Christopher Bubacz brings 25+ years of experience in the entertainment industry to the organization. His unique skill set combines experience in music/performance, audio recording, and business management. He spent his first 6 years as a recording engineer working with such high profile recording artists as Metallica, Spyro Gyra, and Lou Gramm and the last 19 years managing three major recording studios in the New York metro area: BearTracks, Sound on Sound, and Legacy Recording Studios. As someone who has successfully managed studios during the entertainment industry’s recent economic adjustment, Chris is well positioned to navigate this new venture with both hindsight and experience. Chris’ diplomatic skills will play an essential roll in brokering hybrid deals for clients who will be hiring the services of production companies operating from within the Center, and his large network of solid professional contacts will serve as the starting point for building the MEPC’s clientele. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Audio Recording Technology from SUNY Fredonia and a Masters degree in Music/Entertainment Business from NYU.
Lawrence Manchester has spent the last 16 years working as an engineer on numerous demanding entertainment productions (The Departed, Frida, The Good Shepherd, Across The Universe, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Shrek: The Musical, Saturday Night Live, Stand Up to Cancer). Lawrence is intimately familiar with the production needs of a top-tiered Hollywood film, a major label record album, or a network TV program. His reputation for delivering consistently successful results is evidenced by the number of high-profile artists (Julie Taymor, Howard Shore, Danny Elfman, John Fogerty) who’ve called upon his services. Of note is his ability to use technology to accomplish complex creative challenges while building and teaching teams of people to collaborate with him. These skills will prove vital to building the infrastructure for the facility and establishing collaborative workflows amongst the MEPC’s staff, management, and production partners. His broad base of contacts in film production, music creation, Broadway, and television will provide an immediate resource for building up the clientele of the MEPC. Lawrence holds Bachelor degrees in music and engineering from The Peabody Conservatory of Music and Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Arts degree from NYU.
Alex Steyermark has over 30 years of experience at the highest levels of the entertainment industry, having achieved success in the worlds of both film and music. He has directed 2 feature films, PREY FOR ROCK & ROLL (2003) and ONE LAST THING (2006), which have garnered critical acclaim at dozens of film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, and Tribeca, and are distributed throughout the world. He is currently in post-production on his 3rd feature film. Prior to directing his first feature, Steyermark distinguished himself as one of the film industry’s top music supervisors and music producers, working with a wide array of recording artists (including David Bowie, Public Enemy, Michael Jackson, Dave Grohl), on films by such directors as Spike Lee, Ang Lee, Barry Sonnenfeld, Jim Sheridan, Robert Rodriguez, Jonathan Demme, Mira Nair, Paul Schrader, as well as on the acclaimed rock musical film Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The company he founded, 1m1 Trax, has provided music services on over 80 feature films and TV productions for companies including Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, New Line Cinema, MGM, Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate, MTV, IFC, PBS and HBO. Steyermark is also an adjunct professor in the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he is the founder of the ASCAP/Columbia Film Scoring Workshop.
Jacques Guillet is a developer and design builder of real estate in New York City. He has over 30 years of experience in demolition and construction since he began working for the family business at the age of 15. His latest development is the Metropolis Condominium, a six-story residential apartment building he designed and built from the ground up in Harlem. Completed in 2011, it has green technologies such as a solar hot water system. Guillet is currently building 100 single family modular homes in the Bronx and Queens and is planning to build the first hydroponic greenhouse off the grid in NYC. Guillet is the sole shareholder of Mariana Ridge Corporation, a land preservation company that owns 100 acres of rain forest property in Puerto Rico. Guillet is a graduate of Boston University.
Jonathan Haas is the founder and President of Gemini Music Productions, New York City’s largest employer of musicians. Clientele include, The New York Pops, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center Festival and Live From Lincoln Center TV broadcasts. He is also the owner and operator of Kettles and Company, one of New York’s most active percussion and keyboard rental companies. Jonathan will be fully vested in the development of business opportunities that include outreach into the myriad interests that surround the newly developed enterprise. He will establish world headquarters for both Kettles and Company and Gemini Music Productions (along with business partner Neil Balm) within the production center. Drawing on his past experience serving the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington DC, Jonathan will continue to seek and identify additional funding opportunities that work to connect public and private sector elements in support of the arts community. Mr. Haas graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. and received his Masters of Music from The Juilliard School.