MEET THE TEAM

J. B. Miller

President & CEO - New York, NY

J. B. Miller, President & CEO of Empire Entertainment, is an Emmy Award-winning producer with over two decades of experience as a producer and representative of the interests of global corporations, not-for-profits, private individuals and governments in all areas of the entertainment industries. As an Executive Producer, Miller has created, produced and overseen...

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Ted Miller

CEO, Empire Japan - Tokyo, Japan

Based in Tokyo, Theodore is President and Representative Director of Empire Entertainment Japan, managing the company’s growing operations in Asia. He has over 20 years of experience working in Asia in the areas of creative media, marketing communications, information technology and general management. Theodore began his career in Japan at Dentsu Inc., Japan’...

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Maki Tsutsumi

General Manager / Head of Empire Artist Division - Hong Kong & Tokyo, Japan

Maki Tsutsumi, General Manager of Empire Asia is based in Hong Kong and runs Empire's expanding business there and in greater China. Since Maki joined with like-minded professionals to launch Empire Entertainment Japan, she has produced a number of events specializing in international projects for global corporations including Mercedes Benz, Richard Hennessy, Gucci,...

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Kohei Izawa

Senior Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Kohei Izawa majored in Theatre Arts at Waseda University's School of Letters, Arts and Sciences. After working as a director for several years, he joined Empire Entertainment Japan as a Producer in 2008. Kohei’s project experience ranges from national events to closed parties and includes major artist concert tours, motor shows, fashion shows, launch events, movie...

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Gen Okamura

Senior Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Gen graduated from North Glasgow College, Scotland in 1996, having studied Sports/Coaching Development and Leisure & Recreation Management. He has in the past worked as a ski and snowboard instructor, along with being a carpenter. He works hard with a smile as an events Producer, and is constantly looking for inspiration while also being reflective and keeping in go...

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Hiroki Takahashi

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

After graduating Aoyama Gakuin University, Hiroki started to work on Events. During his 10 year career, he has been achieved many successes, such as the Berlin World Athletics, the Sochi Olympics and other massive corporate events. He also have deep knowledge of art, which allowed him to work on the cow parade held in Tokyo. He loves outdoor activities such as mountaine...

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Eric Gibbs

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Eric Gibbs has over 14 years’ experience working in Japan, 10 of which have been in the convention and meetings industry. He graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, with a BA degree in Asian Studies that included one year at Waseda University in Tokyo. Eric’s experience includes the direction of long term international conferences, handling of sum...

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Yuka Kawaguchi

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Yuka was born in Aichi prefecture in Japan. While attending university, she also worked as a show attendant for the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan / Mitsui Toshiba pavilion. After graduating, she began work at a startup event company in Nagoya, and few years later she worked also as a radio DJ in Aichi. After experiencing various fields, she joined Empire Entert...

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Maiko Doi

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

After studying business in university, Maiko joined fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto and helped develop fashion events while also acting as a secretary. After that, Maiko became a pro Taiko drummer and toured the world with her group. She had over 600 performances in 30 countries. She later separated from the group and, while producing events, began selling "MICO Rhy...

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Go Kimura

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Go Kimura is a Latino born Japanese starting his childhood in Mexico City, to Los Angeles, Tokyo then onto likes of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. His in-depth experience include documentary co-production in Brazil, event creation for Mexican cultural promotion, very often casting unique talents even from the other side of the world. Realm of his scopes reach as far as ...

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Masato Seki

Senior Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Masato was born in Shizuoka, Japan. In the past, he worked as a banquet operator and director for a number of major hotels, directing many kinds of events such as award ceremonies, hair shows and weddings. In March 2014, Masato joined Empire as a Producer, and is putting his vast experience to good use as part of the Empire team. He loves Disney, Doraemon, and Beer.

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Dion Lenting

Senior Copywriter - Nagano, Japan

A New Zealander, Dion has been writing and creating content for Empire Entertainment Japan from our earliest days. Having worked as a copywriter in agencies in Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney and Tokyo, these days he is based in Nagano snow country. From his home office and occasional forays into Tokyo, he contributes content and copy to a wide range of Empire projects, wit...

