LAS VEGAS, NV – 18 May, 2017 – Twelve show-business managers who have guided the careers of legendary actors, musicians and celebrities were inducted into the Personal Managers Hall of Fame in a ceremony held this evening at the Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino, the first time this national event has been held in The City of Entertainment.
The 2017 inductees were:
• Brian Avnet – Currently managing Joshua Ledet, Mr. Avnet is a music manager who has guided the careers of David Foster, Josh Groban, Manhattan Transfer and Frankie Valli.
• Sid Bernstein (1918-2013) – Mr. Bernstein was a music manager, producer and promoter who helped usher in pop music’s British Invasion in the 1960’s by bringing The Beatles to the U.S.
• Eileen DeNobile (1957-2016) – Ms. DeNobile was a producer and talent manager who launched the careers of Christina Ricci, Keisha Knight Pulliam and many other stars.
• Richard Linke (1918-2016) – Mr. Linke collaborated with TV producer Sheldon Leonard in 1960 to launch “The Andy Griffith Show” and then became Griffith’s long-time manager.
• Lois Miller (1937-2014) – Ms. Miller launched the careers of numerous young actors on Broadway and television, including “The Sopranos” actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
• Eliot Roberts – Mr. Roberts is a music manager known for managing the careers of The Cars, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash, Steven Stills and Neil Young.
• Dolores Robinson – Ms. Robinson is a former actress who became a talent manager for Pierce Brosnan, Michael Clarke Duncan, Howie Mandel, Martin Sheen and Wesley Snipes.
• Arthur Shafman (1939-2014) – Mr. Shafman was a Broadway producer and personal manager for Tammy Grimes, Michael Feinstein, Mummenshanz and Shields and Yarnell.
• Rick Siegel – Mr. Siegel’s clients have included Craig Ferguson, Leah Remini and Nia Vardalos, plus he has been a noted legal activist defending the rights of personal managers.
• David Sonenberg – Mr. Sonenberg has managed The Black Eyed Peas, The Fugees, John Legend and Meat Loaf, plus received an Academy Award for his Muhammad Ali film, “When We Were Kings.”
• Jerry Weintraub (1937-2015) – Mr. Weintraub was a promoter, the manager for John Denver, The Carpenters and The Moody Blues, plus a three-time Emmy award-winning television producer.
Celebrating illustrious careers in entertainment, music, sports and talent management, induction into the Personal Managers Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon a personal manager. Nominations are solicited annually from personal managers nationwide. Inductees are selected by the National Conference of Personal Managers (NCOPM), the nation’s oldest personal management trade association.
“A personal manager is often the unsung hero behind the scenes of a successful celebrity’s career,” said Clinton Ford Billups Jr., NCOPM National President.
Prior inductees into the Personal Managers Hall of Fame include such entertainment industry luminaries as Bernie Brillstein, Brian Epstein, Albert Grossman, Ken Kragen and Jack Rollins.
“NCOPM is pleased this year to celebrate the illustrious careers of personal managers by inducting a dozen managers who are inspirational role models for our profession,” added Mr. Billups.
Company Name: National Conference of Personal Managers
Contact Person: Clinton Ford Billups Jr.
Country: United States