Published on April 8, 2009
BRYAN R. ADAMS FOUNDER/PUBLICIST FAB COMMUNICATIONS Prior to founding the company, Bryan worked exclusively in the music industry. Beginning in 1990, he was responsible for developing and enhancing the public profiles of many recording artists. As Manager of Media Relations at Tommy Boy Music, he worked with Coolio, RuPaul, Naughty By Nature, Queen Latifah, De La Soul, and House Of Pain. Bryan was responsible for Coolio's first national magazine cover. Bryan’s love of networking enabled him to expand his vision and client base. A respected publicist, Mr. Adams has appeared on panels at the CMJ Convention, Philadelphia Music Conference, and Vibe Music Seminar and has lectured at churches, colleges, and small business workshops in the New York area. In 2007, he became a volunteer instructor at the Support Center for Non Profit Management. He has interviewed Dick Gregory, noted authors Karl Evanzz and A.J. Franklin, advertising pioneer Byron Lewis, popular ABC News anchor Robin Roberts, and boxer Ruben quot;Hurricanequot; Carter during his stint as a journalist. He is a film buff. In 1999, FAB Communications served as the casting director for a series of MTV AIDS testing awareness PSA's, directed by Joel Schumacher (“St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Falling Down”). As a member of a local film club, he was able to produce his first short film in 2006. A sports nut as well, he gladly volunteered his time to run a basketball camp with ex-WNBA player Fran Harris and work the locker room at the 2001 NCAA Basketball Championship. As locker room media liaison, he protected Kentucky, Boston College, and USC from over-eager sportswriters. Later that year, he began his stint as Director of Special Projects for Polytechnic University's Athletic Department, designing the Athletic Media Guide. Bryan is an 11 year member of BNI and is a board member of other networking organizations such as TNBA, BBN, and SuperNodes. Check out the simple slideshow of a few of my clients’ clips:
A Planned Giving Advisor client wanted to be used as a reference in major papers, and he was in this in the Wall Street Journal piece. The Wall Street Journal A Lesson From Buffett: Give While Living Billionaire's Gift Shows Benefits Of Giving Now -- Still, Some Donors Can Risk Running Out of Funds By RACHEL EMMA SILVERMAN and ELIZABETH BERNSTEIN July 5, 2006; Page D1 …excerpted Still, once the money is out of your pocket and in the charity's coffers, it's irrevocable, which means you can't take the gift back. For some people, therefore, bequests are a safer bet because they can change the terms of their will -- including how much they'll give and to whom -- until they die, says Tony Martignetti, a New York fund-raising consultant for charities. What's more, many donors' wealth is tied up in illiquid assets, such as real estate or a family business, that might not be freed until death. And, of course, many donors choose to make substantial gifts during their lifetime as well as support their favorite charities or family foundations in their wills. There is an ever-growing roster of ways to give away your money besides just writing a simple check to a favorite charity. Some methods, such as popular donor-advised funds, can be great tax-savers. A few charities, such as the Jewish National Fund, have new quot;donor-managed investment accountquot; programs in which financially savvy donors can manage the investment of their charitable gifts, allowing the money to grow substantially even after it's donated. ….
Click link to see video of world’s best kept secret…Irving Burgie, who wrote the Belafonte classic, “Day-O,” living in humble luxury in Queens. Legendary Song Writer Lives Low Key Life In Queens December 16, 2007 A legendary song writer who wrote the hit quot;Day-Oquot; is a New York City native who lives in virtually anonymity in queens. NY1’s Cheryl Wills interviewed the man whose songs have kept the world humming and filed the following report. For a half century, Irving Burgie has lived in the same house in Saint Albans, Queens. Retired and widowed, the world famous songwriter can still belt out some of his most famous tunes. Lord Burgie, as he was known in his hey day wrote the lyrics to quot;Day-Oquot; – the Banana Boat song. quot;It expresses the whole attitude in a capsule form of the working man,” said Burgie. The song has stood the test of time. It's been featured in movies like “Beetlejuice.” Crowds at the garden and stadiums everywhere still chant it at games. The Muppets couldn't get enough of it. And a new generation of fans posted their performances of “Day-O” on YouTube. And the low-key song writer who penned the tune says he enjoys living below the radar in the Big Apple. quot;Oh, New York is a great town,” he says. “What other town would you consider?” In his new autobiography, quot;Day-O!quot; Burgie reflects upon his storybook life. His quot;Calypsoquot; album is the first album in history to sell one million copies. This summer, Burgie was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Another Lord Burgie hit quot;Island in the Sun,” featured many of Burgie's songs and helped make Harry Belafonte a superstar. Not bad for a kid born in Bedford Stuyvesant back in the roaring twenties who started out a folk singer and sort of stumbled into writing. quot;I stuck it out, not knowing really where I would end up,” says Burgie. Burgie ended up being the king of calypso music, but he also helped write a famous Christmas tune – a little known fact. Irving Burgie never received one thin dime for writing the famous chorus for the Christmas classic quot;Mary's Boy Child.” He did it without permission but the original song writers kept his version. But he says the greatest gift of all is having a career that still has the whole world singing. - Cheryl Wills
Wendell Hanes picked by Upscale magazine as one of the 15 people to watch in Hollywood, 2003. UPSCALE MARCH 2003
This is Dr. Sheilagh Weymouth discussing her one-woman play, “Ridgewood” on ABC Eyewitness News in October 2002. The NYC based chiropractor resurrected her acting career by performing this autobiographical tale set in the late ‘50’s/early ‘60’s. She studied under the tutelage of the master, the late great Sanford Meisner at New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater. Her return to the Playhouse in October was part of the 75th Year anniversary celebration (1928-2003).