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Naoko Itoh

Marketing & Communications - Tokyo, Japan

Naoko Itoh is a communication specialist for advertising and PR especially for the luxury industry. She started her career as public relations at Omega, the Swiss watch industry and then gained experience in the luxury watch field as a communication manager for Breguet, IWC. Since 2002 she has worked as a brand management in Swatch Group Japan and de GRISOGONO, a ...

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Kazutomo Oshima

Sales and Operations Manager - Tokyo, Japan

Born in Tokyo, Kazutomo initially joined Yamagiwa to work with lighting and interior design, but was placed in the audio and visual department. He then moved onto a domestic DJ manufacturing business. He also worked for a company that imported products to be sold on TV, and subsequently worked long and busy days at an audio and visual rental company. Kazutomo jo...

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Yumi Hirayama

Office Manager & Accountant - Tokyo, Japan

Born and raised in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Yumi studied business administration at college and since then has utilized her skills in accounting and computer studies at a great variety of companies. After college she began work as an administrator for a construction company, subsequently working as an instructor at a communication software development company for about four yea...

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Bruce Nachbar

Director - Tokyo, Japan

Bruce Nachbar is a film and television producer/director with extensive experience in across many genres (Feature Film. Network and Cable Television, Documentary) and budget ranges. Project have included: Academy Award winning film MONSTERS, INC; Emmy and Golden Globe winning television shows THE WONDER YEARS and HOUSE, M.D.; Cannes Film Festival and Sundance Film F...

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Jun Hanamoto

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Growing up between Japan and Australia, Jun Hanamoto has spent much of his life exploring video editing around the globe. With a background in post-production, he began working as an assistant at Fox International Channels Japan, and over the next 6 years worked his way up to the position of director. He has worked extensively on projects throughout Japan and also overs...

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Yusuke Shimba

Producer - Tokyo

Yusuke studied architecture at university. While learning about the use of space, he became fascinated with flowers and after graduation joined internationally renowned Nicolai Bergmann Flower & Design. After gaining a deep understanding of flower creations he went freelance as a flower designer. Later, as a member \\\"Plantica\\\" he gained experience through a myr...

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Orson McClellan

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

With both samurai (Japanese) and cowboy (Texan) blood coursing through his veins, Orson is an aspiring actor with a degree in International Business. In May 2012, Orson joined the Empire team as an intern. Finding a passion for producing he officially joined upon his graduation from Temple University Japan. He has assisted in producing in various projects, from corporat...

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Alex Michaelson

Artist Manager - Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Alex has also lived in Boston, New York City, Saint-Petersburg, Russia, and both Kanazawa and Kyoto in Japan before coming to Tokyo. A lover of music and the performing arts, as well as languages, cuisine, nature, and travel, Alex majored in Japanese at Tufts University with a minor in Mass Communications & Media Studies and further s...

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Haruka Matsuno

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

ドイツ生まれの、”地球”育ち。 人生の約半分を日本、もう半分を海外(ドイツ、カナダ、パナマ、アメリカ)で過ごした、複数のアイデンティティの持ち主。 大好きなダンスをきっかけに、ステージやイベントの裏方に...

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Juliette Truffy

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Born in France, Juliette holds a Master degree in Japanese studies from the French National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations and a MBA in Luxury Marketing Management from ISC Paris. She also attended Waseda University & Keio University in Japan. In addition she completed the edX Harvard University program on China Studies & MIT-Harvard progr...

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Samon Takagi

Artist Manager - Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

神奈川県横浜市出身。大学卒業後、イベント会社に入社。短期間に複数の大規模なライブコンサートの運営に従事し、エンターテイメントビジネスのタフさと、イベントが成功した時の感動を同時に経験する。その後、放送局系の音楽出版社に...

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Natsuko Takasago

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Finding a passion in video production, Natsuko studied Media Studies in college in the UK. After graduation, she returned to Tokyo and worked on various projects including advertising and entertainment. In August of 2016 she joined the Empire team.

