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Who we are.

Gotham is a creative, collaborative and committed mix of people with a shared passion for the power of storytelling and live events. Our eclectic backgrounds and experiences pull from all facets of the entertainment and events industry.

What we do.

Gotham Artists brings together people that move the world to create ideas and opportunities that change the world. We connect audiences worldwide with the great scientific minds changing how we live, political and the business leaders shaping our world, the inspirational storytellers reminding us anything is possible.

Why choose us.

Finding the perfect speaker or entertainment act can be challenging and time-consuming. Gotham Artists exists to streamline and simplify this process for you. We pride ourselves on our relationships with all of the major bureaus, agencies, musical entertainment, and independent speakers from around the world. Because of these relationships, the recommendations we provide are curated specifically for our clients with no other thought but of who is the best fit for you– regardless of their affiliation.

Don't just take our word for it

With more than 600 events every year including with Fortune 100 companies and the most prestigious universities in the country, we must be doing something right, at least according to these:

Meet the team

Whether you're booking talent for the first time or you're a seasoned event planner, it's ALWAYS good to know the people who are working for you! Our team is a creative, collaborative and committed mix of people with a shared passion for the power of storytelling and live events.

Alec Melman

Founding Partner

Alec was raised in Brooklyn, NY, long before it became cool (the 1980s). He is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, the University of Maryland and New York Law School (and might also be an ordained minister via the internet). He is a member of the NY State Bar and is also a notary for some reason. He loves to ride his bike to work (and everywhere). He lives in Leonia, NJ with his wife, son and daughter. He'd like to add a dog to the mix but has been outvoted 3-1.

Daniel Ymar

Founding Partner

Daniel grew up in Rockville, Md. and earned his B.A. in Economics from New York University. His first experience in the entertainment industry was in the New York office of Endeavor Talent. After graduation he worked in the news production division at NBC before moving on to CNN's Politics Department. Daniel resides in Long Beach, NY with his 3 children and no dog. He likes to tell everyone that he surfs but they know the truth. Hanging out on the beach and playing music and lego (and wrestling of course!) with his kids are his favorite things to do.

Michael Gottesman

Senior Vice President

Born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, Mike attended The Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire before venturing to New York where he received a B.A. from Hofstra University. During college, Mike became intrigued with the entertainment industry and interned at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C., MTV Networks, and Sony BMG. After graduating, Mike moved to New York City and began pursuing his passion. He has worked for The Agency Group, Central Entertainment Group, Scott Rudin Productions, and Paradigm Talent Agency. Mike's interests include music, film, sports, politics, and travel. He currently resides in Washington D.C.

Laurie Barnett

Senior Vice President

Laurie Barnett was born in NYC. She is a veteran talent agent, manager and event producer with deep roots in the performing arts and the food and restaurant business. She became a lecture agent with the Royce Carlton Agency in 2001, and in 2011 she created a unique collaborative talent division with Zero Point Zero Production, Inc. Laurie is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and resides in Harlem.

Ivy Gustafson

Senior Vice President

A native Floridian, Ivy grew up in Tampa before heading north to Wake Forest University. After graduating with a B.S. in Business, Ivy moved to Washington, DC where in 2001 she began her career in the lecture industry. Ivy returned to Tampa - happily trading her snow boots for flip flops (every.single.day). When she and her two kiddos aren't paddle boarding and having fun in the sun (with sunscreen of course!), she can usually be found running, reading, or trying to figure out the next pose in her fledgling yoga practice.

Ben Anshutz

Senior Agent

Ben was born at a very young age in Newport Beach, California. Heading east for college, he double-majored in English and Music at Tufts University while also discovering that wearing sandals in the snow is a bad idea. Days after graduation, Ben moved to Brooklyn to pursue his passion for music and fell backwards into a career booking keynote speakers and entertainers– the happiest accident of his life.

Jim Oliver

Senior Agent

Jim grew up in sunny Virginia Beach, VA and graduated in 2008 from James Madison University with a degree in History and Philosophy. He moved to New York in 2010 to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, landing a job in the mailroom at WME in 2012 and subsequently joining the WME lectures division - where he first got to know the Gotham Artists team. Jim then moved to Innovative Artists where for two years he helped build out Innovative’s personal appearance division in New York.

Samantha Conine

Director of Client Relations

Samantha was born and raised in Westchester, New York (which is not upstate). She received her B.S. in Film and Television from Boston University and worked in script development, casting and production before joining Gotham in 2012. At Gotham she puts all of these skills to use to make sure client and talent needs are met, always going the extra proverbial (and sometimes actual) mile for them. She lives in a constant state of happy chaos with her husband, son, and two Shiba Inu dogs.

Erika Gomez

Marketing Director

Erika is a proud #JerseyGirl. She received her B.A. in Arts Administration from Rider University. While serving as Multicultural Chair of her school's Student Entertainment Council, Erika interned at Gotham Artists and grew into the position she holds today– queue Drake's "Started From The Bottom." When she's not working on email and social media campaigns, Erika enjoys traveling with her loved ones, listening to her "Discover Weekly" playlist on Spotify, and trying local restaurants.

Samantha Vanderhoof

Contracts Manager

In West Philadelphia, born and raised, on the Playground is where she spent most of her days... OK, she is not actually the Fresh Prince, but Sam Van could be considered the Queen of Contracts. After 13 years of denying bands their bowl of green M&Ms working at a music festival in Milwaukee, she made the epic move to Brooklyn to become the New Yorker that had always been in her heart, and found her way to the Gotham Artists family in March of 2019. After work you can usually find her catching a film at a local theater, sipping a craft beer at a brewery or shooting pool at a dive bar

Michelle Hearons

Talent Coordinator

After graduation from Point Park University with her B.F.A in Theatre Arts/Stage Management, Michelle spent the next 3 years at sea working as a stage technician on a cruise ship. Trading in her sea legs for a bit more solid ground, she found herself in Boston working with Blue Man Group and as a Travel Manager with Flight Centre. Happily finding herself in New York, when she is not navigating events with the Gotham team, you can find her wandering the city, indulging in the vibrant theatre scene or catching a flight to a new adventure.

Max Smilen

Agent

Max was born and raised in Long Island, New York. He received his B.S. in Music Industry Studies and Business Administration from Loyola University in New Orleans. While studying in New Orleans, Max was a professional musician and played all across the city of New Orleans. He brought his talents back to the city of Manhattan and gigs regularly with his band, Smilen. Max loves going to see live music whenever possible.

Kate DesRosier

Agent

Elaine Capillo

Agent

Elaine was born and raised right outside New York City in Westchester County, a.k.a Bestchester, where she also attended college at SUNY Purchase receiving her B.A. in Literature. As a lover of the arts Elaine can be found bouncing around NYC museums, but if it’s the weekend and weather conditions are right she’s likely hanging off a rock cliff on a climbing adventure somewhere without cell service.

Julie Patadia

Executive Assistant

Born and raised in New Jersey, or what is better referred to as the armpit of America, Julie made the short move to New York to attend college at Fordham University. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and music, she decided to continue her music studies at Juilliard in their evening division. When she's not at Gotham Artists attempting to be a jack of all trades, you can find her at local concerts, catching a movie, or reading in a park.

John Ajodah

Executive Assistant

John was already in the building when Gotham Artists moved to 5th Avenue and no one knew how to ask him to leave so he works here now. John's main role is to make everyone else look better by comparison. John enjoys performing stand-up and painting. He is originally from New Jersey, but hey, no one is perfect.
Gotham Artists

554 5th Ave. 6th Floor, New York, NY 10036

646-873-6601

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