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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Zach Allen and Harrison Marcello of TEMPT: “Stick to your guns”

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Gigi Hozimah of Look At The Wall Productions: “I wish someone told me that being a filmmaker is the most beautiful career a person could pursue”

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Paul Rabaut: “Quit counting”

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Alvin Garrett: “Being able to learn from my challenges quicker would be helpful and even now in my career, I never tell anyone anything that will make their journey easier! “

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Angela Soffe of ‘Bloom’: “Trust your intuition more than rules and advice”

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Serena Hendrix of ‘Adam’s Package’: “Don’t worry about your age”

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Miranda Anita: “Learn every aspect of your business”

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Xavier: “More important lesson is to have fun!”

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Julia Maggio: “You really must get comfortable with “throwing mud at the wall””

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Erin Kinsey: “I wish I would have heard more to “stay true to myself””

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Dr. Carolyn McCaskill: “Never give up!”

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Marianna Varviani of Selcouth: “You will never be 100% ready and perfection doesn’t exist”

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Kyle Stemberger: “Be Patient ”

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Matthew Birch of Our Violet Room: “Don’t put too much stock in what strangers say about you”

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Derek Day of Classless Act: “People may not like to hear this but sing”

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Cindy Ashton: “Trust your preparation and essence”

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Sumbul Ali-Karamali of “Demystifying Shariah”: “I want my readers to understand what’s happening when they see superficial news stories”

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Adam Cole of TruerMU: “Don’t wait until you’re perfect”

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Leslie McIntyre Tavella of Culpeo HR: “Take the time to invest in your people”

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Angela Legh of ‘The Bella Santini Chronicles’: “Allow your child to express their creativity and individuality”

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Rachel Lang: “Trust yourself. You know yourself better than anyone else knows you”

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Dawn Oberg: “You are a songwriter”

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Shaquille O’Neal: “Listen and learn”

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Alexia Jayy: “It doesn’t happen overnight”

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