NICOLE CONN

1904281893a08ada043a594c40df3c16_400x400Nicole Conn has been a die-hard romantic, classical pianist and black and white film fan from the age of nine and an avid reader and writer since the age of six. Although the majority of Nicole’s expertise and success has been in film, she is embarking the literary world once again with her latest novel, Descending Thirds that has a screen play written for it as well. Her film accomplishments are extensive and reflect her brilliant writing style and storytelling capability. October 2016 marks Conn’s 25th year anniversary in the entertainment business.

She is currently in pre-production as a writer/director for her seventh film, “Nesting Doll” which holds a very strong message film about children with special needs and the extraordinary relationship between mothers and daughters.

Having conceptualized and directed Jen Foster’s, “She” as a national anthem for civil liberty, Conn directed a seven minute short entitled SHE4ME sponsored and endorsed by Marriage for Equality, USA. Conn won The Community Award 2015, as well as Music Video of the Year – OutMusic for this important project.

Her penchant for dramatic story telling is evident in her latest critically acclaimed feature film, A Perfect Ending – “the sexiest film of 2012” (Curve) and now the single best selling film of its genre.

Conn’s tells stories that really hit home. She feels “greatly rewarded” by all the fan mail she receives from viewers who watch her film multiple times.   If there ever was an earmark of success, Conn believes it’s in “fans who see my work over and over and OVER again.”   It doesn’t hurt that her previous feature Elena Undone boasts the LONGEST ON SCREEN KISS IN CINEMA HISTORY: This classic romance with a twist became the best selling film of its genre in 2010.

Conn’s 2005 film, little man, is a an award winning documentary she wrote, directed and produced. This story is about her own premature son, Nicholas, born 100 days early and weighing only one pound. The feature length film went on to win 12 Best Documentary Awards, along with the prestigious Cedar Sinai’s Courageous Beginnings Award and Family Pride’s Family Tree Award. The film made three TOP TEN FILMS OF 2005 lists and Showtime picked up the feature and ran an Emmy campaign on this hard-hitting story about Nicholas’s premature birth and subsequent 6-month hospital stay in a Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit.

In efforts to continue her support of other parents who find themselves thrust into the insanity of the NICU, Ms Conn collaborated with Preemie Magazine Founder Deborah Discenza to create The Preemie Parent’s NICU Survival Guide: How to Maintain Your Sanity and Create a New Normal published in January, 2010.

Conn’s early passion for film carried her through her first feature, Claire of the Moon in which she raised the money, wrote, directed and produced the maverick film about a woman’s journey to her sexual identity. This cult film garnered rave reviews and paved the way for lesbian themed cinema in the early 1990’s and became a seminal film in the LGBT Community.

Conn has achieved world-wide industry recognition with her films Claire of the Moon, Elena Undone, A Perfect Ending and little man. Winner of many film awards, she was was a finalist in the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.

Well known for her speed, quality and prolific ability to write in many genres, Conn has written a parent’s guide, two teleplays, eleven screenplays, and has produced five soundtracks.

BARBARA NIVEN

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Barbara Niven is one of Hollywood’s busiest actresses and will celebrate 30 years in Film & Television in 2017.  Barbara has appeared in more than 100 film and TV roles, and over 2500 TV & radio commercials. She also served 3 years on the National Board of Directors for the Screen Actors Guild.

She is currently starring opposite Treat Williams, Diane Ladd & Jesse Metcalfe in the Hallmark Channel prime time series Chesapeake Shores, and stars with Alison Sweeney in the Murder She Baked TV series for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Niven was recently a series regular on the #1 rated Cedar Cove, and guest starred in the final season of NBC’s Emmy Award winning Parks & Recreation. Her performance as Marilyn Monroe in HBO’s The Rat Pack continues to garner praise as “one of the Top 3 portrayals of the blonde icon on Film & TV”. She has also appeared on Lifetime, NCIS, Cold Case, Charmed and One Life To Live.

She recently won the Indie Best Actress award for her inspired performance in the feature film A Perfect Ending, and a Best Supporting Actress award for her role in the film Hamlet’s Ghost which opened at the Cannes Film Festival. Barbara also recently starred alongside Matthew Gray Gubler & Kat Dennings in the indie comedy-horror film Suburban Gothic.

Barbara has also gained international acclaim as Hollywood’s Top Media Trainer and Video Marketing Coach. She created her ground-breaking Unleash Your Star Power!™ system so she could share her professional skills and secrets with others.

Barbara is passionate about teaching people how to hone their message, overcome fear, build confidence and use video and public speaking to dominate their niche. Her clients include business owners, professionals, CEOs, entrepreneurs, hosts, speakers, authors, and anyone who wants to makeover their professional image. She personally coaches and directs them every step of the way to ensure their success.

