Homeless Rockstars Streaming Live!

I’m really excited to be producing the live broadcast for the Homeless Rockstars event for the launch of the first single “Rockstar” by Screaming at Demons. The fantastic OTT Video platform KATAPY is going to be powering the live broadcast and you will be able to view it on the Homeless Rockstars Website.

We have a few fun events coming up so keep tuned in for where to catch the live broadcasts, or join us in person!

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Celebs, Artists, Philanthropists Unite To End Human Sex Trafficking

Event features presentations by the LAPD, survivor of sex trafficking and local performing artists.

Los Angeles, CA (August 14, 2015) – A prominent collective of Hollywood’s best writers, artists, directors, and anti-trafficking experts have joined forces to spark mainstream awareness about human sex trafficking American children, at an event in Los Angeles August 29.

The event will raise money in part for a short-form television series of compelling, entertaining content called The Hidden Tears Project, and one of its charity partners Saving Innocence. The five-part series will push the boundaries of filmmaking for its pioneering use of narrative, documentary, dance, animation and virtual reality.

Over 700,000 people worldwide are bought and exploited for forced labor or commercial sex every year. 50% of those people are children. The average age of sex trafficking victims in Los Angeles is 12, however in cases of trafficking overseas, children as young as four-years old are targeted.

The Hidden Tears Project seeks to raise a minimum of $50,000 toward production of the films and to donate directly to Saving Innocence, to support local educational, rescue and treatment efforts and inspire massive public action to eradicate sex trafficking.

You are invited to the Hidden Tears Project launch party:

When: August 29, 2015

Where: Sofitel Hotel – 8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Time: Red Carpet begins at 7:30pm, Program begins 8:15pm

RSVP: Info@HiddenTearsProject.org


  • Cher Calvin, KTLA 5 News Anchor
  • Monique Marvez, Comedienne
  • Maria Suarez, Sex Trafficking Survivor
  • Andre Dawson, LAPD/FBI Human Trafficking Unit (HTU), Innocence Lost Task Force, Los Angeles Metropolitan Human Trafficking Task Force
  • Scott Ross – Producer/Virtual Reality, known for visual effects in ‘Titanic’ (1997)
  • Valerie McCaffrey – Casting Director, known for casting ‘American History X’ (1998)
  • Deborah del Prete – Producer, known for ‘Ender’s Game’ (2013)


On-Site Media Opportunities: 

Interviews from 7:30pm- 8:15pm with;

  • Jordan Marinov & Jason Gurvitz, Co-Founders/Producers of the Hidden Tears Project
  • Maria Suarez, survivor of sex trafficking/Founder of Maria Suarez Foundation
  • Kathy Eldon, Founder of Creative Visions

RSVP: Media must be accredited prior to attendance. Please contact Emily at efonda@piscomedia.com.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Saving Innocence and the Hidden Tears Project.

ABOUT HIDDEN TEARS PROJECT – The Hidden Tears Project is a short-form television series and social movement created to spark mainstream awareness about the sex trafficking and organ harvesting of American children. A collective of notable artists, directors, producers and anti-trafficking experts have joined forces to bring the human sex trafficking conversation to the forefront, to eradicate this epidemic happening on American shores.  For more information, visit www.hiddentearsproject.org.

For media enquiries:

Emily Fonda


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Look Who’s Talking; Substance.LA

Politik Welcomes Kent Speakman as Chief Production Officer

Techvibes NewsWire NewsPolitik, a global technology media company headquartered in Los Angeles, is delighted to announce the hiring of Kent Speakman, as Chief Production Officer.

Kent Speakman is an innovative producer and entrepreneur whose experience on both sides of the camera ranges from the big screen, to the small screen and, now, the second screen.

