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Thomas N. Ellsworth
Ellsworth is a veteran at running multi-million dollar corporations, an experienced publisher, and a business and software developer. Ellsworth was Chairman of Premier Publishing, which was acquired in 2013 by Open Road Integrated Media. Ellsworth is President and COO of PHP Agency, a financial services marketing organization. Previously, Ellsworth was CEO of GoTV Networks, a developer and publisher of enterprise-grade rich media applications, whose clients included the NFL, NASCAR, and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Ellsworth led the company through a financial and strategic turnaround followed by an acquisition in 2011. Before joining GoTV, Ellsworth served as Executive Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Development at JAMDAT Mobile, the largest wireless games publisher in the world. He was a core member of the team that drove the start-up to its successful IPO (acquired by Electronic Arts). Prior to JAMDAT, he was Vice President of Incubator Development (corporate venture capital) at Sprint. Ellsworth managed the fund that invested in companies that forged new paths including JAMDAT, Helio, and Boingo.
Ellsworth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration; Marketing from California State University, Northridge and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Jim Thomas is a former Editorial Director at Random House. During his twenty years there, Jim acquired and edited New York Times bestsellers like Jeanne DuPrau's City of Ember series and Rachel Hartman's Seraphina.
Jim is a published author and a graduate of Duke University.
Christine Converse has over 20 years’ experience in entertainment and publishing, and is Supervisor, Asset Program Management for SONY. She has worked for both Prima and Brady Publishing, owned by Penguin Random House, and served as Project Manager and Production Manager for Capcom Entertainment, Inc. Christine has worked as a senior copywriter, managed marketing strategy teams, wrote and edited copy for marketing departments, including print ads, manuals, video text, and web site copy. She has interfaced with all corporate levels worldwide to ensure creative approval and legal accuracy in packaging, print, and online content and is seasoned in communication across multiple countries and cultures.
Christine has written over 40 strategy guides based on popular horror and sci-fi games and movies: Bladerunner, Resident Evil, Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire, Aliens, etc. She has also written comedy, action, adventure, sci-fi, and horror for Dreamworks, Lucas Arts, Disney, Westwood Studios, Nintendo, Sega, Sony, Cartoon Network, and many more, during her time inside publishing powerhouses Sega, Capcom, and Sony.
Christine is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association.
Elizabeth is an author, teacher, and publishing professional who began her career as a national presenter for Resource Profiles, where she developed teacher seminars designed to foster creative brain stimulation. Moving into formal education, she helped at-risk students improve their writing skills as well as created and implemented a creative writing/blogging program that centered on teaching the 21st century learner. Works stemming from this initiative were published online and seen in over 40 countries.
Elizabeth was Marketing and Communications Director for Premier Publishing. PDP’s illustrious board included John Ingram (world’s largest content distributor), Joel Anderson/Anderson Media (Books-A-Million, Wal-Mart), Wolf of Wall Street producer and super-agent Joel Gotler (Charlaine Harris/True Blood, Michael Connelly/The Lincoln Lawyer), and former President of Doubleday Publishing, Jack Hoeft. Elizabeth worked extensively with authors, agents, publicists, distributors, and the production team. She organized major marketing campaigns such as nationwide competitions and book signing events, as well as helped create a plan that boosted five titles onto the NYT Best Sellers list in a three month period (July-October 2013)—more than any other independent publisher. Elizabeth increased social media strategies and helped implement cross-marketing platform opportunities. She worked with the likes of New York Times bestselling authors Piers Anthony, Alan Jacobson, and Kay Kenyon, Producer/Writer Barbara Hall (Judging Amy, Homeland, Joan of Arcadia, Law & Order), Billy Crystal’s brother, producer Richard Crystal, and musician Greg Kihn. Premier’s success led to their recent acquisition by Open Road Integrated Media, co-founded by Jane Friedman, former Executive Vice President of Random House and CEO of Harper Collins Publishers Worldwide.
Elizabeth receives invitations to speak nationwide at schools and book clubs about Young Adult (YA) content and writing. She co-founded the popular book blog, Chirenjenzie, which reaches thousands of people around the world. The writer support and reader interest group promotes and interacts with followers on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and various other blog sites. Elizabeth has a Master's degree from Austin Peay State University, where she was trained in classical opera. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
A twenty-year veteran in International Business, Gardner works with Hong Kong development teams to determine what front line business needs will not be met by the enterprise solutions. Bridging those gaps and driving overall company success through streamlining, standardization, and automation, her solutions have provided substantial savings in excess of 7 figures per year.
The daughter of a rocket scientist and an artist, Gardner is an award-winning author and volunteers with International Trade Education Programs (ITEP), who unites business people and educators. Gardner is currently working on behalf of Vesuvian Foundation with the president of the local Altrusa Organization for District Eleven to develop a joint program to promote literacy and creative achievement.
Michael James Canales
Michael spent the last twenty years working in various media which includes Top 50 US magazines, major film studios, and several publishing companies. Along the way, Michael has been right-hand man/technical advisor to an ex-Surgeon General, busted hackers for chat/messaging software innovators in the early days of the internet, and created online community policy that is in use to this day. Michael also created the first online comic book writing workshop for America Online.
As a writer, Michael has over thirty national and international awards for his work in major writing competitions. Aside from his Disney Fellowship (Features), Michael was also a finalist in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. His screenplay “Ghost Lights” was voted into THE HIT LIST 2010, the annual industry list of the best original screenplays of the year. Two of his screenplays were in active development at Sony with Sprocketdyne Entertainment (Rob Minkoff, THE LION KING) and Out of the Blue (Academy president Sid Ganis). He's developed a television project with thrice-nominated Eisner writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER) for Showtime, works frequently with iconic horror creator Kim Henkel (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE), and was pivotal in the development of a musical that opened on Broadway in 2015. Aside from his work as a graphic designer for best-selling authors, Michael also works film acquisition for the MCTV Network.
Mister Sam Shearon, also known as ‘Mister-Sam’ is a British, Liverpool born, dark-artist specializing in horror and science-fiction. Sam’s work often includes elements inspired by vintage tales of monsters and madmen, dark futures, post-apocalyptic genres, and classic literature. His artwork can be found on a variety of books and comic covers, including illustrations for the Angel series, 30 Days of Night, The X-Files, KISS, Mars Attacks, Judge Dredd, Aleister Arcane, Richard Matheson: Master of Horror and the fully illustrated H.P. Lovecraft‘s The Call of Cthulhu, Oscar Wilde‘s The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and the Books of Blood series. Sam has also created cover artworks concerning cryptozoology and the unexplained, with clients including David Weatherly, Lyle Blackburn, Small Town Monsters, Chase Kloetzke, Whitley Strieber, and the podcast Into The Fray for which he also co-hosts.
Various examples of Sam’s art work can also be found in magazines such as Fortean Times and Paranormal magazine, Heavy Metal magazine, LA Weekly, and a number of British newspapers, most notably the Daily Telegraph. He has also illustrated album artwork and merchandise designs in the rock and metal music industry, with previous clients including Rammstein, Rob Zombie, Biohazard, Fear Factory, Jason Charles Miller, Powerman 5000, American Head Charge, HIM, and Iron Maiden.
Sam studied at the University of Leeds in the College of Art & Design, West Yorkshire, England and received a BA with honors in Visual Communication. Sam was also awarded a post graduate certification in teaching from Huddersfield University. Sam is known for his work in the field of cryptozoology, most notably for compiling artist impressions from eyewitness accounts.
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