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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Sarah Nisbett of Drawn: “This is going to be really hard”

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Tom Tikka of The Impersonators: “Own your band name”

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Will Joslin of Joslin Book Enterprises: “Remain friendly, but don’t compromise”

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Anat Deracine: “Create cohesion before clarity”

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Christopher Farrar of ‘Call Me Kat’: “I wish someone would have told me that acting is a muscle, and you must use it, practicing everyday just like you would do for a sport.”

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Connor Dean of Penny Arcade Pictures: “You are going to have a lot of rejection in this business”

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Danny Resnick of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus: “Read. Learn. Listen”

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Jon Udell: “Learn the structure of a pop song”

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Ethan, Virginia, Luke & Carter of Burn the Jukebox: “You can’t please everyone”

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Robert Andrew Wagner of The Little Wretches: “Somebody who knows somebody who knows something is going to give you a chance”

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Faith Richards: “Trust your gut and trust your vision”

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Big Homie Kodaq: “Record Everything”

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Jacqueline Piñol: “Trust your gut”

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Colin Cowie of ‘The Gold Standard’: “Through my anecdotes and advice”

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Dasha of Quadio Records: “Make the music that you would want to listen to”

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Walter Sternlieb: “Opening a gallery is much more than just hanging up work on a wall”

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Auriel Roe: “Carry a writer’s notebook ”

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Mason McNulty: “I wish someone had told me that you audition for one thing and sometimes end up getting something completely different”

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Robert Berk of Pinball Expo: “That it would grow to the point it did”

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Gordie “Crazylegs” MacKeeman: “Hire a booking agent”

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Joe Symes And The Loving Kind: “Shows don’t always go to plan, and for many reasons”

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John Strotbeck of Overnight Media Group: “Grit”

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Elizabeth Leslie: “Be yourself. That’s what makes you stand out”

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Demi Ramos: “Hold on tight”

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