|Michael Des Barres
Michael Des Barres is a European Marquis, raised in England and living in Los Angeles. As the host of Little Steven's Underground Garage on SiriusXM Radio Channel 21, he is heard by more than six million listeners, five days a week (5am-8am and 9pm-midnight PT). He has appeared in over 150 hours of American television and more than 40 feature films, and has sold over 7 million albums as both a recording artist and songwriter.
Over the past five decades, Michael has appeared in numerous feature films such as "To Sir With Love" with Sidney Poitier, "Pink Cadillac" with Clint Eastwood, "The Man From Elysian Fields" with Mick Jagger and "Diary of a Sex Addict" with Rosanna Arquette as well as countless television shows such as NCIS, Bones, CSI, Seinfeld, Frasier, Roseanne and Melrose Place, and as the infamous assassin Murdoc on MacGyver.
Michael Des Barres was also the touring singer for the Duran Duran spin-off group, The Power Station, performing at Live Aid with one of the most iconic live acts of the mid-1980s. From 1982 to 1984, Michael was a member of Chequered Past, which included Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols, and Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison of Blondie. In 1983, Michael penned the song "Obsession," a number one hit in 27 countries for LA new wave group Animotion.
Recently, Michael narrated the one-night only performance of Frank Zappa's legendary 200 Motels with the LA Philharmonic, released a live follow up to his 2012 album Carnaby Street called Hot 'n Sticky, and co-starred alongside Gene Simmons of KISS on an episode of CSI: Las Vegas. His latest album, "The Key to the Universe" was released in 2015 on FOD Records and was produced by Bob Rose.
|Nicole Marie Lenz
Lithe and lovely brunette stunner Nicole Marie Lenz was born on January 24, 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio. Her mother Laura is a secretary and her father Theodore is a contractor. She's of mixed Dutch, German, Swedish, and Italian ancestry. Nicole has a younger sister named Emilie. Lenz was raised in the small town of North Royalton. Nicole attended North Royalton High School, where she was a gymnast and cheerleader. She graduated from North Royalton High School in 1998. Lenz first gained major public recognition as the Playmate of the Month in the March, 2000 issue of "Playboy." Nicole was scouted for the "Playboy" 2000 tour and had previously been featured in the December, 1999 issue of the famous men's magazine. Lenz signed with the Elite Modeling Agency in 2000. She has modeled for Lee Jeans, Paul Mitchell, Airwalk, and Trucco. Nicole did ad campaigns for Skyy Vodka in 2005 and Bacardi Champaigne in 2006. In addition, she's a spokesperson for the Fredericks of Hollywood lingerie line. Among the magazines Lenz has graced the covers of are "GQ," "Glamour," "Vogue," "Stuff," and "Marie Claire." Nicole made her feature film acting debut in the movie "Confidence" in 2003. She has also acted in such films as "Seeing Other People," "Kush," "Toxic," and "My Sister's Keeper." Moreover, Lenz has appeared in music videos for such artists as Elton John, Paul McCartney, Chevelle, Robbie Williams, and Duran Duran.
Nigel John Taylor is most well-known for his bass work in the popular band, Duran Duran, which he also co-founded. As schoolboys, he and Nick would sit around and daydream about the band they would one day front. It was then that they finalized a timeline for the band: they were to play Hammersmith Odeon by 1982, Wembley Arena by 1983, and Madison Square Garden by 1984. They managed to accomplish their goal, and also became one of England's biggest acts worldwide. However, their success was short-lived as internal tensions drove the band to split in two. John, with guitarist Andy Taylor, formed the splinter group Power Station, with singer Robert Palmer and drummer Tony Thompson, most well-known for his drumming with Diana Ross, Chic and David Bowie. Power Station's music was more rock-oriented than what Duran Duran had been doing. Remaining members Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, and Roger Taylor (no relation to the drummer of Queen, or either Taylor in the band) formed the avant garde band, Arcadia. These two bands, in turn, splintered Durannies (the fanatical, at times obsessive Duran Duran fans) into two groups as well, not knowing whose side to be on. This was a short-term problem, however, as Andy and Roger Taylor separately left the group in the 1985-1986 period. The recording of their fourth studio album, "Notorious", became a nightmare with remaining members arguing, John threatening to leave the group too, and them having to resort to suing Andy to get him to come record. No one is now sure which guitarist appears on what song (aside from Andy, they also used Nile Rodgers on some songs, who also produced the album, and Warren Cuccurullo, formerly of Missing Persons and later to become a member of Duran Duran). By the release of their album, their popularity had waned, especially when fans heard a different, more mature sound. They were no longer just pop, and had ventured into a more funky territory. As their popularity waned and all but dried up into the rest of the 80s and early 90s, John met and eventually married hopeful actress Amanda De Cadenet. The two also had a daughter a couple months later, Atlanta Noo Taylor (Noo is short for Noodlehead, not Knew as the press reported). The marriage was short-lived, as arguments and rumours of infidelity caused the couple to file for separation in 1995. Their divorce was finalized in 1997.
Around this time, John's tensions with the band reached a head. With each album, John threatened more and more to leave the band and, in early 1997 at the DuranCon, he finally announced to everyone, including the band, that he was leaving. He'd already recorded and released some solo material, so he wasn't really leaving to go solo, at least not in terms of music. With his divorce and drug problems (since the early 90s, he'd tried to kick his coke habit), he felt he needed to be free of everything for once. In 1999, he finally regained some stability in his life and married Gela Nash, co-founder of the hugely successful "Juice Couture". Also, in 2001, things came full circle as he and the rest of the Taylors announced they would be rejoining Duran Duran.
Nick Rhodes was born in Mosley, a suburb of Birmingham, England, son of Sylvia and Roger Bates. Rhodes began playing guitar while still in school, sharing the aspiration of becoming a lead guitarist with neighbourhood friend, John Taylor. Soon after, Rhodes also began teaching himself to play keyboards on a WASP synthesiser. Rhodes left school at sixteen, his first and only occupation outside of a band being as the disc jockey for the Rum Runner dance club in Birmingham, where he and Taylor established the core that would evolve into Duran Duran. Aside of replacing occasional band members and early changes to the band's name, Duran Duran is the only group Rhodes had been a part of until 1985, when he and bandmates Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor took a sabbatical from Duran Duran to record an album as Arcadia. Rhodes, Le Bon, John Taylor, and guitarist Warren Cuccurullo returned to Duran Duran in 1986, recording seven more studio albums through 2000. The band still endures today, with the 2000 album Pop Trash, and work on a new album underway in 2001. Rhodes' long-time interest in film and music production has led to the start of his own UK-based production company, TV Mania, with Cuccurullo. Rhodes also possesses a love of and talent for photography. A collection of his abstract works, Interference, was published in 1984. Rhodes is a devout fan of art and animation, a personal friend to both South Park co-creator Trey Parker and the late Andy Warhol. Rhodes has participated in several charity events in his career, including the 1985 Live Aid concert, Sir Bob Geldof's BandAid project, and the Secret Policeman's Ball, a series of performances in the UK which benefit Amnesty International.
Eddie Perez born in New York, a city where you can stay indoors all day and watch the world pass you by, or get up and participate with all it has to offer. Eddie Perez chose the latter. An active kid, who spent his summers with family in Puerto Rico, Eddie achieved the honor of Eagle Scout at the age of thirteen. He was also awarded the American Legion Good Citizenship Award for helping save the Botanical Gardens in Queens New York by putting together a volunteer group to plant seedlings during the cities cut backs. He continued his athleticism in high school where he played most sports and boxed in the golden gloves. While attending Long Island University in New York (where Eddie graduated with a degree in education, a minor in biology and athletic training accredited hours), he found work as a doorman at New York City hot spots such as Heartbreaks, The Fun House and The Underground, to name a few. Working these nightclubs, Eddie met many celebrities. He was known for being level headed, smart and in great physical shape. He was asked to leave New York by Mickey Rourke after finishing college and head to Los Angeles where he trained Mickey and Anthony Michael Hall. While training Hall, Eddie met the band Duran Duran, who was very much in their prime at the time. Eddie began working for the band as both their personal trainer and bodyguard. Eddie worked his way up to Head of Security and then was hired as the Head of Security for Pink Floyd as well. Between both acts, Eddie was able to go on seven plus world tours. His travels allowed him to train in Israel, South Africa, and the United States in VIP protection programs. Once he finished up the touring, and doing bodyguard work for a variety of stars such as Sylvester Stallone and Sandra Bullock, Eddie decided he wanted to pursue his true passion. During his time off from work Eddie studied acting with Peter Flood, stunts with Paul Stater as well as any other classes available to help better his craft. As with everything else he attempted, Eddie's reputation preceded him and he began to find work as a stunt coordinator and stuntman. He has stunt coordinated & 2nd Unit Directed films, television series, commercials & videos. Most recently he directed a multiple award winning short "The Test Of Time"
Eddie's goal is to help put the scripted vision on film in the most practical and safe manner without compromising creativity.
Slim, lovely, and sexy African-American knockout Elan Carter was born on July 3, 1969 in Nutley, New Jersey. Her father Otis Williams is one of the founding members of the famous R&B group the Temptations. Carter has modeled all over the world in such places as Mexico, Europe, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. Among the artists she has appeared on stage with are the Jacksons, Duran Duran, Bobby Brown, Richard Marx, and Tone-Loc. Elan was the Playmate of the Month in the June, 1994 issue of "Plauyboy." She went on to appear in several "Playboy" videos. Moreover, Carter made guest appearances on episodes of a handful of TV shows that include "Seinfeld," "Team Knight Rider," "Mike Hammer, Private Eye," and "Black Scorpion." Elan and her husband Keith Austin are the proud parents of a son named Trace.