My client, Robyn Greene wasn’t part of Miramax’s PR push for the 1997 Chris Cherot-directed comedy, “Hav Plenty.” And she was the producer! But the stars of the film and exec-producer, BabyFace got all the love. So she hired me and we got TV stuff like this on the Metro Channel as well as some nice print articles.
This is David Gonzalez performing at Joe’s Pub in November 2002, on the day his album, CITY OF DREAMS, hit the streets. This interview happened backstage with New Jersey’s WMBC-TV.
Dr. Ngozi Etufugh didn’t care about being featured in dental/orthodontic media. She wanted to be positioned as a BUSINESSWOMAN. What better than to be featured in the premiere African-American business journal?
Here’s an article that I got for a client whose documentary was in the pre-production stage. Front page of the City section of the New York Times!
Award-winning composer of television commercials and promos as well as film scores was under the radar. Not anymore, thanks to this profile in Black Enterprise in May 2002.
The inaugural National Hip-Hop Political Convention in July 2004 registered over 100,000 new voters in 20+ states. Co-chair, Baye Adofo Wilson gets interviewed by WMBC News on the first day of the Convention.
New business venture needed some press to get the ball rolling. How about a profile in the #1 magazine for their demographic?!
First time filmmaker got his movie still as the visual companion to a NY Times article on the Long Island summer film festivals.
Here’s an article that I secured for a client who was producing a series of musicals for three area charities at the end of last year. The Daily News profiled his efforts for the John Coltrane Home. John Coltrane's Dix Hills home to become museum BY JOHN LAUINGER DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Sunday, November 4th 2007, 4:00 AM …excerpted The Dix Hills home where saxophonist John Coltrane composed his monumental quot;A Love Supremequot; album was later abandoned, occupied by raccoons and destined for destruction. But the rundown ranch-style home on Candlewood Path, where Coltrane lived from 1964 until his death three years later, was spared the bulldozer - and is now being restored as a museum and shrine to the jazz icon. The restoration effort, which has just begun, will get a major financial boost Saturday when quot;Hear Our Song,quot; a special charity musical featuring Broadway talent, is performed at Candlewood Middle School in Dix Hills. All proceeds from the performance, its producers said, will be donated to Friends of the Coltrane Home, a nonprofit preservation society that owns and is working to restore the cherished residence. Speaking of the upcoming musical, Steve Fulgoni, an engineer and Coltrane fan from Dix Hills who founded the preservation group, said, quot;It's really been a wonderful thing.quot; Written by Susan DiLallo, the musical is being produced solely as a fund-raising vehicle, according to its director, Joel Ehrlich, a former Bronx teacher and entertainer who had a minor speaking role in quot;The Godfather.quot; The musical is about the trials and tribulations of five women, ranging in age from 20 to 60, and includes 17 hit songs, including well-known numbers by Sondheim, Gershwin and Elton John. Tickets are available at www.thecoltranehome.org. quot;You'll cry one minute and you'll laugh the next,quot; said Ehrlich, 58, of Manhattan. quot;If you saw this show on Broadway, you would not know the difference. There is no amateurism. quot;It's a Broadway musical on Long Island.quot; Fulgoni said the musical's ticket sales will help fund initial restoration work on the home.
Wendell Hanes, an award-winning music composer for commercials, films, and television was featured in his studio and the kitchen for the TV-One show, “Full Plate,” in June 2006.
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