I have two favorite quotes:
“Those who tell stories shape society” Plato
“When you have the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance!” Lee Ann Womack
Dennis is the former Chief Operating Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Creative Director of Tourdesign Creative Services (a multimedia creative and production resource company – a Live Nation company) where he worked with the biggest touring acts, major record labels, top radio stations and live event venues in the world. “Nobody has sold more tickets to more live events – NOBODY!”
Dennis is an international award winning Creative Director, Producer, Director, Writer, Author, and Inventor. Check out the trailer for his novel, “Beyond Reasonable Doubt” at https://youtu.be/nU72BV5p–8 and for his book of poetry and original illustrations at https://youtu.be/07Xfe-UsOYo In 2010, Dennis was featured in “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading”, by Danielle Hampson & Don McCauley. Check out the music video Dennis produced and co-directed for Bazooka Bubble Gum that has more than 3.6million views at https://youtu.be/yZXRaVBf0pY Dennis invented the Buddy Lite Illuminated Safety Leash, the #1 selling pet product at The Sharper Image and most recently, developed and introduced Happy Herb & The Spice Gals, an outdoor, vertical hanging planter. http://happyherbandthespicegals.com/
“I am a business and creative strategist – not only seeing what is, but understanding what isn’t and what can be. I believe in the power of storytelling – understanding how to communicate to a specific, target market, telling an engaging and compelling story, creating original multimedia content and producing interactive brand funded experiences. I believe in the power of design to strengthen and unleash the power of a brand. I am a branding strategist – clearly seeing the big picture five years in advance, while understanding the immediate deliverables that need to be accomplished. With an emphasis on brand performance and inbound digital marketing strategies, I know how to digitally promote a business. I am helping our young music artists (and Septien) BRAND BETTER!”
Prior, Dennis was the CEO/Managing Partner of ramp it up entertainment, a full service creative boutique and brand experience agency and multimedia production company where he focused on helping clients define and refine their creative and business strategies, producing brand funded content and live, interactive branding experiences. Dennis also created Production Concierge Services, connecting corporations and agencies to the finest pre-production, production and post-production services and resources in the world (in more than 100 countries) and providing clients access to Frenchway Travel, an in-house, full service, industry focused travel and incentive agency.
As the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Creative Director of Input Group North America – Input Group s.p.a. is the 17th largest event company in the world – http://www.exhibitoronline.com/news/article.asp?ID=11956 – and Managing Partner of ramp it up entertainment, Dennis led and managed teams of creative, production, business development and logistical strategists. “From the theatrical to the practical, a single speaker to a symphony orchestra, hundreds of performers simultaneously juggling power tools while riding unicycles, suspending seventy-five feet long dragon kites from the ceiling of a 10-story atrium, to projecting laser/animated images onto the sides of buildings, I bring a little magic to each and every event and to every second of multimedia content I produce.”
Dennis has worked with clients all over the world, collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams to conceive and execute brand funded content and interactive branding experiences for two to hundreds of thousands of participants. Dennis has created, written, directed and/or produced hundreds of TV (received the Cannes Lion for a series of commercials for BBDO/Black & Decker) and radio commercials, print ads, billboards, promos, trailers, music videos, live multimedia interactive events (concerts, tours, festivals, meetings, product introductions, in-store promotions and museum exhibits), corporate awareness and fundraising films/videos and hours of long & short form programming and content for theatrical release, broadcast, web and mobile.
Dennis creates innovative, interactive and multimedia content | experiences that motivate, inspire and change how people talk, act, think and feel about brands. They are the result of more than 20 years of experience and expertise in the development of creative and business strategies, managing digital projects, multimedia and global event production, sponsorship activations, data, analytics, user experience, media and technology. These experiences are supported by the use of traditional, digital, social and mobile media, as well as new technologies and invented media.
“I have a deep understanding and knowledge of the current digital landscape, including website development, online community development, online video programs and campaigns, emerging media, and trends in interactive experiences, social media and mobile. I enjoy working closely with clients developing and aligning digital strategies and providing innovative, multimedia creative solutions – including global event development, production and marketing, social media, digital/interactive marketing, direct response, e-commerce and public relations. I’m focused on creating innovative, engaging, effective and award-winning multimedia work, creating new revenue generating streams and winning new business.”
