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Chief Executive Officer

Emily Wittmann

emily.wittmann@musictimesco.com

Emily is a talented media marketing executive with over twenty years of broad renowned experience in the entertainment industry. Her particular expertise is in maximizing her clients’ exposure in cable, broadcast, print and online media. She has a unique knack for collaborating with talent, artists, producers and directors to develop effective imaging and strategic marketing campaigns.

She has worked as Vice President for Universal Music group, Visual Marketing for Island/Def Jam, VP Video Promotion with A&M Records, media/marketing consultant with Witt’s End Marketing & Media serving clients such as Channel One Network. Prior, Emily ran Nick Records, the music label for Nickelodeon/MTV Networks working with talent, Drake Bell and Jamie Lynn Spears in addition to animated properties that included SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer. Emily also spent time as Vice President of Marketing at Edel Entertainment and has been part of the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Family Day for the last 10 years.

Her drive and passion for going beyond the expected and creating integrated strategic plans that bring together all lines of business make her a workforce in today’s marketplace.

Managing Editor

Danica Daniel

Danica Daniel

d.daniel@mstarsnews.com

Danica Daniel proudly hails from Brooklyn, which she credits for cultivating her eclectic taste for music and fashion. With her finger on the pulse of the catwalk and the sidewalk, the budding young writer became known for her savvy sense of style and her ability to identify trends before they happened. At 15 years old, Danica’s talent was noticed by Teen People and she garnered a gig as a “Trendspotter” for the magazine by Time Inc.

In 2004 she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, ranked by NewsPro as the top journalism program in the country, and landed a job as an Associate Editor at Right On! magazine. Danica was promoted four months later and became one of the youngest Editor-in-Chiefs in history when she was appointed the head of Black Beat & Right On! at only 22 years old.

During the next six years Danica worked diligently to redesign the internationally distributed fanzines. With the inception of punchy new layouts, fresh features and eye-catching pictorials, newsstand sales increased 50% with her debut issue. She later launched RightOnMag.com and went on to host Right On! TV where she booked buzz-worthy interviews with megastars like Beyoncé, Kerry Washington, Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Chris Brown and Idris Elba.

Before landing a plum role as the Managing Editor of Music Times, Danica’s work also appeared in BMI MusicWorld, Juicy, Under 18, The Daily Orange, Dr. Jays Live! and Broadway.com. These days, she enjoys Spinning, sky-high heels and working in the city that doesn’t sleep, because she doesn’t sleep much.

Section Editor

Jon Niles

j.niles@mstarsnews.com

Trained in music performance and business, MStars News reporter Jon Niles developed his writing while attending Drexel University’s Music Industry program as MAD Dragon Records’ head of publicity. Focusing mainly on press releases and biographies, he used his experience as a performer to help further other artists’ careers with touring and press coverage.

Growing up right outside of, and then attending college in Philadelphia, Jon moved up to New York City to further his involvement with music and generally “broaden his horizons.” Working mainly at venues and distributors for a few years, he embraced his love for writing again.

Still an active musician in New York City, Jon hopes to reach new audiences and cover more eclectic stories here at Mstars News.

Feature Comedy Editor

Kyle Dowling

k.dowling@musictimes.com

Kyle Dowling is a writer, journalist and acoustic guitar-strumming musician living it up in New York City. "My music a weird mix of Dave Matthews / Radiohead," the singer/songwriter jokes. "If you're looking to cry at a coffee house, book Kyle Dowling!" When he is not working the crowd, performing his tracks like "Loser," "Sleep" and "Headache," Dowling spends his time working on his other passion. He has interviewed and profiled over 100 individuals in the realms of film, music and business. His work has appeared in Penthouse Magazine, Playboy Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Psychology Today, The Smoking Jacket, The Huffington Post, GuySpeed, Psychology Tomorrow Magazine, Splitsider, The Believer, and more! Kyle is currently supplying the hits two-fold as Section Editor for Music Times and the Feature Comedy Editor for MStarsNews.

