About Our Team

San Francisco gives us access to some of the best production professionals in the world. Our experienced team is committed to make Open Mic Showcase one of the freshest new formats to hit television in a long time. This show will be a real treat for viewers and participants.


 

 


 

 

 


 

Mike Fleming- Creative Director; West Coast Video Productions,

Mr. Fleming has 30 years experience in Live Event Teleproduction and Post-Production. He has successfully produced programs requiring International travel as well as multi-city domestic projects. His clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Target Corporation and Hewlett Packard, Non- Profits and Government Agencies like EPA and The National Park Service. He has directed prominent leaders of business, entertainment and government in both studio and location productions.

Over the years Mr. Fleming has been an innovator and leader in both the local and national video community. He has presented at several National Video Conferences and has taught video production and post-production for the past 10 years. One of his specialties is the ability to build a strong production team that is specially suited to the project.

Additionally Mike has strong connections in the music community, having recorded and played professionally in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years. He is the principal of westcoastmusicians.com offering a full range of Music Publishing services to artists. His involvement in CD and Music production has been of great assistance to many Bay Area artists. Currently he is the host of Open Mic Talent Showcase at The Canvas, one of San Francisco’s most successful new Live Music Venues.

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Cynthia Zeiden- Distribution Producer; Zeiden Media,

Cynthia is a National Trustee and Activities/Programs Chair for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and Past President of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter. Cynthia manages marketing and distribution for many public television programs including, "Tommy Tang's Let's Get Cooking," "IPO: Investing Pays Off," "NETworth: Use the Net, Increase Your Worth," "High Tech Home," "Digital Journey" and many others. She was the Program Manager at KCSM-TV, a PBS station in San Mateo, CA (1995-1999) and the Director of Broadcast Operations at WYCC-TV, a PBS station in Chicago (1992-1995).

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Allen Lam- Audio Engineer/ Sound Designer; dba Allen Lam / Professional Audio

Music and sound are Allen Lam’s passion. As staff engineer at Mill Valley’s world famous Sweetwater, and Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage (the oldest continually operating folk club west of the Mississippi), Mr. Lam works regularly with the world’s most respected musicians, as well as new artists at those venues’ Open Mics. High production values are the hallmark of his work and that is why he was selected as the Chief Sound Engineer for San Francisco’s annual Festival of Harps, as well as the S.F. World Music Festival in 2001, both featuring unique acoustic instruments from around the world.

Mr. Lam has written articles for "Onstage" magazine, including the definitive study on techniques of amplifying acoustic stringed instruments to maintain their natural timbre. Much of his time is spent engineering performances for artists in the areas of folk and world music, jazz and swing, gospel and choral, as well as rock and pop. Recently he completed Sound Reinforcement Engineering for the production of a new musical, "My Gypsy". Past achievements include Resident Sound Designer at Oakland Ensemble Theatre, as well as designing production facilities for O.E.T and A.C.T Theatre in San Francisco. Additionally he has designed and installed audio facilities for on-line and off-line video editing suites.

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Jeff Belbey- Technology Integrator; Belbey Technical Services

Mr. Belbey has a unique combination of talents in multi-media, video production and music. In the 1980s, he worked on many NYU Graduate Film School projects including the Merit Award Winner of the 1990 International Student Film Awards. In the early 1990s, he produced several programs including projects for The Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound Program, The Nature Conservancy and The Natural Resources Defense Council. He also produced videos for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the City of Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks, (Urban Resources Initiative).

Upon returning to California in the mid 1990's, he studied Information and Multimedia Technology at Mira Costa College, San Diego, leading to the position of Lead Technical Support Engineer at Macromedia Inc., the leading Web development software company in San Francisco. He is accomplished in a wide variety of web and multi-media development software including Flash, Dreamweaver, Authorware, Coldfusion, Fireworks, and Adobe Premier.

Jeff is also an accomplished musician as well as a successful Music Event Promoter, having just produced San Francisco’s "Best of the Open Mics" show.

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Helynna Brooke- Business Manager; the Brooke Company

Helynna Brooke brings excellent adminstrative talents to Open Mic Showcase. As Executive Director of San Francisco's Mental Health Board she has led a team which created a landmark training program for SFPD in dealing with mental illness. This program led to California State Law being passed so that all communities in California will have advantage of this training. Prior to this position, Ms. Brooke led the effort to build a supportive housing model for Glide Community Development and was successful in raising over $10 million to create this landmark development.

Ms. Brooke's experience includes legal work for a National Bank and she is an active board member on the GEDC which is currently developing a major real estate project in downtown San Francisco in partnership with Hilton Hotels. She also has launched her own successful internet sales company. Helynna is very active in local and statewide political groups giving her unique access to leaders in all walks of life.

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