“My favorite projects include co-writing/producing a visually stunning commercial for Alize Bleu, creating/selling/producing/directing ‘Get Fit With Alyson’ – a web series supporting the launch of the Nintendo Wii/Wii Fit, introducing Guitar Hero 5 – the #1 music video game in the world, creating a web and mobile based campaign for a jeans company – looking for the “best ass”, introducing a cosmetics company by creating a credit card that looked like a mirror – looking for the “most beautiful face”, inventing/introducing “FaceLift” – a cleansing pad for men to give their face a lift after a long day of work/travel, producing a TV spot for the introduction of Jesse Jeans – “they fit so good they oughta be outlawed”, writing, producing and directing fundraising and awareness films for Worldfund, writing/directing a multimedia campaign for Special Olympics to help erase the ‘R’ word, directing a multimedia campaign for Bazooka Bubble Gum, (co-directed the music video that has more than 3.7 million views – https://youtu.be/yZXRaVBf0pY producing an interactive multimedia show for BASF and being the executive producer/director for the feature length documentary, ‘Corrosion of Conformity – Live Volume – The Movie’.
Dennis is recognized as one of the top TOY DIRECTORS in the country. He has worked with MARVEL, Nintendo (Wii, Wii Fit, Wii Music, City Folk – Animal Crossing), Vicarious Visions (Guitar Hero 5, Mixed Messages), Topps (Bazooka Bubble Gum), SABAN Entertainment (Power Rangers), Mattel (My Life Sized Barbie), Toy Biz, (MicroMachines, X-Men, Baby Loves To Talk, Bot Boys), The Children’s Place, NAMCO (Playstation, Street Racing), Elmer’s (Squeeze & Brush), ToyMax (Creepy Crawlers), Cap Toys (Bubble Tunes, Bundle of Babies), Texas Instruments, DSI (Sweet Grace), Applause, Galoob (Z-Bots, Bow Wow Boutique, Game Genie), Zylie The Bear, Plush 4 Play, National Crane Network and many others
“I believe in the power of storytelling to motivate and inspire. From the campfire to the web, authentic stories unite communities, build bridges and create lasting connections. I define and refine strategies helping my clients create and deliver engaging, motivating and inspiring content, creating pathways for people, institutions, companies and brands to tell their story.”
Clients have included: A&E, AFL, Alize Blue, AOL, AT&T, AVON, BASF, Black and Decker, Topps/Bazooka Bubble Gum, BRAVO, Burger King, California Pizza Kitchen, Cedar Point Amusement Park, Chevy Racing Team, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry (Titanic Exhibit), Clear Channel Radio, Coca-Cola, Connective Technologies, Dodge, Detroit Metro Visitors Meeting and Convention Bureau, Detroit Metro Zoo, DSI Toys, ESPN, Fashion 4 Development, FAYGO Beverages, Firestone Tires and MasterCare Car Service, Fiesta Mexicana, Ford, FOX Sports, Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Gallery Furniture, Gallery Furniture Bowl, Gallery Furniture Stakes at Turfway Park, GM, The Houston Rockets, Houston Livestock and Rodeo/Black Heritage Day, Houston Automobile Dealers Association, Houston Power and Light, Jeep, Jesse Jeans, Korbel, Ken-L Ration Dog Food, KPMG, Lever, Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, TN, Lions Club International, Mattel, MGM Casino, Miller Beer, Montclair Water, MTV, Music Choice, NBA, Nickelodeon, Nintendo, P&G, PACE Motorsports, Paris Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Pepsi, Popeye’s Fried Chicken, Princeton, Professional and College Sports/Teams, SRS Distribution, Quicken Loans, Robert Graham Designs, Saban Entertainment, SAP, Schering-Plough, SFX Sports, ‘The Reel Guys’ on ESPN2, The Westside Tennis Club, The Wahconah Group, Toy Biz, VH1, Whirlwind Industries, Worldfund, Wrigley’s, WWE, UCONN, UPN, US Marines, US Olympic Teams, US Open, Verizon, Vicarious Visions, Victoria’s Secret…
Linda Septien is a music artist development professional with 25+ years of experience, whose success is measured by the number of successful pop icons she has prepared, trained and helped launch into thriving careers.
Named on the cover of the Dallas Observer as the “Kingpin of Pop Talent, Linda is the forefront authority on all phases of launching a singer’s career including vocal technique, vocal disorders, vocal production, stage presence & vocal branding for all ages of artists. Linda specializes in challenges of singing and speaking in the pop culture of Generations X, Y, & Z.
With over 15,000 students to her legacy, including branded icons Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Kacey Musgraves, Kidz Bop Kids, Leggo Friends L2M Group, Ryan Cabrera, Ashley Boetcher, Malise Jow, and Jessica Simpson, among many more, Linda prides herself on her ability to recognize talent & create an effective development strategy to launch a branded long term career artist.
Linda’s lineage of clients include the creative directorship of Kidz Bop, the #1 Kids touring group in the world, the entertain-ment expert for both American Idol and The Voice on Fox and NBC, the Kidd Kraddick Big Break partner with KISS FM, a national contest to select the artist they deem to be the next breakout star & the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders singing and production coach. Additionally, she has worked with Apple, Zales, Ambucs, Mel Simon Malls, and many other corporations in creating top talent within a CEO.
Linda is also the keynote speaker for medical, legal, and music seminars and festivals focusing on the vocal and legal challenges of today’s artist as well as the fascinating “branding lanes” now available to artists.
Linda has been featured on ABC’s ‘NIGHTLINE’, BBC and is a regular entertainment insider on Kidd Kraddick in the Morning (KISS FM), ABC, and NBC & FOX affiliates. She has also appeared on VH1 Behind the Music, MTV, A&E Discover, Oxygen and MySpace Corporate. Her patented SEG Boot Camp training method has been identified in the NEW YORK TIMES best seller, “The Talent Code”, where Linda was recognized as one of the top five Talent Coaches in the world among athletic and music coaches.
A new book “42 Ways to Create Talent” additionally named Linda Septien and her facility has the best and fastest growing center for developing young artists. Other editorial features include: Allure Magazine, Texas Monthly, The Dallas Observer, Variety, People Magazine, The Daily Beast, Millionaire Blueprint, Musician Coaching, DCEO and many more.
Vicky Hamilton is a Grammy Award-Winning music industry executive and personal manager, featured in VH-1s “Behind the Music”, “Driven” and the “Biography Channel” on Guns N’ Roses, Brett Michaels, and Mötley Crüe and the BBC series “Born To Be Wild”, “The Golden Age Of American Rock”. Considered one of the most successful music executives in the industry, Vicky has discovered, developed or managed the careers of Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Faster Pussycat and many others.
Dale’s first hit, while an engineer at the infamous Mushroom Studios, was a track on the Top Gun Soundtrack with Loverboy. Since then countless projects have benefited from Penner’s production/mixing, including; Nickelback’s The State (Roadrunner) certified platinum in America and Canada scoring Two Billboard Top Ten Singles (“Leader of Men” and “Breathe”). Dale received the “Producer of the Year” award at the WCMA’s for his work on Holly McNarland’s (Universal) platinum selling “Stuff”. Other Penner production credits include: The Matthew Good Band, Econoline Crush and Montreal’s Jonas (Certified Gold nominated for “Rock Album of the Year” at 2006 Juno Awards). In 2010 Dale was once again nominated “Producer of the Year” for Western Canada.
Other artists Dale’s been fortunate enough to record are: Shawn Hook, David GoGo, Grimskunk, Sass Jordan, Long John Baldry, Joey Santiago (Pixies), Jamie Walters, KD Lang, Jimmy Barr (Portishead), Helix, Barney Bentall, Valdy.
2016 projects include Rosemary & The Sweet Sound Revival’s Global Music Awards Medal winning CD “Plum Coulee My Home” and emerging Houston artist Sami Murphy.
