. He is a partner at Ascendant Strategy a division of Ascendant Group (www.ascendantstrategy.net) a proven top line revenue growth strategy firm through utilizing the power of CEO branding. Ascendant integrates brand strategy, PR, speaking engagements, book deals, social media and strategic networking to accelerate visibility.
Nancy Tetreaux is a communication and life skills coach, trainer and speaker with a passion for helping people tell the world who they are and what they do. With 25 years in corporate human resources management as well as years of theatrical training, college teaching and business coaching experience, Nancy brings a wealth of knowledge and insight from various industries and disciplines to her clients and audiences. With a soon to be completed doctorate in communication and media, Nancy is also a trainer for the American Management Association and president of her own start-up consulting practice, SpeakSpin.
Television Production Consultant for Children’s & Other Programming, Voiceover Talent, Singer (The Jimmies)