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  • Nigel Lythgoe

    Nigel Lythgoe

    Nigel Lythgoe was born in St. Helen's, Lancashire, England. He and his family moved to Liverpool, where he began tap dancing at 11 years of age. He became the only person to dance in, choreograph, direct, and produce the Royal Variety Performance for Her Majesty the Queen of England.

    He has worked with stars such as Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Cyd Charisse, Chita Rivera, Shirley Bassey and, most prestigiously, the Muppets.

    Lythgoe is the CEO of Nigel Lythgoe Productions. Previously he served as president of 19 Television, and prior to his tenure there, he worked at London Weekend Television from 1996 to 2001; there, he was Controller of Entertainment and Comedy, supplying more than 240 hours of television for broadcast per year.

    Lythgoe has been a pioneer in reality television and a driving force in the world of performing arts as the Co-creator, Executive Producer and Judge on "So You Think You Can Dance" and the Executive Producer of the TV juggernaut "American Idol," which has been nominated for nearly 60 Emmy Awards. The charity spin-off "Idol Gives Back" raised more than $170 million, and in 2007, it received the prestigious Governors Award, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' highest honor. Additionally, Lythgoe was just awarded the International Emmy Founders Award, presented to him in New York by Lady Gaga, recognizing him for his indelible imprint on the TV industry and a body of work that crosses cultural boundaries and speaks to our common humanity.
  • Olivia Lee

    Olivia Lee

    Olivia Lee is one of Britain's fastest-rising female comedy stars. She's glamorous, sexy, mischievous and armed with razor-sharp wit. After training atThe Central School of Speech and Drama, Olivia kick-started her career on the popular BBC children's sitcom, The Basil Brush Show, playing the Brush's girlfriend and she hasn't looked back since (for fear that he's following her).

    She got her big break on Channel 4's hit comedy show Balls of Steel with her own slot called Prank TV with Miss Lee, where she demonstrated her fearlessness and ability to boldly go where many others would not dare. Off the back of this success she was offered to write and star in her own comedy vehicle for Channel 4, Olivia Lee's Naughty Bits, which premiered on Channel 4 in 2008. This led to her own series, Olivia Lee: Dirty, Sexy, Funny – a showcase for Olivia's comic characters which launched Comedy Central UK.

    The first series of Dirty Sexy Funny aired in 2010, and proved to be a hit, leading to an even more audacious second series which premiered in April 2011 on Comedy Central.The USA soon came calling and Olivia was recently invited to regularly appear on NBC's The Tonight Show With Jay Leno where she can now been seen providing her own brand of outrageous comedy. She has also hosted the comedy game show Battle of the Bods which ran for 3 season on the FOX network in the US.

    She is currently has feature film and sitcom scripts in development with major production companies. She reckons she's all that.
  • Antonina Armato

    Antonina Armato

    Antonina Armato is one of the only female songwriter/producers in the world. She wrote her first multi-platinum single, "I Still Believe" (made famous by Mariah Carey) when she was 17. She has written and produced over 25 Top Ten singles since, most recently the multi platinum smash, "Love You Like a Love Song," performed by Selena Gomez. She has written or produced songs for Mariah Carey, Flo Rida, Miley Cyrus, Barbara Streisand, Iglesias, Selena Gomez, Sick Puppies, The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, and many more. Rock Mafia released its first single, "The Big Bang," which has sold 500,000 downloads, has over 16 million views on Youtube, and was most recently the main title of VH1's reality TV show, "Mob Wives."

    "The Big Bang" music video featured Miley Cyrus and Kevin Zegers. Rock Mafia is currently in the works with renowned film producer Suzanne Todd (Austin Powers, Memento, Alice in wonderland) on developing "Big Bang" the movie.

    Antonina and Tim produced their first film "The Day" due out in theaters end of September 2012. The movie was also scored by Rock Mafia.

    Antonina teamed with legendary producer and CEO of Interscope, Jimmy Iovine, who placed her independent label Rock Mafia in partnership with Interscope. The first album in this arrangement is the highly anticipated debut release of Frank and Derol.

    Rock Mafia is fast becoming one of the most recognizable brands in music. Other upcoming releases include: "I'm On a Roll" by Stefano, "My Dilemma" by Selena Gomez, and the main title to the Lionsgate film, Nurse 3D.

