Les Garland

starmediateam-les-garlandThroughout his celebrated career, the path Les Garland blazes is fueled by his love of music and entertainment. As co-founder of groundbreaking networks including MTV: Music Television, VH1, The Box Television Network and College Television Networks, his is the DJ voice on a worldwide number one song. Garland’s decades of accomplishments are expansive and diverse as acknowledged at the 38th Annual Mid-America Emmy® Awards where he received the prestigious Governor’s Award for his lifetime achievements. The rare Emmy award was presented to Garland by longtime friend and Eagle, Mr. Glenn Frey. Garland has worn many hats including Radio Personality; Radio Program Director; Record Company Executive; Event Producer; Music Talent Manager; Executive Producer; Brand Marketer; Public Speaker and Entertainment Industry Consultant. An award-winning talent who has been featured in magazines, newspapers, on radio, television, and the net, Garland has resided at the height of pop culture for his entire career.

Prior to his years as a cable television pioneer, Garland cut his chops as Program Director of historic major market radio stations including K-100 Los Angeles, CKLW Detroit, WRKO Boston, and KFRC San Francisco, all during contemporary music’s prime. Discovered by radio legends Bill Drake and Paul Drew, Garland’s storied radio career landed him in Rolling Stonemagazine’s coveted list of the “Music Industry Heavy 100.”

As Garland says, “the audience always comes first.” At KFRC, San Francisco he achieved groundbreaking accomplishments in radio – taking the station to new heights as the top-rated station in the northern California market. Legendary KFRC was named Radio Stationof the Year no less than four times while Garland was being voted Program Director of the Year by his peers. Channeling Orson Welles, Garland created a KFRC promotional spot that has since become a part of radio history. It also netted Garland a Clio. The award-winning promo, titled “Close Encounters”, stunned listeners by announcing that the station would go silent in order to communicate with extraterrestrials.

On the heels of his distinguished stint in radio, Garland was hand-picked by elite label founder Ahmet Ertegun and label chief, Doug Morris,to leap from radio to records, managing West Coast operations for the most venerable brand in music, Atlantic Records. Atlantic was home to many of the most popular artists in history, including Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Genesis, Abba, Aretha Franklin, Foreigner, The Spinners, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and AC/DC.

Garland was one of the original influencers of 80’s culture, bringing about the game-changing development of music television as co-founder of the iconic MTV: Music Television and VH1. MTV, the world’s first 24-hour music channel, was home to the anthemic “I Want My MTV” marketing hook, which Garland played a key role in developing. Along with co-founder, Robert Pittman, serving as MTV Networks Senior Executive Vice President, Garland was Executive Producer of the first six MTV Video Music Awardsand oversaw all elements of MTV’s innovative programming. Hewas on the lead team that globalized the MTV brand with distribution into Europe, Asia and Australia. During his tenure at MTV his humorous and witty nature shined through when he was asked to be the DJvoice embedded in the classic hit “We Built This City On Rock & Roll”by Jefferson Starship. The impromptu stunt immortalized his voice as the things DJ dreams are made of – while Garland, with a smile calls it “his first number one song.”

Following extremely successful and innovative MTV years, Garland and Pittman co-founded Quantum Media, launching popular television shows “The Morton Downey Jr. Show,” “Streets” (TV’s first reality cop show), and the legendary Marvin Hagler/Sugar RayLeonard title fight.

After Quantum Media, he returned to music and television orchestrating a wide national roll-out of The Box Television Network – the world’s first interactive music channel. As Senior Executive Vice President, Garland played an essential role in the channel’s domestic and global rollout, handling programming, promotion, sales and marketing, while simultaneously growing the channel to more than 50 million homes worldwide. Garland moved on to found digital music platform sputnik7.com with music icon Chris Blackwell. While Garland served as the company’s President, the channel won multiple awards, including a Webby for digital innovation. Garland also participated in the launch and roll-out of the College Television Network (CTN) that was ultimately acquired by MTV Networks and later became mtvU. Garland’s entertainment escapade then took him on to produce Pepsi’s multi-format radio campaign, enlisting a superstar line-up including Naughty by Nature, Luscious JacksonNotorious B.I.G., PM DawnDigable Planets and The Rembrandts.

Today, Les Garland continues to lead mass media entertainment at the helm of his company After Play Entertainment, a boutique, multi-disciplinary consulting practice that, in part, matches world famous talent with world-class brands. Internationally, After Play has contributed to the development of music initiatives for Bacardi International while domestically, Garland secured The Eagles to play for a sell-out crowd at the official opening of the John Q. Hammons Arena at Missouri State University. He orchestrated a unique relationship between superstar artist Pitbull and Zumba Fitness. Garland executive produced and was the voice of the 2011 Tom Petty Tour radio, television and media commercials.

