Russell Best - Managing Partner
Russell is a well-respected veteran of the TV and Entertainment Industry. He started his career at CBS in 1982, where he set-up and managed the production operations for myriad diverse productions taped within different CBS studios located throughout New York City. Productions included The NFL Today, Cerebral Palsy Telethon, Captain Kangaroo, News, Sunday Morning with Charles Kurault, The New Show (from Lorne Michaels), Another World, Guiding Light, As the World Turns, and 60 Minutes in-studio segments, among others.
In 1987, Russell was hired by the advertising agency D’Arcy Masius & Bowles to become the Director of Production for Proctor & Gamble’s daytime programming, the agency’s largest client. He reported directly to the Sr. VP/Managing Director-Daytime Program Services (DMB&B) and the Executive in Charge of Production (P&G). He developed the P&G initiative to reengineer all production and operation philosophies of Daytime Television that ultimately allowed for a better working environment and substantially lowered production costs while increasing ratings, thereby saving one daytime serial from cancellation.
In 1996, Russell moved to FOX/Twentieth Television to become VP/Executive in Charge of FOX East Coast production. He reported directly to the President of Twentieth Television. While at FOX, Russ focused on creating project budgets, operational support structures, and the creative support plan. He developed and supervised the staffing and design of the studios and post facilities. Russell was involved with the development and launch of Fox After Breakfast, 13 Bourbon Street, Forgive or Forget and several pilots. He also worked closely with the producers, writers, and directors to maintain integrity of the storyline, ensuring high production standards, and allowing creative vision to adapt and modify as needed, while staying within legal, budgetary, and time parameters set forth by Twentieth.
In 1999, Russell became the Sr. VP/GM of National Recording Studios, Inc., the largest privately held, most vertically integrated production facility in the country. While there. he created synergies among corporate divisions including Legal/Business Affairs, Entertainment Development & Programming, Financial Services, Real Estate, Technical & Engineering, Information Systems, HR, Corporate Development, Mergers& Acquisitions. Russell reported directly to the President & CEO (sole owner). While there, he launched their National Entertainment Division and created and produced programming for ESPN, Hearst Entertainment, USA Network, Pearson Television, FX, Court TV, Proctor & Gamble Productions and Rainbow Media (Cablevision). He established new departments including New Media, Corporate Communications, the construction of a National Atlanta facility, and Original Music Composition. He identified investors, potential industry partners and strategic alliances to leverage capitalization and expanded the company infrastructure to support all production for ESPN’s massive and award-winning Sports Century effort.
In 2002, Russell launched Best Entertainment Group and subsidiary Brave St. Productions. Brave St. created a variety of network programming including reality, feature documentaries and webisodic content. Russell was responsible for all sales efforts, contract negotiations, content creation, development and production, PR and Marketing, Promotion, Social Media Platform exploitation, budget and fiscal reporting, and new business development. He produced and sold programming to a myriad of networks including Travel Channel, Comedy Central, ESPN, Discovery Home, E!, Style Network, Bravo, NBCU, WE, Showtime, SkySport (UK), Tanweer (Middle East) and Fox Reality for programs including Magic Man (Showtime), This Job’s a Trip (Travel Channel), Crash Course in Comedy (Comedy Central), New York Nick (E!), Making the Band with P’Diddy (MTV), Dangerous Minds and Pyramid Code(Documentary Channel)to name a few.
In 2010, Best Entertainment Group began a rapid and significant corporate expansion forming other divisions including Global Artist Management, Sports Management Worldwide and Talking Baseball Productions and diversified the parent company’s ability to foray into worldwide content distribution, Talent Management, creative services and consulting across many platforms.
Russell has won numerous industry awards, such as the Promax/BDA Gold Award (CTAM Conference Marketing – Rainbow Media) in 2005. The Best Of Audience Award for Magic Man at the Hoboken Film Festival in 2008. The New York City Mayor’s Gold Medal Award presented by Rudi Giulianni at Gracie Mansion to prolific producer Dick Wolf and Russell for bringing television production back to New York City in 2002 and was a Top Documentary of the Year Finalist by the Documentary Channel for Pyramid Code in 2010.
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Cindy Brown - Operations Manager
Cindy is the Operations Manager behind the scenes at Best Entertainment Group and works primarily out of the Chapel Hill office. Cindy oversees all office functions as well as all Artist support endeavors from billings to calendars to bookings. She also oversees the off-site "pick/pak/ship" operations for all merchandise operations and sales.