ADVISORY BOARD

RICK MARKER

Rick is an expert in Television Sales and Negotiations.  For over 25 years, Rick has sold television shows and world-renowned Hollywood movies, including Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, TMZ, Extra, Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict, ER, West Wing, Friends and The Geraldo Show as well as Academy Award winning films, Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven, Argo and The Departed.

Rick started his career working for Hubbard Broadcasting in the sports department doing interviews with professional athletes, including Joe Montana, Barry Sanders, Walter Payton, Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O’ Neal, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Hall of Fame football coach, Mike Ditka.

He was instrumental in the production of the 1991 TNT pre–Super Bowl show, Super Bowl Saturday Night in Minneapolis, MN where he worked with many athletes and celebrities, including Burt Reynolds, Tony Bennett and Whitney Houston.  Rick holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota as well as a graduate certificate from the Sandler School of Sales specializing in negotiations. Rick currently resides in New Jersey with his wife of 21 years and two daughters. 

TRACY TORME

Tracy Tormé is an American screenwriter and television producer, He is most known for his work in science fiction. Tracy began his career as a writer for Saturday Night Live. After Saturday Night Live, Tracy became a story editor and writer for Star Trek: The Next Generation. He was mentored by Star Trek's creator, Eugene Roddenberry; Tracy won a Peabody Award for one of the most famous episodes of the Star Trek series, "The Big Goodbye."

Following Star Trek, Tracy wrote the screenplay for the miniseries "Intruders" which ran on CBS, as well as the screenplay for the film "Fire in the Sky."  

In 1995, Tracy co-created the television series "Sliders," which ran until 2000. Two years later, he executive produced another TV series called "Odyssey 5" which ran for 19 episodes. After that, Tracy was a consulting producer on "Carnival," a TV series which ran 12 episodes. 

In 2007, Tracy returned to filmmaking as the co-producer of "I am Legend" starring Will Smith. In October, 2020, Tracy released a documentary he co-produced titled "The Phenomenon." 

XIXI YANG

XiXi Yang is an award-winning entertainment journalist and content creator who has worked with some of the most authoritative brands in the world. As Yahoo! Finance's "Top 12 Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2020", XiXi has earned the credibility as one of the most reputable fresh faces in media. As the first and only Asian-American woman to anchor “Live From the Red Carpet” solo from the Oscars and Grammys, XiXi has brought millions of viewers around the world live coverage through the Associated Press. She put her bilingual skills to use for a global audience by conducting interviews and delivering live hits in both English and Mandarin.

Since 2016, XiXi has been an entertainment contributor to CNN and HLN, discussing pop culture and social issues on “CNN Newsroom”, “Morning Express”, “On the Story”, and more. She has served as a spokesperson for various Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Verizon, Macy’s, BeautyCon, and more.

TRACEY WIEDEMAN

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Tracey is an established Music Industry Professional. Tracey began her music career in 1988 excelling at Fey Concerts as Assistant Media Director, promoting the biggest names in touring such as The Rolling Stones, U2, The Eagles, Van Halen, KISS, and Guns N’ Roses.

 

Tracey was also Senior Account Executive, Music and Entertainment at Octagon, Inc., placing musical properties together with sponsorships and corporate entertainment talent buyer. After Octagon, she formed her own firm, T Management. Over the years, Tracey has built a reputation of commitment and respect as a Tour Manager, Event Manager, Production Coordinator, and VIP Manager for artists including:

Heart, Styx, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Journey, Don Felder, Ziggy Marley, Marilyn Manson, Megadeth, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Tesla, Danzig, John Fogerty and Willie Nelson.

RICK JOYCE

Rick Joyce is a two-time Daytime Emmy® winner for his role as Co-Executive Producer of the syndicated television behemoth, Entertainment Tonight. Joyce’s unprecedented performance and relationship with the most watched entertainment news magazine in the world spans sixteen years with tours as Managing Editor and News Director, in addition to his co-executive producer duties.

Joyce’s career has put him front and center as a boots-on-the-ground team leader in coverage for some of the biggest news stories in pop culture history, including the Oscars®, the Superbowl®, the Olympics®, Cannes Film Festival in France, Elizabeth Taylor’s Wedding at Neverland Ranch, Princess Diana’s Funeral in London, Madonna’s Wedding in Scotland, Tom Cruise’s Wedding in Italy, The Death of Michael Jackson, The Royal Wedding of William & Kate in London, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and, sadly, the Deadliest Mass Shooting in U.S. Modern History in Las Vegas (2017).  Joyce has been a guest-lecturer at the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California.