Caroline Cossey (whose professional name is Tula) was born on August 31, 1954 in Brooke, England, United Kingdom, with male sex organs, under the name Barry Cossey. Throughout her teenage years, even though anatomically she was a male, she was extremely feminine, tall, very thin, and often was mistaken for being female (even before transitioning). Later tests would prove that her chromosomes were in fact XXXY, which make her genetic makeup sexually ambiguous...in other words her genetics are more female than male, which gave her the extremely female appearance naturally, no facial surgery altering. She was not "just a male" as many have implicated. Original reports in this biography have said she had XY chromosomes, which is incorrect. Later, in her late teens (17), she moved to a part of town where other transgendered women helped her transition to the female gender, and she began living entirely as a female, underwent breast augmentation surgery, and in the early 1970s worked as a topless dancer to raise money for sex-reassignment surgery (completely concealing her "male" parts in custom-made (very uncomfortable) underwear. Ms. Cossey posed topless for several well-known adult magazines still as a pre-operative transsexual, the photographers completely unaware of her "addition". In 1974 she had her (long-awaited) sex-reassignment surgery performed at Charing Cross Hospital in London, England. Her career then took off as a fashion model because her Amazon Goddess height of 6 feet was in strong demand, and her beauty attracted photographers from everywhere. She modeled for various agencies, advertisements, and appeared on numerous well-known magazine covers, as well as countless spreads, including the glamourous Vogue.
She was cast in the 1981 James Bond movie "For Your Eyes Only", credited only as "Girl At Pool". Major scandal erupted following the release of "For Your Eyes Only" when she was outed as a transsexual by the Sunday tabloid, "The News Of The World". She was hounded by the press, persecuted by tabloid journalists and photographers asking incredibly ignorant questions. Caroline fell into a deep depression, and contemplated suicide, feeling her professional career was in ruins and completely over. In 1982, she wrote an autobiography titled "Tula: I Am A Woman", which was told in straight-forward terms to defuse the situation by telling the full story, in her words. She eventually returned to modeling, in 1983 was the star/model of the music video "Rio" by Duran Duran, then in 1986 was featured as the model in the music video "Some Like It Hot" by Power Station. She has done several pictorials in Playboy magazine, the first (out) post-op transsexual to appear in the publication. In 1990, she published a second autobiography "My Story". Unfortunately she had a failed engagement with Count Glauco, an Italian national, in 1983, for his family forbid him to marry a transsexual. Caroline has worked hard and endlessly for transsexual equal rights, and on attempting to have the British Government recognize transsexual marriages. In 1989 she had a brief marriage to Elias Fattal that only lasted a couple weeks. She re-married in 1992 to Canadian-born David Finch, and as of 2003, she is still successfully married to David; both reside in Atlanta, Georgia, and are both actively involved in the transsexual community in USA, England, and around the world. They are living happily ever after.
There is nothing you can say about Nile Rodgers that hasn't already been heard by billions of people, in millions of cities, via thousands of radio airwaves, in hundreds of countries. The career of Nile Rodgers is one of the most enduring and prolific in music. Nile's signature is scrawled across an amazing array of music - from Madonna to Diana Ross, from David Bowie to Eric Clapton.
Nile first picked up a guitar while still in school and there was no stopping the evident talent that quickly emerged. At the age of 19, Nile not only worked for Sesame Street, but was performing nightly as part of the house band for the world renowned Apollo Theatre in Harlem, playing with luminaries such as Aretha Franklin, Parliament Funkadelic, Ben E. King and The Cadillacs. Pretty amazing for a skinny kid with glasses from New York City, but he wanted more. Nile Rodgers wanted a band of his own.
Once the decision was made, Nile searched for a partner in crime. He soon found him in local boy Bernard Edwards, whose precision with the bass was as close to Nile's precision with the guitar as either of them could hope for. The two were confident enough in their talent to introduce the world to CHIC in 1977. "Dance, Dance, Dance", the first single off CHIC's eponymous debut, hit the Top 10 and they never looked back. 1978 yielded their second hit, "Everybody Dance", while a third single, "Le Freak", hit No. 1 and became Warner Brothers' biggest selling single of all time. The dynamic duo of Edwards and Rodgers finished off the year by releasing their second album, C'est Chic, which went directly into the Top 5.
The year 1979 brought the singles "I Want Your Love", "Good Times" and a third CHIC album, Risque. While they still kept their day job as the front men of CHIC, Nile and Bernard were not content with just propelling their own band to the top. They produced and composed the album We Are Family by Sister Sledge and completed the same duties on Diana, the best selling album by Diana Ross, featuring their smash singles, "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out". And if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then surely the Sugarhill Gang's appropriation of the bass line from "Good Times" as the bass line for 1980's seminal rap song "Rapper's Delight" is an outstanding tribute.
Though the 70s embraced the R&B funk of CHIC, it was the 80s that secured Nile's place in music history. While forever bonded, Nile branched away from Bernard in the early 80s to collaborate with David Bowie. Their partnership may have raised more than a few eyebrows, but it offered music lovers Let's Dance, the biggest selling record in Bowie's career, and the hits "China Girl" "Modern Love" and "Let's Dance". With the success of Let's Dance, Nile proved an R&B guy could produce pop and rock. So, he followed it up by working with a girl from Michigan named Madonna, on a little record called "Like A Virgin", which went on to sell 14 million copies in the United States alone. Nile then produced Duran Duran's "The Reflex" single, which stayed at No. 1 for 15 weeks. After more production collaborations with Duran's the "Wild Boys" single and the Notorious album - Nile went on to work with a staggering array of musicians ranging from Mick Jagger on his She's The Boss record, INXS' groundbreaking "Original Sin" single, The Thompson Twins' Here's To Future Days, Grace Jones' Inside Story, the B-52s' Cosmic Thing, Eric Clapton's tribute to Jimi Hendrix album Stone Free, Paula Abdul and of course Beavis and Butthead.
Perhaps there is not a more fitting tribute than the one Nile received in Japan in 1996. Selected among his peers as Billboard Magazine's Top Producer in the World, he was honored as JT Super Producer. Nile was invited to Japan to perform a retrospective of his career, and was joined by Bernard Edwards, Sister Sledge, Steve Winwood, Simon LeBon and Slash, as they performed the hits that Nile took part in creating. To compliment the event, a TV and radio documentary, CD, and a DVD were released.
Shortly after producing Rai music superstar Cheb Mami's album Dellali featuring Sting, the events of September 11th prompted Nile to embark upon the biggest project of his life - The We Are Family Project, A Celebration of Our Common Humanity. The project encompasses a National We Are Family Day spearheaded for passage in Congress by Senator Robert Dole; a re-recording of We Are Family with over 200 celebrities and an accompanying music video directed by Spike Lee; an unprecedented recording and music video of over 100 famous children's characters singing We Are Family that aired simultaneously on Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and PBS on March 11, 2002; an 80 minute documentary entitled The Making and Meaning of We Are Family which debuted at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival with a standing ovation; limited edition prints of an interpretive artwork entitled "We Are Family" by world renowned artist Francesco Clemente; and a permanent We Are Family exhibit at The Children's Museum of Utah launched during the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
Amidst all of his accomplishments, Nile has still found time to win Grammys for Best Rock Instrumental for his collaboration with Jeff Beck on "Escape", Best Contemporary Blues Recording and Best Rock Instrumental Performance with the Vaughan Brothers, add his famous guitar licks to Seal's version of "Fly Like An Eagle", score films such as Coming to America, Earth Girls Are Easy and Beverly Hills Cop III, win a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), be the Musical Director of the largest commercial broadcast success in VH-1's history, VH-1's Divas Live Tribute to Diana Ross, be a Governor and Trustee of NARAS, and be responsible as either artist, producer or writer of songs that have accounted for sales of over 100,000,000 records.
History is still in the making. Nile is currently in the studio with the original members of Duran Duran producing their next album to be released in 2002. He is also working with famed French artist/producer Cerrone and finishing the highly anticipated new CHIC album - of which the single "Let's Bounce" debuted in the hit movie Rush Hour 2.
There is a lot to say about a talent as vast and far reaching as Nile Rodgers. He has been at the helm of music that has shaped two decades, and he continues to impose his influence in the next millennium. The music and genius of Nile Rodgers truly speaks for itself - just turn on your radio and listen.
Curt Clendenin grew up in Carol Stream, Illinois. He won 3rd place, 6th grade, spelling bee trophy. Cast as an orphan in the film "The Blues Brothers", he was taught by John Belushi himself how to make bear tracks on the beaches of Lake Michigan. Founding member of the sketch comedy improv groups: "The Fresh Leftovers" and "Medium Rare." Graduate of Columbia College, Chicago, directed by Sheldon Patinkin of Second City. Co-founding member of "Andy's Army", an organization of friends and family of Andy Kaufman, podcasters, wrestling bloggers, tweeters, and tv hosts who helped induct him into the WWE Hall of Fame. Plays Nick ("Click") Rhodes in the Duran Duran tribute band, Rio.
|Stuart St. Paul
Winning Best Director at Breckenridge, USA, in 2010 for Freight adds to a long list of international awards. His career advanced swiftly in the 1980's with huge pop videos like Duran Duran's Wild Boys which lead to him getting Aliens with James Cameron. He has done three Bond movies, Batman and many other studio movies and worked all over the world. Nominated stunt coordinator to two Taurus Awards for Seed Of Chucky, and a Star and Screen award in Bollywood for Proud To Be An Indian. Married to Jean he has two children who are both hugely successful, Luke and Laura.
