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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

 

A literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, Katharine Sands has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books. Highlights include Spiritual Pregnancy: Nine Months that Change Your Life Before You Give Birth by Dr. Shawn Tassone and Dr. Kathryn Landherr; Talk to Strangers: How Everyday Random Encounters Can Expand Your Business, Career, Income and Life by David TopusThe New Rules of Attraction: How to Get Him, Keep Him and Make Him Beg for More by Arden Leigh; Stand Up for Yourself: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards by Donna Ballman; Making Healthy EZ with Dr. Oz guest, Dr. Julie Chen; Dating the Devil (producer: Vast Entertainment) by Lia Romeo; XTC: SongStoriesChasing Zebras: THE Unofficial Guide to House, MD by Barbara Barnett of Let’s Talk TV;CityTripping: a Guide for Foodies, Fashionistas and the Generally Style-Obsessed; Writers on Directors; Ford model Helen Lee’s The Tao of Beauty; Elvis and You: Your Guide to the Pleasures of Being an Elvis Fan; Glow! The Natural Path to the Radiant, Healthier, Happier, Younger You by Dr. Pina; New York: Songs of the City; Taxpertise: Dirty Little Secrets the IRS Doesn’t Want You to Know; The SAT Word Slam, Divorce After 50; Trust Your Gut; Make Up, Don’t Break Up with Oprah guest Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil to name a few.

 

She is 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. Recently contributed “Grey is the New Black” to Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, a nonfiction look at the cultural phenom of the bestselling novel.

 

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. When reading fiction she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters. For memoir and femoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed.

 

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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, six Telly Awards, a Videographer Award, three Communicator Awards, a Sherril C. Corwin Award, an Aurora Award, a Davey Award, a New York Festivals Award and the DGA Fellowship Award for Episodic Television.

Currently, Ms. Bishop is CEO of Vast Entertainment, a book-to-screen company with numerous projects in various stages of development, including feature films: REBOOT (Peter Chernin/Chernin Ent) for Fox 2000, BLOODY MARY;ORIGINS (Neal Moritz/Original Films), THE FALLEN (Film Engine), THE LAST APPLE (Ineffable Pictures), HEMLOCK (Ivan Reitman/Montecito Picture Co.), and THE DUFF (McG/Wonderland – currently in prod) for CBS Films; MOWs: OPERATION MARRIED BY CHRISTMAS [with LeAnn Rimes] for ABC Family, and THE CHOKING GAME for Lifetime, which Ms. Bishop also directed, and Television Series: CONFESSIONS OF A SOCIOPATH (Scott Stuber Productions) and DIVE (Doug Zwick/Red Wagon). Additionally, Ms. Bishop co-produced the feature film ASSASSINATION GAMES for MPCA. Ms. Bishop is also the former EVP of Motion Pictures and Television at TwinStar Entertainment.

In addition to her scripted fare, Ms. Bishop also has extensive experience in reality television. Vast is currently partnered on all non-scripted programming with Bishop-Lyons Entertainment, which has a first-look deal with ITV Studios. To date, Ms. Bishop has directed more than two dozen sizzle reels as well as pilots for BLE, including VISIONARIES (partnered with Left/Right) for AMC, BARBADORO COMPOUND (ITV/MTV) and REINVENTION (Fox TV Studios) – which are going to series. Moreover, Ms. Bishop just finished shooting a pilot episode of the new show GEARS.

Ms. Bishop is also a public speaker and author of LOGLINES, THE ART OF SELLING YOUR BOOK IN A SINGLE SENTENCE, which will be published in 2015 by McFarland.

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. She has directed numerous television shows and five feature-length motion pictures, including THE DAY LABORERS (aka 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 HBO and Blockbuster.