From her studio in Los Angeles, Barbara offers video production services, one-on-one or group training, and Video Boot Camps. The Boot Camps are a lot of fun and combine training and a video studio session – complete with Hollywood hair & makeup! For those who can’t make it into the studio, Barbara’s Unleash Your Star Power!™ Home Study Course is the easy, ultimate online media training system. People quickly go from Beginner to confident Pro as they develop tools and skills to establish themselves as the Go-to-Expert in their niche. Her book 111 Star Power Tips: Insider Secrets From a Hollywood Pro is full of quick, professional tips and secrets to help anyone shine in Videos, TV & Radio Interviews and Public Speaking.

Niven and business partner Sue Melke are also producers of the Humanitarian project “Rock Against Trafficking” (RAT). RAT showcases global music brands including Carlos Santana, Fergie/Slash, Rob Thomas  (Matchbox Twenty), Julian Lennon, Heart, Journey, Nickelback & more and aims to raise funds and overall awareness of Human Trafficking.

Niven is also a Celebrity Speaker and best-selling author. Business and motivational topics include Unleash Your Star Power!, Be a Video Marketing Superstar, ACT As If and Live Your Dreams! She shares her struggle with bulimia in Eating Disorders & Pressures to be Perfect and has appeared twice on national television talking about the pressure to be thin in Hollywood. Barbara is also profiled in the book Feeding the Fame: Celebrities with Eating Disorders.

SUE MELKE

photoSue Melke is an Executive Producer and specializes in Film Finance. She is also a Producer on multiple feature films including The Dirt Merchants (written by Bobby Moresco the 2 times Academy Award-winning writer of Crash & Million Dollar Baby), and feature length Animation The Legend of Santa Claus. 

Sue has always been recognized by leading experts in the Australian Entertainment industry as one of the most forward thinking Branding minds in the country. She has worked with brands from Coca Cola to Beyonce and is considered an innovator of branded consumer promotions that specialize in tying entertainment assets to the corporate dollar.

Early in her career, Sue worked as the National Publicity & Promotions Director for Sydney’s Dendy cinema. In addition to scouting titles for the distribution arm of the theater, Sue co-ordinated media campaigns for Dendy film releases and publicity for actors including Academy award-winners, Helen Mirren, Daniel Day Lewis and Colin Firth. Sue also worked with directors including Lasse Hallstrom, Jim Jarmusch, Patricia Rozema, Wim Wenders and Academy Award-winners, Kenneth Brannagh, Mike Leigh & Spike Lee.

A master negotiator, Sue found a niche in the market place by merging corporate brand values with entertainment and lifestyle opportunities. At the age of  twenty three Sue opened her own company and recruited clients including the Byron Bay Music Blues & Roots Festival (5 years) and the National Brand Managers of Southern Comfort, Kahlua and Jack Daniels.  At the age of twenty eight Sue and her partners owned a jazz venue in the heart of Sydney during which time she was credited for creating the first wave of ‘Sponsored Entertainment’ by soliciting the corporate dollar in return for ‘logo inclusion’ on tour posters.

Sue’s innovative ideas were well received within the Australian Music and Entertainment industry and Sue was often engaged by labels (Sony Music Australia and Virgin Records) to assist their in house publicity teams. As manager of various recording artists she was able to negotiate support act appearances with international touring legends, including Destiny’s Child, Paul McCartney & Simply Red

In 2015 Sue was acknowledged with Marriage Equality USA‘s Community Award for her work as a producer of the award winning “SHE4ME” Marriage Equality PSA viral video starring Actress & business parter Barbara Niven. SHE4ME was directed by Nicole Conn and co-produced with singer/songwriter/EP Jen Foster and Marriage Equality USA. SHE4ME has gone on to generate more than 2 million views on You Tube and late last year was honoured with the coveted 2015 OutMusic’s Video of the Year Award.

In 2016, both Sue and Barbara  Niven signed on as lead producers of the Humanitarian project Rock Against Trafficking (RAT). RAT showcases global music brands including Carlos Santana, Fergie/Slash, Rob Thomas  (Matchbox Twenty), Julian Lennon, Heart, Journey, Nickelback and aims to raise funds and overall awareness of Human Trafficking.

With more than 28 years experience working with some of the most powerful brands in the global corporate arena, Sue has mastered an ‘outside the box’ mentality when it comes to creating innovative strategies and cross promotional opportunities for brands to work in tandem while also being aligned with some of the worlds most powerful IP content and celebrities in music, film & sports.

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