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Mike Sherman

PRESIDENT

Mike Sherman currently Chief Executive Officer of Universal Media Group Inc.,

a publicly traded company with the symbol (UMGP), has been a successful entrepreneur in the entertainment and finance industry. His diverse personality, creative skills and background in finance, television, music and sports, has set him apart from his counterparts.

Universal Media Group Inc. is a world renown media conglomerate that focuses on the implementation of celebrity based programming, social media and interactive TV through music, sports and entertainment.

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    Mr. Sherman is known for being the creator and producer of one of the country’s most popular weekend Celebrity/Music driven TV shows,  “On The Mike” with Mike Sherman, ​which broadcasted weekly on the CBS affiliate WBFS, My Network TV in south Florida.

     

    Mike has personally interviewed and rubbed noses with today’s biggest stars in music sports and entertainment such as Kim Kardashian, Pitbull, Justin Bieber, Ely Manning and many more.

     

    Mr. Sherman was responsible for single handedly taking the show from one market in Miami, Florida to national syndication and then  to Direct TV, broadcast television and international syndication on the Sky Network.

     

     After only 6 months of broadcasting in the Miami market Mr. Sherman’s show had beaten the ever so popular “​Saturday Night Live“ ​in Nielsen ratings, and was the number one television show on Saturday night in the Miami market, a task that has never been down before by a local television show.

     

    Mike received a FREC award (“Film Recording Entertainment Counsel”) in 2010 for his outstanding work in the entertainment industry in south Florida.

     

    His work has been published in numerous publications and was featured in the City Link Newspaper along with NBA superstar Dwyane Wade as one of 10 people in south Florida that Rock.

     

    In 2008 Mr Sherman received a F.A.C.T award (“​Family’s Against, Crime Togetherness”), f​rom the city of North Miami Beach and

    from the Mayor himself for his outstanding community service and has been commended on his work with charities in south Florida and with kids from the inner cities, preaching good behaviour and strong academics in the classroom.

     

    Mr Sherman also created one of south Florida’s elite Magnum Academies for Film, TV, Music, Radio, Fashion and Modelling,

    called the Mike Sherman Academy of Media & Entertainment.

    Mike was also responsible for securing POP super stars Akon & Flo Rida to perform in front of 7000 people at a huge concert in 2010 in Boca Raton to support breast cancer.

     

    Prior to his work in the entertainment industry; Mr. Sherman was a former stockbroker for several Wall Street powerhouse firms such

    as Smith Barney, Prudential Securities, and Gruntal & Company. He became one of Gruntal & Company’s youngest multi-million dollar producers grossing over 1.5 million while also earning him the title

    of Senior Vice President.

     

    During Mr. Sherman’s tenure with Gruntal and company,

    Mike teamed up with Ray Leonard Jr., the son of Hall of Fame middleweight boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard and started a sports marketing company called “U​ppercut Inc.” T​he company,

    a​ full service sports and entertainment management company specialized in pairing celebrities with corporations. One of their first clients was middleweight champion boxer “Sugar Shane Mosley”. .

     

    Mike has been a resident of Boca Raton, Florida for 35 years. He obtained his BA degree from Florida Atlantic University in Marketing and Finance while also participating in college sports and is actively involved in the City of Boca Raton Little League Program.

Ray Leonard Jr

Ray Leonard Jr. is the son of Hall of Fame boxer and former world champion in 5 weight divisions “Sugar Ray” Leonard.

Ray Leonard Jr. is co-founder and CEO of Launch Team Consulting, Inc.  He has over twenty years of domestic and international experience as a professional manager and organizational consultant in the sports and entertainment industries, and has a unique ability to direct complex projects from concept to fully operational status.  He is a talented motivational speaker & ambassador.

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    Ray has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild  for over 30 years and has appeared in over 100 commercials, television shows and films as an actor and producer.

     

    Ray is a member of several governance and advisory boards. He is the former CEO of Leonard Sports & Entertainment, a full service sports and entertainment management company specializing in pairing celebrities with corporations. Ray has managed medium to large-scale projects globally providing diversity training, team building, and business consulting. Ray has provided vision and goal-focused team strategies for Coca Cola, Polaroid, Everlast, EA sports, and many other Fortune 500 Corporations.

