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Timo Luotonen, Producer 

Timo Luotonen founded licencing company GlobalMusicDrama Ltd in 2015 and production company Manon in Manhattan LLC in 2018. 

In February 2018 Mr. Luotonen produced "Manon in Manhattan", Actor's Equity 29hour Reading, consisting of 2 pre-launch phase presentations at Theatre Row Theaters in New York.  Production was done with the "Sharp Edge of the Cultural Export Support" granted by the Finnish Ministry of Culture and Education, along with important help from music- and singing loving friends from Finland. Next step is an AEA Workshop/Laboratory of MANON - A NEW MUSICAL with Manon in Manhattan LLC. The Workshop/Lab is planned to be presented for Broadway industry people in 2019. Fundraising for the production itself is in progress. 

Mr. Luotonen is member of Broadway producer Ken Davenport’s Lead Pro Inner Circle group. He also is a qualified member of the Off-Broadway League. He has memberships also in FINATS, a part of EVTA and ICVT and a member of LIMA.  GlobalMusicDrama is a member of Opera America.

Timo Luotonen has a  background of music production/administration and performing and instructing since 1988. In 2013, he was given a public financial reward for his work for music in Finland by SSO CO, part of SOK Corp./S-Group:  "...for his actions as a positive role model within the area of music...".  

Mr. Luotonen has made earlier commercial music for TV and movies and radio for international corporations such as BMW, Mövenpick, Fortum (Imatran Voima), Finnair Top Club, Mode XL, reaching from European countries and USA all the way to Saudi Arabia. Clients included Lintas and Snell Louhivuori Tallqvist and Hacienda Pictures, Crea Video, Elohopeafilmi and Cine Snacks. He has also made succesful initiatives to corporations and communities boards in sustainable development (organic products), for example Kesko/K-Group and helped smaller organic brands in sales and development. 

 

 

Jamie Cesa, Executive Producer, General Manager

CESA Entertainment is an independent producing and management company operated by Jamie Cesa. Broadway producing & general management: Pippin (Tony Award), Colin Quinn Long Story Short (directed by Jerry Seinfeld), Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking, Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway (Tony Award nom), Lombardi, Godspell. West End: Hair. Off-Broadway producing and general management: Nothing to Hide (directed by Neil Patrick Harris), Bullet for Adolf (written & directed by Woody Harrelson); CELIA: The Life & Music of Celia Cruz; La Barberia; Los Big Names (Drama Desk nom), The Women of Lockerbie (starring Judith Ivey); 21 Dog Years; Love, Janis; Love Child; Criss Angel Mindfreak and many more.

 

 

Peter Breger, Production Attorney 

Peter Breger is an entertainment attorney who has represented theatre and film producers, investors, commercial and non-profit theatres, writers, directors, and performers for over twenty-five years.  He is a Tony-Nominated producer of Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional Theatre.  He owned and operated The Actors’ Playhouse, an Off Broadway theatre in Greenwich Village, New York for 12 years and he is the President of the Off-Broadway Alliance, a non-profit corporation organized by theatre professionals dedicated to supporting, promoting, and encouraging production, and to making live theater increasingly accessible to new and diverse audiences.  

 

 

 

Tom Wilen, Co-Producer

 Professor Wilen is a former Professor of Global Business Strategy & Transnational Management at CUNY's Baruch College -a former C-suite Executive who has conducted business in 150+ countries and served the food & beverage industry for more than 35 years. Professor Wilen served as President of the second largest adult beverage company Allied Domecq which also included Dunkin Donuts. He served on the board of the distilled Spirits Council of US. He initiated the largest global business joint venture in the adult beverage industry, MAXXIUM in 60 countries by partnering  with international brands and being responsible with the success of new products. He has advised more than 60 companies among them Voss Water, Bareburger organic restaurants, Leblon Cachaca and many others. He has worked with 10 powerful celebrities, and advised hedge funds investment banks on investments in the beverage industry.

 

 

Geoff Rich, Advisor

President of Take On The Day LLC, Mr. Geoff Rich has long background in the radio- and music- and musical businesses. 

Mr. Rich was the executive director of The New Group, a nonprofit off-Broadway theater company during 2002 – 2013, where productions included world premieres of the musical The Kid and Kenneth Lonergan's Starry Messenger, American premieres of Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party and 2000 Years and revivals of Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind and Wallace Shawn's Marie and Bruce. Other key milestones are president of the board of trustees of Princeton Summer Theater; former executive vice president of programming for ABC Radio Network; and founder of Radio Today, a radio production company, in 1984.Take On The Day LLC is an independent radio production and syndication company formed in 2005. It is producer and syndicator of The Dr. Laura Program and the Rick Allen production libraries including Climax Imaging and SpotMe commercial production service. The company has offices in New York and Los Angeles.

 

 

Matti Saarinen, Advisor

 Matti Saarinen, M. Sc. (Econ.) is a leading Finnish expert in Public Relations and Public Affairs. He is Chairman of Kreab Oy, the Communications Consultancy that has been rated as the most trusted Finance Communications Advisory in Finland. Earlier Mr. Saarinen worked 12 years as the Managing Partner of Kreab, and before that 12 years leading the Corporate Communications of Nokia, on those days the world leader in mobile telephony, and five years the Chief Communications Officer of Neste, the oil champion of Finland. He has worked also a. o. as the Political Advisor to the Minister of Justice.

Mr. Saarinen is widely connected in Finland and internationally. He is Chairman of the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and the Savonlinna International Music Academy. In 2015 he was awarded by Procom, the National Communictors´ Association of Finland, with the Lifelong Excellence in Communications Trophy.