Joe Young - Producer / Consultant for Motion Pictures
Joe Young, a Connecticut native, is an award winning cartoonist, filmmaker, producer, writer, and educator. He is the creator of the socially engaged Scruples comic characters and the writer and executive producer of Hartford's first major home grown book-to-film project, Diamond Ruff. In early 2015, Cinedigm Entertainment, the largest independent content provider in the United States, nationally distributed Diamond Ruff. Young is currently the President of Maurice Starr Entertainment/Joe Young! Studios headquartered in Hartford, CT, where he oversees many projects including the visual development of new boy band NK5. He is also the Founder & Executive Director of the youth arts non-profit agency The Joe, Picture This Show/Hartford Animation and Film Institute. He is a former Guinness World Record Holder for creating the World's Longest Comic Strip, which included the participation of thousands of Greater Hartford-based youth. In 1999 he received the prestigious Daily Point of Light Award from the White House for volunteering his time in bringing the arts to otherwise access-less youth. He and his work has appeared in People, Ebony, GQ, US Weekend and Jet Magazine, the Boston Globe, New York Times, C-Span, CNN, the Black Family Channel and other national media outlets (www.joeyoung.org).
Tour Director - Riley Cradle
Riley Cradle is owner of Cradle Records, Nexttorisetour.com, Four Fathers Entertainment, and owns over 15 businesses. He got in the Music business in 2000 managing artists. Riley opened his label in 2002 under Micheal Clark from Sony. Riley's main goal at the moment is to get artists on the road to make new fans and connections.