     

    Ray works closely with managers and staff to strengthen internal capacity, navigate complex relationships, and manage organizational processes. Ray has a strong collaborative approach and a facilitative style and has been responsible for creating effective and sustainable management development programs that have improved managerial effectiveness at several organizations.

     

    He excels at coaching managers, leading interdisciplinary teams

    to build a company’s internal capacity to manage and train staff, facilitating meetings and retreats that focus on employee engagement, team building, readiness for change and

    performance development.

    Charitable work and community development is also a major passion. He is currently on the board of directors for Walking Miracles and he served as co-executive director for the Youth Recreation Association of Philadelphia for 2 years, and has been

    a mentor for the Magic Johnson Foundation and The Walking

    Miracles Foundation.

     

    Ray is a native of Maryland and has a Bachelors of Science from

    Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He was a two sport division 1A athlete, excelling in football and track and field. Ray currently

    resides in California with his wife and four children.

Jim Lefkowitz

LEADING ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY VETERAN

Los Angeles CA | jimcwikzfloet83297@mail.com

linkedin.com/pub/jim-lefkowitz/22/128/4b1

Jim Lefkowitz is a leading entertainment industry veteran with a wide range of experience in law, business, finance, film and television . He is currently Chief Operating Officer of Mandalay Media, Inc. Mandalay

Media is an emerging new media distribution and content company that

is a global producer and publisher of mobile entertainment. Mr. Lefkowitz was a co-founder of Mandalay Media in 2007, and has helped it grow to $40 million in revenues in 2009.

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    Mr. Lefkowitz is a Executive Producer on the new Showtime series LOOK, that aired in the fall of 2010. LOOK was created by Adam Rifkin based upon his award winning film. Jim Lefkowitz is also a Producer on the film "Heroes and Villains", the story of acclaimed singer/songwriter Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.

     

    Mr. Lefkowitz joined Mandalay Media from Cantor Fitzgerald, a global financial services provider and investment bank, where he was managing director of Cantor Entertainment. At Cantor Fitzgerald, Mr. Lefkowitz worked in film finance and oversaw the Hollywood Stock Exchange.

     

    Prior to Cantor, Mr. Lefkowitz was an agent for eight years at

    Creative Artists Agency, the premiere entertainment industry talent agency, where he represented actors, writers, and directors for film, television, and new media ventures. He represented such talent as Doug Ellin (Creator and Executive Producer of "Entourage") ; Zach Braff ("Scrubs" and "Garden State");David Franzoni ( "Amistad" and the Academy Award winning film "Gladiator") ;Bonnie Hunt; Michael Keaton (Batman"); and Cuba Gooding Jr.

    (Academy Award for "Jerry Maguire").

    Mr. Lefkowitz began his career as an attorney at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips in Los Angeles. He subsequently worked as a business affairs executive at The Walt Disney Studios, where he negotiated writer, actor, producer and director deals, film financing arrangements, and rights acquisitions for Touchstone Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures. He is a graduate of The University of Michigan School of Business Administration and Law School.

     

    Work History

    Jan 2011 - Present

    Executive Producer

    HBO

    Executive Producer - "FORTY" (with Doug Ellin) and "DA BRICK"

    (with Doug Ellin , Spike Lee, Mike Tyson, and John Ridley)

    JD, Law

     

    Education

    University of Michigan Law School

Matthew Brenowitz

PRODUCTION

Matthew Brenowitz grew up in Woodstock, New York where both of his parents were musically inclined. His father was a Jazz trumpet & conga drum player, while his mom played the flute for the orchestra. Matt knew at a very young age that music and entertainment was in his blood.  His parents, both teachers, gave him a video camera at the age of 7.  He gathered much interest in walking around the house, video taping all his family members and pretending to be a big movie director.

Neil M. Kleinman

Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Capital

Markets, Information Technology

Mr. Kleinman currently provides managed Cloud Solutions such as Private and Public Clouds, backups, disaster recovery ("IT resilience"), storage, security and networking to a wide array of enterprise and SMB clients for a Cloud Service Provider in the New York region. He has served as Corporate Development and Treasurer with private companies and has served as Officer for several publicly traded entities.

