THE ANGELFEST TEAM
Tim Sexton, Principal
Los Angeles-based Sexton has benefited from close working relationships with leading figures in business, finance, entertainment, government, and non-profits. Tim is an Emmy Award winning producer who has served as an executive, advisor and consultant to film studios, recorded music companies, technology concerns, investment banks, Nobel Laureates, live events, pro sports franchises, Fortune 100 firms, non-profit organizations, and rock stars.
Tim was a senior creative executive or creative consultant to Columbia Tri-Star Pictures, Fox, Warner Brothers, Universal, Disney, and Intermedia. He was also a leading producer of music for films, credited in nearly 100 major motion pictures including many box-office hits, #1 records, and Grammy awards. Throughout his career, he produced mega-events including Peace Sunday at the Rose Bowl, MUSE Concerts at Madison Square Garden, Survival Sunday Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as dozens of stadium, arena, and theatre concert events, and large music tours featuring a who’s who list of music stars. Tim was EVP of Alliance Entertainment Corp, one of America’s largest home entertainment distribution and supply-chain firms. He also led Digital On-Demand, a retail services technology company.
In 2006, Tim was Executive Producer of Live 8, the largest music event in history viewed by 3 billion people worldwide (garnering an Emmy). It was one of the 10 largest public mass-gatherings in world history. In 2007, he was Producer of American Idol’s historic groundbreaking and Emmy winning charity event – Idol Gives Back. Sexton is a member of the Alliance for Climate Education Board of Directors, Environmental Media Association Corporate Board, Liberty Hill Foundation’s Board of Advisors. He is a former officer and director of Rock the Vote. He is the Southern California co-founder/co-chapter director of E2 - the business voice of the NRDC. Tim lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
Matt Walden, Principal
Matt has over 30 years of experience in entertainment, branding, media, and business consulting. A graduate of University of Pennsylvania Law School, Mr. Walden worked first as a music lawyer in private practice and then at Columbia Pictures, before moving to Fox in an expanded business and creative role as the company was exploding in the late 80’s. During almost a decade at Fox, Matt helped build and launch a number of Fox brands and businesses including the Fox Music Group, Fox Publishing, Fox Records, the Fox Network and Fox Sports.
Beginning in 1997, Matt led the West Coast business of Arista Records at the invitation of its founder, music industry icon Clive Davis. In his role at Arista, Matt supervised the company’s key relationships and joint ventures, served as a core member of the creative team, and was the executive producer of Arista’s 25th Anniversary Special on NBC. After leaving Arista, Matt provided producing, marketing and branding consulting services for numerous studios, media networks, and entertainment firms including ABC, NBC, MTV, E!, Showtime, Lifetime, BET, FX, FBC, J Records, David E. Kelley Productions, Lippman Entertainment, New Wave Entertainment, and others. He was also a principal in Sidestreet Entertainment. Walden is a member of the California Bar Association. He has provided advisory assistance to environmental investment groups and media organizations. He is a member of the Board of Los Angeles Waterkeeper and Center Theater Group. Walden also served as part of California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ transition team focused on environmental enforcement. Matt lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.
Michael Sampliner, General Manager
Michael Sampliner has spent the past twenty years producing and promoting music tours, music festivals and museum exhibitions. He began in management consulting for LEK Partnership, a small boutique in Los Angeles where he spent most of his time as part of the strategic division for Disney. From there it was a full commitment to producing and presenting live entertainment – first touring ballet and orchestral companies and then producing large scale spectaculars for IMG throughout the UK and Asia including the Hampton Court Palace Festival, Royal Bath Festival and the Castle Howard Festival. This led to his friendships with the opera stars that were performing in these IMG concerts and to his three-year journey as a producer and promoter of the Three Tenors world tour, one of the most successful tours of all time.
From the Three Tenors straight into Nine Inch Nails, Sampliner moved on to organize and direct national tours for Concerts West / AEG Live, including the Dixie Chicks, Eric Clapton, Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, The Who, USA Gymnastics and Barry Manilow. Similar to the Three Tenors, all of these tours were overseen by Michael “soup to nuts”- marketing, ticketing, production, touring logistics and financial accounting. In 2004, Sampliner and John Norman, the President of Arts & Exhibitions International, teamed up with AEG to form AEG Exhibitions mounting a number of museum world tour exhibitions including King Tut, Cleopatra, and Real Pirates. As Chief Operating Officer of AEG Exhibitions - the finance, marketing, ticketing, and production divisions all reported to Sampliner.
Michael has now returned to live music productions, working on the growth of the Electric Forest festival for Madison House Presents/Insomniac and is developing two new ventures. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Yale University. Michael lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two children.
Brad Auerbach, General Counsel
Brad is a seasoned entertainment executive with extensive and unique global expertise in production, content acquisition, marketing, Intellectual Property law and licensing. Most recently, he handled Strategic Account Management with Hewlett-Packard architecting Hollywood’s first DVD manufacture-on-demand deal. Auerbach has successfully structured groundbreaking agreements with the NFL, NBA, NHL, HBO, MTV, Live Nation, Marvel Entertainment, International Olympics Committee, Screen Actors Guild, every Hollywood studio, ESPN, recording artists, and content producers.
