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.
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.
The Bent Agency
Louise Fury is a literary agent at The Bent Agency in NYC and specializes in romance, young adult material and pop culture nonfiction. She has sold books to both traditional and electronic publishers and also represents many successful self published authors. Louise encourages authors to have one foot in traditional publishing and the other in the digital-first arena. She believes in staying ahead of the pack by embracing change, not just adapting to it and is a huge advocate for exploring secondary rights. She has sold audio, film and foreign rights for her clients. Louise, a native South African, lives in Manhattan, but travels to Cape Town every year, where she spends time educating South African writers, meeting with international publishers and distributing books for women and children in need.
Jennifer DeChiara Agency
Roseanne Wells joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an associate agent in 2012. Previously with the Marianne Strong Literary Agency, she has also worked as a proofreader and a special sales & editorial assistant. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with degrees in Literature and Dance. An avid reader, Roseanne discovered her passion for book publishing during her internship at W. W. Norton, and she approaches agenting as a writer’s advocate, editor, and partner. She is a member of SCBWI and a volunteer for Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho, NYC. You can find her on Twitter @RivetingRosie.
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.
SANDERS LEGAL GROUP, PLLC
Adam is an entertainment and corporate attorney with a broad base of clients that include cutting-edge entrepreneurs and investors; corporations; investment and asset management funds; limited liability companies; partnerships; start-ups; and individual artists, musicians and writers. He provides his of clients with a unique legal experience by pulling from both his legal knowledge and experiences gained as a practicing attorney and the knowledge and experiences he gained from working in the entertainment industry at William Morris Endeavor (f/k/a the William Morris Agency), SNL Studios (the feature film division of Public Relations & Branding Pro
Adam is an entertainment and corporate attorney with a broad base of clients that include cutting-edge entrepreneurs and investors; corporations; investment and asset management funds; limited liability companies; partnerships; start-ups; and individual artists, musicians and writers. He provides his of clients with a unique legal experience by pulling from both his legal knowledge and experiences gained as a practicing attorney and the knowledge and experiences he gained from working in the entertainment industry at William Morris Endeavor (f/k/a the William Morris Agency), SNL Studios (the feature film division of Saturday Night Live), and Independent Pictures. Adam utilizes this background to engage his wide range of clients with a practical macro legal and business engagement that protects them as well as enhances their future endeavors in an efficient manner.
THE NEWMAN GROUP
Joyce Newman, founder of The Newman Group, helps professionals to improve their communications skills in a variety of speaking situations – from platform presentations to media interviews.
Joyce leads presentation skills workshops and media training sessions in which she teaches clients effective video techniques; coaches them for testimony and presentations in security analyst and shareholder meetings, sales conferences, and new product introductions; and assists clients in designing and conducting road-shows for initial public offerings.
An expert speaker, Joyce frequently addresses industry and association conferences throughout the United States on the subjects of Managing the Media, Powerful Presentations and Selling Yourself. She co-authored Selling Yourself: Be the Competent, Confi dent Person You Really Are!
Her clients include such diverse organizations as the American Diabetes Association, Th e AXA Financial Group, BBDO Worldwide, Biogen Idec, Booz Allen Hamilton, Brown-Forman Corporation, CARE, Coca-Cola North America, The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., Th e Gillette Company, Hearst Corporation, Hoechst Marion Roussel, Hologic, Inc., Legg Mason & Co. LLC, Luxottica Retail, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, The Reader’s Digest Association, Sara Lee Corporation, Skadden, Arps, USA TODAY and Weyerhauser Company.
Joyce also works with publishing companies including Ballantine Publishing Group, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Farrar Straus and Giroux, Harper Collins Publishers, Penguin/ Putnam Books USA, and Simon & Schuster. She has helped many best-selling authors to prepare for national media tours including Ellen Alderman and Caroline Kennedy, In Our Defense; Lorenzo Carceterra, Sleepers and Apaches; Johnnie Cochran, Journey to Justice; Shirley Conran, Lace; Nicholas Dodman, Th e Dog Who Loved Too Much; Janet Evanovich, Hard Eight and To Th e Nines; John Fairchild, Chic Savages; Marilyn French, Her Mother’s Daughter; Victoria Gotti, Th e Senator’s Daughter; Michael Korda, Th e Fortune, Curtain and Th e Immortals; Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, Th e Nanny Diaries: A Novel; Anne Perry, Traitor’s Gate and Th e Sins of the Wolf; Craig Robinson, A Game of Character; Katie Roiphe, The Morning After; and Edward Rutherfurd, Sarum.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Joyce holds an M.A. from New York University, a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech & Hearing Association; and a Speech/Language Practitioner License from New York State. Elected to Women Executives in Public Relations, she holds memberships in the Financial Women’s Association, Public Relations Society of America and Women in Communications. Joyce lives in New York City with her husband, Richard, their daughter (Wendi), Little Romeo (a Coton de Tulear), and two cats (Murray and Sammy). Paulie, a turkey vulture the Newman’s adopted for life, lives at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne FL and they sponsor a swan habitat at the Save Our Seabirds sanctuary in Sarasota FL.
Michaela Hamilton, executive editor at Kensington, acquires and edits commercial fiction and nonfiction including thrillers, true crime and cozy mysteries. She works with authors including M. William Phelps, Caitlin Rother, Neal Baer, John Lutz, Gregg Olsen, Barbara Allan, Waverly Curtis, John Gilstrap, Nancy Coco, and Leo J. Maloney. She likes her thrillers violent, her cozies amusing, and her beer well chilled.