The Examiner has called him “one of the most influential entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry.” He has won the iMedia Entertainment Marketing Award for “Best Digital Campaign” and “Best Mobile Entertainment Startup,” and he was awarded Evan Carmichael’s “Top 100 Entrepreneurs to Follow” in 2013 preceded by the “iMedia Top Ten Digital Marketers” in 2009. He writes for trade publications, speaks at conferences and film festivals, and engages in interviews on media outlets such as KTLA News, The Los Angeles Times, CTV News, Inc. Magazine and The Huffington Post.

Speakman has an international network of professionals and influencers, having orchestrated a variety of film and technology projects in Canada, the U.S., the United Kingdom, Asia and India. He has produced hundreds of events across Canada and the U.S., while working with clientele ranging from A-List celebrities, to tech mobile startups.

Speakman will be responsible for growing and elevating Politik’s event and media business in the US, including the upcoming Substance conference in Los Angeles featuring: Henry Rollins, Naomi Klein, Robin Chase and the CEO’s of GoDaddy, Rdio, Couchsurfing, Code to Inspire and Code 2040.

I am extremely excited to join the Politik team and lend my experience as a producer in the media, technology and events space,” said Speakman. “Innovation, disruption and creating new models and ecosystems has been at the forefront of my career; from Speakman Entertainment and Fameus.me to technology and apps we have produced through ENGAGEIA and Thunderbolt Studios.  The global relationships and insights I have gained through these experiences will align perfectly with producing unparalleled events at the intersection of technology, art, media and politics. I look forward to helping elevate our collective consciousness as not only how to built these new models, but the impacts they will have on society and mankind as they break down the existing systems in place.”

Someone once said that change begins with two people in a room.  We believe it begins with two billion people in a room,” asserted Robert Brennan Hart, Founder and CEO of Politik. “The hiring of Kent Speakman is indicative of our commitment to expanding our message into the mainstream and making life much more difficult for technology’s rather scary old guard.

“With Speakman, our conversations will be transmitted to a much larger audience and that audience will be consistently challenged to question the purpose, meaning and ethics of science and technology,” he added. “Is Silicon Valley advancing or destroying the human race? Are selfies Western Civilization’s last remaining contribution to society? Someone needs to ask these questions and they will only be answered if enough people ask them. And so, the civilizational wake up call is about to get louder. Louder than bombs, if I may quote Naomi Klein and Morrissey in the same paragraph.”

Registration for Politik’s “Substance” is now open.

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Africa We Care.

I have woken up today with a challenge at hand, one that I would like to share with you. I received a letter from a friend of 15 years asking for my help, and I will share that letter with you below, along with inviting you to be a part of this challenge, in whatever form that takes for you.

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My friends name is Dr. Chukwuemeka P.M. Obiajunwa, PhD. and he has been an amazing inspiration to me from the moment we met. His story is astounding; Obiajunwa is an international trade broker and consultant who has done business in the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia and the Scandinavian countries for over 17 years. He has traveled extensively all over the world on trade missions, visits and exhibitions. He has served on various federally and provincially sponsored trade missions to many countries.

“In 1998, I traveled to the Great Lake region of East Africa on business. There I came face-to-face with starving, skeleton-like people, sick with disease, and dying of thirst. I saw poverty in its most brutish, unforgiving form. I was horrified. For months, I was haunted by what I saw in East Africa when I returned to Canada. I felt strongly that I must do something to alleviate the suffering and human misery that I witnessed. I believe very firmly that there must be a better way to resolving the human tragedy that is Africa. Hence, the raison d’etre for Africa We Care!” 

– Dr. Chukwuemeka P.M. Obiajunwa, PhD

He left a successful career, bought a van and put his life savings into starting Africa We Care in 1998 and I had the pleasure of meeting him in 2000. While I was still living in Edmonton, I was honored serving in the form of putting on benefit concerts, fundraisers and doing media appearances to raise awareness. Its been 15 years and the organization has grown so much under his leadership.

I am blessed to know so many outstanding people and trust that some of you can join me in this challenge to help my friend. With that said, let me share the letter with you, and I open my heart with gratitude for however is possible for you to get involved.