Jenni “JWoww” Farley

jenni-farleyWorldwide television celebrity, Jenni Farley also known as “JWoww” has quickly made her mark in the entertainment industry and continues to do so with her 2 children by her side. Jenni made her television debut in 2009 on the hit MTV reality series “Jersey Shore”. The record-breaking TV show drew millions of viewers each week, taking a look inside Jenni’s life and her seven other cast mates.

In 2012, Jenni was re-introduced to the television world, this time on a spin-off show on MTV’s “Snooki & JWoww” with her cast member and best friend Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. The show gave viewers a closer look into how Jenni and Nicole were shifting their lives and taking the next big steps personally and professionally. Jenni went on to film four seasons in which the final season premiered in 2014. Fast forward to 2015 and Jenni and Nicole are back with a presence on the digital platform, Awestruck, on their newest show “Mom’s With Attitude”.

Jenni partnered with Australian Gold in 2011 and launched her own tanning lotion line which has been internationally successful since. Jenni has also been working with 310 Nutrition for the last 5 years.

Jenni made her return to TV with her talk show that first aired in January 2018 on TLC. The show coaches and advises millennial viewers while guiding them in all areas of their lives while bringing on some of today’s hottest celebrities.

Her return to television continued in April of 2018 with the revival of MTV’s Jersey Shore; Jersey Shore: Family Vacation. The worldwide phenomena premiered in 180 countries and was renewed for a season two before the first episode of season one was released. The series follows seven housemates from the original Jersey Shore spending a month living together in Miami, Florida. You

In October 2018, Jenni launched the Naturally Woww Brand with the roll out of her 24/7 Bio Protect Moisturizer. Plans are to continue to launch additional products to help everyone feel comfortable and confident in their skin and without having to worry about the harmful effects. The

Jenni continues to “Reach for the Stars” as the host of her own National Television and Social Media Talk Show, The Jenni Farley Show coming this Fall on TLC!

Steven M. Williams

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Steven M. Williamsis a pioneer in the development and implementation of cutting edge Interactive Media Services over the past 34 years.  In 1985, Williams founded Music Systems, Inc., the first interactive telephone based music sampling and purchasing service marketed through MTV and VH1.  Williams later served as “The Box’s Director of New Business Development from 1988 to 1991 where he created The Box’s Advertising Department and Interactive Pay-Per-Call Services.  In 1991, Williams founded Interactive Media Technologies, Inc. which grew to a $25 million dollar a year international company.  As CEO of IMT, Williams guided its subsidiaries Globaltel IP, an IP based  provider of unified communications solutions for both enterprise and managed environments with “Crash Phone” installations at Dulles, Dallas, Reagan and other major airports. Williams also operated GlobalNova, a Brazilian CLEC, GlobalTel, an international Callback Service and American Roaming Network which provides Interactive Telephone based Manual Roaming Services on an exclusive basis for Verizon & Sprint. In 2008, Williams negotiated the purchase of Verisign Brazil from Verisign international, a billing services company providing roaming billing solutions and management reporting services to Vivo, Claro, Oi and other Brazilian Mobile Carriers.  Williams currently has interests in commercial real estate, crypto currency, telecommunications, probiotics, streaming media and television production.  

Williams joined Starmedia Productions, Inc., in 2019 and currently serves as its Chairman and COO to guide the firm along a path of solid growth.

Robert Albolino

starmediateam-robertAt the age of 19 Robert enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and was involved in several search and rescue missions and drug interdiction patrols. He later worked for the Captain of the Port, responsible for the investigation and resolution of environmental mishaps occurring in the Port of New York & New Jersey.

After his enlistment, Robert served with the New York City Police Department and received several commendations and awards, including recognition for his involvement in an undercover investigation. He later appeared before the Departments Integrity Review Board, where he was honored & rewarded for the high degree of integrity and ethical behavior he displayed throughout the course of the investigation.

He later relocated to South Florida where he attended Florida International University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Robert then moved on to the television industry, developing and producing news magazine style and documentary television programs. He has produced several shows, including; Technology Today, InMotion with Dan Marino, Modern Cuisine, Having it All, Viva Mujer-a Spanish language lifestyle series, Giving Back-a program that profiled many Fortune 500 companies and charities, working together to build stronger and healthier communities and The Green Earth Journal, a nationally televised program addressing environmental issues and solutions.

These programs have aired nationally on the Discovery Channel, Fox Business News, WeTV, Lifetime, Telemundo and the Documentary Channel.

His background also includes the production of Inflight Television Programming for major airlines including, Delta, United and American Airlines.

