IT TAKES TEAMWORK

We believe in partnerships and are dedicated to keeping our partners’ brands strong and relevant through compelling and targeted messaging across all media and audiences. We provide an unequaled balance of old-school network know-how and diverse, innovative ideas.



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JOE TAMANINI President

By the age of 2, Joe Tamanini was singing commercial jingles by heart. By 4, he was calling out products on grocery store shelves by their taglines. In grade school, he had his TV watching limited to an hour daily to ensure friendships beyond the ones he had with the people on the small screen. From an early age, it was pretty safe to say Joe would one day work in television and marketing. Joe joined the Emmy Award-winning Studio City in 2003 as a production intern and steadily took on bigger roles until ultimately being named President in 2011. His ability to create compelling marketing strategies, brand messaging and visual dialogs - while keeping clients comfortable with creative decision-making - has played an pivotal role in his rise in leadership. During his tenure, Tamanini spearheaded the creative direction to secure multiple Olympic campaigns and the FIFA Women’s World Cup; as well as maintained the stewardship of TV’s biggest shows including “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Live! With Kelly.” His creative strategy, as well as his ability to guide and oversee the day-to-day creative process, has been instrumental in the company’s success. Joe excels in taking large, out-of-the box creative ideas and refining them to the client’s needs - resulting in award-winning campaigns and spots. He has personally won multiple PromaxBDA North America Gold and Global Excellence Awards and was a two-time PromaxBDA Rocket Award finalist.

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stu weiss Chief Creative Officer / Owner

After 5 prolific years as a teen radio personality, and one failed attempt as Weekend Weatherman at WBNG-TV / Binghamton, NY, Stu created award winning on air marketing spots for CBS, ABC and FOX affiliates in New York, Ohio and L.A., before thriving in NBC’s legendary “Must-See-TV” promo department where he rose to their VP, Creative Advertising. When the temptation to ‘do something more’ became too big, his NBC bosses, John Miller & Vince Manze supported the start of his new outside agency, Studio City. 20 years later Studio City has become the largest, most successful independent broadcast marketing agency in history. In 2007, Stu launched Studio City's Original Content division, producing network television's first MMA Competition series, IFL Battleground, and breaking ratings records for MyNetwork. Stu then created and became Executive Producer of FOX TV’s first nightly entertainment news show, Dish Nation, which has been renewed through 2017. Currently, he’s focused on bringing more innovative content to the broadcast/cable landscape. Stu has already announced plans to relocate back to his beloved NYC where he will oversee Studio City’s East Coast base, while eternally hoping a Big Apple radio station will hire him away to do “Weather on the 1’s”.

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Armen Grigorian Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Under Armen's watch, Studio City has maintained its dominance among the most technologically advanced post production facilties, operating seamlessly from NYC to LA. Through Armen’s strong alliance with AVID Technologies, Studio City has become one of the premiere test sites for many of AVID’s emerging technologies. Additionally, he has served as the Chief Technology Officer and technical supervisor for Dish Nation, a nationally syndicated Twentieth Century Fox property created and produced by Studio City. Prior to Studio City, he worked as field support and integrations specialist through various studios including Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, and Universal Studios. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California in Kinesiology and Biomechanics.

By the age of 2 he was singing commercial jingles by heart. By the age of 4 he was pointing to items on grocery store shelves and reciting the taglines to various products. Finally, his parents had to limit his TV watching to one hour per night to ensure he would actually interact with real humans and not the ones trapped inside the TV screen… Needless to say, from an early age, it was evident that Joe was going to work in the television and marketing industry. Joe Tamanini joined the Emmy Award-winning Studio City in the fall of 2003 as a production intern and quickly rose through the ranks serving as Producer/Editor, Head of Creative Development, Creative Director, Vice President, and finally took over as company President in 2011. During his tenure, Tamanini has spearheaded the creative pitches and creative direction that has secured Studio City multiple NBC Olympic Campaigns, The FIFA Women’s World Cup, “The Monopoly Millionaires’ Club,” “Hot Bench,” “Live! With Kelly and Michael,” “Criminal Minds,” “Burn Notice,” “White Collar,” “Hot In Cleveland,” “The Dr. Oz Show,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Star Trek,” “South Park,” and more. His creative strategy as well as his ability to guide and oversee the creative process has been instrumental in the success of Studio City. Joe takes large, out-of-the box creative ideas and helps refine the messaging to the client’s needs, all the while creating award-winning campaigns and spots. His ability to create compelling marketing strategies, brand messaging and visual style while keeping clients comfortable with creative decision-making has played an intricate role in his quick rise to president. During his career he has won multiple PromaxBDA North America Gold and Global Excellence Awards, and was a two-time PromaxBDA Rocket Award finalist.

