Edward Sylvan

CEO and Founder of Sycamore Entertainment Group

http://www.sycamoreentertainment.com

Growing up in Canada, Edward Sylvan was an unlikely candidate to make a mark on the high-powered film industry based in Hollywood. But as CEO of Sycamore Entertainment Group Inc, (SEGI) Sylvan is among a select group of less than ten Black executives who have founded, own and control a publicly traded company. Now, deeply involved in the movie business, he is providing opportunities for people of color.

In 2020, he was appointed president of the Monaco International Film Festival, and was encouraged to take the festival in a new digital direction.

Raised in Toronto, he attended York University where he studied Economics and Political Science, then went to work in finance on Bay Street, (the city’s equivalent of Wall Street). After years of handling equities trading, film tax credits, options trading and mergers and acquisitions for the film, mining and technology industries, in 2008 he decided to reorient his career fully towards the entertainment business.

With the aim of helping Los Angeles filmmakers of color who were struggling to understand how to raise capital, Sylvan wanted to provide them with ways to finance their creative endeavors.

At Sycamore Entertainment he specializes in print and advertising financing, marketing, acquisition and worldwide distribution of quality feature-length motion pictures, and is concerned with acquiring, producing and promoting films about equality, diversity and other thought provoking subject matter which will also include nonviolent storytelling.

Also in 2020, Sylvan launched SEGI TV, a free OTT streaming network built on the pillars of equality, sustainability and community which is scheduled to reach 100 million U.S household televisions and 200 million mobile devices across Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV and others.

As Executive Producer he currently has several projects in production including The Trials of Eroy Brown, a story about the prison system and how it operated in Texas, based on the best-selling book, as well as a documentary called The Making of Roll Bounce, about the 2005 coming of age film which starred rapper Bow Wow and portrays roller skating culture in 1970’s Chicago.

He sits on the Board of Directors of Uplay Canada, (United Public Leadership Academy for Youth), which prepares youth to be citizen leaders and provides opportunities for Canadian high school basketball players to advance to Division 1 schools as well as the NBA.

A former competitive go kart racer with Checkered Flag Racing Ltd, he also enjoys traveling to exotic locales. Sylvan resides in Vancouver and has two adult daughters.

Sylvan has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and has been seen on Fox Business News, CBS and NBC. Sycamore Entertainment Group Inc is headquartered in Seattle, with offices in Los Angeles and Vancouver.

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Keisha Blair: “Never, Ever Give Up on Your Dreams”

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Alexa Collins: “I think it’s so important to have your personal time to yourself every single day”

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Riya Aarini: “Don’t quit”

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Rosie Rivera: “Your purpose can be found in the situations that bring out the deepest emotions in you”

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Tom Cridland: “Be a good listener”

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‘Fame Holiday’: “I wish someone told me it could take over 10 years to perfect my craft and be ready for the music industry”

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Iris Waichler: “Don’t put off personal goals until later in life”

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Anita Goyal of Hemraj Goyal Foundation: “Read around the areas that you are weak on and ask for help”

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Sere: “I have none, I have no regrets, I am not that kind of person”

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Kathleen Riggs of Riggs Vocal Method: “Take the opportunities that come your way”

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Sara Paganelli: :Pursue your passion with devotion and consistency.

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Ger Carriere: “Seeing their habits, their attitudes, or ways of thinking”

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Yamilette Cano: “Exercise mindfulness, if fear makes its way into your head ”

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Diane Allen of Eloquent Expression: “Let your worlds collide”

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Aisha Al Hajjar: “Every mother deserves childbirth education and doula services”

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Eric Diamond: “How to develop characters in a script”

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Lamine Lyes Amari: “NEVER stop making your art”

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Herbert Siguenza of Culture Clash: “I have made people laugh and think”

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Azalyne: “Good at their job”

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Conny Conrad: “Diversity should make us inquisitive”

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Sharon Lee De La Cruz of ‘I’m a Wild Seed’: “You don’t need fancy tools to start”

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Tommy Habeeb of ‘To The Rescue’: “Save your money for the downtimes”

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Emeka Mbadiwe: “Hustle hard every single day”

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Beatrix: “Do not settle for less than what you believe is your truth”

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