Rich Affannato

CEO, Chairman, Co-Founder

Rich is responsible for all Network operations, including investor relations, tactical alliances, sponsorship opportunities, advertising, marketing, content, and financial strategies. He also implements and maintains the Company's creative vision and direction, and manages production budgets, executives, and STAGE staff.

Affannato has previously served in a similar capacity managing, developing, and overseeing commercial Broadway, Off-Broadway, Film, and Television productions, as well as International concert event management. Rich is a Tony® and Drama Desk Award-nominated producer, whose producing credits include the Kander and Ebb musical The Visit on Broadway starring Chita Rivera, Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway (9 Tony nominations including Best Play, winning 5) and the First National Tour, ANN on Broadway (written by and starring Holland Taylor) at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre, and the critically acclaimed New York production of SILENCE! The Musical (Winner-Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical, Lucille Lortel nomination for Best Musical, Time Magazine's Top 10). He also produced the show's Original Cast Album (available on Sh-K-Boom/ Ghostlight Records), which debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top Broadway Chart. He is the recipient of the 2019 Gold World Medal in Digital Entertainment from the NY Festivals  International TV and Film Awards for his work as Supervising Producer on the inaugural episode of the STAGE original series, Studio Sessions, featuring the music of John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago).

Rich’s perspectives on broadcast media and theatre have been featured in Bloomberg Business Week, Deadline, NAB and Digital Hollywood Conferences, Digital News Daily, Broadcasting & Cable, and Variety.

Bobby Traversa

Executive VP, CCO, Co-Founder

Bobby Traversa is responsible for the research, procurement, and management of licensed titles as well as the real-time implementation of content integration as it relates to the protocols of the API hosting site. As Executive Vice President, Traversa is responsible for the development of standards, systems, and best practices for content creation, distribution, maintenance, and re-purposing.

Primarily coming from an arts education background, Traversa spent the better part of a decade as the Assistant to the Chair of Musical Theatre at AMDA Los Angeles. During his tenure, Bobby played a key role during the institution’s transition from conservatory to accredited university, leading a major library expansion project and serving as an administrative (and sometimes emotional) support system to a faculty of Broadway veterans that included Tony nominees Alyson Reed and Jane Lanier as well as theatre legend Karen Morrow. As a freelance musical theatre repertoire consultant, Bobby has coached clients that have appeared on Broadway, national tours, cruise ships, and reality tv.

Traversa graduated with honors from AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts with a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance.

Jesse Kearney, Esq.

COO, General Counsel, Co-Founder

Jesse is responsible for designing and implementing business strategies and goals for performance and growth. He oversees expansion activities, daily operations of the company, and manages relationships with partners and sponsors. He also manages the daily operations and staff for The Stage Network. As General Counsel, Kearney manages licensing, publishing and music rights acquisitions, and counsels on strategic goals from a legal perspective.

Before joining STAGE, Kearney established his own law firm devoted to business, media and entertainment law. He provided legal counsel to clients in theater, film, television, music, and new media, as well as entrepreneurs forming and maintaining successful businesses. Prior to starting his own firm, he served as a business affairs associate at Samuel French, Inc. and an articles contributor to MusicRegulation.com

Kearney received his J.D. from New York Law School and his MFA from New York University in the Musical Theater Writing Program. He received his AB from Dartmouth College. He is also an alumnus of the New Lawyers Institute of the New York City Bar Association.

Kearney currently serves as Board President of Prospect Theater Company and serves on the New York Law School Alumni Association Board.

Jenn Dumas

Executive Producer, Media/Operations

Jenn is responsible for managing the day to day operation of original film production and working with the rest of the team on licensing new and existing live and filmed theatrical content.  This work includes creating and managing production budgets, finding and contracting production companies and crews, creating production schedules, and generally overseeing the work and communication among all aspects of production.

She began her theatrical career as a protégé of Norman Rothstein, where she was the New York company manager for the European productions of Hello, Dolly and Tango Pasion. She then managed the European Tour of the Tony Award winning production of Black and Blue.

On Broadway, Dumas was part of the management staffs for Ain’t Broadway Grand (Lunt Fontanne), Smokey Joe’s Café (Virginia Theatre) and The Sound of Music (Martin Beck). She also produced the hit Off-Broadway shows Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Triad Theatre), Naked Boys Singing (Actors’ Playhouse) and the critically acclaimed Love, Janis (Village Theatre) through her company, Jennifer Dumas Productions.