Encouraged by his father, Andy Taylor took lessons in playing the guitar from a jazz guitarist who lived across the road from him and started to play the instrument seriously from the age of 11. He left school in 1976 and joined a punk band called The Gigolos. They became Motorway and released a single that didn't chart. He had played nearly 600 gigs in a variety of working men's clubs, strip joints and military bases before responding to an advert in Melody Maker placed by a band needing a guitarist. The band was Duran Duran, he successfully auditioned and the group went on to become one of the most successful acts of Britain's early 1980s' "New Romantic" movement, scoring many big hits, including two British number one singles, "Is There Something I Should Know?" and "The Reflex". They were also Princess Diana's favourite band.
Andy Taylor married Tracey Wilson, the band's hair stylist and opened a wine bar, Rio, in Whitley Bay. He left Duran Duran in 1985 and since then has worked with Robert Palmer in Power Station, Rod Stewart and Thunder.
Drummer for British group Duran Duran from 1980 - 1984. Drummer for Arcadia 1985 which released one album. 1985 saw Duran Durans last on-stage performance as the Fab 5 for quite some time for the Live Aid charity event. In 1986 Duran Duran reformed without Roger or guitarist Andy Taylor. Roger played some tracks for 1995 Duran Duran album Thankyou. He rejoined Duran Duran in 2001 and they released 2004 album Astronaut. In 2005 he played Rome Live 8 concert as a part of Duran Duran.
Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Mae became interested in film at university where he studied broadcast journalism. He was also playing in a rock band at the time and developed a passion for music videos. When he graduated from university he took a year off to write and record music and worked part time as an usher at the Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremorne, an art deco cinema owned by Mike Walsh.
After a year recording music he cut a five track EP titled "K" and set about making a music video for each track culminating in a stunt where he momentarily stopped peak hour traffic on the harbour bridge to shoot a scene for the title track "K".
The music videos attracted the attention of several actors he worked with at the Orpheum and he joined forces with Filipino born, R.J Meyer, son of Flipino comic actor, Rudy Meyer, to write and produce a number of short films. The first was a kung fu comedy titled, "The Golden Sink of Lohan" which was selected as a finalist in the Metro Shifty Film Competition in 1994.
Mae teamed up with university buddy, Robert Sullivan, to write his first feature length screenplay "Flashlight" which he also starred and produced in 1995. The film starred R.J Meyer and Loene Carmen.
Frustrated with the length of time it took to get a feature film off the ground, in 1998 Mae set about shooting four features in one year. "Kung Fuji" was shot in The Philippines and costars Rudy Meyer and Ms. Mindinao, Inah Allegre. "Love Brokers" featured the talented Ben Mendelsohn in a surprise supporting role alongside soap star Megan Connolly. "Duran Duran" is set in a post apocalyptic 2037 where women have taken over the world and stars Rebekah Elmaloglou, Melissa Bell, Ben Oxenbould and Robert Carlton. "K" starred Mae and his early creative partner and cinematographer, Gotaro Uematsu. Mae's rapid shooting style attracted the attention of the press and he appeared on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald in 1999 and channel 9's Today Show.
In 1999 Mae produced another three features, "My life as a Blue Ringed Octopus," "My Life as a Fried Green Tomato" and "Ma Vie un Suherman" which saw Mae and a troupe of actors travel around the globe to produce a feature film shot on four continents.
In 2002 Mae moved to England to produce and direct "My Little Brother's a Vampire."
Returning to Australia in 2003 Mae produced "Sisters in Blood", the first feature film shot entirely in one day. The film stars, Nicholas Bishop, Chloe Maxwell and Tash Beaumont.
In 2005 Mae teamed up with writer/producer, Peter Furst to shoot the teen comedy "Going Down Under" (Australian Pie) which was released on DVD in the US with limited theatrical release in Australia. The film starred Ed Kavalee, Johnny Boxer, Austentayshus and Gabby Millgate.
Mae wrote and produced "Passion Love Beauty" in 2010 and returned to the front of the camera to play himself in the film.
Mae again teamed up with Peter Furst in 2011 to produce "Reservoir Cats" a parody of Quentin Tarantino's "Resevoir Dogs" in which all the male roles are replaced by female actors. The film was made to raise money for breast cancer research and promote gender equality.
In 2012 Mae returned to the writers chair to pen, produce and direct "Smash - The Movie", a doco style feature about a group of ramraiders who decide to film their exploits.
A native New Yorker, born and raised in Flushing, Queens, Harris Doran (pronounced like Duran Duran) was an acting major at The High School of Performing Arts (The "Fame" School) before being accepted to the Juilliard School.
Harris went on to receive rave reviews for his work in theatre, playing a wide variety of roles. In 2000 he received an LA Ovation Award Nomination for playing "The Artful Dodger" in "Oliver at the DeafWest Theatre in Los Angeles. While in LA he shot guest spots on the television shows "Any Day Know" and "Malcolm In The Middle." Then in 2004, he starred in the film "Two Plus One," which was shot entirely on location in Paris, France, as well as starring as "Claude" in the Broadway concert of HAIR, alongside Jennifer Hudson, Laura Benanti, and Ana Gasteyer. In 2006 he shot the rockumentary "Exposing The Order Of The Serpentine" for Spike TV as well as a guest spot on NBC's "The Black Donnellys." After receiving praise for his role as "The Emcee" in "Cabaret" at the Pittsburgh Public Theater (2007), Harris was asked back to play "Mozart" in their production of "Amadeus," earning him notice from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette as one of the best performances of the year. After this he starred as "Jerry" in "Love Jerry" (2008), for which he won both a NYMF Award for Best Actor and the Talkin' Broadway Award for Best Actor. In 2009, Harris played the role of "Freddy" in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," opposite Joe Piscopo at the Gateway Playhouse in Long Island, NY. The following year he received glowing reviews for playing "Myles" in "It Must Be Him" (2010), which was written by the Emmy Award winning writer Kenny Solms, and starred three-time Emmy Award nominee Peter Scolari. In 2011, he starred as "Marc" alongside Jerry Adler and Joyce DeWitt in the world premiere of "I'm Connecticut," written by "The Simpsons" writer/producer Mike Reiss. He reprised his role along with Adler in the 2013 production. Harris is a regular on the web series "Real Actors Read" and "Montauk Boys" and shot spots on CBS' "Person Of Interest" (2013), CBS' "Elementary" (2014), and one of the leads of the pilot episode of the new Lifetime series "I Love You, But I Lied" (2014). Harris was named by Backstage Magazine as one of the "Backstage 30 - actors on the verge of breaking out" (2014).
Harris' film projects include starring as "Eugene" in the feature film "My Best Day," which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival (2012), for which he won a Jury award for Best Acting Ensemble at the Ashland Independent Film Festival. The film had its theatrical release (2013) and is now available on iTunes and Netflix; as well as "Spot" in the feature film "Junction," along with Michael O'Keefe, Anthony Rapp and David Zayas for which Harris won the Best Supporting Actor award at The Long Island International Film Expo and Best Ensemble Cast at the ReelHeART International Film Festival - "Junction" is available for purchase on Amazon and rental on Redbox. He shot the starring role of "Jack Wright" in the feature film "Coach Of The Year" (2012) as well as supporting roles in the feature films "A Cry From Within" (2013) and "'79 Parts" starring Eric Roberts (2013). Harris shot the lead roles of Djuna Wahlrab's feature "We're Doing Fine" (2013) and John Jaquish's feature "The Mutineer" (2014).
Harris made his writer/director debut short film "The Story Of Milo & Annie" (2014) starring Academy Award Nominee Cathy Moriarty (R"Raging Bull") and Alysia Reiner ("Orange Is The New Black") which won Best Narrative Short in the Indie Memphis Film Festival. He has written the musicals "Salvage," "Wasp Woman" and "Bleeding Love" which recently had its world premiere production (2015) in Denmark. His screenplay "Atticus Brown Is Still Here" is in development and was a Sundance, Tribeca and Hamptons Sloan finalist (2014), his screenplay "In The Wake" was a semifinalist for the Austin Film Festival (2014) and his screenplay "COG" was named the winner of the Write Movies Screenwriting Competition (2014) and was a quarterfinalist for the Oscars® Academy Nicholl Fellowship (2014). His screenplay "Beauty Mark" is being shot in Spring (2016) and his writer/director debut feature "This Movie Will Get Into Sundance" (2016) is in post-production.
Harris is a writer on the TV show "I Love You, But I Lied" (2015) for Lifetime and is the sole writer of the sit-com "Reenact" for the new online network TWST (2016).
Arthur Gorson is currently active in feature film and commercial production. His extensive experience in various aspects of the entertainment business provides him with a depth of knowledge to bring to his production activities. As a record producer, he produced over 20 albums for major labels with artists such as Golden Earring, Phil Ochs and Tom Rush. His photographic work with artists such as Bob Marley (included in the 2012 feature "Marley") is widely known. Before moving to Los Angeles, he headed production companies, based in New York; working in the areas of film production, soundtrack & post-production supervision, and concert production.
Upon relocating to Los Angeles he first assumed the position of feature producer for Dreamstreet, Inc., with offices at Universal and Paramount Studios. He has developed projects with directors such as Tony Scott, Monte Hellman, and Taylor Hackford.