Alex Kopacz

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Global Media Executive / Broad Sales & Management Experience Across Television, Mobile & Emerging Platforms

» 20+ years of dynamic media experience.  Key areas of focus include broadcast television C-Level management and operations, multi-platform programming/content licensing and distribution, new media start-up, digital technology solutions development and sales.

Teflon The Producer

Teflon The Producer is amongst one of the most versatile

producers in the music industry.

At 18, Teflon was signed to Ruff Ryders by co-CEO Darrin Dean.  A year later,  he produced the radio hit “Got It All” featuring Eve and Jadakiss, the lead single from Ryde or Die: (Vol. 2 ).  The following year, Teflon came back with another Hit titled "Who's That Girl" for Eve which is a part of Vh1"s top 100 HIP HOP SONGS OF ALL TIME:. Who’s That Girl is the 1st single for Eve's Grammy nominated, platinum selling sophomore album, Scorpion.

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    He began his career in the Accounting Department of New Line Cinema in Beverly Hills, CA, until obtaining accreditation preparing Corporate and Individual Tax Returns.  Following his brief tax career, he served as a Registered Representative and Principal for boutique and wire house firms for before joining Bloomberg LP in 2001.

     

    He has been part of more than 300 successfully completed corporate financing's including debt, equity, hybrid (debt and equity) and working capital facilities, acquisitions and divestitures.

     

    While with Vert Capital, focus on Education Technology public offerings for hardware and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math ("STEM") devices specifically for use in the modern classroom. From September 2003 to November 2007, he was Business Development Officer for the Laurus Funds where he originated, processed, structured and closed transactions.

     

    Laurus' strategy was providing senior secured, fixed priced convertible debentures from $2mm-$75mm per Company. It was during this time that Laurus received the MarHedge Award for Best Niche Strategy/Innovative Category (2004) and Absolute Returns Alternative Investment Manager of the Year in 2006.

    The fund grew its AUM from $23mm to more than $2B and the average size transaction was $6-8mm per.  Prior to Laurus, Neil was with Bloomberg, LP where he covered the Chicago territory and their diverse community of investment professionals to maximize returns using the Bloomberg Professional Service.

     

    Mr. Kleinman graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with his Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 1991.

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    Subsequently, his music has appeared on Grammy nominated albums, worldwide advertising campaigns, lead theme song for the WNBA, movie soundtracks and countless DJ play list’s. As a member of one of Hip-Hop’s most popular and respected families Ruff Ryders, Teflon was producing tracks for DMX, Eve, The Lox and Drag-On, among others and also worked alongside with super-producer Swizz Beats, Rodney Jerkins,Teddy Riley and Kanye West.

     

    After the termination of the Ruff Ryder agreement he went on to produce numerous music for Wyclef Jean, including co -producing

    his 2002 crossover hit “Two Wrongs” featuring Claudette Ortiz as

    well as co producing “Hips Don’t Lie” featuring Shakira.  Since then Teflon has racked up an impressive list of work experience for

    high-profile artists such as LL Cool J, Lil Wayne, Pitbull, Tom Jones,

    Fat Joe and more.

     

    Teflon’s catalogue includes music in the films The Nutty Professor 2, Finding Forrester, 50 First Dates, Red Bull's "Fly High" featuring

    Deron Williams from New Jersey Nets and on televisions worldwide in Kobe Bryant’s Sprite commercial, “Portraits.” Last but not least, Teflon has wrapped up the 50th Anniversary Theme Song for

    Jamaica - titled "Rise."

    Currently Teflon has been working on producing new material for French Montana, Fabolous and J. Balvin. Along with producing with Shaggy, Movado and Don Omar.

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    » Built the Newsmax TV network from beta to its current availability in over 42 million cable, satellite and broadcast households in just

    12 months.  Holds oversight of the affiliate distribution, marketing and digital strategies and initiatives. Developed linear channel partnerships with DISH, DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, NCTC, etc., along with audience building OTT relationships with YipTV, FilmOn, Pluto, etc., connected device deals with Amazon, Google, Apple, Roku and Smart TV OEM alliances with Sharp, Samsung, LG, Toshiba and Panasonic.

     

    » As Head of Programming & Operations at both WBRE-TV and

    WINK-TV, he acted in a senior-leadership capacity to build and successfully maintain the on-air philosophy and strategy for these market and ratings leading broadcast television affiliates.  Held oversight of all programming operations, budgets and day-to-day procedures and policies.