Dumas has also produced at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Symphony Space, the Hammerstein Ballroom, and Steiner Film Studios in Brooklyn. In addition, she company managed a season at City Center Encores! and served as the Executive Producer of the National Yiddish Theatre for 5 years.

Dumas also has experience working in regional theatre and produced in summer stock theaters around the country.

Alet Taylor

Executive Director, Creative Development

Alet is responsible for transforming rough ideas and general concepts as she directs the creative team to project completion in conjunction with formulating long and short-term goals to further STAGE’s brand identity.

An accomplished bicoastal actress and writer, Taylor has worked in the entertainment business for 25 years, pausing only to give birth and raise three children. Prior to relocating to New York, Taylor taught at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles, guiding students in their senior year through the process of writing for both stage and screen.

Taylor’s sketches have been featured in both Funny Or Die and the Manhattan Institute for Film.  She has also freelanced as script doctor for her student's digital series. Taylor holds a BA in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

Allyson Rice

Associate Director, Creative Development

Allyson is responsible for reviewing pitches, and working with writers and content creators to develop their projects for STAGE.

She spent over 15 years as a working actress on stage and in television in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago (while attending Northwestern University), including seven years as Connor Walsh on "As The World Turns." She then spent a decade running personal growth retreats around the country through her company, The Total Human.

In addition to STAGE, Rice is a writer, as well as runs her own business, Allyson Wonderland, offering multimedia art, an original line of women’s coloring books, jewelry and an inspirational card deck about creativity.

Advisors

Rob O'Neill

Rob is Senior Vice President, Programming & Promotion Strategy for Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land.

In his position, O’Neill oversees the content rollout of original series premieres, new season launches, stunts and tentpole events, including the annual “Comedy Central Roast” and biennial “Night of Too Many Stars” benefit for autism programs, and will manage the creative ideation and execution of programming and promotion strategies across all screens to maximize consumption and monetization of content for all three brands.

O’Neill joined the team in 2013 as Vice President, Programming & Promotion Strategy after spending three years at Time Warner as Vice President of Programming for Cartoon Network & Boomerang, which both saw unprecedented ratings gains during his three-year tenure. Prior to his time at Time Warner, O’Neill spent 13 years in numerous programming roles with The Walt Disney Company, where he first participated in leveraging brand leader Disney Channel from a premium to a basic cable television service, was part of the launch team of Toon Disney (now Disney XD), as well as being one of the first employees of SOAPnet, the only network to offer same-day episodes of popular daytime dramas. While at SOAPnet, O’Neill also served as creative executive on several original programs including “Live! from the Red Carpet” celebrating the annual Daytime Emmy® Awards. He began his career with ICM.

Jonathan E. Rebell

As Of Counsel at Feldman, Golinski, Reedy + Ben-Zvi (“FGRB”), Jonathan E. Rebell is helping cutting edge companies with legal and business issues related to complex technology, content, digital media, and other intellectual property transactions. For over 13 years, Jon has built his legal career as in-house counsel for some of the top digital media and marketing companies in the world such as NBCUniversal, Viacom (including Nickelodeon) and Experian Marketing Services.  He has been on the front lines of helping his clients learn and navigate optimal uses of new technologies and incorporate compliance with new laws, regulations and legal trends in smart, business driven, practical ways.

His practice is focused on the media and entertainment industry, with expertise in Advertising Technology, Marketing, Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Content Distribution, Content Licensing, Software Licensing, Privacy, and Data Management. Jon also has extensive experience with all aspects of video OTT Platforms including AVOD, SVOD and FVOD models, as well as Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence.

Jon completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with honors from George Washington University Law School.  Jon is currently an Executive Committee member of the Leadership Council for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He previously served on the National Leadership Council for the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

EDUCATION
George Washington University Law School, J.D., with Honors, 2003
Book Review Editor, The George Washington International Law Review.
Pro Bono Honor Recipient.

Edward Ludvigsen

Edward is a creative director, designer, and strategist for digital products, marketing, and entertainment. Originally a composer and performer, he has played with jazz legends, studied with avant-garde pioneers, and created multi- media theater.

Over the past 15 years, Edward has directed design efforts around launches, rebrands, interactive campaigns, and new ventures for brands such as Viacom, L’Oréal USA, Scary Mommy, CAFE, eMusic, Kanye West, and the New York Yankees.

Edward is the co-founder of Guesst®, a technology company that is reimagining retail, as well as a consultant for tech and media startups

STAGE is a New York Corporation legally known as Tower of Quarters Inc. d/b/a The Stage Network. The Company is funded through the sale of shares.

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