Gorson's feature film credits as Producer include: "Cronos", directed by Guillermo Del Toro and shot by Academy Award winner Guillermo Navarro, its many awards include the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix of Critic's Week and 9 Ariel del Oro (Mexico's Academy Awards); "Better Watch Out", directed by Monte Hellman and distributed by Carolco/LIVE Entertainment with cable rights through HBO. He was a consulting producer of the historical epic "Cabeza De Vaca", directed by Nicolas Echevarria. Made for American Playhouse Theatrical Films (US), Imcine (Mexico), Producciones Iguana (Mexico), the film had its World Premier in competition at the Berlin Film Festival. He received an Executive Producer credit for his work on Timur Bekmambetov's record breaking Russian box office smash "Night Watch". A consulting producer credit on Perry Henzell's recently completed film "No Place Like Home"; and a producer credit on Monte Hellman's "Road to Nowhere" (for which Hellman received a Golden Lion for his body of work at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.) His film "Roots Of Reggae", produced with Wayne Jobson, had its U.S. premiere at the Palm Beach Film Festival. Gorson has several current feature projects in development including: "Curse Of The Golden Idol" written by Dickie Jobson and Michael Thomas ("The Hunger", "Ladyhawke", "Scandal", "Backbeat", "B Monkey", etc.).
Adding short-form activities to his portfolio, Gorson's extensive commercial production credits include: LG Phones, Mazda Automobiles, Palms Hotels, Frito/Lay, Gillette, Bank Imperial, Seaworld, Cutty Sark, Gatorade, Busch Gardens, Woolrich, Super Bock Beer, Veet, The Palms Hotel, Coke Zero, Universal Hollywood, Universal Orlando, Mortal Kambat, Mars Bars, and Tommy Hilfiger.
He has produced over 70 high-end music videos for artists such as: Lisa Marie Presley, Evanescence, The Dave Matthews Band, Daughtry, Willie Nelson, Marilyn Manson, Stevie Nicks, Ozzy Osbourne, Tommy Lee, Dr. Dre, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Duran Duran, Everlast, Damian Marley, Shooter Jennings, X Japan, Velvet Revolver, and Cypress Hill. In these areas he has worked with director Dean Karr as well as with Zac Snyder, Patricia Riggen, Timur Bekmambetov.
He has recently produced a series of long-form interactive concert DVDs (with extensive featurette filmed material) including Iron Maiden at Rock in Rio, Megadeth's Rude Awakening, Wu Tang Clan, Slayer "Still Reigning", and Ernest Ranglin's "Order of Distinction". Gorson is currently Executive Producer at Wild Indigo, LLC.
Professional photographer David Esquire of international photography company Esquire Photography located in Newport Beach in Orange County, California is a caffeine-fueled photographer that loves to work with outgoing, passionate & exciting people.
His roller coaster career spanning over 29 years from Southern California to London, Paris, Zurich, Costa Rica & Berlin has blessed him to photograph Grammy award bands like Duran Duran, The X Games, commercial & fashion, contributed to a best selling book on how to capture better photography, modeled for Ralph Lauren, teaches and gives motivational speeches in Elementary, High School and Colleges and published in 4 languages.
Renee Toft Simonsen was born in Aarhus, Denmark in 1965. Her mother was a nurse and her father a student. Her parents divorced when she was 13. In 1981 she caught the attention of the fashion editor Birte Strandgaard, which became the start of her modeling career. The following year she was chosen to represent Denmark at the Supermodel of the World contest, which she won in August 1982. Renée quit high school and moved to New York. During the next six years she was one of the most popular models in the world, dabbled in acting, dated John Taylor of Duran Duran and seemed to live a very glamorous life. But by 1988 she had tired of the fashion world and felt she was losing herself. She took a break from fashion, turned down the chance to audition for the role of a Bond girl, broke up with Taylor and went to a kibbutz in Israel for 3 months along with her sister. In 1989, at the age of 24 and at the height of her popularity, she effectively ended her career as a top model and returned to Denmark. In Denmark she first finished high school and then went on to study psychology at university. From 1990 she lived with businessman Kristian Sandvad and they had two children, daughter Ulrikke born in 1993 and son Jens-Kristian born in 1995, but the couple split up in 1995. Not long after she met the man who would be the love of her life, the popular Danish musician Thomas Helmig. The couple moved in together in 1997 and got married in 2000. Their son Hugo, Renee's third child, was born in 1998. She's also the stepmother of Helmig's daughter from a previous marriage, Ida Marie. In 2002 she finished her degree in psychology and the following year she published her first children's book. Since then she has published several more children's books and in 2007 published her first novel. In 2004 she received the BMF Children's Book Award and in 2006 she received Clarin's Most Dynamic Woman Award. At 44 Renée is still amazingly beautiful and still does occasional model work, but only if it doesn't take her away from her family for too long.
Yawar Charlie, the grandson of Indian film legend, Noor Mohammed Charlie, and son of Pakistani television stars, Latif and Masooma Charlie, is setting out to make his mark in both Hollywood and Bollywood. Having been raised in the states, Yawar has been performing since the age of 6 under the supervision of his grandfather, Noor Mohammed Charlie. Raised in San Francisco, Yawar attended The University of San Francisco, majoring in both Psychology and Communication. He later attend The University of California, Davis, where he earned his Master in Fine Arts degree. His singing talents recently caught the attention of Ustad Sultan Khan, one of India's premier classical musicians. Having performed with international artists like Duran Duran, Talvin Singh, George Harrison and Madonna, Ustad Sultan Khan asked Yawar to collaborate with him on his new fusion concept album. The result was the song, "Love So Deep", a beautiful blend of traditional Indian melodies and modern English pop music.
Beata Harju is a Helsinki-born actress and filmmaker. At the age of 16 she moved to NYC to attend the Professional Performing Arts School as a musical theatre major. A year later she started her first-year at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. While still in college, Beata and her fellow filmmakers won Duran Duran's worldwide Genero.TV competition, becoming the official music video of their single, "Safe: In the Heat of the Moment".
Beata made her national theatre acting debut in 2012 as Honey in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Jean in August: Osage County at Svenska Teatern, the Swedish National Theatre in Helsinki, Finland.
Her most notable filmmaking credits include screenwriter and Mymble for the Finnish-French co-production, Moomins on the Riviera (2014), based on Tove Jansson's beloved comic strips, and assistant director for the 24-episode TV-series Tommys Supersoffa (2013).
Beata is an alumnus of Sarah Lawrence College and the Professional Performing Arts School in New York, as well as Aalto University School of Business in Helsinki, Finland.
A highly regarded writer and arranger of music for commercials. He co-founded Elias Associates in 1980; it later became Elias Arts.
Elias is considered one of the world's most successful composers in the advertising field and helped usher electronic and rock music into advertising, bringing an end to the domination of the jingle and establishing an extraordinarily high standard for commercial scoring. He co-created the famous "Moon Landing" score in 1983 for the launch of MTV, the first sound mark for Apple, the Columbia Pictures sound logo, and the world famous Yahoo! "Yodel" sound mark. His company, Elias Arts has won countless other awards including dozens of Clios, multiple Cannes prizes and London International Advertising Awards and an Emmy. With offices in NY and LA, Elias has become the premiere agency for commercial branding, providing music for clients such as Ford, GM, Nissan, Audi, Infiniti, Mercedes, AT&T, NASDAQ, IBM, Apple, Sony, Levi's, Adidas and Nike.
As a record producer he has done full albums for Yes, Duran Duran and Grace Jones. He has also produced a diverse group of artists for various projects including BB King, Alanis Morissette, Perry Farrell, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and David Bowie among others.
His solo recording projects as composer/performer/producer have brought together legendary collaborators from every genre of music. Those works include: "Requiem for the Americas: Songs from the Lost World" (1990) ''The Prayer Cycle'' (March 23, 1999) (Sony Classica]) ''American River (album) (August 24, 2004) (Decca Records) Grammy nominated. 'The Prayer Cycle 2'' (scheduled for late 2008 release).
Virtuoso drummer Terry John Bozzio was born on December 27, 1950 to Italian-American parents in San Francisco, California. Terry started playing the drums on makeshift sets at age six. Inspired by the Beatles' famous appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," Bozzio begged his father for drum lessons at age thirteen. He played in the 60s garage rock bands Blue Glass Radio, The Yarde, and Tamalpaias Mountain Boys. Terry majored in music at both Sir Francis Drake High School and College of Marin. Following graduation from college, Bozzio played drums for productions of the rock musicals "Godspell" and "Walking in My Time" as well as performed with various local jazz groups. He joined Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention in 1975. Terry played drums on ten albums for Zappa which include "Bongo Fury," "Joe's Garage," and "Baby Snakes" (he also appears in the latter rock concert documentary of the same name). Bozzio left Zappa in 1978. In 1980 he co-founded the excellent New Wave band Missing Persons. Missing Persons recorded three albums and almost cracked the Top 40 with the songs "Words" and "Destination Unknown" prior to breaking up in 1986. Terry was married to Missing Persons lead singer Dale Bozzio from 1979 to 1986. After the disbanding of Missing Persons Bozzio went on to work with a huge array of musical artists who include Robbie Robertson, Gary Wright, Frank Zappa's son Dweezil, Paul Hyde, Herbie Hancock, Richard Marx, Jeff Beck, Duran Duran, Billy Sheehan, Steve Vai, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In the summer of 2005 Terry filled in for drummer Dave Lombardo in Fantamos for the group's European tour. More recently he worked with the nu metal band Korn on their eighth album. Bozzio's major innovations as a rock drummer are creating the melodic ostinato for the drum set and creating orchestral compositions on the drum set by playing polyrhythms and metric modulations. Moreover, Bozzio performs clinics for fellow drummers on a regular basis all across the country. He was inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk in Hollywood on January 17, 2007. Terry Bozzio lives in Austin, Texas with his second wife Ev Kvamme and son Raanen.