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Carrie Dolen

SVP, Creative & Marketing - New York City

With over 15 years experience in Creative Services and Brand Marketing, Carrie has worked with some of the most well-known brands in the world, leading large-scale creative programs and global initiatives. Before joining Empire, Carrie worked at various media properties including Vogue, Fortune, and TIME, most recently as the Executive Director, Marketing Services, for ...

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Beco Dranoff

Regional Director - Brazil

With European and American backgrounds, São Paulo born Béco Dranoff has called New York City home for the past 25 years, making him a bona fide global citizen. Béco is a specialist in promoting Brazilian culture as a music, film, content and event producer. Joining Empire in 2012 as a Director for Brazil/Region, Béco's first major production project ...

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Andrew Bridge

Production Coordinator - New York City

Andrew is a global enthusiast with a passion for the road less traveled —enabling him to work, study and travel across three continents (so far). As a writer, he has published work on subjects ranging from the European and African hip-hop to next-generation jungle settlements in Panama. As a videographer and photographer, Andrew has covered concerts, festivals and...

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Nobufumi Shindo

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Nobu graduated from State University of New York at New Paltz, worked for a Japanese restaurant supplies & equipment wholesaler and a trade shows organizer before joining Empire Entertainment Japan in 2015. His widespread interests and limitless curiosity have brought him various experience and unique aspects to see things differently. With these aspects, he love...

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Suzanne Chin

Senior Producer, Account Director - New York City

Suzanne is grateful to have found a career that allows her to create wildly original experiential productions for her clients while also being able to tinker away at her beloved Excel spreadsheets for endless hours. A lover of all foods, foreign lands and furry animals, Suzanne's curious nature and penchant for problem solving can only be sated by Empire's wide array of...

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Jessica Bing

Senior Vice President - New York, NY

They say if you want something done right, ask a busy person to do it. If that’s true, we’re positive Jessica Bing is the answer to everything. Her 15 years at Empire, excelling at every variety of project and mastering every discipline of event production and design, are merely the beginning. From celebrity to politician, influencer to Silicon Valley gi...

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Erica Eng

Production Designer - New York, NY

Erica Eng is forever design-conscious and fashion-focused. She had her first taste of event production when she started producing fashion shows at NYU and producing NYU’s first-ever fashion magazine, NYChic- which she even co-founded! Since then, Erica has become an integral member of the Empire’s creative team. She has designed a roster of runway-worthy eve...

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Loren Fitzgibbon

Associate Producer - New York, NY

The sign of a true New Yorker, Loren Fitzgibbon has always been a go-getter. After a year in Miami, and extensive time spent in both Europe and Australia studying for her degree in International Hospitality and Event Management, Loren has made New York home once again. Since joining the team she has worked on top-tier productions including the AMC Upfront, The 150th Ann...

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Alyssa Bernstein

Associate Producer - New York, NY

Born and raised on Long Island, Alyssa Bernstein taught high school social studies for a year (and hated it) after graduating from college. In July 2012, Alyssa joined the Empire team where she began to pursue her passion for event production and entertainment. Since then, Alyssa has grown to become an associate producer and hopes to be one of the youngest senior produc...

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Mayuko Gilmore

Production & Office Coordinator - New York, NY

Mayuko Gilmore is a Japanese American who has lived all over the world—Athens, Boston, Amsterdam—and is currently taking a bite from the Big Apple, NYC. With a background in Sociology and her exposure to a variety of cultures, Mayuko brings an eclectic perspective to clients. Her marketing and design-focused studies have helped shape events for Travel Channe...

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Allison Brake

Senior Producer - New York, NY

Allison Brake is as entertaining as she is hard working, blending her West Coast sensibilities (and attitude) with her current East Coast environment. She is constantly considering the experience for her clients' guests with a firm focus on client objectives and budgetary restraints. Her work ethic is best proven through the projects she's produced: ranging from events ...

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Melissa Gold

Senior Producer - New York, NY

Melissa Gold is a fun-loving and detail oriented pop culture maven. After over a decade at Empire, her greatest pleasure is developing relationships and working with headline talent including Usher, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, President Bill Clinton, and Jerry Seinfeld, to name a few (as if that's a few!). That doesn't even account for the expertise Melis...

