Chief Operating Officer, Entertainment Director
Jennifer Miller-Bender, also known in the entertainment industry as “Jen Miller,” got her Hollywood start over 22 years ago casting with Executive Producer Al Burton on the sets of Charles in Charge, Win Ben Stein’s Money, The Man Show and the New Lassie.
She worked in casting and with the Matthau Company in the early 1990s as a casting agent, talent scout, management, and raising funds for films. In the late 1990s, she acquired a lease from Dreamworks for the 22nd Floor of the Universal Building where JMCasting and Icon Management remained until 2003.
Jennifer owned Model Search Magazine and scouted talent all over the nation from 1988 until 2000. Model Search was an early casting tool before the Internet, the first of its kind, and fully owned by a woman. Model Search Magazine was the first company to hold international talent competitions and networking parties.
In 2003 to 2008, Jennifer worked with MTSC Productions to cast and co-produce the USA World Showcase (UWS), which aired on NBC affiliates, PAX and ION. Jennifer worked with such talent as Paul Walker, Hillary Duff, Derek Nixon, and Jared Padalecki. She found and developed Gramma Lee and the singing superstar from America’s Got Talent Jackie Evancho. Jennifer raised funds, acquired sponsors, product placement, and advertising for UWS.
Jennifer has worked with all the major studios, including Universal, Warner Brothers, Fox, Disney, and Paramount. She worked with Bill Dance Casting, Central Casting, Aaron Spelling, Al Burton, Ron Howard, Frank Darabont, Scott Mednick, Dennis Quaid, Walter Matthau, Charlie Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Kevin Kline, and many more.
Director of Communications and Marketing
Debbie Elicksen has over 20 years of direct media experience, including working in television, print, radio, and Internet media. She has written and published 15 books, including three with Self-Counsel Press: Business Cyberbullying; Publishing & Marketing in the Digital Age; Self-Publishing 101 (bestseller). Besides her own books, she has edited, ghosted, and project managed over 100 books; edited and project managed the creation and revamp of numerous websites; and she has been published internationally in traditional and digital articles, newspapers, newsletters, and blogs.
Debbie has been a professional sportswriter and covered the National Hockey League for over 20 years for several publications, including NBCSports.com, Sportsticker, and Fischler Sports Service. Having worked in both amateur and professional sports administration, she is the first woman to ever headman a football conference in Canada and was also the Public Relations Director for a California Angels Triple A team. She has worked directly with a number of high profile athletes, including Jarome Iginla, Gordie Howe, Dante Bichette, Hurricane Carter, and more.
Along with Cynthia K. Seymour, Debbie created and hosted Virtual Newsmakers, an Internet web show that interviewed thought leaders and those who bridged traditional and digital communications. Guests included R2D2 Creator Tony Dyson, U.S. Olympic bobsleigh gold medalist Steve Mesler, author and co-host of the Fat Doctors Braxton Cosby, and Internet thought leaders: Erik Qualman, Chris Brogan, and Martin Shervington, to name a few.
Debbie has worked both in front and behind the traditional and digital microphone strategizing, producing, and managing media, public relations, and marketing campaigns. She has also been a member of the Canadian Association of Professional speakers and has delivered keynotes, facilitation, and training to schools, universities, teachers’ conferences, speaking associations, and career development organizations.