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Dudley Beene VP of Creative Services

Since the day he first took the batteries out of a remote control, Dudley has had a knack for making people watch things. Working for Nielsen by day and attending the Groundlings by night, he knew his love of marketing and comedy had to come together. In 2004 Dudley joined Studio City where he leads the creative team in award-winning campaigns that are compelling, irreverent and markedly original. He's been awarded eight Promax Gold awards and two Emmy nominations so you know he owns a tuxedo. Dudley is a graduate of UT Austin with degrees in Liberal Arts and Theater. [Which helped when he had to teach an audience of Queen Latifah fans to dance. See, it was a practical major.] He recently produced a feature film, he likes to build things, and he throws a totally awesome theme party.

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Eric Linger Production Finance Manager

“Sorry, we went over budget” is a phrase Eric prevents Studio City clients from ever hearing. The budgets for thousands of spots, campaigns, special projects and original shoots are reviewed by Eric annually. He is recognized industry-wide as one of the most trusted names in production finance. When he sets a budget, his oversight sees that it stays there. Prior to joining Studio City, Eric worked at American Public Television, WCVB-TV Boston, and at CBS Television Distribution. He earned a B.A. in Television/Video Production as well as a B.S. in Marketing Communications: Advertising and Public Relations from Emerson College, and is currently pursuing his M.B.A. at Pepperdine University.

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Mark Ramos Production Finance Director

Mark Ramos handles many of the daily financial operations of Studio City and the myriad of complexities of the agency’s Human Resource concerns. The budgeting and forecasting of the hundreds of Studio City’s production and post-production projects has been Mark’s primary focus. Mark’s expertise comes from his 20+ years in the marketing and finance departments of such powerhouses as Paramount Pictures, CBS Television, and the Fox Broadcasting Company. Mark's passion is driven by his true love of finance and Studio City’s enormous spectrum of productions. In his off hours, travel, wine and dogs, and wine, keep Mark stable and working at full efficiency.

Since the day he first took the batteries out of a remote control, Dudley has had a knack for making people watch things. Working for Nielsen by day and attending the Groundlings by night, he knew his love of marketing and comedy had to come together. In 2004 Dudley joined Studio City where he leads the creative team in award-winning campaigns that are compelling, irreverent and markedly original. He's been awarded eight Promax Gold awards and two Emmy nominations so you know he owns a tuxedo. Dudley is a graduate of UT Austin with degrees in Liberal Arts and Theater. [Which helped when he had to teach an audience of Queen Latifah fans to dance. See, it was a practical major.] He recently produced a feature film, he likes to build things, and he throws a totally awesome theme party.

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Lou Montecastro Controller

Lou oversees the financial reporting and overall coordination of the Business and HR Departments of Studio City. She started her career in the entertainment industry with Lucasfilm in Marin County. She moved back to Los Angeles and held a management position at Paramount Pictures Licensing Division. While serving as Director of Finance for Paramount Picture’s Marketing Division she made a serendipitous connection with Studio City. In her free time, Lou is busy binge-watching classic movies, Westernizing mom’s South Pacific recipes, and keeps up with her high voltage family.

“Sorry, we went over budget” is a phrase Eric prevents Studio City clients from ever hearing. The budgets for thousands of spots, campaigns, special projects and original shoots are reviewed by Eric annually. He is recognized industry-wide as one of the most trusted names in production finance. When he sets a budget, his oversight sees that it stays there. Prior to joining Studio City, Eric worked at American Public Television, WCVB-TV Boston, and at CBS Television Distribution. He earned a B.A. in Television/Video Production as well as a B.S. in Marketing Communications: Advertising and Public Relations from Emerson College, and is currently pursuing his M.B.A. at Pepperdine University.

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Mel Blaney 

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