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Andrew Fried

Co-Founder, Social Media Strategist
Spark Growth Partners

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Andrew Fried

Co-Founder, Social Media Strategist
Spark Growth Partners

Andrew Fried lives and breathes digital media. As the co-founder of Spark Growth Partners, he helps small and medium businesses, non-profits, and start-ups tap into the power of digital media to grow their businesses, create stronger relationships with their customers, and build their brands. Andrew has experience in both strategy development and in creating and managing small business’ digital marketing and social media programs. While he was hanging out in Corporate America at Deloitte Consulting, Andrew worked across multiple industries, with a primary focus on consumer packaged goods, retail, and technology, at companies like J. Crew, Verizon, Wellpoint, and Nextel.

Spark Growth Partners is a full-service social media agency with a team of ex-strategy consultants, creatives, and programmers. We accidentally catch ourselves interacting in 140-characters or less and geeking out over social media. We’re excited to geek out with you.

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Dan Fauci

The Mastery of Self-Expression Creator
Former Head of Paramount Pictures
Comedy Division

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Dan Fauci

The Mastery of Self-Expression Creator
Former Head of Paramount Pictures
Comedy Division

Creator of The Mastery of Self-Expression Program, Former Executive at Paramount Pictures, Film Producer & Artist

Dan facilitates The MASTERY of Self Expression in Los Angeles. He is the creator of the program, and also created the programs Leadership and Creativity, The Abyss and Samarai.

Dan founded The Actors Institute, a school for professional actors, in 1975. Within ten years, the Institute grew to include branches in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Vancouver, Austin, Montreal, Toronto, London, Bristol, Paris, and several cities in Israel. Dan and the Institute then branched off into producing. Their first production was Looking Glass, a play about Lewis Carroll. Dan then partnered with Ted Danson, and in two years produced three movies for televison: When The Bough Breaks (NBC), We Are The Children (ABC), and Follow Your Heart (which Dan co-wrote for NBC), and the series Down Home with Judith Ivey (NBC).

After four years as an independent producer, Dan went to work for Paramount Pictures, heading comedy development. Over the next twelve years he oversaw the development of over 100 comedy pilots, half of which went to series. The most successful was Frasier, winning five Emmys for best comedy. Other shows he developed were Becker, Clueless, Girlfriends, Lateline and Sister, Sister.

Since leaving Paramount, Dan has written a feature film, had a show of his photographs and collages at a Los Angeles gallery, and is in the midst of directing and producing a series called Lightfoot & Lee. Dan is currently working on a book on creativity and acting, a novel, leading the MASTERY in L.A., and preparing for another art show.

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Jennifer S. Wilkov

Book Consultant
Journalist & Media Pro
Your Book Is Your Hook!

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Jennifer S. Wilkov

Book Consultant
Journalist & Media Pro
Your Book Is Your Hook!

Media personality, best-selling award-winning Author, award-winning freelance writer, and a respected book business consultant in her business by the same name, “Your Book Is Your Hook!”

Jennifer S. Wilkov at Your Book Is Your Hook! is a respected book & business consultant, the Literary Agent Matchmaker™, a #1 international best-selling, award-winning author, an award-winning freelance writer, and a speaker and trainer who focuses on supporting writers with the essentials to become a bestseller: a great project, a strong platform and a well-polished pitch, presentation and hook for their book. She supports first time writers and seasoned authors with the writing, getting published processes, and the marketing of their book ideas and projects as well as the building of their platform to raise their visibility to readers, Hollywood and the media. www.YourBookIsYourHook.com

Your Book Is Your Hook! is her full service consulting practice that serves authors, writers & wannabes as well as the entire book publishing industry with its endeavors. It is best known for its popular weekly radio show, robust resource blog, trainings & advice.

Through the popular radio show named after her practice, “Your Book Is Your Hook!”, which can be heard every Tuesday morning at 9:00am on WomensRadio.com and the accompanying show blog at YourBookIsYourHook.com/blog, Jennifer S. Wilkov brings her experience and knowledge of the book business and the people in it as well as her understanding of the author’s experience from conceiving the idea to getting it published to loyal listeners each week.

Jennifer is also the creator of The Next Bestseller™ Weekend Workshop, a safe space that provides writers with exclusive access to the dream team to help you prepare and practice your pitch BEFORE you have to talk about it to the professionals and others.

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Jimmy Park

Search Engine Optimization Pro
Techwood Consulting

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Jimmy Park

Search Engine Optimization Pro
Techwood Consulting

Search Engine Optimization Pro; Techwood Consulting

Jimmy Park is co-founder of Techwood Consulting, a private company founded in 2008 that provides search engine optimization and search marketing services. He manages strategic partnerships, special projects and research and development from the New York office.

In December 2012, Jimmy Park led the digital strategy, website development and social media for the 121212 Concert for Sandy Relief for the Robin Hood Foundation. The event generated over 2 billion social impressions, and raised over $50 million dollars.

Prior to this, Jimmy spent the 8 years at Radiant Systems (acquired by NCR) where he managed over 600 e-commerce web entities and credit processing for over 1,500 retail locations. At Radiant he managed all aspects of the e-commerce division including sales, software development, support and hosting. Under his leadership, Jimmy created consulting business units to provide services, such as website usability and search engine optimization.

Jimmy Park is also co-founder and current board member of Executives Without Borders, a not-for-profit company created to support NGO’s that align with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The work with Executives Without Borders has taken him to countries such as Honduras, Sudan, and Haiti. Most recently, Executives Without Borders has setup an International Business Corps in Brazil.

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Katharine Sands

Literary Agent
Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency

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Katharine Sands

Literary Agent
Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency

Literary Agent, Sarah Jane Freyman Literary Agency & Author of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye

Katharine has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books. Actively building her client list, she likes books that have a clear benefit for readers’ lives in categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, and fresh looks, which might be at issues, life challenges or popular culture.

