ADVISORY BOARD

SAMUEL WARREN
Casting Director

With over 35-years of experience discovering talent for Casting, Mr. Warren scouts and casts for all media platforms, and has casted for feature films, off & on-Broadway, commercials, runway shows, and TV.

CHRISTINE BELL
Financial Advisor

Producer and financial advisor for some of Hollywood's most established organizations, Christine has been working with the Young Artist Academy for nearly a decade. The mom-of-two has been instrumental in rebranding and establishing the Academy to enter the next generation of making stars.

JIM COOK
Media Producer

Former Sr. Executive and Creative Director for iHeart Media/Clear Channel.
Jim’s voice-over acting career includes projects for HBO, Cinemax and TNT Warner Networks. Jim is heard nationwide on commercials and radio stations, and has produced, directed and starred in countless projects.

KEVIN MORRISON
Executive Producer

Kevin Morrison served as Chief Operating Officer of Fred Rogers Productions from 2006 until his 2019 retirement, bringing a lifetime of experience in television to the company. He began his career in BBC news, and was a senior programming executive before moving to the U.S. to represent the British network Central Television. He later ran an animation company, two TV movie companies, and a family entertainment company. He is a member of the film and television Academies, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and, as a Churchill Fellow in public service broadcasting in the 70s, studied the early development of PBS.

ALETA BRAXTON
Music Director

A director and music instructor, Aleta has worked with over 150 productions for LA Opera, and is the only African-American woman to hold this dossier. Her film soundtracks include The Lego Movie 2, Ready Player One, Star Wars: Rogue One, Bumblebee, Venom, The Predator and Frozen. She can be heard on recordings with Walt Disney Records and recordings with Barbara Streisand, Christina Aguilera and Josh Groban.

JOE SOLO
Record Producer

Multi-platinum record producer with over 30-years of success in the music industry. Joe discovered and developed Grammy-winner Macy Gray (with 26-million records sold), and has worked with Michael Jackson, Fergie, will.i.am, Quincy Jones, Universal, and many major record labels and film/TV studios. He founded the Hollywood Creative Academy, providing masterclass e-learning programs from some of the most experienced Entertainment professionals.

MATT COLEMAN
Technology CEO

After 12 years with Warner Brothers and Sony working with Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Prince, Matt founded Magnify, the world’s largest business summit for augmented and virtual reality. Originally formed by Disney, Dreamworks, Sony, Paramount and Dolby, the Advanced Imaging Society also now boasts Magnify’s production arm, Novo Studios, as a member in advancing creative arts and sciences with cutting edge technology.

KEYANA FRANKLIN
Founder - Kidz Con

Founder & Creator of Kidz Con, the first B2C Kids Convention inspiring creativity and “celebrating everything Kids”. A former fashion designer, Keyana styled a range of celebrity royalty such as the NBA stars, rapper Future and the Kardashian family. Her work has been featured internationally in The Guardian UK, Flaunt Magazine, Le Petite Magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar.

MATT DUGAN
VP of Strategic Partnerships & Digital Branding

From Tik Tok to YouTube, Dugan has built multi-million dollar careers for some of the biggest names on social media. Dugan has also produced several successful digital series to date, including Mani for BRAT TV and TURNT for Facebook Watch.

SIMON BARRON
Producer

Having worked with thirty-six of the Young Artist Academy™‘s 42-years celebrating excellence in young performers, Simon Barron currently serves as the Academy’s Chairman and Executive Producer. From craft service to executive producer, his 50-years in film/TV and live theater have included classics as Neverending Story II, Oscar, Will and Grace, Mike & Molly, Back to You, The Image, Fame L.A. and youth-focused specials by ABC, FOX, PBS, BBC and CBS.

ANDRE MARCEL
Producer

An Emmy-Nominated Producer and Hollywood Publicist working with Film/Television, Music, Fashion, Technology, Award Shows and Philanthropic Causes. Andre currently serves as an Emmy Awards Judge for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and for the Media Excellence Awards. He has been serving as Co-Chair and Executive Producer of the Young Artist Academy™ Awards since 2017.

MICHELLE KOSHMAN
Producer

Michelle Koshman is a publicist to the Emmy Awards working 20+ years in Film Production & Entertainment Branding.
She’s been successful in expanding the regional Emmy Awards brand, amplifying the Fashion Event scene at Toronto International Film Festival, pioneering new platforms at San Diego Comic-Con, and growing the Youth Oscars into a global brand.

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