Mosh was born in Russia during the Soviet Union to parents who both worked with the national gymnastics team. Having moved across the world to Florida at age 3 and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, her parents continued to work as gymnastic coaches and later Mosh and her family relocated to Maryland. It was here that she started a career in professional gymnastics at just age 5 and at the age of 7 became the youngest member of a competitive cheerleading squad which she took part in for 7 years.
After 10 years of work as a gymnast, Mosh dislocated and severely injured her right arm during an acrobatics routine, which led to the end of her career as a professional gymnast. Shortly after the accident Mosh discovered Fetish photography on the Internet and became fascinated with the imagery and after dropping out of college at 17 where she was studying graphic design, began what was to be a successful career as a model and burlesque performer.
Since then Mosh has worked with leading photographers,models and designers, has been featured multiple times on Playboy.com and Vogue Italia as well as being the cover girl on magazines such as Maxim, Bizarre, Marquis and appeared on the front cover of Girls and Corpses magazine alongside American film director, producer, screenwriter Lloyd Kaufman.
Mosh has also ventured in to fashion having designed latex clothing for Collective Chaos and worked with Pin up lingerie enthusiasts Dottie's Delights on 2 exclusive name sake playsuits and continues to work on her own brand when she can.
2013 saw Mosh take a step in to mainstream media, starring in music videos for artists such as Pink, Korn and Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes and Warren Cuccurullo's new music group TV Mania.
Tim Dry played J'Quille - Whiphid and a Mon Calamari Officer in Star Wars Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi. He also played The Alien in the cult Horror / Sci Fi movie XTRO. Tim studied Mime and Physical Theatre with Desmond Jones for four years, and also worked with Lindsay Kemp (tutor to David Bowie and Kate Bush). In the early to mid 1980s he was half of the legendary robotic mime / music duo Tik & Tok. They released 5 singles and a chart album Intolerance in the UK, Europe and Japan. They supported Duran Duran, Adam Ant, Depeche Mode, Gary Numan and Ultravox. Tik & Tok reformed briefly in 2005 and wrote, recorded and released a brand new album Dream Orphans in 2007, which is still available on the official Tik & Tok website.
Tim is also an award-winning Photographic Artist, whose subjects have included Mick Jagger, Barbie Wilde, Steven Berkoff, The Mediaeval Baebes, author Rupert Thomson and Joan Collins. His unique art has been exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery, Gallery 286 in London, the Royal Photographic Society, the Association of Photographers Gallery and in Hamburg, Berlin, New York and at the Arts Club in London. As an actor Tim appeared in more than 90 TV Commercials in the UK and Europe. He has had featured roles in the films The 10th Kingdom, Soup and Decadence, and UK TV shows such as The Bill, Eastenders, Casualty, Goodbye Mr Steadman and Father Ted. In 2010 Tim played the title role in the short horror/comedy film SON Of Nosferatu. 2014 sees Tim in two independent movies: the martial arts/gangster tale Le Accelerator and the surreal short Pier Pressure.
Tim's memoir of his involvement in Jedi and of his subsequent appearances from 2003 at worldwide at autograph conventions, Continuum - The Star Wars Phenomenon As Experienced From The Inside, was released in 2012 as a Kindle edition and is available on Amazon, Sony Reader, Barnes & Noble Nook etc. A re-edited and revamped version of his autobiography Falling Upwards - Scenes From A Life was published by Bear Claw Books in October 2013. It contains a 20,000 word update from 2005 to 2013. Tim has also contributed articles to Forbes magazine and has short stories in four horror anthologies, namely The Bestiarum Vocabulum (Western Legends Press), Demonology (Static Movement), The Grimorium Verum (Western Legends Press) and Phobophobias (Dark Continents Publishing). The first in a series of dark fiction novellas entitled Ricochet by Tim Dry will be published by Theatrum Mundi in early 2015.
Christian Larson grew up drumming, dancing and filming skateboarding in Sweden and it was this background that helped carve his reputation of a rhythmic visual style. Starting out making music promos, he went on to be an editor for renowned Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund on various projects like the iconic music video for Lady Gaga and Beyoncé Telephone. Other editing works include music videos and commercials for Daft Punk, Britney Spears, Duran Duran, Mercedes and Dior as well as the feature film Small Apartments starring Matt Lucas and Billy Crystal. As a director, Christian's work includes music videos for Sigur Rós, Kylie Minogue, Tinie Tempah and Swedish House Mafia, as well as commercials and editorials for Rimmel London, ID Magazine, Wallpaper Magazine, Absolut Vodka and Agent Provocateur. In 2010 he made the documentary Take One that reached cult status in the electronic dance music world, dubbed »Spinal Tap for the acid house generation« by The Times UK. In 2012 he wrote and directed Valtari, a short film with music from the Icelandic band Sigur Rós and choreography from world renowned choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkoui. The film received numerous nominations and was awarded a Grammy for Best Video at the 2013 Swedish Grammy Awards as well as Best Choreography at the 2013 UK Music Video Awards. Christian's directing projects have reached over 200 million views in total on Youtube. His first feature-length film Leave The World Behind was officially selected to the 2014 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. When officially released on iTunes, it went straight to number 1 in the worldwide documentary section.
Born in Brooklyn, NY (December 8, 1956), this versatile and talented guitarist has had an eclectic career in the music industry. Joining Frank Zappa's band in 1978, he quickly became immortalized on the "Joe's Garage" album. In 1980 he founded the 80's new wave band Missing Persons with Dale and Terry Bozzio. After six years with that band, he joined Duran Duran, where he helped them update their sound in the 90's and co-wrote the hits "Ordinary World" and "Come Undone." He's also part of the composing/performing/producing team of TV Mania with Nick Rhodes. His solo albums range in sound from hard rock to ambient to ethnic music. An avid bodybuilder, Warren posed nude for the Brazilian magazine "G" in 2000, and in 2001 he joined a reunion of the original Missing Persons.
Lol Creme was one of four members of the pioneering 70s art group 10cc, famous mostly for their big hit, "I'm Not In Love", but with a repertoire of witty underground favorites, such as "Life is a Minestrone", "The Wall Street Shuffle, " and "Art for Art Sake." Lol left the band in the mid-70s, along with fellow art-school grad, Kevin Godley, and the two pioneered the use of the "Gizmo" a guitar synthesizer that they demonstrated on the ambitious 3-record box set, "Consequences." As they continued to release studio albums, Godley and Creme found their talents as music video directors more and more in demand, producing award-winning shorts for Herbie Hancock ("Rockit"), Sting and the Police ("Every Breath You Take"), and Duran Duran ("Girls on Film") among others. Their own song, "Cry" was the inspiration for another amazing video, pioneering the use of the "morphing" technique, in which one face transmutes into another. Most recently, Kevin and Lol directed videos for the new Beatles releases, "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love."
Alexandra Yacovlef is the CEO of Little Studio Films.
She started in the Entertainment business in the early eighties in film financing with Studios such as Columbia and Universal and acted as a consultant for the department of film financing at Smith Barney.
In 1984 she represented International distributors in the USA from 11 different countries. Her fluency in 5 languages and financial experience helped her clients close deals acquiring over 100 films both most of which became worldwide successes.
In 1989 she founded her own sales company Axelia International Pictures selling over 27 films to profit and attending all major film markets and Festivals.
In 2000 she created Little Studio Films with the intent to incorporate all Entertainment activities under one roof like in the old Studio system.
Today Alexandra is involved mostly in the consulting and representation of several high profile International distributors, producers and Entertainment companies structuring financial deals, co-productions, packaging and or sales of International and US film properties.
Alexandra was the Executive Producer of Stealing Roses (2012) selling with WFE, Produced Return to Happiness (2013) which Little Studio Films selling, produced Ice Scream (2014) after having acquired the rights of the well known Italian short by the same name. She also brokered the worldwide distribution deal of Duran Duran's Unstaged directed by David Lynch and optioned the rights of the best selling book The Gang of Dreams by Luca di Fulvio for an 10 hour miniseries to be produced together with producer Jan Fantl.
Alexandra worked with all major International Banks and all majorEntertainment companies Studios and distributors.
Artist Manager (Gemma Hayes, Mark Sayfritz, Juliet). Record label Executive (Field Recordings). Concert & Club Promoter (Nottingham Rock City & Nottingham Venus). Sound & Light Engineer. Music Supervisor. Tour Manager (Gemma Hayes on Counting Crows, Juliet on Duran Duran). Just some of the many roles Phil Middleton has undertaken over his past 15 years in the music business.
Currently at ATC Management (London, UK) & Field Recordings (a new independent label signed to Universal/Island in the UK), Phil Middleton broke into the music business in the mid-1990s in Nottingham, UK. Straight out of college, he started promoting club nights & concerts by visiting national & international acts (Blur, Manic Street Preachers, 24-7 Spyz) in Nottingham, while at the same time running front of house sound operations at Nottingham's prestigious Rock City venue.
Using this "hands-on" experience of the live market, Phil moved to ticketing experts Way Ahead before heading for Virgin Radio in London, where he spent four years running the station's concert & live event promotion department.