Brad has held senior legal counsel positions at Qualcomm, Philips Media (Philips Electronics, Netherlands), Astro/ MEASAT (Malaysia), Starz/Encore, and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment group. He has published and/or presented at dozens of entertainment forums worldwide and helped form the Digital Entertainment Group (which drove the adoption of DVD), was a Founding Board Member of the Electronic Software Association, was the Founding Executive Director of the DVD-Audio Council.
Brad holds a patent with Qualcomm relating to mobile phone media technology. He is a graduate of Hamilton College, holds a JD from Boston College, and is a member of the California Bar Association. Brad lives in Solana Beach with his wife and two daughters.
Bruce Kirkland, Marketing & Strategy
Bruce Kirkland’s expertise in marketing and talent relations has spanned a 30-plus year career in music, film and entertainment retail in Australia, Europe and North America. Bruce and his team offer specialized business development services for the digital era - focused on the growth of brands in the entertainment and consumer products sectors.
Bruce was President/CEO of EMI-Capitol Entertainment Properties, the largest company in the EMI Music Group, Bruce was responsible for annual sales in excess of $250 million. Bruce directed The Beatles Anthology project, the music industry’s most successful marketing campaign, with sales exceeding $300 million. While at EMI, Bruce spearheaded marketing initiatives for numerous multi-platinum artists, including Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Beastie Boys, Garth Brooks, Spice Girls, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Bob Seger, Bonnie Raitt, R.E.M., others. Prior to joining EMI, Bruce enjoyed stints as President of the legendary UK-based independent labels Stiff Records and Mute Records in America.
Kirkland has provided global management and marketing services for artists like Bon Jovi, Peter Gabriel, Depeche Mode, The Smashing Pumpkins, Sarah Brightman, Dandy Warhols, Tears for Fears, Bee Gees and others in all facets of their careers. His corporate clients have included NBC Enterprises, TV Guide, Tartan Films, Concord Records, QVC, House of Blues, and Fox. Bruce created groundbreaking music exclusives with Starbucks and Blue Note Records, as well as with Target (USA) and Tesco (UK) with Pearl Jam, Bon Jovi, Collective Soul, Faithless and others. Kirkland is also noted for having pioneered the “virtual label” model for the marketing/distribution of non-aligned artists that is now a broadly utilized strategy employed across the music industry.
Bruce has also consulted high profile indie film studios, and has been responsible for the release of over 50 feature films, including theatrical, DTV and retail exclusives. He lives in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood.
John Bard Manulis, Production & Strategy
Spanning the worlds of entertainment, technology and activism, Manulis specializes in strategies and projects that use the power of storytelling, technology and strategic partnerships to encourage a healthier, more just and peaceful world.
John is president of Foundation Entertainment and the co-founder/CEO of ScreenSpaces, an online social publishing platform. He consults regularly with NGO's, foundations, and corporations on strategy and messaging, most recently spearheading the creation and launch of the innovative Together. Stronger. anti-poverty initiative for Handshake Partners and the Caterpillar Foundation. As the co-founder and CEO of Visionbox Media Group, Manulis helped pioneer the use of digital technology for the production and distribution of motion pictures; and during the 2008 presidential campaign, he served as Executive Producer, Events for Barack Obama's Campaign for Change in Colorado.
As a creator and producer, John’s career includes producing or executive producing over twenty film, television and theater productions including "American Idol's" groundbreaking, Emmy-winning charity event, “Idol Gives Back,” THE BASKETBALL DIARIES, double‑Independent Spirit Award nominee CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES, SWING KIDS, and the off-Broadway sensation “The Umbilical Brothers’ THWAK”. As Head of Filmed Entertainment for Samuel Goldwyn Films, Manulis supervised the production or acquisition of a number of films including THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, THE PREACHER’S WIFE, and ANGELS AND INSECTS.
Manulis serves on the board of directors of the nationally‑acclaimed Liberty Hill Foundation and the Mayor of Los Angeles’ Getty House Foundation. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Writers Guild of America, East, and the Producers Guild of America, and was recognized by the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors as one of the “2012 Leaders To Watch”. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard University and lives in Los Angeles with his wife.
Tom Dolan, Art Direction & Design
Tom Dolan is an award-winning Creative Director with deep experience across a broad range of print and interactive media. His areas of specialization include brand development and identity systems, web and interface design, user experience modeling, print, exhibit, and packaging design. Prior to aligning with Make Good, Tom founded Polychrome in 2001, an elite boutique design firm with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Earlier, Dolan was Creative Director of Fullerene Productions (now known as Buck), a noted Los Angeles interactive/motion agency. Before joining Fullerene, Tom was Senior Director of Multimedia and, before that, Art Director, at Virgin Records America. At Virgin, Mr. Dolan directed all new media efforts and advised the EMI Recorded Music Group on the development of corporate strategies for digital asset management, e-commerce, internet-era asset management and distribution models, as well as packaging and promotional design for dozens of recording artists.