     

    »  As Vice President at Entertainment Studios, he helped build

    this studio into the world’s largest producer and distributor of

    first-run original content.  Also, helped define the company’s

    multi-platform distribution strategy including the deployment of eight HD cable networks through partnerships with Verizon FiOS,

    etc.  In four years, built the product portfolio from eight to 19

    first-run original television series.

     

    » Hired at AccuWeather to build a multi-platform content studio and overall distribution roadmap. Produced and distributed over 700 videos daily to multiple platforms, deployed a 24/7 multicast weather channel in over 150 local markets, provided content and data to over 50,000 third-party publisher partners worldwide and maintained

    a significant sports content business with over 20 sports network partnerships across the U.S. and Canada resulting in 1.5M in annual revenue.

     

    » An early-stage member of the primary leadership team for two cutting-edge media start-up organizations and helped take these companies from concept and funding through execution and launch.  At Weathernews, I was recruited by the Japan-based CEO to build

    the domestic media markets that led to the development and distribution of our country’s first all-local mobile news network.

    At Sonopia, I partnered with former Microsoft executives to build a global team and create custom social and mobile media platforms for content owners and media companies.

     

    » Act as a senior-level media consultant advising media organizations in key areas of programming, TVE strategy, distribution and emerging multi-platform access.  Significant areas of concentration include broadcast, cable, DBS, mobile, web, OTT, VOD and Smart TV.

     

    Alex Kopacz

    amkop@comcast.net

    312-533-8188

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    While Matt was attending high school,  he started Djing & producing music.  At 17,  he realized he wanted to pursue movie production, which led him to enroll in The State University of New York at New Paltz. There, Matt studied video production and music. After graduating,  Cum Laude at  the top of his class, Matt worked for several media powerhouses to polish his production skills and to pursue his dream of television  production and motion pictures. While working for several prestigious media companies, such as Canvas Films, Matt started to strengthen his skills; at that time he was being highly pursued by other film and production house’s for his elite skills in editing & media production. Matthew is experienced in most editing software as well as all of today’s current music and graphic programs.  After creating and producing several national commercials for Royal Concrete, Hair Club for Men and several other major heavy weights.  Matt created Up All Night Productions, an innovative Business Marketing Solutions production company, with a full-range of resources, covering all aspects of media from television commercials to radio advertisements, websites and print work.

    In 2004,  Matt built a music recording and video post-production studio where he produces music for artists and edits videos. While running his company, Matt was offered the opportunity to become the Director/Editor & Senior Production advisor for “On the Mike

    with Mike Sherman” South Florida’s premier music show on MY 33

    & MY 15 (a CBS Viacom company.) and was syndicated throughout the US. Since the inception of Mr. Brenowitz,  the show ratings has climbed up to be in the top 3 on Saturday night, from Nielsen media research. Matthew Brenwitz handles the day-to-day operations of the shows production and is the eyes and ears of making “On the Mike with Mike Sherman” the worlds leading media conglomerate. Matt’s expertise and experience is a huge asset to the growth and success of any organization he is a part of.

Abebe Lewis

Abebe Lewis is the son of international reggae superstar Ian Lewis from the world-renowned Reggae band “Inner Circle”. Being around his father’s band and music studio as a young boy, Abebe always had love for music.

As a teenager Abebe attended America High in Miami Florida and after school he would go to his father's studio and learn the fundamentals

of how music should be recorded as he started assisting in his family business.

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    Abebe would start to work with A list music celebrities such as

    P Diddy, Cash Money, The Marley’s, New Edition, Rudy Perez, Shakira. Flo Rida, Pitbull as the list goes on and on.

     

    Abebe’s dad would cultivate the music scene in the late 80’s as one of the premier engineers in music working with some of the hottest groups of that era. Abebe was right by his side learning it all.

     

    Abebe also consults for major music labels and runs a successful social media company for music events and concerts as well as manages one of the pioneers from the 80’s hip-hop genres “

    2 Live Crew”.

     

    Abebe attended Florida A&M University with a major in business but quickly realized that he’s family business was the best education he would receive as he pursued his dream.

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