Hi there, Kent:

I hope you are doing and keeping well. It has been quite a while since we had a sustained communication. Nevertheless, I feel that Africa We Care is a cause that still resonates with you despite the distance between us and the lull in communication. And I do commend you for that.

 My cursory review of some of your sites engaged my attention to some of the quotations therein that spoke loudly and eloquently to me:

A problem is a chance for you to do your best. –Duke Ellington;

Nobody who ever gave his best (ever) regretted it. –George Halas;

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. –Earl Nightingale.

Buoyed by these that validate my belief system, and encouraged by the enduring friendship that is personified in the fact that you subscribe to, and identify with the Cause that I espouse to and champion, I am prompted to write you today.

Africa, you know is beset by myriads of seemingly intractable challenges, of which the most penicious is health. In all human endeavors, health comes first. Hence, at Africa We Care, we have streamlined our operations to place health matters and considerations in Africa as our first priority in the past two years now.

It is unconscionable that in this day and age, many Africans – men, women, and especially children routinely and needlessly die of the most easily preventable and remedied of diseases like fever, headache, diarrhea, malaria, etc. One in 4 children still die before their first birthday; One in 5 women still die in child birth. The ugly statistics could go on and on.

Last year, Africa We Care acquired a rundown hospital-clinic in Nigeria with a view to renovating, revamping, and reequipping it. To this effect, we have been able to acquire a large quantity of hospital equipment, instruments, furnishings, and medicines to load up 5 X 40ft containers (sea cans) ready for shipment to Africa. Our clear and present challenge is to raise the funds required to defray the freight cost of these sea cans to Africa. At the minimum, we need to raise about US$30,000.

My appeal to you, Kent is to help us in any way possible that you, and only you can devise, to enable us to obtain some funds, through your vast array of centers-of-influence.

At the onset, please do respond to me; make direct contact with me as quickly as you can. At the very least, I am always recharged whenever I hear from you.

Sincerely, your friend


Ill be doing my part too – this article is just the beginning 🙂 

Thanks for reading and I truly appreciate everyone of you, and if you don’t have the time or money, sharing this article would be a wonderful contribution. The universe works in interesting ways, as the same day this letter arrived, I did an interview talking about finding the cause that resonates with you and supporting it in whatever way you can… So, I’m listening 😉 

Kent Speakman attend the SIA – Survivors of Institutional Abuse Event – Los Angeles July 2015 http://sia-now.org

Kind Regards,


About Africa We Care

Africa We Care is a non-profit organization incorporated in Alberta, and recognized by Canada Customs and Revenue Agency as a Charitable Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) – Registration Number: 86065-3930 RR0001. Africa We Care is dedicated to the alleviation and total elimination of suffering in Africa.

Please visit:


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#SMWLA – How Social Media Electrifies Live Television Events!

Had a blast speaking at SMWLA on September 24th in Santa Monica on how social media is changing the television landscape. I had the pleasure to be alongside some brilliant people such as: Jennifer Liles – Social Media Editor, E! News, Jared Goldsmith, Vice President of Marketing – NBC Entertainment Digital, Hardie Tankersley – VP Digital Product, Platforms,& Innovation, Fox Broadcasting & Seth Shapiro – Governor, Television Academy.

As the second screen experience continues to evolve, so does the production of live television. Today award shows and TV programs need an accompanying hashtag and social handle in order to involve their audiences with relevant and engaging experiences to build meaningful relationships. This panel discusses how brands, companies, producers and networks are connecting and engaging with audiences during live events.

Make sure to check out http://socialmediaweek.org/losangeles or a city near you for next years line up!