    Antonina's girl group, The Beach Girls (BG5), will be featured on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Their first single "The Kids R OK" will be released this summer through Interscope.
  • Jason DeRulo

    Jason DeRulo

    After emerging in 2009 with his 3x-platinum debut single, “Whatcha Say,” Miami-born singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor Jason Derulo has parlayed his songwriting and performing talent and sheer determination into becoming a regular fixture on the pop chart over the last three years with a steady stream of best-selling singles, including the 2x-platinum “In My Head” and the 2x-platinum “Ridin’ Solo” from his self-titled 2010 debut, and the platinum “Don’t Wanna Go Home” (which spent five consecutive weeks in the Top 10), and “It Girl,” both from Derulo’s current album Future History. However everything came to a screeching halt in January when Derulo suffered a severe neck injury and was nearly paralyzed while rehearsing for a headlining world tour in support of Future History. Fortunately Derulo made a full recovery and returned in May with an appearance on the season finale of American Idol, during which he performed a new song, “Undefeated,” which featured lyrics submitted by fans through the Coca-Cola Perfect Harmony contest. Derulo has streamed more than half a billion views on his YouTube Channel and sold more than 16 million singles worldwide. He was a five-time winner at the 2011 BMI Pop Awards including being honored as "Songwriter of the Year" (which he shared with Lady Gaga and his debut album’s producer JR Rotem), and took home a 2010 Teen Choice Award for “Choice Music: Album, R&B.” Derulo has also been nominated for a four additional Teen Choice Awards, a 2011 NAACP Image Award, an American Music Award, an ARIA and MOBO Award, two MTV Video Music Awards, two MTV Europe Music Awards, and a Much Music Award. He is currently in the studio working on his third album for Beluga Heights/Warner Bros. Records.
  • Pete Wentz

    Pete Wentz

    Pete Wentz is the bassist and lyricist of the Grammy-nominated band Fall Out Boy, which over the past few years have released two multi-platinum albums that spawned the chart topping hits "Sugar, We're Going Down," "Dance, Dance," "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs," and "This Ain't A Scene, Its An Arms Race," among others. After riding to multiplatinum, global fame over the last 10 years, Wentz needed to do something completely different – which lead to the creation of his new project, Black Cards. Black Cards' music draws from Wentz’s experience on the DJ circuit over the last several years. The group is destined to blow up speakers and dance floors worldwide with their new electro sound and punk rock mentality.

    An accomplished writer, Wentz released the book The Boy With A Thorn In His Side, which has sold more than 10,000 copies to date and served as the inspiration for his clothing line Clandestine Industries.

    He is currently the host of a weekly radio show on Sirius/XM “Pete Wentz’s Hits and Misses,” previously was a host and co-producer of the MTV show “F’N MTV.”

    He currently resides in Los Angeles.
  • Nick Cooper

    Nick Cooper

    Nick Cooper isn’t just a vocal coach extraordinaire who has worked with superstars like Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Mary Mary, Keisha Cole, Keb Mo and Israel Haughton through his company The Vocal Corner Store. He’s also a man with a mission -- to help people fall in love with their voices, and to help them share what’s in their hearts, and articulate what has been dormant through song. Nick works in the US and abroad, and was the first American to help produce a music-based show for Hunan TV in China, along with being the first African American to have a one-hour special on television in that country. Cooper has partnered with Hunan Entertainment in China to broker talent, develop content and produce programming. A self-described “Infopreneur,” Cooper is partnering with Jamba Juice for a Westfield mall tour focused on healthy living that starts in August. He is also launching Helium, a one-stop shop for developing talent which will include a complex with recording and dance studios in Los Angeles.
  • Martina McBride

    Martina McBride

    After two decades in the music business, a career that’s already taken her to breathtaking heights (four CMA Female Vocalist of the Year trophies, three ACM Female Vocalist awards, a GRAMMY win, numerous national magazine covers and features, and appearances on such shows as VH1’s Divas, TODAY Show, 20/20, American Idol and Dancing with the Stars), and has given her a brand new sense of accomplishment with the release of her new CD Eleven, Martina McBride is swinging into high gear.

    On her bucket list: being invited to sing the National Anthem on the Super Bowl and landing a song in a movie so she can perform on the Academy Awards’ annual Oscars telecast. But more than anything, she just wants to continue doing what she’s doing. “"My biggest desire is to keep making records and keep touring,” Martina says with heartfelt passion. “I hope I get to do this for as long as I can, because I love it so much.
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