“I feel very fortunate to have made a living doing what I love for more then 25 years. I continue to meet and work with some of the most talented artists”
Barry Coffing has amassed a great deal of credits and awards with over two hundred tracks placed in movies and TV, BMI songwriting awards, multiple #1 hits and an Emmy nomination. He continues to be the voice behind the scenes in movies like “Moulin Rouge”, the Brady Bunch movie, and Winnie the Pooh’s Grand Adventure. He wrote TV themes for California Dreams, The Pyramid starring Donny Osmond and The Heights. His song “How Do You Talk To An Angel” went on to become a #1 hit and selling over 500,000 copies worldwide. Currently he is a music business entrepreneur who represents over 12,000 record labels amd publishers for film and TV licensing. His company places hundreds of songs each year
5 Grammy Award Nominees
27 Dove Award Nominees
GMA Song Writer of the Year 1988
Co-written 27 #1 Songs
White Heart was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame 2010
Beginning his career as a performer and producer for the Bill Gaither Trio, he produced the 1st 4 Gaither Vocal band albums selling more than 1 million units. Out of his relationships there he formed the Grammy nominated Rock Group White Heart with producer/guitar player Dann Huff (Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Keith Urban). White Heart went on to tour worldwide through 1998, selling over 3 million records, with 17 #1 Singles, 2 Grammy nominations, and 23 Dove nominations.
Producing over 150 albums, and 30 No. 1 songs, Smiley has 5 Grammy Nominations, one producing the 1989 Grammy nominated song “Silent Night”, recorded by BeBe & CeCe Winans.
As a songwriter he has co-written 27 no. 1 songs, over 50 top 10 songs, all the while writing for Brentwood/Benson Publishing, Word Publishing, Curb Records, Sony/BMG publishing, and his own company Meet You Halfway music.
He helped discover, develop, produce, and write for such artists as: The Newsboys, The Normals, Johnny Cash, Susan Ashton, Petra, Steven Curtis Chapman, The Insyderz, Clay Aikens, , Justifide, and Charity Von.
2004 saw Smiley formed his new company Northern Shore Productions, a studio based Production Company out at Dark Horse Recording Studios in Franklin, TN and Scottsdale, AZ with a creative independent mindset, and he established major distribution partners – both digitally and physically with Naxos Of America. Currently 5 of his latest artists will be distributed through a label partnership with Naxos in 2016 and 2017.
Michael Matthews is a multi-talented music business executive with more than 25 years in the music industry. He is the founder and president of Dominion Global Inc. aka Dominion Global Marketing (RadioAirplayPros.com) and DigitalRadioTracker.com Inc. He has worked with some of the industry’s great talents such as: Gwen Stefani/No Doubt, Ted Nugent, MegaDeth, Beyonce, Silk, Scarface & The Geto Boys and many more! Mr. Matthews speaks at numerous conferences across the country providing essential information to the music industry. Dominion Global Marketing is currently one of the leading retail and radio marketing companies for independent music. Dominion Global Marketing and its affiliates have received more than 200 RIAA certified gold and platinum plaques and have been affiliated with over 250 Billboard charted singles. These recognitions come from the marketing and promotion of industry leading recording companies such as: Cash Money Records, Death Row Records, Rap-A-Lot Records, No Limit Records and many others! Mr. Matthews has marketed and promoted songs which have secured multi-million dollar deals with: Sony-BMG, Universal, Warner Music Group, Jive, Capitol, EMI, Atlantic and Epic Records.
In his latest venture, Mr. Matthews has developed a global broadcast monitoring company, DigitalRadioTracker.com (DRT) which monitors 5000+ radio stations around the world in more than 100+ countries. DRT tracks songs broadcasted on millions of technological devices such as: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Smart TV’s, cell phones, tablets etc. DRT provides insights that are personally designed to help music-related companies all over the world drive profitable growth and expand to new heights. Mr. Matthews and his company DigitalRadioTracker understands the importance of knowing who, when, where and how often a song is played. “That’s our mission and passion which creates the nucleus of who we are as a service provider. It doesn’t matter if you’re a multinational enterprise or a small start-up; we believe innovation is the key to success in both what is created and how one markets a product or service” explains Matthews. DRT will continue to develop better solutions to help artists, songwriters, managers, record labels, producers, publishers and music-related companies around the world achieve sustainable growth for their business and to develop a clear mission to combat the ultra- competitive marketplace.
Scott Warner is a serial entrepreneur. His portfolio of success covers everything from tech start-ups to restaurants, from online blogging to film. He has a visceral passion for building companies that are innovative, profitable, and viral. A go-getter who never settles for less than the best, Scott has an uncanny ability to build teams who share his same vision.
As CEO of Gigg Inc, Scott’s endeavors are directed by a desire to help companies better understand and utilize the social media landscape while improving focus on business intelligence.