Tom’s client experience includes Starbucks Entertainment, Concord Music Group, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Apple Computer, UCLA School of Arts and Architecture, and UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television. Plus, projects for Dreamworks SKG, Universal, Sony, EarthLink, Macromedia, and Herman Miller International. Tom has won more than a dozen national design awards and has been featured in numerous periodicals and design texts. Dolan has graduate and undergraduate degrees, respectively, from Art Center College of Design, and California Institute of the Arts. Tom lives in a downtown Los Angeles loft with his dog.
Mike “Coach” Sexton, Production Comptroller
Mike brings many years of in-the-trenches experience, attention to detail, and unflappability to his client production work. Mike has served as the Tour Manager, Production Comptroller, Tour Accountant, and/or Associate Producer for the Rolling Stones, Crosby-Stills-Nash, CSNY, Bon Jovi, Keith Richards, Jack Johnson, Jackson Browne, Velvet Underground, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby, Little Feat, Dan Fogelberg, Loudness, Culture
Club, Live 8, and others.
Widely known as “Coach” in music touring circles, he enjoys a solid reputation as a responsible, smart, cool under fire, and easy to work with colleague. Mike is a graduate in Business Administration from the University of San Diego where he also earned a lifetime secondary school teaching credential from the state of California. Mike is currently in the midst of a Rolling Stones world tour. He is an avid golfer who lives in San Diego.
Domenic Cotter, Video Production
For over fifteen years, Domenic Cotter has led Sound Off Productions producing 100+ shows for broadcast television, theatrical release, and new media. This includes a wide variety of television and webcast productions ranging from music and original programming to sports and cable series/specials.
Cotter has produced content for the best television and the Internet has to offer with clients or, in work-for-hire efforts. His work for networks and online platforms includes CBS, NBC, Palladia, Fuse, AXS-TV, ABC Sports, ESPN, CMT, USA, MTV, VH-1, Network Live, Control Room, You Tube, Vevo, Yahoo and AOL. Through these experiences, Domenic has regularly managed staff and production teams of 100 or more. He has supervised all creative and production decisions, multi-tasking and making quick decisions on a daily basis. His strengths are creativity, story-telling and working in pressure-filled situations. He has hands on current producer experience in all manner of video production and post production including video capture in HD, 3D, and 2K. Domenic specializes in live music, event, and entertainment broadcast production whether it is in-concert a fixed location or, in festival settings. He has produced numerous live TV concerts and specials for some of the biggest names in music including Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews, Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Rod Stewart, and Carrie Underwood.
Brendan Sexton, Director of Sustainability
Brendan served as the Commissioner of Sanitation for the City of New York over years where he was responsible for instituting and implementing recycling. For many years prior, he was New York City’s Director of Operations. Later, Mr. Sexton served as the President of the Times Square Business Improvement District, and was a key player in revitalizing the world’s most famous and successful theater, performance, and media center. Brendan was the longtime chairman of the New York City Procurement Policy Board which sets the rules for all New York City contracting and municipal purchasing. He was also formerly the President of the Municipal Arts Society, which is one of New York’s premier civic organizations linking urban planning and the promotion of the arts to create a more livable, beautiful city.
Mr. Sexton was previously Vice President-Corporate Government & Community Affairs for The Rockefeller Group, which owned Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall Productions, Cushman and Wakefield, and A&E. Brendan has also been a Clinical Professor at NYU’s prestigious Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He has done extensive public advocacy work, especially in the environmental field, focusing on recycling and more recently, green job development. He is on the boards of the Municipal Art Society, Energy Vision, the Landmarks Preservation Foundation; he was a founding trustee of the Park Avenue Armory Conservancy, and of the Fresh Kills Park Conservancy. He is the Chair of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board and is a member of the New York MTA’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Sustainability.
Pic Walker, Sustainability Supervisor
Pic has dedicated his life to preserving and reveling in natural places. He brings a unique set of experiences developing strategy and leading organizational development drawing from a diverse background in education, business consulting, management, content creation, and environmental science. Pic provides a range of sustainability, conservation, climate change and environmental education services for corporate, non-profit and philanthropic clients.
Walker was formerly the Executive Director of Alliance for Climate Education (ACE), where he took a kernel of an idea about increasing climate literacy and developed it into a national non-profit organization operating in 20+ states with a budget in excess of $3M/year. Prior to leading ACE, Pic worked at BluSkye, a strategic consulting firm that develops sustainable business strategies for Fortune 100 clients including Walmart and Sony. Prior to that, Walker led various research and development efforts at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation where he co-developed the Wild Salmon Ecosystem Initiative, a $200M+ effort to improve the long-term sustainability of wild Pacific salmon. Earlier, Pic worked with Rainforest Action Network and Conservation International. Walker’s commitment to education began as a teacher of Environmental Studies and English at the Canterbury School in Connecticut. That continues as a certified National Outdoor Leadership School educator. Walker graduated from Middlebury College. He holds an M.B.A. in sustainable enterprise from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Pic and his wife Heather are the proud parents of three young children.