From Virgin Radio to ATC Management in 2002, where Phil developed his artist management skills under the wings of a couple of industry veterans in the guise of Radiohead & Supergrass' management team. Since then, Phil has spent his time working with fledgling bands & artists in the UK, and also hooked up with composer Mark Sayfritz with whom he now spends considerable time in the world of film & TV.
David Malcolm Kershenbaum. Record producer and A&R man. Born in Springfield, Missouri. Started as an Artist and has been signed to Capitol. Later has been an executive in three major record companies. Kershenbaum's supervision yielded many superstar artists during one of the most successful times of A&M's history. Kershenbaum's first album at A&M: major platinum success for Joan Baez, "Diamonds and Rust". Kershenbaum's talent generated hundreds of millions of dollars of record sales around the globe and his guidance has helped establish some of the biggest names in the business: Tracy Chapman, Duran Duran, Joe Jackson, Bryan Adams, Janet Jackson, Tori Amos, Cat Stevens, Josh Kadison, and Blessid Union of Souls. As a record producer he has been awarded 75 international gold and platinum albums. As a partner and co-president of Morgan Creek Music Group, he worked on various movies, such as "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" acting as Executive Producer of "Everything I Do, I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams, supervised and executive produced all of the music for the large slate of pictures, including "The Last of the Mohicans". Other films include "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure", "Navy Seals", "Road House","200 Cigarettes", "White Sands". Kershenbaum's work brought multiple Grammys, Oscar nomination. Recently awarded a "Star" - Hollywood Fame Award/Lifetime Achievement for Music Production.
Robin began his career in the entertainment industry when he was 21 in 1972. His first job was as Assistant National Promotion Director at RCA. He then relocated to the Denver Rocky Mountain region in 1974, working promotion, marketing and development of artists that included Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Dolly Parton, John Denver, Waylon Jennings, The Guess Who, and The Jefferson Starship, among many others. Robin has received numerous awards throughout his career, including "Promotion Man of the Year" for three consecutive years, as well as other marketing and promotion commendations.
In 1977, Robin went to work for the Atlanta based Capricorn Records. While there, he helped to launch the careers of numerous artists, including The Allman Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, Sea Level and Wet Willie.
Robin joined up with RSO Records in 1978, where, under the direction of Robert Stigwood and Al Coury, he engineered the national promotion campaign of the most successful recording soundtrack in the history of the music business: "Saturday Night Fever," which to date has sold 33 million albums. He also created the promotional campaigns for the movies "Fame," Steven Spielberg's "Return of the Jedi," and Bill Murray's "Meatballs." Robin also developed radio promotion for The Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, Irene Cara, and The Rockets.
In 1981, CBS had Robin assume a newly created position as National Promotion Director out of their West Coast office. Robin was involved in all aspects of marketing and promotion of the Jacksons, Michael Jackson, Ozzy Osbourne, Electric Light Orchestra, The Clash, Cheap Trick, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Mickey Gilley, among others. While at CBS, Robin headed up the national promotion campaign of Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky III," which produced the number one record of 1982, "Eye of the Tiger."
Robin diversified his career in November 1982, when he became the Director of Talent Acquisition and Artist Relations for the international syndication company, Westwood One. He was responsible for the signing of all the artists that Westwood One would incorporate into their "Coca Cola Superstar Concert Series," which became the highest rated live concert series in the history of radio. In addition, Robin produced concerts and simulcasts for several leaders in music: Huey Lewis and The News, Genesis, Phil Collins, Duran Duran, Asia, The Pretenders, Stevie Nicks, Judas Priest, Quiet Riot, Scorpions, Men at Work, Missing Persons, Rod Stewart, Willie Nelson, Alabama, Ozzy Osborne, Stray Cats, Van Halen, and many more. Perhaps his most gratifying experience was producing the A.R.M.S. benefit concert in London. Working in tandem with Rolling Stones and Who producer Glynn Johns, they brought together music superstars The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Steve Winwood and others for the benefit of Ronnie Lane and Multiple Sclerosis. Also taking part in the evening were Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
In January of 1984, Robin teamed up with producer Steve Sterling to form Sterling Wren, Inc. Together they produced Grammy and Oscar winning singer Joe Cocker's video, "On the Edge of a Dream" from the motion picture "Teachers," starring Nick Nolte and Jobeth Williams. They have also produced a 60-minute home video for Canada's reigning heavy metal kings Triumph, television's animated series "Voltron," and the critically acclaimed television commercials for Honda Motor Scooters featuring Lou Reed and Grace Jones.
In 1983, prior to their official partnership, Robin and Steve produced the award winning US Festival that originated with Apple Computer's innovator Steve Wozniak. This show was broadcast live all over the world and was the first to have live origination in Russia. Featured artists were David Bowie, Van Halen, the Clash, Men at Work, Ozzy Osborne, The Pretenders, The Stray Cats, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Alabama, and many more.
Sterling Wren, Inc. produced Willie Nelson's charity musical extravaganza "Farm Aid II." Robin was able to bring in the major sponsor, who personally contributed $2,000,000. The major rock and country stars headlining this show were: John Cougar, Neil Young, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristoferson, Waylon Jennings, and Miami Vice's Don Johnson. Other stars on hand included Hill Street Blues'Charles Haid, David Soul, Catherine Bach, Heather Thomas, Rob Lowe, and Michael Nesmith.
Robin has personally been awarded numerous awards and has received a total of 35 gold and platinum albums from many of the artists that he has had the privilege of working with.
Robin joined forces with music manager Stephen Brown in 1989 by creating an independent record label called Caliber Records. Caliber Records was started as a music management company, but as they started to sign artists, they graduated to a record label. Robin headed up the promotion and marketing of all of Caliber's artists while acting as the General Manager of the company. Responsible for the day-to-day operation of the label, Robin's main focus was on the coordination of the record promotion and marketing, while overseeing the interaction among the various departments within Caliber, as well as the interaction between Caliber and its distributors.
In order to secure major distribution, Caliber signed a deal to distribute their product through BMG-. Caliber's first major release was by Rita Coolidge in 1992. Coolidge's "Heart Don't Fail Me Now" was nominated for the Daytime Emmys/Soap Opera Digest Song of the Year and reached the Top 15 on the Billboard A/C chart.
In 1993, Caliber left the BMG label in order to secure their own distribution through INDI (Independent National Distributors, Inc.), an independent distribution company formed by four distributors around the country. Through INDI, Caliber released records by Canadian stars Crusoe and Juno Award winners John James and Haywire. Established hard rock band Love/Hate was Caliber's first real break, selling more albums than Caliber's previous releases. However, INDI tended to focus more on R&B and Rap, and despite a huge promotional campaign that pushed the first single, "Spinning Wheel," to number one at many radio stations around the country.
One of Caliber's biggest successes was with R&B superstar Howard Hewett. Howard's career was re-established with the 1995 release of "It's Time." This album went into Billboard's Top 20 R&B chart and had a Top 10 single.Howard Hewett toured with R&B legends George Duke, Jeffrey Osborne, CeCe Winans, and Luther Vandross.
As the major distributors moved toward securing a stranglehold on retail, the chance of success through independent distribution became more and more bleak. Caliber Records was one of INDI's most successful labels. It was then Stephen Brown and Robin went on to form VIDNET in 1997. The ever-changing on-line forum was severely lacking in entertainment content, and VIDNET set out to fill that void. VIDNET then became a ground breaking company that secured partnerships with such giants as SONY, EMI, VIRGIN, MICROSOFT, LYCOS, BRITISH TELECOM and the list continues and in the early stages of the ever changing Internet became one of the most successful and dominant entertainment companies on the web.
He is currently managing singer/songwriter and Broadway composer Michael Sottile. Robin was executive producer of the off-Broadway play "INAPPROPRIATE," written by Michael Sottile, which had a two year run in New York and a six month run in Los Angeles. Robin is also producer/project manager of the Rock Opera, JOAN, written and composed by Michael Sottile & AnnMarie Milazzo.
Robin Wren has now joined forces with his longtime friend and business partner Stephen Brown to run the North American arm of Extravaganza Media a new TV and Film production company founded by Stephen Brown, who is based in the United Kingdom.