His leading-edge approach to television programming and content has provided a venue for featured guests to educate and entertain our viewing audience.

Sammy Dunoff

starmediateam-sammy-dunoffSamantha Dunoff has worked on several television programs that have aired nationally on networks such as Fox Business and TLC. She studied Multimedia at Florida Atlantic University and went to work producing shows shortly after and fell in love with it! Sammy is an avid traveler and enjoys creating content that connects with people from around the world. As a mom of two she has a mission to use broadcast television to create positive change on the planet and unite individuals while expanding perspectives on how we see the world. Using her vivid imagination Sammy produces enticing segments that spark change and keep the consumer interested.

Dania Beaton

starmediateam-dania-beatonDania Beaton is a Brand & Marketing Strategist who partnered with several companies to grow their  brand. Jamaican, born & raised she spent most of her career working In Marketing and Communications. She was responsible for implementing inbound marketing strategies that help her clients increase brand awareness, generate leads, and acquire new customers.

She also used her passion for Marketing to successfully launch and promote two businesses in the Fashion & Beauty industry.

She relocated to Miami where she discovered a love for Media and landed her first job in Miami as a Senior Producer. She is excited to use the skills she’s learned as an marketing professional and entrepreneur to excel in this industry.

Julia Coates

starmediateam-julia-coatesJulia comes to StarMedia Productions as a veteran in the world of global news and entertainment. She’s led award-winning news teams, is an expert in editorial and content strategies and has produced exclusive features in several international news markets.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Julia received her bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University. As an animal lover, she’s involved with numerous animal charities. Julia also enjoys deep-stack poker tournaments, spending time with family and creating new vegetarian recipes.

Her passion for investigative news and developing award-winning content has allowed Julia to travel the globe and meet amazing people from all walks of life. She believes life is about building meaningful relationships with people from different cultures, seeing the world through the eyes of others and practicing gratitude.

Rachel Mitchell

starmediateam-rachel-mitchellRachel Mitchell has quickly become a sought-after producer over the past five years! She has produced 5 national TV shows and 2 special TV series which have aired on HISTORY Channel, H2 (Viceland), FYI, A&E, and within FOX Networks. Rachel has consistently worked with a team of EMMY, TELLY, and AEGIS award-wining journalists, producers, directors, and scriptwriters.

After consulting for various companies, Rachel works consistently to add value to organizations and feed her passions in life: funding and increasing sales for great companies, efficiency, green/ healthy living, technology, building, design, and giving back through philanthropic ventures.

She co-founded a successful private network to help other income property investors, design and stage their properties for selling and high-end leasing purposes. Interest in green technology and increasing the efficiency of properties, caused her to expand the business into helping investors with alternative energy solutions.

As a producer, Rachel brings sponsorship and creative elements to television shows and documentaries that air nationally and video content that streams within multiple niche markets.

Patrick Halliday

starmediateam-patrick-hallidayMr. Halliday has worked on a variety of award-winning documentaries and news over the past 12 years that have been broadcast on PBS, National Geographic Television, Discovery, CNN, NBC and TBS. In 2010 he worked with NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw to produce segments for “Today in America “ the series featured the lifestyles in cities and towns across America that demonstrated the best place to live work and play. The productions have also been aired on many of the top 100 regional news outlets in major markets in the United States. Other featured quests to mention a few include Rob Lowe, James Brown, Greg Gumball ,Fred Thompson.  His work also includes shooting, editing, graphics and media storage and production. Mr. Halliday is a board member on nonprofit organizations that promote pedestrian/bicycles safety such as Parents against hit and run drivers and Human Powered Delray.  He has traveled the world in on land and sea to capture the real-life experience of people cultures and traditions that make up our diverse world experiences.

His career began as a college live music concert promoter providing major concerts and production touring capabilities for artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Hall and Oates and Dobbie Brothers and many others.

Ali Bahremand

starmediateam-alibahremandA native of Boston, Massachusetts, Ali lived most of his life in the Northeast where he attended Plymouth State University. He received his bachelors in Business and a minor in Marketing. Upon graduating, Ali was offered a position with Dish Networks South Florida Regional office as a marketing executive and accepted it! He quickly rose through the ranks with his creativity and professionalism to become the lead Marketing Executive in a team with over 500 full time employees! A position where he created his own strategies and helped train new recruits! Ali built an impressive record of achievement by growing Dish Networks Southeast office bottom line and became one of the companies highest producers! Ali’s loyalty and commitment to excellence led him to excel at Dish for over five years! He will continue to Reach for the Stars! as he brings all his professionalism and creativity to StarMedia Productions as Senior Producer!