DR. AMIR BAGHERPOUR

Dr. Amir Bagherpour is a data scientist and expert focused on application of advanced analytics for detecting and preventing conflict events. He is a Principal Director for Accenture Federal.

Dr. Bagherpour was a partner and Chief Analytics Officer of giStrat, where he built cloud-based technologies focused on modeling complex geo-political problems.  Prior to his commercial experience, Dr. Bagherpour was the Director of Data Analytics in the Office of the Secretary of State. He was also the senior analyst and team lead for the Advanced Analytics Unit at the Bureau of Conflict & Stabilization Operations.

 

Dr. Bagherpour served at Voice of America’s Persian Service. Dr. Bagherpour served in the U.S. Army as an Armor Officer and is a graduate of West Point. He has a PhD in Political Science with a focus on quantitative methods from Claremont Graduate University and an MBA specializing in market research and macroeconomics from the University of California Irvine. He is fluent in both Farsi and Dari.

MICHAEL KERN

Mike has dedicated his career to information operations and combating the use of the Internet for terrorist and violent extremist purposes by combining, sharing, and expanding approaches built through private sector experience and engagement, cyber and counterterrorism (CT) operations, policy creation, and academic experiences. From 2017-2020 he served at the White House on the National Security Council, where he helped produce the first U.S. National Strategy for Counterterrorism since 2011.  

 

He received his MPS with a focus on Information Science - Cybersecurity from Pennsylvania State University. Mike earned his BA from American University in International Politics with a concentration in Middle East Studies and Islam. He speaks Arabic as well as basic German. 

PAGE HAMILTON

Page Hamilton is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer, mostly noted for his work with alternative metal band Helmet. Most of his work has been in the hard rock and alternative metal styles, though he trained in jazz guitar and has substantial connections with avant-garde music and film soundtrack composition.

 

Hamilton has also worked as a record producer, most notably producing the album Distort Yourself by former Bush singer Gavin Rossdale's band Institute. He has also produced albums for the bands Bullets and Octane (In the Mouth of the Young), Classic Case (Losing at Life), and Totimoshi.

PRINTZ BOARD

Printz Board is a Grammy Award-winning American musician, recording artist, producer, and songwriter who has worked with The Black Eyed Peas, DJ Mustard, CeeLo Green, Mark Ronson, Fergie, John Legend, and many more. Printz has been an essential part of  the Black Eyed Peas since the start of the band. He is the co-writer of songs like "Where is the Love", "Don’t Phunk with My Heart" and "Meet Me Halfway". Besides his co-writing for the Black Eyed Peas, he is the band's musical director, commanding all of the band's live stadium shows.

As a songwriter, producer artist, and musician, he has collaborated with Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Busta Rhymes, Chris Brown, Dr. Dre, Fergie, Selena Gomez and Katy Perry. He wrote and/or produced six songs on the deluxe edition of Black Eyed Peas Grammy nominated album "The E.N.D." (2009) including, "Missing You" and "Out Of My Head" (co-producer and writer along with Will.i.am). He is writer of "Rockin' to the Beat," "One Tribe," "Where Ya Wanna Go" and "Don't Phunk Around." In addition to Album of the Year, "The E.N.D." was also nominated for The Best Pop Vocal Album at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. Printz also worked on the albums "The Dutchess" by Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield, "100 Miles from Memphis" by Sheryl Crow, "Bashtown" by Baby Bash, and Candy Dulfer's "Crazy."

SCOTT "DJ SKRIBBLE" LALACCI

Scott Lalacci, better known as DJ Skribble, has become renowned across generations and in high regard in todays music world. Lalacicci has a career that spans across decades in the entertainment industry, beginning with the Young Black Teenagers. He is most recognized for his presence on MTV on hit shows such as Spring Break (1998-2004), MTV Jams, The Grind and Total Request Live. Besides MTV, he also worked with major organizations such as the NFL, NBA, Disney, Sony, and Playboy.

Scott is also an accomplished screen actor and producer. Besides having been featured in over 20 music videos and TV shows, he starred in his own TV series, Project Dad, which played on TLC in 2017. He is also the co-creator of Street Slang, a Tech House duo who reached Beauport’s Top 10 House Release chart with “East Coast Swing.”

 

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