|Dawn Marie Hoenie
Dawn hails from the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area where most of her life's focus was on music. In the 80s & early 90s, in D.C. and Baltimore, she saw hundreds of bands in the genres of punk, go-go, hip-hop, goth, rockabilly, psychobilly, metal, new wave, orchestral and rock & roll. Included among them: Bad Brains, The Ramones, Iggy Pop, The Cramps, Siouxie and The Banshees, Butthole Surfers, EPMD, Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, Rare Essense, Rites of Spring, Fugazi, Thompson Twins, Ministry, Smashing Pumpkins, Run DMC, Supersuckers, Screaming Trees, Junkyard Band, Mudhoney, Chuck Brown and The Soul Searchers, Lush, Jesus and Mary Chain, Trouble Funk, E.U., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction, Nina Hagen, The Beastie Boys, Sugar Cubes, The Rollins Band, Duran Duran, Public Enemy, Fishbone, Nirvana, Ice T, Living Color, Soundgarden, Danzig, Pearl Jam, The Cows, STP, Heart, The Dwarves, The National Symphony Orchestra, Monster Magnet, Alice in Chains, Reverend Horton Heat and many others. In the early 90s Dawn descended upon Los Angeles, where she continued to attend live music gigs of almost every genre imaginable: X, Ice Cube, Blur, Joe Strummer, Neil Young, The Who, The Cult, Oasis, Korn, Black Sabbath, Guns N' Roses, Jurassic 5, Jerry Lee Lewis, Paul McCartney, Rocket from the Crypt, Tito Puente, Bebel Geberto, Moby, Tricky, Outkast, Rhinoceros, Busta Rhymes, Limp Bizkit, Rammstein, Hole, David Bowie, Ringo Starr, Jason Bentley, Groove Armada, Doves, Chemical Brothers, The Cadillac Tramps, Amen, Bluebird, Wallflowers, Foo Fighters, The Cure, The Flaming Lips, Girls Against Boys, Luscious Jackson, Cypress Hill, The Pretenders, Coldplay, Bad Religion, The Strokes, The Verve, Afgan Whigs, Pavement, Brian Setzer, Helmet, Rage Against the Machine, White Zombie, Everclear, No Doubt, The Offspring, Carl Cox, John Digweed, Alien Ant Farm, DJ Tiesto, Social Distortion, Radiohead, Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, Paul Oakenfold, New Order, The Roots, Melvins, Korn, Orgy, Brutal Juice, Kiss, The Avalanches, Joe Walsh, Stray Cats, Kinky, Beck, Metallica, Supergrass, Sonic Youth and many others. In Los Angeles, Dawn joined the band Casa Nova as its bass player and rocked the town in many local venues. She has had her heels confidently planted in Los Angeles for the past 10 years now and is intimately familiar with its world-class music scene. Dawn has worked her way up the ranks of the entertainment industry. Her diverse industry experience includes set dresser, music booker, celebrity personal assistant, TV network spot sales, musician/composer, producer's assistant, music placement executive, and music supervison. Dawn contributes her knowledge and love of music, industry experience and vast creative skills as a producer and music supervisor.
|Tara A. Paul
Tara first realized an aptitude for sound at fourteen, when she discovered she could use a dual-cassette deck to "re-mix" her favorite Duran Duran albums. Encouraged by her father to pursue a career in sound-engineering, she attended a Los Angeles engineering school. She completed her first semester in the 95th percentile of her class.
To this day she has had no need of her ability to draw a signal-flow chart to and from a console.
Although she originally intended on a long and colorful career as a music mixer, Tara often took assistant jobs in post-production audio "just to help out some friends." However the opportunities in post-production were too good to pass up. Since then she has worked in a small handful of post-production facilities in such roles as Dialogue/FX/Music editor, foley walker, recordist and of course, re-recording mixer.
Tara has been nominated for five Emmy awards and two Golden Reels. She has won four Emmy Awards and a CAS Award, and she can still make space on the shelf for a few more.
James Tonkin is a filmmaker and director of Hangman Studios, a London-based creative studio that works across commercials, documentaries, music videos and live filming for broadcast, cinema and online. The company specialises in music based projects and clients include Robbie Williams, Coldplay, Duran Duran, Björk, Konami, Sony, Apple and Blackmagic Design.
Award-winning commercial composer Nick Wood started his career in music production at the legendary Marcus Studio in London. Then at the age of 19, he signed with Virgin Records as the founding member of pop act, Appassionata. In 1991, Wood formed Syn Studios in Tokyo with longtime friend and collaborator, Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran.
As composer, recording artist, producer and arranger, Wood continues to score to picture, as well as write hit pop songs for artists. In 2002, his hit single, 'Passion' the theme song for Kirin Beer's 'Love Sports' campaign reached #1 on Japan's International charts. The song celebrated its tenth successive year as Japan's favorite sports tune and the supporters' anthem for the Japanese national football squad in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Wood's iTunes-exclusive album featuring 8 mixes of 'Passion' spent 7 weeks at the #1 spot on the iTunes World Music chart during the summer of 2010.
Wood's eclectic music tastes have allowed him to collaborate with such diverse artists as Bebel Gilberto, Dr. John, Chris Corner, Graham Massey, Jon Hassell, Julian Lennon, Maxi Priest, Robert Palmer, Simon Le Bon, Tetsuya Komuro and Van Dyke Parks.
Wood began his film composition career creating the score for the Wim Wenders production, Dream Island. Since then, he has scored numerous movie soundtracks including 13 Kaidan (Masahiko Nagasawa's award-winning thriller starring Tsutomu Yamazaki), To-i Umi Kara Kita Coo (Wood's first score for animated film), and Mario van Peebles' Love Kills.
His music has also been featured on The Dialogue Series, and licensed to TV shows such as NBC's Robbery Homicide and HBO's critically acclaimed, Sex and the City.
Having composed music for hundreds of television commercials both in Japan and globally, Wood's company Syn, continues to be one of Japan's most in-demand boutique music houses. Its facilities include a state-of-the-art recording studio that enables high-quality real-time audio transmissions and links to the world's top recording studios using ISDN Codec technology.
In 2009, Wood's work, 'Wild At Heart' was selected as the main theme for the Coke Zero nationwide football campaign supporting J. League, the professional football league in Japan. He also scored the music for the campaign to support Tokyo's bid for the 2016 Olympics.
The opening theme for 'News 23 X', a popular TBS news show in Japan, features sound design composed and produced by Wood. Most recently, Wood has composed the soundtrack for Railways 2, an upcoming full length feature in Japan.
|Mark S. Berry
Mark S Berry Originally from Brooklyn, Mark began his music career at the Institute of Audio Research (IAR) in New York City in 1972. At the young age of 17, Mark was commuting into Manhattan at night, learning the inside ropes of making records and recording up and coming basement bands. After graduating from IAR, Mark was drawn to the Brit sound and was off to London, England, where he soon arrived on the doorsteps of AIR Studios, one of the world's most renowned recording facilities, owned by Sir George Martin. "I just flew over and started walking the streets of London looking for a job, stopping in every studio that I took off the back of my favorite albums," he remembers. Mark soon met Nigel Walker, who was working as an assistant to producer John Punter on an Alan Clarke (lead singer of The Hollies) solo project at AIR. "That ended up being my first job in the business, working with John Punter. Getting cigarettes and coffee for the guys and just watching and listening in the background, absorbing everything." Not only did Mark gain a considerable amount of expertise in engineering and mixing records but also invaluable experience in classic rock production and orchestral techniques working as an assistant under Sir George Martin. Sir George was responsible for producing arguably the most influential band in the history of rock 'n' roll, The Beatles. Working with George started out simply recording classical records in the different cathedrals around London for the chamber choir group The Kings Singers. He soon began setting up and assisting on various George Martin and Paul McCartney sessions.
Mark's experience led to his first major engineering assignment; Carly Simon's No Secrets album, which included the international smash, "You're So Vain", and would become his very first of many engineering and mixing credits. Hanging out with Mick Jagger for the background vocals on "You're So Vain" and then going over to Olympic studios for the mixing of the Rolling Stones live '72 tour tapes was certainly the highlight of his early years, and all before the age of 19. However, this was only the beginning for Mark. "I'd say the most amazing session had to be Live and Let Die. Performed by Paul McCartney and Wings, "They had a 63 piece orchestra in there and I felt like I had emptied every ashtray known to man before the end of that one." (In fact, Live and Let Die is one of the very few songs from the Bond films to be nominated for a Best Song Oscar.)
Mark also assisted and worked on several projects such as the groundbreaking Roll Over Beethoven for Electric Light Orchestra, Grand Hotel for Procal Harem, Climax Blues Band and Live - Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple. During his tenure at AIR studios, Mark worked under the tutelage of renowned British rock engineers/producers such as Bill Price (Sex Pistols), John Punter (Japan, Reflex, Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music), Steve Nye (Roxy Music), Alan Harris (T-Rex, Marc Bolan, Mott The Hoople), Geoff Emerick (The Beatles), Chris Thomas (Elton John, The Pretenders, Pink Floyd, INXS), Jeff Lynne (ELO, Tom Petty, Traveling Wilburys), Martin Birch (Iron Maiden, Deep Purple) and Tony Visconti (David Bowie) to name a few.
With some celebrated credits in hand, Mark returned to the states in the mid 70s. He began freelancing around New York at some of the top recording studios like Electric Lady, Record Plant and the Hit Factory. In 1977, Mark was approached with the position of Staff Engineer and in-house A&R/producer for Vanguard Records (Joan Baez, Buffy Saint-Marie, Country Joe & the Fish) where he worked for over nine years.
While at Vanguard Studios, Mark continued to engineer and mix projects for several of New York's top dance/pop producers and became heavily involved in the early 80s New York hip-hop movement working with artists and producers such as Soul Sonic Force ("Looking For The Perfect Beat"), Planet Patrol ("Play At Your Own Risk"), Awesome Foursome ("Funky Soul Makosa"), New Edition ("Candy Girl"), Jellybean, Arthur Baker, Freeze ("AEIOU"), Eddie O'Loughlin (Next Plateau Records), John Robie, C-Bank ("One More Shot"), Tommy Silverman (Tommy Boy Records), Importe 12 Records, Man Parrish (the groundbreaking "Hip Hop Be Bop") and many, many more.
During this time Mark felt the explosive pulse of New York City street rhythms and his A&R skills directed him to discovering and producing up and coming dance acts such as Alisha, who after enormous success with Vanguard Records went onto sign with multi-national labels RCA and MCA/Universal, respectively. International deals that Mark put together for her. Mark's hit productions for Alisha included the #1 dance singles "All Night Passion" and "Too Turned On" along with the international pop smash "Baby Talk," which went on to become a worldwide chart-topping hit, remaining on the Billboard pop charts for over four months. Alisha became the most successful Pop/Dance act on Vanguard, selling in excess of 2M albums and 12" records worldwide.