Head Writer

Danica Bellini

d.bellini@mstarsnews.com

The first live show Mstars News associate editor Danica Bellini ever attended was a Rolling Stones concert in the fall of 1989 - and she wasn't even born yet. Dani's been addicted to rock 'n' roll music ever since.

Growing up in a small New Jersey town, she spent weekends scouring local underground talent and venues with her sister and cousin (who later on came to be known as "those three ska girls"). While at Boston University studying journalism and English, she expanded her knowledge on music culture and entertainment writing.

With a witty style and avid ear for good tunes, Danica first joined the Music Times, LLC writing team in July 2012 - she's been a MT keeper ever since. She now helps guide new writers in getting acquainted with the various Music Times websites.

Danica also freelances for the California-based magazine Music Connection, which helps "connect" fans and artists within the bustling music industry. Did we also mention that Dani seems to be a huge fan of the color pink?

Staff Writer

Mereb Gebremariam

m.gebremariam@mstarsnews.com

Mereb Gebremariam has graduated from Temple University in Broadcast Journalism in 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Previously she worked with SLife magazine as an Entertainment Editor and co-host with online radio show “The ChineyLee Experience” for the entertainment segment.

Currently, Mereb is an entertainment writer for MStars News conducting celebrity interviews and keeping readers current with trending news.

In her free time, she likes to travel, attend different music events, and spend time with her nieces and nephews in Philadelphia.

NERDS! FEATURE WRITER

Jorge Solis

j.solis@mstarsnews.com

In 2005, Jorge Solis graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent with a Bachelor Of Arts degree in Communications and a Minor in Writing. Then he continued his education at the New York Film Academy, studying 3D Animation.

His journalism career began at Fangoria Magazine, where two of his articles were published. Both pieces stemmed from the comic book industry—Clive Barker’s Hellraiser comics, and Image Comics’ bestselling horror titles. Also at Fangoria, Solis interviewed Stephen Moyer (True Blood), James Marsden (X-Men), and writer/director Joe Cornish (Attack the Block).

At Bloody Disgusting, Solis contributed reviews to the latest horror comics, while interviewing actor Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Max Brooks (author of World War Z), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), and WWE superstars, Hornswaggle and Glenn “Kane” Jacobs.

At MTV Geek and MTV Splash Page, Solis contributed comic book reviews, top 10 lists, an interview with showrunner Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer at Marvel Entertainment.

At MStars News, Solis continues to contribute his spin on the pop culture industry as their Nerds! Feature Writer.

Social Media Manager

Morgan Swank

m.swank@musictimes.com

Morgan Swank grew up in a small boring town in Georgia before hitting the road for Nashville, Tennessee in 2010 to begin university studies at Belmont University. There she majored in Music Business. While in college she worked as a freelance music journalist for The Vinyl District until the Fall of 2012 where she spent a semester in New York as a part of her degree program working for Broadway Video as Research Intern for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. She also worked as the Digital Media Content Intern for Comedy Central. She graduated from Belmont a year early in the summer of 2013 and has been working hard for her money, so hard for it honey ever since.

Currently Morgan is the Social Media Manager for Music Times and its properties at Classicalite and MStars News trying to make all the tweets fun and interesting to read.

Fun Fact: She is also a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences working her way towards an EGOT one elbow rub at a time.

HR

Maria Jean Sullivan

m.sullivan@classicalite.com

Maria Jean Sullivan received a B.A. in Journalism and English from the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she wrote and edited for both The Oracle and The Little Rebellion. Her work has since been featured in myriad publications such as AOL/Patch.com, The Deli, Julian Cope's "Head Heritage" and Proliferate (Bight Knot Press). A fixture on the festival circuit, she's held editorial roles at Governors Ball, Northside and the CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival. In addition to writing for Classicalite, Sullivan helps produce the C-LITE A.V. Club series. Frequently, she picks up free stuff found on the streets of Park Slope, Brooklyn and sells it at area vintage shops.

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