Alan Ett – Partner
Alan Ett is currently CEO of AECG, a community of companies founded in 1991 that has been focused on the establishment of strong relationships in the production community as a provider of a wide range of services and products. The companies comprising AECG are: The Music Collective, a full service music production company offering creative music services, including composition, music supervision, music editing and music clearance to the entire production community; Media City Sound, one of the fastest growing audio post production facilities in Los Angeles; Opus 1 Music Library, distributing its own products internationally and the exclusive US representative for fourteen of the premier European music library labels; Opus 19, a company that administers commercial music catalogs worldwide; and Axelrod-Ett Productions which currently has a development slate of over 30 projects for various distribution outlets, including the first ever musical for the Hallmark Channel, The Music Teacher.
From 1976 – 1978 Alan was on the faculty of The Berklee School of Music in Boston, Mass. where, among other faculty duties, he was co-founder of what has emerged as the internationally important Berklee jazz Choir and vocal program. At the same time he received the MM in Composition from The New England Conservatory. In 1979, Alan went to Europe to perform a three-week international Jazz concert tour that resulted in a stay of four years and encompassed 12 countries and teaching assignments throughout Western Europe. He has performed with his own groups around the world as well as with Liza Minelli, Sammy Davis, The Pointer Sisters, Lou Rawls and many, many other internationally acclaimed artists.
Upon his arrival in Los Angeles in 1984, he became involved in the computer industry working with a development group to devise the ﬁrst shock mounted 20MB hard disc, the A-O 20. He continued in the hardware and software development arena working on the original version of the production budgeting program “Movie Magic” and consulting with Roland Corporation in the development of the ﬁrst MIDI software, the MPS or Music Processing System.
Mr. Ett then became focused on producing music for the television industry when he received his initial assignments composing and producing music for Columbia Pictures Television sitcoms “Who’s the Boss,” “227” and “Married…with Children.” Since then, he has created musical scores for thousands of hours of television, videos, ﬁlms, commercials, CD ROMs and DVD’s. He has most recently completed his first musical, which will be featured in The Hallmark Channel’s first-ever musical movie, The Music Teacher, for which he will also be the composer. He is also currently the composer for the new Disney XD hit show Kickin’ It.
Mr. Ett completed his BA in psychology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; undergraduate studies in music at University of Miami, Fla. and the Masters of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass. He has been on the faculty of many different institutions worldwide teaching on every grade level from kindergarten through graduate school and remains committed to the evolution of our culture and our children.
Mr. Ett is on the Board of Trustees of the New England Conservatory, a member of BMI, a member of ATAS, and a member of NARAS.
Jonathan Axelrod – Partner
After graduating from the American Film Institute at 17, Axelrod began his entertainment career writing films for Warner Brothers, MGM, and Paramount. He worked on the feature film A Star is Born for Barbra Streisand and worked with such directors as the legendary Stanley Donen, Cy Howard, Elaine May, and John Frankenheimer.
From 1977-1983 Jonathan developed and supervised more than 40 telefilms including the Emmy Winning Jericho Mile, and Friendly Fire. He was also responsible for ABC’s highest rated show The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. He was promoted to Vice President of Drama steering the direction for Dynasty and The Greatest American Hero among many other prime time hits. His tenure at ABC also included a stint as Vice President and Senior Executive of Prime Time TV overseeing all comedy, drama and variety development where he was involved with such memorable shows as Bosom Buddies and Police Squad.
In 1983 Axelrod segued to Columbia Television where he was Executive Vice President of Worldwide Production. There he revitalized the company and put ten shows on the air including Designing Women and Mike Hammer, Crazy Like a Fox and in New York The Mickey Rooney Show. He also helped Columbia become a major supplier of telefilms with such productions as The Blue and the Grey, RFK, Sadat and LBJ the Early Years.
In 1986, Axelrod then took over as president of New World Pictures for a three-year term. For this start up company, he oversaw such feature films as Crimes of Passion with Kathleen Turner and Girls Just Want to Have Fun, as well as the critically acclaimed series Crime Story and the miniseries Sins.
As an independent producer, Axelrod produced the Cable Ace Award winning Against the Wall for HBO, The Secret Passion of Robert Clayton for USA and The Price She Paid for CBS and the syndicated series Hollywood Babylon.
In 1992 Axelrod tried his luck at sitcoms. From 1992 – 2007 Axelrod Executive Produced Dave’s World, followed closely by Can’t Hurry Love, Brother’s Keeper, Movie Stars, and Some of My Best Friends. From 1992- 2003 Axelrod continued his association with John Frankenheimer. Their Company was involved in Wallace(HBO), Andersonville(TNT), Burning Season(HBO) and RFK(FX). In 2006-2007 Axelrod ex-produced the hour drama Sex, Love and Secrets (Denise Richards) For UPN and CBS Studios.
In 2007 Axelrod joined the Obama campaign until Nov. ’08.
Currently Axelrod is the PRESIDENT of AECG.