Michael Eames is a trained composer, songwriter and pianist with experience in film scoring who studied music at Cornell University and UCLA Extension; Michael also secured a minor in Business Management from Cornell. As President of PEN, Michael oversees all aspects of the operation as well as focuses on pitching the catalogue to all media and business development. Prior to starting PEN, Michael oversaw the international activities and film & television department of Don Williams Music Group where he was responsible for song catalogues such as Jimi Hendrix, Chicago and Roy Orbison among numerous others. He also worked previously for Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and the management and music supervision firms The Derek Power Co and Seth Kaplan Entertainment. Michael is currently the President of the Association Of Independent Publishers (AIMP) and proudly serves on the Independent Publishers Advisory Council (IPAC) of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA). He is also a member of the California Copyright Conference (CCC) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). Michael wrote the music publishing section of the Hal Leonard-published book entitled FIVE STAR MUSIC MAKEOVER: The Independent Artist’s Guide for Singers, Songwriters, Bands, Producers and Self Publishers, co-teaches (with Bobby Borg) the UCLA Extension class Music Publishing: A Creative And Business Perspective, and is a frequent guest speaker in classrooms and panel discussions worldwide.
Nikki Discola is PEN’s Operations Manager. Born and raised in Southern California, Nikki has been involved in various facets of the entertainment industry since childhood. As a professional dancer, roller skater, and singer, Nikki built a formidable work resumé for stage as well as television. As an assistant agent for the Bobby Ball Talent Agency, she worked in the dance department, which included aiding in the print and music departments when needed, as well as also co-developed a special skating division which grew into a lucrative sports department for the agency. She also spent time interning at Fidelity Studios learning dialogue, foley, special effects, back ground, andmusic editing. As her love for music grew she pursued it to Nashville where she worked for startup record label Sterling Entertainment as an administrative assistant and then for Ingle Land Music Publishing, as well as doing some demo singing at FunHouse Studios. Eventually finding her way back to the west coast, Nikki became part of the Academy of Country Music team in the events and membership departments before branching out on her own as a freelance voice over artist. Nikki continues her voice over business, enjoys fronting her swing band “Apartment 14”, all while administering and managing Stuntphone Stunt Services in addition to her position at PEN.
Shayna Casey is PEN's Creative Synch & Publishing Manager. She has studied and worked in music publishing and licensing (Winogradsky/Sobel and ASCAP), and music supervision (Picture Music Company). She has received a Professional Certificate in Music Supervision from Berklee College of Music and studied Music Publishing at UCLA Extension. Shayna is a member of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP). Shayna splits her time working at PEN and Donna Young Music, where she is the Creative Synch/Licensing Coordinator assisting with synch licensing for MPL Music Publishing.
Mark Nubar is PEN’s Marketing and Social Media Manager. He is a gold album-selling producer, DJ, graphic artist, and brand consultant specializing in recording artist development. His songs have been placed in numerous films, games, and TV shows, including RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1), Warehouse 13 (SyFy), Ringer (CW), Super Fun Night (ABC), Sex And The City (HBO), Six Feet Under (HBO), Dollhouse (FOX), America's Next Top Model (CW), and many more. Mark has collaborated on recordings with an array of talent, including: Emmy, Grammy, and Tony-winning songwriter Allee Willis; drag superstar RuPaul; award-winning indiepop artist and DJ ShyBoy; rap artist SlimKid3 (The Pharcyde); vocalist Kat Robichaud (The Voice); Motown icon Smokey Robinson; R&B legend Howard Hewett (Shalamar); DJs robot koch, Darude, Kristina Sky, Randy Boyer, Menno de Jong, and Eddie Amador; the pop group Eden's Crush (featuring Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls); Emmy and Annie Award-nominated lyricist and songwriter, Amy Powers; Saturn Award-winning television writer/producer Bryan Fuller (American Gods, Hannibal, Pushing Daisies); Emmy-winning composer Jim Dooley (Pushing Daisies); and legendary singer/songwriter Wendy Waldman. Mark has also remixed music for various labels and artists, including RuPaul, Julia Fordham, Purple Crush, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, and Donna Summer. An experienced graphic designer, Mark has created album and single cover art, promotional materials, and websites for numerous artists and companies including Broadway star Shoshana Bean (Wicked), Gretchen Rossi (Real Housewives), artists signed to Hollywood dance label Citrusonic Music, and Bootie Mashup - an award-winning dance party with recurring club nights in LA, SF, and Seattle.
Karen Falzone is PEN's Business Affairs and Licensing Consultant. Karen spent 15 years working as a studio in-house paralegal, most recently acting as Director of Business Affairs - Production at Starz Entertainment, where she oversaw rights and clearances for all original productions, including talent and music. Karen has spent the past 5 years building her own business, Mostly Music, consulting with many varied clients in the areas of music business affairs and licensing for all forms of film, television and video-game production. Karen is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), the Production Music Association (PMA), the California Copyright Conference (CCC), and the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP).
Larry Malinconico is an independent consultant with PEN. Larry cut his teeth in the film & TV Music world as the 2nd assistant to composer Christopher Lennertz, where he assisted on various projects. After Mr. Lennertz, he handled Creative Licensing and Administration for Brand X Music, a production library for motion picture advertising. In 2010, he began working as an independent music supervisor for various documentaries and low budget productions, including Harmony (about HRH Prince Charles) from Academy Award®-nominated director Stuart Sender. Larry is a member of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) and the Production Music Association (PMA).