Social Media TV Panel SMWLA

Social Media TV Panel SMWLA



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Speaking at #TechLA Summer Jam 2014

Be Great Partners Summer Jam 2014

Be Great Partners Summer Jam 2014

#TechLA Summer Jam 2014 was be by far the Largest LA Tech Conference in July. Over 1500 attendees registered to see 35 speakers alongside 50 participating startups exhibit to compete in this year’s coveted Be Great Cup. A full day of curated keynotes, breakout sessions and a special Be Great style party was held at the beautiful Mack Sennett Studios (a LA Landmark). It was an honor to speak about the future of Hollywood & Technology with Sean Wycliffe  Seth Goldstein @seth Darren Marble  Trevor Doerksen  and @Northfieldfilms Brian Raider! The audience was filled with an exclusive network of L.A. startups and entrepreneurs including business superstars, civic leaders, press and tech luminaries.

This event marks the half way point to Be Great Fest 2014 in November. For more info on upcoming events from Be Great Partners Click Here!


Photo Credit: Erica Kawamoto Hsu

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Come hang out with some smart people in the Entertainment Industry!

I wanted to make sure you know about this awesome event that I am honored to be on the advisory board for, the iMedia Entertainment Marketing Summit! If you’re an entertainment marketer, it’s your job to stay abreast of the latest developments in film, TV, gaming, and other entertainment properties. The iMedia Entertainment Summit will place you at the forefront of exciting new developments in this ever-changing industry. This one-day conference brings together the best and brightest minds in entertainment marketing to discuss, debate, and collaborate on the latest best practices for driving audience response, brand value, and revenue. It’s a content-rich program that addresses topics including:

  • New tactics and technologies for engaging consumers in an over-saturated entertainment environment
  • The latest developments in social TV, gamification, and transmedia storytelling
  • Content marketing strategies for the second (and third) screens
  • The future of the entertainment media mix and its measurement

Jack Myers, Media Ecologist / Chairman, MyersBizNet, to Host iMedia Entertainment Summit

Jack MyersJack Myers is a media ecologist and chairman of MyersBizNet, a community of more than 200 media and advertising companies. MyersBizNet’s community organizations include Women in Media Mentoring Initiative, MediaVillage and Media Legends. Myers is the recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award, won the Crystal Heart Award from the Heartland Film Festival, and has been nominated for both an Academy and Emmy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He has been presented a World Music Award and co-produced the GE Focus Forward Films documentary series with Morgan Spurlock’s cinelan group, in which he is a partner. From 2003 to 2008 he headed Television Production Partners, an LA-based programming studio funded by ten major global marketers including General Motors, Coca-Cola, AT&T, MasterCard, Reebok and Campbell Soup Company. Myers is a technology and economic visionary, award-winning documentary film producer, author and founder of the Women in Media Mentoring Initiative, Media Village and Syracuse University Newhouse Network. His latest book, Hooked Up: A New Generation’s Surprising Take on Sex, Politics and Saving the World, won the International Book Award for Youth Issues and was finalist for the USA Book Award. MyersBizNet provides members with economic intelligence, marketing and communications resources, sales development tools and career enhancement programs and Myers also has personal investments in a portfolio of more than three dozen digital media and entertainment companies. Myers’ career includes sales and management positions at CBS Television, ABC Radio and Metromedia Outdoor.

Entertainment Summit Advisory Board

Don Buckley
EVP, Program Marketing & Digital Services
Showtime Networks
Kevin Doohan
DTS, Inc.
Karin Gilford
SVP, Digital Media
Doug Neil
EVP, Digital Marketing
Universal Pictures
Gordon Paddison
Stradella Road
Jack Pan
EVP, Marketing
Summit Entertainment
Keith Pape
VP Social Media & Community Engagement
1K Agency
Elias Plishner
SVP, Worldwide Digital Marketing
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Jennifer Prince
Director of Entertainment
Anna Robertson
Head of Yahoo! Studios
Bettina Sherick
SVP, International Strategic Digital Marketing
20th Century Fox
Lori H. Schwartz
Managing Partner
Kent Speakman
Founder & Managing Partner
Karin Timpone
Global Marketing Officer
Marriott International
David Tochterman
Head of Digital Media
Innovative Artists
Michael Tritter
SVP, Interactive Marketing
Warner Bros.
Megan Wahtera
SVP of Interactive Marketing
Paramount Pictures
Jet Wharton
West Coast Director, Digital
Ed Wise
SVP, Branded Entertainment
Turner Broadcasting

Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of this exciting summit. Qualified entertainment marketers and agency executives attend as our guests.

