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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Ken Cioe of ‘Dam Short Film Festival’: “Make yourself as versatile as possible”

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Mauri Dark: “Be brave and challenge yourself”

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Jonas Myrin: “Don’t chase a hit song. Chase a real life!”

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Bill Lango: “Do your best for an audience of one”

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Annabel Gutherz: “Don’t strive for perfection”

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Brana Dane: “Surround yourself with others who know more”

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Nakia Reynoso of the Blues Grifters: “Be bold. Make yourself known. Choose connection”

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Dilan Jay: “Create your vision, and then work toward it”

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Samantha Heuwagen: “Saying no is okay”

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JENNA Nation: “The best thing you can give someone is your support and love”

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Andy Edmunds: “find your own healthy alternate-endorphin thing”

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Danny Greenberg of Bridges and Tunnels: ” It means nothing if you don’t enjoy who you do it with”

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SOUVLAKI: “Be humble”

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Victoria Pelletier: “Learn from the constructive criticism”

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Venus Morris Griffin of ‘Meybohm Real Estate’: “Be direct and be vulnerable”

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Dr. Michelle Rozen: “If I could do it- so can you”

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DeAngelo Belcher: “Being yourself is important”

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