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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Ella & Mia Allan: “Just because you book something doesn’t mean you should stop working hard”

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Michelle Tomlinson: “Don’t let anyone talk you out of your dreams”

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Paula Crown: “Divide your day, my mornings are reserved for uninterrupted artistic work”

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Katherine Thomas of SOUNDR: “You will learn just as much about music as you will about yourself”

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Elizabeth Owens: “It’s okay to promote your work”

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Daniel Angelus: “You will need to put in the work, to get the music in front of people’s faces and in their ears”

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Katherine Geren: “Create your own work”

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Flor Bromley: “Go for it”

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Yael Cohen Aris: “Sometimes it’s better to be smart than right”

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Bleu: “Most careers in music will inevitably morph in many ways over the years”

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All-4-One: “You can’t help everybody”

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Kimberly Montini of Cranium Entertainment: “You know more than you think”

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Jodi Meltzer: “Too much pride won’t get you anywhere”

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Lexie Stevenson: “Surprise yourself, not the audience”

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Liz Kennedy Of Beauty Magnet: “Being an entrepreneur is a rollercoaster”

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Jay Denton of ENDURE Studios: “Don’t wait on opportunities ”

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Emoni Matthews of Blaze Unlimited: “Entertainment is the driving factor of popular culture”

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Ajeet: “Be kind”

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Wallis Schriver, WALLIS: “I wish someone told me how much work goes into putting out music”

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Chris Wagner of White Label Productions: “Work hard. Nothing replaces a strong work ethic.”

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Raphael Groten of ‘Happily Ever Now’: “Believe in your gifts”

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Curt Chambers: “I always listen to my gut because my gut always knows the truth”

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Kylie Morgan: “Be the friend you want to have”

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Robert Bannon: “HIRE YOURSELF!”

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