As a Guest Attendee You’ll Participate In

  • High-caliber keynotes and speakers
  • Digital marketing technology exhibits
  • Great networking breakfast, luncheon and cocktail reception
  • The 2014 iMedia Visionary Marketer Award ceremony

Potential Sponsors…

iMedia Summit attendees represent over $3 billion in digital marketing spend and hail from some of the biggest companies in the Fortune-500 and the agency world. High-value, customizable sponsorship opportunities are available, but won’t last. Contact Jason Haffar, Sr. Director, Sales, for more information.

*Content reposted from the iMedia Connection Website.

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Win a trip to Hollywood & Get Fameus!


Days ago, I clicked the metaphorical “launch” button for my first sweepstakes campaign I produced for the entertainment industry app Fameus. I then took the first deep breath I’ve taken in about three stressful weeks of preparation. Over a dozen partnerships and collaborations had to come together like puzzle pieces in order for it to work. I must say, I’m quite pleased at the cohesion. Spreading the word on start-up apps is one of the greatest challenges, so for us, this new model for collaboration was key. Here’s our story:

Fameus is a social network/job platform & app which connects the entertainment industry. The sweepstakes Grand Prize is a trip for three to Hollywood for a Fameus Hollywood Experience weekend.


The digital sweepstakes platform Spriza is running the promotion. Spriza uses a patent protected approach to rapidly multiply peer-to-peer digital sharing. And it’s not just a numbers game designed to blindly mass-market and hope for perhaps a 1% return. It’s quantity and quality as users are only officially entered for the Grand Prize when their friends register as well. The more invites, the better your chances.

Spriza’s platform specializes in management of each state’s unique sweepstake regulations, one of the most cumbersome elements for most marketers in setting up a campaign.

Entrants view the Fameus-produced sweepstakes details video. Virool then used its extensive network to generate additional video views. The video’s call-to-action directs viewers to Spriza’s landing page. The last puzzle piece is a display campaign which will be managed by the Beverly Hills agency UNITE.

Post registration, applicants receive an email with two important links: 1) a direct link to download the Fameus app in iTunes and 2) a complimentary download of Featured-by-Fameus artist Brittney Bouchard’s latest single.

One of the benefits of working with smaller companies and startups is being able to put together a group of collaborators and do new things.

Hopefully, someone you know will invite you to “Get Fameus”! Otherwise, you can always head over to check out the sweepstakes yourself at http://www.Spriza.com/GetFameus

*Re-posted from my LinkedIn Channel – Follow me on LinkedIn for more

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Fameus Social Network, job and Chat App Connects Entertainment Industry

Find acting, crew, and music gigs by joining Fameus entertainment social network.

Hollywood, CA, February 26, 2014 Fameus, the new social network connecting the entertainment industry, is announcing its official launch in the Apple App Store.

The Fameus app is a revolutionary networking and job platform for the entertainment industry. The Fameus social network is already making a splash in Hollywood with top television and music producers, actors and well known recording artists. Fameus connects Musicians, Actors, Models and Casting Directors, Make Up Artists, Hairstylists, Artists and Production Crew.

Co-founders Mike Kahn Jr., Jason Stecker, Brandt Weisman and Kent Speakman, are inviting the rest of the entertainment industry to become “Fameus”with the new app.. The entertainment industry social network tool will bring the industry closer together in order to collaborate, find work and opportunities. Fameus users showcase their talent, demo reel, work history, headshots, videos and/or music and apply for jobs right from the app for free.

