AUSTIN, TX (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — FameCast, the first online talent contest designed to find America's best new artists, has announced Charles Attal, of Charles Attal Presents and C3 Presents, Paul Korzilius, manager of rock group Bon Jovi, Randy Phillips, president & CEO of AEG Live and Larry Waks, partner at Jackson Walker LLP have joined the company's Advisory Board. As advisors, Mr. Attal, Mr. Korzilius, Mr. Phillips and Mr. Waks will provide FameCast with strategic insight into the music and entertainment industry and provide direction for the company's online talent discovery and entertainment community platform.
FameCast puts new artists front and center on the largest stage in the world – the internet, providing them a virtual stage to showcase their talent and an opportunity to reach an audience of millions worldwide.
"Today, more and more artists are finding success through online venues versus more traditional industry channels and this trend will continue to grow," said Charles Attal.
Charles Attal founded Charles Attal Presents (CAP) as an independent promotion company and most recently joined forces with Charlie Walker, former Live Nation CEO and Charlie Jones of Capital Sports and Entertainment to form C3 Presents, a new company that will produce the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza and a new country music festival.
"Having a virtual venue like FameCast available to artists and their fans levels the playing field for the market to decide tomorrow's next superstar. FameCast is truly for the people by the people," Said Paul Korzilius.
Based in Austin, TX, Mr. Korzilius is a partner in the music, restaurant, game, aircraft, and film space with various groups in the area. Since 1992, he has managed the career of the super-star rock group Bon Jovi. He was also a key participant in the launch of the Arena Football team the Philadelphia Soul and continues to support the team with expertise in the ticketing, sponsorship, and operations aspects of the team. During his successful career, Mr. Korzilius has also managed the touring careers of Cher, Queen, Skid Row, The Alarm, Scorpions, Billy Squier, Debbie Gibson, and Cheap Trick.
Randy Phillips is the president & CEO of AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG comprised of affiliates specializing in producing and presenting live contemporary music performance, touring for a variety of programming and multi-media production. Mr. Phillips oversees the day-to-day operation and strategic planning and development of all AEG Live entertainment properties, including AEG Live Events, AEG-TV, AEG Radio, AEG Live Exhibitions, and AEG Live Tours and Special Events, Concerts West and Goldenvoice, the company's national promotion divisions. Recently promoted concert tours have included artists such as Bon Jovi, Prince, Usher, Kenny Chesney, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera and Dixie Chicks. Goldenvoice, the company's southern California-based regional promotion division created and operates the award winning annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.
"The convergence of digital media and user created content plays a key role in the future of entertainment and bringing together artists, audiences and sponsors alike. FameCast serves as an industry leader with the introduction of the first artist discovery and entertainment community platform," said Larry Waks, partner at Jackson Walker.
Mr. Waks is a partner in the Entertainment, Media, Intellectual Property, Business Transactions, and Litigation sections of Jackson Walker. He represents a broad range of domestic and international clients in the entertainment, media, publishing, advertising, communication, high-tech, biotech, and energy industries. Additionally, Mr. Waks has developed substantial experience in litigation involving rights to intellectual property including anti-counterfeiting, trade secrets, patents, copyright and trademark disputes, and disputes over licensing, publishing and distribution rights. Mr. Waks was named a "Texas Super Lawyer" in the November 2003 and October 2004, 2005, and 2006 issues of Texas Monthly magazine. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America in both the Entertainment and Media law categories.
FameCast is a nationwide contest to discover the next big music and comedy stars. FameCast was founded to showcase legitimate artists who have yet to be discovered and whom the audience deems to be worthy of stardom. The FameCast online contest and community will provide contestants the ability to connect with and grow a national audience and compete to become a FameCast Fenom and win the grand prize worth $10,000 and global exposure.
"It is an honor to have Charles, Paul, Randy and Larry join the Advisory Board and we look forward to tapping into to their experience and extensive knowledge of the industry to make FameCast the best new talent discovery and entertainment experience in the industry," said Kent Savage, Founder and CEO of FameCast. "FameCast is dedicated to serving the artists who have what it takes, but have lacked the breaks. We look forward to working with the Advisory Board and leveraging their insight as we grow the FameCast community." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers