Jeff Collins has renewed his successful business partnership with the newly structured Content Media Company U.K. for an additional two years. Collins says, "We are proud to be part of an ever expanding group of companies under the Content Media banner. We have limitless resources at our disposal and a bright future ahead." Jeff Collins opened the doors of his newest venture, Collins Ave, four years ago with a ground breaking partnership with Virgin America airlines for one of the first primetime docuseries on CW: "Fly Girls".
In previous years Jeff Collins oversaw the U.S. office of September Films, serving as the show runner for three seasons on W.E. TV's highest rated series "Bridezillas" seen in over 150 territories around the world, as well as the new A&E series "Billy, The Exterminator" which debuted on 4 Feb 2009. He also served as an Executive Consultant on "The Pregnant Man" for Discovery, which was the highest rated show of 2008 for Discovery Networks. In addition Collins also served as the show runner for VH1's "I Know My Kid's A Star", "How Clean Is Your House?" for Lifetime, "Survival of the Richest" for the WB, the variety show "The Pet Shop with Andy Kindler," "Design Invasion," "Friends or Lovers," and the "Crashing With" franchise for MTV. Beginning his career on the hit show "Entertainment Tonight," Jeff was soon promoted to Vice President of LGE, a production company under the wing of Paramount Domestic Television, for which he produced a number of successful specials and documentaries.
VP of Factual Television
Mike Aho moved to Paris, France at 18 years old, attended the Sorbonne, then graduated from UCLA's School of Film and TV. He won the Charles Boyer Fellowship which took him back to Paris where he began his career in unscripted TV. He was the show runner for M6's "StarNews" and "Grandeur Nature". He also wrote and directed several feature award winning documentaries. After 10 years in Europe, Mike returned to Los Angeles as a producer on Queer Eye, The Bachelor and the show runner of TLC's Take Home Chef. After successfully developing and producing two series for Glassman Media, he came to Collins Ave to become the new VP.
VP of Production
Michael, a native Angelino, started his career working in music videos and commercials. It wasn't long before his talent was recognized and he quickly became a Production Manager for Forty Acres and a Mule's "The Search for the next King of Comedy" Pilot. Shortly thereafter Michael joined the team at CBS/World Race Productions as a Producer for "The Amazing Race." After producing seven great seasons of The Amazing Race, Michael joined the team at FOX/Granada America as a Line Producer for "Hell's Kitchen" ( 4,5,6,7). Again serving as Line Producer, Michael played an integral role on The Red Bull Air Race World Championships and Red Bull BC1 (world break dancing championships) for FSW/Grace Productions. Prior to joining the Collins Avenue as the VP of Production, Michael helped Reivelle bring "Losing It with Jillian" to NBC audiences.
Director of Development
Lindsay M. Schwartz was born and raised in Los Angeles, which explains her deep-seeded passion for the entertainment industry. She received her law degree from Southwestern Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a member of the State Bar of California and the California Bar Association. Prior to her position as Director of Development at Collins Avenue, Lindsay was an associate at Behr & Abramson, a boutique transactional entertainment law firm located in Beverly Hills. While at Behr & Abramson, she represented various television and motion picture writers, directors, producers and talent. Lindsay's additional experience includes a legal internship at Sony Pictures Television International as well as Creative Artists Agency. She is delighted to have moved into the creative space of development, which has proved to be a perfect harmony for her artistic and analytical background.
Director of Development
Kamico Drakes, serves as Director of Development at Collins Avenue, where she is responsible for assisting Collins Avenue produce and develop captivating talent, extraordinary stories and undiscovered worlds. Prior to joining Collins Avenue, she worked in production on TV shows "Bridezillas (WE)", "You're The One that I Want (NBC)," and Call-TV shows "Take the Cake (BET)," "Deal or No Deal (NBC)." She has also worked on music videos with Ashlee Simpson and John Legend, as well as numerous commercials for television. Kamico is a Los Angeles transplant by way of NYC, and joined the Collins Avenue team in 2008. She is a graduate of Howard University with a degree in Radio, TV and Film.
Office Production Manager
Lesley Bandy has extensive entertainment experience internationally - first as a principal dancer in ballet, contemporary dance and production, then as Production Manager and Stage Manager /Cue Caller for Dance, Opera, Musicals, Production Shows, and large Corporate Events. She has directed and choreographed various pageants, fashion, corporate, and theatrical shows and held the positions of Entertainment Manager for Harrah’s Entertainment in Auckland, New Zealand; Entertainment Company Manager and Project Manager at MGM Grand, Las Vegas; Project Manager and Manager, Show Development at Universal Studios, FL.
Lesley is proud to be working now with the talented team at CAE
Executive Producer for Dance Moms
Over the past ten years, Bryan Stinson has headed casting departments for NBC, ABC, FOX, Bravo, MTV, TLC, E!, TNT, TV Land, Fox Reality, GSN and Court TV reality shows. His most recent producing credits include Executive Producer-Dance Moms and Dance Moms Miami, Co-Executive Producer- CW’s HIGH SOCIETY, Fox Reality's SEDUCING CINDY and Supervising Producer- NBC’s MOMMA’S BOYS. Bryan began his career in entertainment smashing pies and dumping slime as a live game show host for Nickelodeon.
William L. Abrams received his law degree from Boston University. He earned a Masters of Law degree in Taxation from New York University and a Masters of Law degree in Corporate Law, also from New York University. Mr. Abrams graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Albany, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He is admitted to the bars of the States of New York and California, and is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Prior to establishing the predecessor to AGMB, Mr. Abrams was associated with the national law firm Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent & Sheinfeld, LLP. While at Squadron, he represented many multinational corporations in all aspects of their business existence, including the structuring and implementation of highly sophisticated securities transactions and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Mr. Abrams represented the various performing arts unions in lobbying for federal income tax legislation. Mr. Abrams began his career at the accounting firm Price Waterhouse & Co.
Mr. Abrams is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has published articles in The Journal of Accountancy and The New York Independent Film Monitor. Mr. Abrams is a member of the Board of Directors of several charities and not-for-profit organizations.
Mr. Abrams's practice areas include Entertainment and Sports Law, Corporate and Securities Law, Tax Law, Estate Planning and Business Management.
Mr. Abrams and his family reside in Merrick, New York and Los Angeles, California, enabling him to effectively represent clients on both the east and west coasts.
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