Stecker had an idea to build a social network that musicians could use to find band-mates. The idea has grown into a platform that will help connect and find work for the entire entertainment industry. Fameus has selected Mobovivo, an entertainment software company to create the Fameus social network and job app.

““When the entertainment industry is sharing, chatting, and finding great talent and crews with Fameus”, says Trevor Doerksen, CEO & Founder of Mobovivo., We all benefit with more great music, TV, and film. Doerksen & Speakman have a longstanding relationship with a number of professional collaborations, including work with Entourage Star Adrian Grenier. Grenier, Speakman and Doerksen have presented on the future of entertainment apps together at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“Relationships are critical to success in the entertainment industry, a powerful mobile solution like Fameus, is already showing results,” says Speakman. “The Fameus community  along with Blindside star, Quinton Aaron  are supporting fellow actor, Josh Emerson, to solidify his role as VENOM in the upcoming Sony/Marvel Spiderman film.  Success comes from building relationships and increased awareness of job opportunities and –  that’s what Fameus is for.”

Fameus users will have the opportunity to foster relationships instantly and no matter where they are through their smartphones.. The Fameus app includes exclusive features for  professionals in film, television, music, fashion, art, and public relations. Users post and search job listings, receive job alerts, and find information about industry events and casting calls.

Download Now: www.appstore.com/fameus


About Mobovivo

Mobovivo’s award-winning software solutions engage TV audiences during broadcast and across the entire content lifecycle. Viewers interact with celebrities, photos, video, games, advertising and fans during and between shows. Recently, Mobovivo was named top TV disrupter at MIPTV, chosen as one of 10 Companies to Watch by Deloitte, and named one of PWCs top up-and-comers.

Mobovivo (www.mobovivo.com | @mobovivo).

About Fameus

Fameus is a mobile social network and job platform for the entertainment industry. Fameus is a platform where artists foster new relationships, collaborate, and discover new opportunities on the web or on the go with our mobile app.

Fameus (www.fameus.me | @fameusUSA).

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Its time for you to Get Fameus!

Get Connected. Get Discovered. Get Fameus!

Quinton Aaron, and Kent Speakman Support Josh Emerson to Be VENOM in the next Spiderman Film

Quinton Aaron, and Kent Speakman Support Josh Emerson to Be VENOM in the next Spiderman Film


The team at Fameus has been working around the clock to give you something amazing. As you might know, we have been in a private beta phase for the last few months and are now opening up to a public beta, which we are so happy to have you a part of. A big part of making Fameus awesome is listening to you, and after some of our first feedback from the beta testers here in Hollywood we decided to add in some more features and make sure we got things just right. This took a few weeks longer than we expected but Fameus is now more efficient and has more tools for collaboration have been implemented. Thank you for your patience and we encourage your feedback and suggestions moving forward.

What you will find in the app is a very easy to set up personal profile – where you can showcase your past experience, from Photos, Videos and Audio tracks to your personal attributes, awards and representation. We have made it really easy for you to connect and share with social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and share from Vimeo, Youtube and Soundcloud.

Finding users is a breeze and you will be able to search for people by industry and name.  We have also made it really easy to invite your friends from Facebook, Twitter and your address book, so getting yourself connected happens in minutes!

Once you are all set up you can start finding work by looking in the jobs section, send your profile to the person who posted the job right from the app or share what you are looking for by creating a post of your own!

Thanks for being one of the first users of the Fameus app and we appreciate you helping to grow our community by inviting your friends and leaving positive feedback in the App Store!


• Add a detailed bio of your past work, physical attributes, education, web links, awards/accolades, and contact info.

• Showcase your work by adding your images, videos, and audio tracks to your profile.

• Share updates, images, videos, and audio tracks with others in your industry.

• Find jobs in your industry and submit for them right from the app.

• Invite your contacts from your phone, Facebook, and Twitter.

• Share all updates straight to Facebook and Twitter via the Fameus app.

• Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

• Requires iOS 4.0 or later


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