Scott has had a life-long love for music and the entertainment industry. Gigg Inc was originally created to help opens doors for aspiring artists through the company’s social media platform. Over time, he realized the Gigg feature set offered valuable solutions to businesses. While Scott is focused on providing Gigg’s platform to businesses, his passion for the arts remains in tact. Through Gigg’s talent discovery medium “GiggSTAGE”, Scott continues to provide musicians a chance to be seen and heard on a global scale. Gigg was named a Top Ten Start-up at SXSW by ComplexTech in 2013.
Prior to co-founding Comprindeo, Jon founded gleXnet which provides unparalleled insight into competence and experience to bridge the gap between HR and operations – so far encompassing industries form Music and Entertainment to Oil and Gas, and Innovation.
Before this, he was involved in every aspect of human resourcing from Monster to building a world leading executive search business. He was one of the first to bring CAD/CAM into the Far East and one of the first developers of apps for AutoCAD. Working with the founders of AutoDesk, he went into all major markets and was one of the pioneering team to go to Moscow’s first computer exhibition.
Jon has lived and worked around the world and is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.
Scott Velasquez is young and upcoming music supervisor. He has recently finished working on James Franco’s newest movie, “Actor’s Anonymous”. He has worked for well-known Music Supervisor, Alex Patsavas at Chop Shop Music (Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, Scandal, The Hunger Games franchise and others). Scott comes from an A&R background at Universal Records, and is classically trained as a vocalist. He graduated from Berklee College of Music, specializing in Music Business and Music Supervision. He has an ear for cutting edge sounds and is always on the look out for the newest on the rise bands.
Julius Robinson, Chief Operation Officer for MusicSupervisor.com, has a background as a Music Exec, Songwriter, Screenwriter, Publicist and Music Journalist. He oversees all creative operations, including track uploads, approvals, pitches and licenses for nearly 200,000 pieces of high-quality music and sound effects. He oversees the placement of cues in hundreds of major and indie films, TV shows, internet and advertising. He interfaces with the sister site WegetMusic.com that services personal videos, student shorts films, and in-house corporate use. Julius has placed his own songs in many films including Friday Night Lights, The Game and Van Wilder, and recently on TV shows such as Vegas (CBS), 10 Things I Hate About You (ABC Family). He wrote the screenplay for the film Tortilla Heaven (2007), starring George Lopez. Julius began his entertainment career West Coast Editor Pop for Cashbox Magazine.
Steve Belkin’s career in the music business has spanned nearly forty years in various capacities within the industry including retail, tour management, road management, stage management, artist management, tour production, marketing, consulting, songwriting and performing. He’s worked with, toured with, managed and consulted artists such as The Tubes, The (flying) Burrito Brothers, Narada Michael Walden, Neil Sedaka, Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Starship), Tangerine Dream, Gaelic Storm, Ray Parker Jr. and many more. His company Open All Nite Entertainment consults for various independent artists in management, marketing, licensing, development, distribution and branding.
Roxxy Montana is an American trio consisting of three sisters from Wayne, Michigan: Tenija, Tiara and Temperance Moton. The R&B/Pop trio made the top 16 on season 3 of the X Factor USA and were mentored by Simon Cowell. The group was eliminated from competition during the first live show on the 29th of October 2013, shortly after performing Lorde’s number one hit, “Royals”. The sisters have worked with various top talent such as Sage The Gemini (Their single “Way Too Good) and hit songwriters/producers, The Stereotypes (Bruno Mars:”24k Magic,Finesse, That’s What I like”, Iggy Azalea, Omarion, Danity Kane)
On February 9th 2017, the group inked a recording contract with Los Angeles based A&R, Anthony “Ape” Pratt’s record label, Preston Bevrly Group. The sisters are currently in the process of working on their new music to be released later under Preston Bevrly Group.
Michelle Mower is a Houston-based motion picture writer, director and producer. Her debut feature film, The Preacher’s Daughter premiered on Lifetime Movie Network in August 2012, went o to become the highest rated original film in Lifetimes history. After the success of her first film, Michelle wrote and directed two more movies for LMN. She is currently producing as many films as she is directing. Michelle has served on the boards of the Texas Motion Picture Alliance and Women In Film and Television and currently sits on the board of Southwest Alternate Media Project and the advisory board for HCC’s Department of Film and Audio Production.