ADAM WADE (Producer)
In 1958, Pittsburgh's Adam Wade was a member of Dr. Salk's polio research team. When show business called in 1959, Adam began a musical journey that was destined to carry him to success. Adam's charm and charismatic elegance made him the first African American to host a TV game show (CBS' Musical Chairs). He also hosted A.M. Chicago, L. A. Everywhere and WNYC's Media Arts Magazine Show. His other work in daytime television included the soapsSearch for Tomorrow and Guiding Light and prime time television shows (Hill Street Blues, Queens Supreme, Dukes of Hazard, Police Woman, B.J. and the Bear, Adam 12 and Law & Order. Adam is a two time Audelco Award Winner and was twice nominated for Clio Awards, winning for his commercial “Virgin Island Fifty Dollar Days. “ Adam took time out to go back to school after 40 years to earn his B. A. and Masters Degrees inTheatre History and Criticism at Lehman College and Brooklyn College. Adam's all around show business talent led him to the world of voice-overs, jingles, cartoons, looping, dubbing and print work. Adam has directed Lady Day at the Emerson Bar and Grill, Shades of Harlem, Guys & Dolls, The Dancer, Wine in the Wilderness, The Fabulous Club Fifty, Easy, Cafe Society and One Day at a Time. Adam is married to Jeree Wade, and they perform together and separately on cruise ships and concerts and with symphony orchestras around the world. Their production company, Songbirds Unlimited, flies on the wings of Adam and Jeree. Destination? Success! Adam’s last Broadway tour was three years with The Color Purple as Ole Mister in the National Tour.
ROBERT R. BLUME (Original Producer)
Mr. Blume has been an entertainment producer for over 25 years and this year marks his 18th year as an Executive Producer of the annual DRAMA DESK AWARDS ("the Golden Globes of the theatre”), now in partnership with and under the leadership of TheaterMania.com.
His current theatrical productions include ON KENTUCKY AVENUE the Famed Atlantic City Club Harlem Musical, which performs periodically in NYC and New Jersey; and a new Broadway production of THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE scheduled to open in the 2016-2017 season starring Christina Bianco.
Mr. Blume most recently was the Producer of three (3) productions starring International Chanteuse, Adrienne Haan in FROM BERLIN TO BROADWAY TRANSATLANTIC at the Cabaret International Festival at the Metropolitan Room in New York; a concert entitled TEHORAH, which celebrated 50 years of German-Israeli Diplomatic Relations at Weill/Carnegie Hall in NYC; and a new show ROCK LE CABARET! at The Cutting Room in NYC prior to gearing up for a future Off-Broadway run.
Previously, Mr. Blume produced SKITSO! Starring Australian actor/writer/comedian Jim Dailakis at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and The Triad, NYC; was a co-Producer on a revival of the play, ME AND JEZEBEL at the Snapple Theater in NYC. Other theatrical producing ventures include a New York concert Co- production with Les Schecter and The Swiss Society of New York, SUE MATHYS SINGS BROADWAY & PIAF at Weill/Carnegie Hall; Off-Broadway thriller MINDGAME that starred Academy and Tony Award winner, Keith Carradine and was directed by the late film legend, Ken Russell at The Soho Playhouse, NYC.
Other current entertainment projects include a TV comedy by Donna Moore and Tom Waters entitled FREAKIN’ WEEHAWKEN! To be directed by famed TV comedy director, Steve Zuckerman; Co-Executive Producing a TV pilot for kids titled CHILDISH DREAM TALES – MESS-UP ROOM (available on Amazon); and serving as a VIP Judge/career coach in Acting/Modeling Competitions throughout the United States. In addition, he is currently representing the Film/TV projects of Writer/Producer Tom Waters and his company El Gato Productions based in NY and LA.
As a talent manager, Mr. Blume is partnered with noted talent representative Michael Katz. Their company, Katz-Blume Management, guides the careers of celebrity performers Christina Bianco and Sally Mayes
Mr. Blume also manages performers under the banner of his company Step Forward Entertainment. His clients include Co-star Evan Brinkman of the Golden Globe Nominated film TRAINWRECK and the former TV star of ROOTS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and HAIR among other film/TV roles, actress Renn Woods.
Mr. Blume is proud to have been a 20-year Tony voter as a member of The Broadway League and is currently a Drama Desk voter. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the DUKE ELLINGTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
BYRON and SYLVIA LEWIS
Sponsors, City College Center for The Arts - February 2014
Byron Lewis received his B.A. degree in journalism from Long Island University in 1953. Upon graduation, Lewis served in the United
States Army, and then held a variety of jobs, including social work, before launching his advertising career. In 1961, he was hired as an advertising sales representative for Citizen Call and Urbanite Magazine. Lewis also worked for Amalgamated Publications, and later became Vice President & Director of Advertising at Tuesday Magazine from 1963 until 1968. In 1969, Lewis es ta blished UniWorld Group, Inc., the nation's oldest multicultural advertising agency. Following UniWorld's initial success, he expanded th e agency and created UniWorld Entertainment in 1977, UniWorld Hispanic (Unimundo) in 1980, and UniWorld Health care in 2002. He created and produced a number of national medi a productions, including Sounds of the City, a Black radio serial; America's Black Forum; and This Far By Faith, a PBS film. Lewis also founded the American Black Film Festival, formerly known as the Acapulco Black Film Festival. In 2012, he retired and became UniWorld's Chairman Emeritus.
Sylvia Wong Lewis, journalist, genealogist, CEO of Narrative Network public relations consultants specializing in stories and events for business and legacy. She is passionate about multicultural topics intersecting our business and personal lives. Her diversified heritage fuels her interest in everything ethnic from news, trends, issues, events , history, culture, genealogy, food, travel and more. Sylvia's heritage includes Caribbean, African American , Chinese, Native, Latina, Scottish and more. Sylvia is a digital storyteller using cultural heritage for social change, wellness and happiness .