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Lauren Gray

Director of Executive Operations - New York, NY

Lo has lived in New York City for over seven years, and her southern roots and lifetime love for storytelling has helped her make her way into the event world. Hours at Empire have her scouring the planet for baby jaguars, standing in for Oprah Winfrey, and communicating with talent that graces the stages of the TIME 100 Gala, The Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin ...

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Sammy Kim

Account Executive, Producer - New York, NY, Seoul, Korea

Sammy Kim is from Seoul, South Korea, and growing up moved frequently back and forth from the U.S. until he found his position at Empire. He has focused on business development and event production within a variety of industry sectors including electronics, technology, cosmetics, and fashion and has worked closely with Korean companies such as Samsung, Cheil USA, and Ko...

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Adam Kahan

Senior Vice President, Account Executive - New York, NY

It took Adam Kahan one year of working as an attorney to know he needed to do something more interesting and exciting with his life. As Senior Vice President at Empire, Adam has done just that. He’s traveled to Russia to present Lionel Richie, gotten Michael McKean to reprise his character “David St. Hubbins” from Spinal Tap, produced The Webby Awards...

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Chiah Lee-Zampi

Supervising Producer - New York, NY

Chiah's a lifelong-Brooklynite with a level-headed approach to the craziness of the event world. He has an affinity for live music and pinch of OCD. Seven years and hundreds of successful Empire events later, he still struggles to produce his personal events on a Friday night. He can be found on the most days in Prospect Park, biking or running the loop or Yelping the ...

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Sierra Nixon

Senior Producer, Director of West Coast Operations - Los Angeles

Sierra Nixon is a born strategist and avid organizer. With nearly 25 addresses and 52 projects under her belt, she lives for new adventure and figuring things out. Drawn to brand activations and marketing campaigns, Sierra has successfully executed projects for AMC, Spotify, Microsoft, Ralph Lauren and many others. When she’s not producing unforgettable experience...

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Peter Paez

Senior Vice President, Director of Operations & Finance - New York, NY

During his time with the company Peter Paez has handled logistics,
 production, and on-site management on a variety of high-end events for
 such clients as National Geographic, World Education Fund, and Colin
 Cowie. In addition, Peter oversees Empire's in house video productions 
department and manages Empire's day-to-day office operations and ...

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Celine Son

Art Director - New York, NY

Celine Son joined Empire’s creative team after graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts’ film program and working in film production. She has designed, and executed events for AMC, Travel Channel, Bravo, Lincoln Center and many more. A native New Yorker, she's sharply tuned into the ever-changing trends in art and design and draws...

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Matt Stevenson

Director of Technical Production - New York, NY

Matt Stevenson was born and raised in NYC and was always compelled by the music and entertainment surrounding his everyday life. After graduating with a B.A. in Music Industry during a tumultuous time for the record business, Matt set his sights on live event production. Since joining Empire and taking on the role of Director of Production, Matt has worked on major prod...

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Nicole Torrecampo

Senior Producer, Director of Cause Related Events - New York, NY

Nicole Torrecampo is a freedom fighter from New York. With over 10 years experience, her passion for philanthropy and drive for meaningful work has propelled her to lead successful projects such as the Keep a Child Alive's Black Ball, will.i.am's i.am.angel foundation Trans4m and Microsoft's Imagine Cup, among many other corporate and private events. Her love of creati...

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Japan's top event production company, empire entertainment japan produces music, press, product launch, keynote, premiere and experiential events for many of the world's most respected brands. Empire's award winning video and film production team produces commercials, film, Internet shorts and viral videos for our many clients. Empire Artists represents top talent from genres such as video, dance, fashion, technology and variety performance for both corporate and theatrical engagements. Artists represented by Empire Artists include, enra, Marco Tempest, Alexa Meade, Han Ahn Soon, Yo-Yo world champion Black, Circus of Now and Taiko performers Mico Rhythm. Empire Entertainment Japan, based in Tokyo, is the premier experimential marketing and corporate event production agency in Japan.