Mark moved into the area of 7" radio and 12" dance and rock mixing and re-mixing for major multi-platinum artists such as David Bowie, Duran Duran, Talk Talk, Cameo, Toto, Yes, Billy Idol, Boy George, Kool & The Gang, Stephanie Mills, Jimmy Barnes, Animotion, Joan Jett, to name a few. During this time, Mark's "ahead of the times" engineering and mixing skills contributed significantly to the international success of these acts.
Mark's New York entertainment attorney and longtime friend, Paul Schindler (Madonna, Joan Jett, Kiss, Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons, Def Jam Records) of Grubman, Indursky & Schindler at the time put a meeting together with Michael Gudinski. At that time Michael was president of Australia's largest independent record company, Mushroom Records. Mark went onto produce and mix multi-platinum records for some of Australia's biggest acts including; Kids In The Kitchen, Pseudo Echo, Jimmy Barnes, Indecent Obsession, Eurogliders, Machinations, The Chantoozies and many, many more.
In 1991, Mark moved further towards rock production and signed with Steve Scharf for producer management in NYC and relocated to Toronto. In that same year, Mark remixed multi-platinum hitmakers, Glass Tiger (EMI) and produced the hit album Get Off for platinum Canadian act Haywire (Attic Records).
Mark also discovered and produced I Mother Earth (EMI) and was the man behind their instant signing buzz that brought 11 international A&R people to Toronto in the fall of 1991 in a bid to sign the emerging band, all based upon a 5-song master that Mark produced at Metalworks Studios. The rest is history as IME went onto become one of the biggest alternative bands in Canadian rock history during the 90s. This rock production brought him to a chance meeting with Hugh Dillon, lead singer for Canadian rock outfit, The Headstones and Mark went onto produce two platinum albums, Picture of Health and Teeth & Tissue for the band through MCA/Universal. Burton Cummings, lead singer for the Guess Who then tapped Mark to produce and mix his live solo unplugged effort for Universal Music Canada, Up Close & Alone - another multi-platinum production.
Mega Canadian rock manager Pierre Paradis from Montreal tapped Mark to produce and engineer the critically acclaimed Outer Limits (MCA/Universal) for Voivod, recorded and mixed entirely in Los Angeles. This is arguably one of Mark's most compelling productions with the 17-minute opus "Jack Luminous".
The mid 90s saw the advent of the Internet. This got Mark to thinking that it was control of media content that would determine the future of the entertainment industry.
He was right.
With start up capital from a small publishing company controlled by Canadian media giant Alliance Atlantis, he went on to release, via Attack Media Group, some of the very records he was hired to produce, along with securing them insertions in some of the biggest TV shows and feature length films in the entertainment business. While creating quite a buzz with his new talent (that the majors were as usual ignoring), Mark was putting together international licensing and insertion deals for masters that he was involved with either as a producer, co-publisher or master owner.
Mark is presently at the helm of the Attack Media Group (AMG). AMG is a fully independent media company with an international mandate for promoting/marketing new and emerging artists and film/DVD content on the international scene. Literally starting in his bedroom 11 years ago, AMG's rock and urban record division has over 60 masters that are distributed in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
AMG owns and controls the international audio, video and merchandising rights to 144 audio CD masters through its children's division, AMGKidz called The Ellery Mysteries featuring the goofy dog character Ellery and his sidekicks, guiding kids through educational mysteries they must solve. A DVD animation series is currently in development.
AMG controls the worldwide master rights to the very first Frank Sinatra single called "Our Love" recorded in 1939 at the age of 19. With broad ancillary rights associated with the master, AMG has a feature length MOW in development with one of Canada's most respected directors.
Attackin' Tunes, AMG's music publishing division is 50% owned by one of the world's largest independent music publishers, Cherry Lane Music Publishing, Inc. (Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, John Legend, Icon Productions [Mel Gibson], John Carpenter, Roger Corman, Elvis Presley catalog, John Denver catalog, NFL Films, NASCAR). Attack's music can be heard in major network and cable TV programs such as Dawson's Creek, America's Most Wanted, Roswell, MTV, ESPN, Fox along with the high profile features Coach Carter (MTV Films) with Samuel Jackson, Gang Tapes (Lions Gate) featuring Coolio, Harvard Man (Lions Gate) with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Poolhall Junkies (Gold Circle) featuring Christopher Walken and many more. Attackin Tunes does the theme music along with "bumpers" and "stingers" for Girlz TV, Bang TV, Teens Dating and Health & Beauty TV, internationally. They have done an extensive amount of music insertions in the extreme sports programming area for major cable and television networks, like ESPN. Attackin' Tune's client MDM can be heard in The Making of The Matrix Reloaded in the DVD and the accompanying TV special in the Freeway Chase Scene.
Mark is the executive producer of GTV (Graffiti Television) and controls a 10 volume DVD series on the worldwide phenomenon of Graffiti. AMG recently partnered with a major New York based film production studio to launch graffititelevision.com and airbrushtelevision.com to produce this very exciting international urban lifestyle web series coming in March 2010.
Mark's latest venture is AttackTrax.com, an interactive website for worldwide music supervisors and filmmakers. The entire Attackin' Tunes/Sabrina's Songs music publishing catalog (along with joining subscribers) is available on the internet and all insertions can be handled and licensed online like the very first Frank Sinatra single ever recorded or the very first Biohazard album. AttackTrax inserts hundreds of songs into feature length films, short films, documentaries, television/cable programs, extreme sports DVDs, exercise DVDs and many more that require music behind a client's visual content. Some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry come to AttackTrax including ESPN, MTV, Sony, Tri-Star, Disney, FOX, Warner Brothers, WB, Alliance Atlantis, plus many more.
A few weeks out of the year Mark hits the road with his Lecture & Workshop series to speak at some of the most prestigious universities and colleges talking about his position as producer/engineer/A&R scout combined with his role as chairman of a fledgling media company. A must for any up and comer in the music and film business filled with unbelievable stories of becoming an entrepreneur in the business, the pitfalls along with the massive successes. He has also spoken as a panelist and moderator at many of the world's most distinguished music conferences like NXNE (North by Northeast), CMW (Canadian Music Week), Music West, Millennium Music Conference & CHINA AV (Shanghai).
Since the fall of 1998, Mark has attended the University of Toronto, Innis College, undergraduate program and is specializing in Cinema Studies to further assist him in his move towards feature length film production.
Alex Nackman is a music producer, songwriter, and TV/Film composer from New York. Having traveled the world as a touring artist (over 700 shows), opening for Norah Jones, The Roots, Zac Brown Band, and Buddy Guy, all while releasing 6 albums, Nackman has established himself as a musician and writer with staying power.
Named an MTV Buzzworthy Artist, an Apple iTunes Indie Spotlight Artist, and lauded by the BBC in London for his "electric fired gems," Nackman has pushed forward without looking back. He has composed music for projects on HBO, NBC, AMC, CBS Sports, Bravo, MTV, Verizon Wireless, Hyundai, Cadillac, GM, Coca-Cola, and films. Drawing influence from The Cure, The Police, Nick Drake, Duran Duran, and Oasis, Nackman combines electronic, folk-rock, new wave, and alternative genres to create a rich and sonically euphoric sound palette.
Patrick McCaffery was born in Washington Heights, New York City, New York in 1970 and moved to Baldwin, Long Island, New York in 1973. During high school he became involved in theatre and, in his senior year joined his first band, Scummy Nazi Mutants (S'N'M) as lead singer. During his first year of college at Nassau Community, he was Linus in the musical "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" as well as singing in 2 more bands. After transferring to Hofstra University, he became involved in the band he is now fronting, Vader Vader. After playing and touring Long Island and New York City for a few years, Pat-Ric was cast in the film "Something You Should Know: The Duran Duran Fan Documentary" which was directed and produced by M. Douglas. In 2010, Pat-Ric married his best and dearest friend Doris then moved to California the next year. Once there, Pat-Ric joined Extras! Management and was cast as background in various shows, such as "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", "Parks And Recreation", "Benched" and "Ray Donovan". In 2014, he got his first speaking role in the courtroom drama "Justice With Judge Mablean". In it, he played the plaintiff Errol White.
Marc Bazerman is a 22 year veteran of the NYC audio industry. An exceptional Sound Designer, Mixer, and Composer, Marc has worked on TV and radio spots, on-air promos, television shows, and feature films for clients such as Spotco, A&E, Lifetime, ABC, Spike, USA and HBO.
Building on the recording bug that was passed down from his father, Marc began his professional career at Pomann Sound and quickly moved up the ranks to become a Senior Audio Engineer/Mixer. He held that position until 2004, mixing and sound designing hundreds of TV and radio spots for advertising agencies such as McCann-Erickson and Grey Advertising.
Marc's skills have been sought out to record, mix and sound design spots for such hit Broadway shows as Memphis, Young Frankenstein, Hair, Billy Elliot, West Side Story and Rent and for many popular animated shows including ABC's Doug, Disney's PB&J, and Nickelodeon's Little Bill to name a few.
In 2004 Marc made the move to Soundhound Recording where he continued to mix spots along with documentaries such as the award winning Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence, Dream Riders, Something You Should Know: The Duran Duran Fan Documentary, Carlos The Jackal and The Empire State Building.
In the spring of 2010 Marc brought his great musical ear and collaborative approach to Big Yellow Duck.