About Us

A Networking Event for Savvy Entertainment Professionals


"How to Get on Talk Shows & News Programs as an Expert, Commentator or Host"

**Hiring a publicist or publicity firm can be costly. Come get tips on how to effectively book your own media appearances.**

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Los Angeles Film School
Private Screening Room (Enter from Main Lobby)
6353 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(Parking lot on Ivar is $6 or use nearby street meters)

About the Event
 Would you like to appear on a Talk Show or News Program as an Expert, Commentator or Host? Do you want to promote your book, film or company to mainstream media? Are you seeking free TV Publicity for your service, product or brand? Attendees will gain insider resources that can amplify one's platform for media outlets to scout you to appear on TV or Radio. Plus, you'll receive tips for booking your own media opportunities. All participants will have an opportunity to ask questions directly to the panelists!

NOTE: The event will be recorded. So if you're unable to attend, you can receive the private video link. But you must register below as an attendee by selecting "Send Me The Video." You'll be emailed the link soon as it's available!

About the Panelists
TeeJ Mercer has appeared on the Top 10 Media Markets, including ABC, CBS, CW, FOX and NBC. Her clients have appeared as Experts on nearly every major TV network and shows such as, "The Doctors" and "Dr. Oz." TeeJ's clients have also displayed their authority in The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Inventors Digest, The Breakfast Club, and too many radio shows and podcasts to count. As a 20-year media veteran, TeeJ is also an author and producer. Recently, she worked with comedic giants Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish on their movie, "Night School," as the Behind-The-Scenes Producer. As one of Hollywood’s most highly sought after TV editors for two decades, TeeJ has influenced the lives of millions through storytelling on "Extra," "The Tonight Show," NBC, MTV, OWN, WEtv, HGTV, The History Channel, Bravo and the Walt Disney Company. For the last 3 years, TeeJ has been teaching authors, experts, coaches, and entrepreneurs how to book themselves on media outlets across the country and rock their interviews to be invited back again. TeeJ has both domestic and international clients.

Grace Fraga appeared on "The Steve Harvey Show," launching her career as a relationship coach with her self-published book titled, “Love at First Ex," which has exellent Amazon reviews. Fueled by hot sauce flashes, Grace is a comedianne, award-winning actress, writer and producer. She has appeared on NBC, A&E, CBS, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, VH-1, Court TV, Univision, Galavision and Telemundo. Some of her guest star roles include, “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” “Comedy Cage Match,” “FBI Files,” “Mystery ER” and “Killer Outbreaks." Grace's night club appearances include top-rated venues, such as The Comedy Store, The Improv, The Laugh Factory, The Ice House, and Harrah’s. Currently, her comedy DVD “Full of Grace” is distributed by New Wave Entertainment. Grace also recently landed a development deal from PBS to shoot a TV pilot, “The ART of Storytelling,” which she created, executive produced and hosted.

Shawn Valentino has appeared as a guest or expert on nearly every major television network's talk shows, such as "Dr. Phil," "The Real," "The Tyra Banks Show," and many more. He represented himself and booked all of his own appearances. Shawn is a charismatic influencer and multimedia personality who wrote the inspirational book, The Showstopper Lifestyle, chronicling his adventures of traveling the world. He grew up in Michigan, but he currently resides in Calabasas, California. Shawn graduated honors from the University of Michigan, then attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and has passed the Bar Exam in multiple states. Currently, Shawn hosts two weekly YouTube shows, The Red Carpet Movie Review and The Pro Wrestling Top 5, and also stars in a serious of vignettes, The Coolest Man in the World. Shawn’s vision is to showcase how to develop confidence and happiness to make dreams come true.

Angela Marie Hutchinson has appeared on BBC, FOX, CBS, and NPR. Her platform expanded to 90 million viewers when BBC selected her as a Commentator for BBC World News' Oscar Coverage of the 90th Academy Awards. Angela has also appeared on CBS News to discuss Quentin Tarantino's controversial movie casting call, FOX13 to discuss breaking into Hollywood, French media outlets to discuss #MeToo, and NPR to discuss diversity in casting for television and film. She is also a writer, former talent agent and casting director, producer of two feature films that aired on Hulu and PBS. In May 2018, Angela landed a mainstream book deal from Source Books, the largest woman-owned trade book publisher in the U.S. Angela's book will release in 2019 and is based on her TEDx Talk, "Create Your Own Yes, When You Keep Hearing No." A University of Michigan graduate, Angela has worked for MGM, Warner Bros. Television and the GRAMMYs. Currently, she is a Social Media Professor at Loyola Marymount University. Angela is married to a rocket scientist and has three young children.

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