08/08/2012 (press release: closeupnow) // Addison Witt, CEO
a well-established Hollywood renaissance man. When he is not making the careers of his roster of fine actors, he can be found running film festivals, hosting Hollywood red carpet events, rescuing dogs, appearing on TV, promoting diversity in Hollywood, teaching children to act, and coaching actors of all ages.
Now Witt can add “international TV personality” to his list of multi-talents. He is one of the judges of Britain’s Itv2’s new reality show Top Dog Model, a competition series to find Britain’s most talented canine. In the U.S., Witt starred in the very first reality series featuring a canine pet agency on Lifetime’s Off the Leash. In Top Dog Model UK, Witt shares the judges panel with three young British talents: Ashleigh and Pudsey (the dancing dog sensation), winners of the 2012 Britain’s Got Talent competition, singer Stacey Solomon, runner-up in the UK X-Factor show, and top fashion model Lilah Parsons. The show will air in the UK in September, 2012.
At WEM, Inc., Addison Witt represents actors in film, television and theater, including a string of successful child actors whose careers have spanned a decade. Most notably, he has represented and coached actor RJ Mitte, who plays young Walter White, Jr. on the cast of the AMC Emmy-winning TV show Breaking Bad since the age of 13. WEM was instrumental in securing the lead role in the new dark TV comedy series Bullet in the Face, airing this fall on IFC. Award-winning actor Jose Yenque is up for his second Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film (Miss Bala) and will appear on the pilot episode of the new NBC comedy 1600 Penn, starring Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman.
This year, Addison Witt has taken on the additional role of film festival administrator. On the Board of Directors of the 2012 Burbank International Film Festival, Burbank, Ca. (Sept. 5-9, 2012), Witt is Director of Marketing & Public Relations. The film festival aims to promote independent filmmakers and offers special distribution workshops to teach young filmmakers the business of successful filmmaking. The opening night gala celebrates diversity in film and TV with an advanced screening of the documentary “Cinemability”, which examines the portrayal of disability story lines in film, TV, and advertising and reflects on the media’s role in shaping the inclusion of diversity in society.
Witt is deeply involved in promoting diversity in Hollywood, and is the creator and co-producer on a reality series featuring RJ Mitte as host. The series will follow the life and speaking engagements of RJ, who has lived with Cerebral Palsy since childhood, highlighting the advances made with disability in America. Witt and Mitte have collaborated with I AM PWD (SAG/AFTRA/Actors Equity), NDI (National Disability Institute), PACER National Center for Bullying Prevention, and UCP (United Cerebral Palsy).
Addison Witt is an NAACP Theater Award nominee, a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity, and the Alpha Psi Omega national theater fraternity. He is frequently invited to speak on local radio, University panels, Access Hollywood, and talk shows on the business of entertainment.
Contact: Addison Witt, CEO
Witt Entertainment Management, Inc.
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