A popular speaker at writers conferences, she is also an Author herself and the agent provocateur of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye, a collection of pitching wisdom from leading literary agents.

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Lane Shefter Bishop

Hollywood Producer
Vast Entertainment

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Lane Shefter Bishop

Hollywood Producer
Vast Entertainment

Principal of Vast Entertainment and an Emmy Award-Winning Director & Hollywood Producer

Lane Shefter Bishop is a multi-award winning producer/director who has received numerous accolades for her work including an EMMY, three Telly Awards, a Videographer Award, a Sherril C. Corwin Award, an Aurora Award, a New York Festivals Award and the DGA Fellowship Award for Episodic Television.

Ms. Bishop began her work in the industry at Moxie Productions, where she produced and directed projects for such networks as ABC, Showtime, HBO and MTV. Since then, Ms. Bishop has directed numerous television shows and five feature-length motion pictures, including THE DAY LABORERS (Los Jornaleros), which received Official Selection in Edward James Olmos’ LA Latino Int’l Film Festival , Cine Accion (San Fran), OutFest (Hollywood), Reel Affirmations (Wash DC), NewFest (NY) as well as the Milan International Film Festival (Italy). The film was distributed through both HBO and Blockbuster.

Ms. Bishop is also the former EVP of Motion Pictures and Television at TwinStar Entertainment.
Currently, Ms. Bishop is CEO of Vast Entertainment, a book-to-screen company with numerous projects already in development, including the feature films REBOOT (Peter Chernin/Chernin Ent) for Fox 2000 and THE DUFF (McG/Wonderland) for CBS Films; MOWs such as OPERATION MARRIED BY CHRISTMAS [with LeAnn Rimes] with Dick Clark Productions for ABC Family, and CHOKE (also with DCP) for Lifetime; and television series including THE INVESTIGATOR (based on Anne Perry’s Monk novels) with Fox TV Studios, HEMLOCK with Film Engine, EXPOSED with John Davis Ent, and BRINK with Scott Stuber for NBC. Additionally, Ms. Bishop co-produced the feature film ASSASSINATION GAMES for MPCA.

Ms. Bishop holds a B.A. in Literature from UC Santa Barbara and an M.F.A. in Production from USC’s School of Cinema/Television. She is a director-member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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Maria Guida

Speaker Trainer & Coach
Successful Speaker, Inc.

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Maria Guida

Speaker Trainer & Coach
Successful Speaker, Inc.

Maria Guida, president and founder of Successful Speaker, Inc., has improved credibility and executive presence for professionals, business owners, and executives at Fortune 500 companies (including American Express, Johnson & Johnson, and Chubb Corporation). As a corporate & TV spokesperson, Broadway actor, and professor at NYU, Maria specializes in speaking strategies rooted in theatrical performance; she helps her clients get more YES’s by speaking with the poise, passion, and persuasive power of a Broadway actor. A popular keynote speaker, Maria has spent over five thousand hours in front of TV cameras and live audiences (acting, speaking, coaching, and selling), and she has worked on stage with many respected artists, including Paul Newman, James Earl Jones, and Kevin Kline.

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Tom Martin

PR Expert
Tom Martin Media

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Tom Martin

PR Expert
Tom Martin Media

PR Expert & Brand Storyteller

Following a 20-year career in television journalism — producing stories for Diane Sawyer, Charlie Rose and the late Charles Kuralt — Tom currently provides a wide range of public relations services to authors, speakers and experts in various fields including health, finance and parenting.  Tom has worked with numerous self-published authors as well as those whose work has been published by Hachette, Random House, HarperCollins, Wiley & Sons, and other major publishing firms, supporting them in reaching the widest possible audience through a variety of media outlets.  Tom’s book “Wisdom All Around Us: Tapping the Enduring Power of Stories to Find Happiness & Success in Business & Life” is scheduled for publication later this year.

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Shoshana Horowitz     SHOSHANA HOROWITZ

Television Producer

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.

 

Michael Roderick  MICHAEL RODERICK

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.

 

Cori Silberman CORI SILBERMAN SAIS

ExecutiveProducer/Founder

Bandits Roost LLC 

Television/Theater Producer

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.

 

Jack DePalma JACK DEPALMA

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”.

Melissa Maxwell MELISSA MAXWELL

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.org); Intimate Apparel (University of Texas); Show Way (Vital Theatre); received an Off-Bway Alliance “Best Family Show” nom. An award-winning, published playwright, her first short film,Fetus Envy, a social commentary on where our culture is headed when women’s healthcare is commandeered by ambitious politicians and faceless bureaucrats, won the AAPEX filmmaker award and second prize at the Artlightenment Film Festival in 2012. She has an IBM commercial currently running and just appeared on an epdisode of the new tv show HOSTAGES. Her TEDxMosesBrownSchool “Taking Ownership” and TEDxBarnardCollegeWomen “On Courage” can be found online.

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CEO, FinePrint Literary Management

Literary Agent

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.

Regina Brooks REGINA BROOKS

Founder & President, Serendipity Literary Agency LLC

Literary Agent

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 ForbesMedia Bistro, Writers and PoetsEssence MagazineWriters 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 ForbesMedia Bistro, Writers and Poets, Publishers Weekly, Essence MagazineWriters Digest Magazine, The Writer, and Sister2Sister magazine.

Sandy Lu SANDY LU

L. Perkins Agency

Literary Agent

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.

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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 NANCY TETREAUX

President, SpeakSpin

Communications Coach

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.

 

Ashley Albert ASHLEY ALBERT

Television Production Consultant for Children’s & Other Programming, Voiceover Talent, Singer (The Jimmies)