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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Nancy Tetraux

Speaker Trainer & Coach
SpeakSpin

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Nancy Tetraux

Speaker Trainer & Coach
SpeakSpin

Public Speaking and Communication Skills Coach and Educator

A top rated instructor of Effective Executive Speaking and Presentation Skills courses for the venerable American Management Association, and an adjunct professor of business communication, leadership, ethics and diversity at local universities, Nancy Tetreaux is a seasoned professional in the field of communications training. Her students include chief officers of Fortune 500 companies, educators from the public and private sector, clergy, small business owners as well as students of all ages from every walk of life. Having studied as an actor and playwright for nearly 10 years before entering a career in corporate human resources management, Nancy approaches public speaking and interpersonal communication skills coaching from both a performance and business management perspective. Now the president of her own communications consulting company, SpeakSpin, she has a master’s degree in Speech and Interpersonal Communication from NYU, and is a Ph.D. Candidate at Rutgers University in media and communication processes.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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.

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The Bent Agency

Literary Agent

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.

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Jennifer DeChiara Agency

Literary Agent

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.

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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.

 

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SANDERS LEGAL GROUP, PLLC

Entertainment Attorney

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.

MCM MARIA C. MILES, ESQ.

Entertainment Attorney

Maria C. Miles is the founding partner of an entertainment law firm with offices in New York. Ms. Miles’ practice focuses on all areas of entertainment and media law including, film (both documentary and feature), music, literary publishing, fashion, sports and new media. She serves as Co-Chair of the Entertainment & Media practice and is Of Counsel to Berlandi, Nussbaum & Reitzas, LLP, a full service law firm that offers a wide variety of legal expertise, including general corporate, banking & structured finance, litigation, tax and intellectual property.

Most recently, Maria was general counsel for a multi-media and digital start-up working on a diverse range of subject-matter areas including corporate and financing transactions, technology development and licensing, employment, and intellectual property (including trademarks, copyrights and patents) both in the US and abroad. Prior to her role as in-house counsel, Maria was associated with Greenberg Traurig, LLP, and Rudolph & Beer, LLP, where she served as counsel to numerous award-winning actors, writers, producers, television hosts and multi-platinum recording artists, sports teams, and corporations in the fashion and retail industries related to their entertainment and intellectual property matters.

Maria received her J.D. degree from Western New England University School of Law in 1998 and her undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College in 1995. Maria is admitted to practice in the State of New York, The United States District Court, Eastern & Southern Districts of New York, and The United States Supreme Court.

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ROMANO LAW PLLC

Entertainment Attorney

Domenic Romano is the founder and Managing Attorney of Romano Law PLLC, a New York based business and entertainment law firm.  Before founding Romano Law in 2003, he served as an international corporate attorney at a large Manhattan firm and as in-house counsel at a large company in Toronto.

Domenic has extensive experience in business, entertainment and media law.  He represents creative people and innovative businesses and has been a lawyer for over 21 years.

Domenic Romano has represented authors, screen writers, playwrights and novelists in connection with film, television, theater and book projects.   His experience ranges from copyright registrations, to drafting and negotiating various literary contracts including: co-author agreements; publishing contracts; literary agency deals; literary purchase agreements; collaboration contracts; services agreements; copyright assignments; film, television and theatrical option arrangements; license agreements; and ghost-writing contracts.

Domenic Romano is frequently interviewed regarding entertainment, business and sports legal issues on various media networks.  He has also made several appearances, discussing legal matters, at organizations as diverse as the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) and the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA).  Domenic has appeared on CNN, CNBC, HLN, Fox News, Bloomberg TV, IBT and Al Jazeera America.

Domenic is admitted to practice in New York (1993) and Ontario, Canada (1996).  He has degrees from McGill University in Montreal (B.A. History / M.A. Political Science), and law degrees from Oxford University in England (Jurisprudence), Columbia University in New York (LL.M.), and Dalhousie University in Canada (LL.B.).

 

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THE NEWMAN GROUP

Communications Trainer

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.

 

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KENSINGTON BOOKS

Executive Editor

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.