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‘In Conversation’ with Vivek Tiwary and Billy J Kramer announced for New York Sound City, Monday, March 17th, 2014

New York, NEW YORK (March 5, 2014) – Award winning producer of Broadway shows and films, and New York Times best-selling author of graphic novel, ‘The Fifth Beatle’, based on the life of The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, Vivek J. Tiwary has confirmed he will join this year’s New York Sound City conference for an exclusive ‘In Conversation’ with friend and former charge of Brian Epstein, Merseybeat singer, Billy J. Kramer.

With a feature film on ‘The Fifth Beatle’ currently in production and the 50year anniversary of The Beatles’ US invasion celebrated across the globe, Vivek and Billy J. Kramer join the event at a poignant and exciting time to talk about their work on this incredible project, their experiences and the unprecedented access they have gained to The Beatles music catalog.

David Pichilingi, CEO of New York Sound City, comments, “We are delighted that Billy J. Kramer and Vivek J. Tiwary will be joining the New York Sound City conference, both have enthralling life stories and will provide a fascinating insight on Brian Epstein, who has had a profound impact on them both. It’s an absolute pleasure to have them involved.”

Hot on the heels of SXSW, New York Sound City offers an exciting networking opportunity for the industry, both companies and artists, in one of the most exciting cities in the world. The conversation will top a day of previously announced panels and discussions with international music and media industry professionals.

For further information and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk/home/about/new-york-sound-city.aspx


About Vivek J. Tiwary

Vivek J. Tiwary is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning producer of Broadway shows, film, television, and graphic novels.

He is the producer and writer of “The Fifth Beatle,” a New York Times best-selling graphic novel based on the life of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. “The Fifth Beatle” has secured unprecedented access to Beatles’ music and a feature film is in development to shoot in 2014.  “The Fifth Beatle” will be produced by Academy Award-winning producer Bruce Cohen (AMERICAN BEAUTY, MILK, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK.)

Vivek is attached to lead produce a Broadway adaptation of Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill. The production will include the participation of Morissette, as well as that of Pulitzer and Tony award winner Tom Kitt.

In television, Vivek sold a sitcom pilot “Punk Rock Dad” to CBS, based on the bestselling memoir/parenting manual by Pennywise lead singer Jim Lindberg.  He is developing a number of additional series including Amelia Rules! — a children’s film franchise and television series based on the series of tween graphic novels by New York Times best-selling author Jimmy Gownley.

On Broadway, Vivek’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards from 44 Tony nominations—every single one of his shows have been decorated. They include “The Addams Family,” Green Day’s “American Idiot” (the groundbreaking adaptation of the superstar rock band’s multi-platinum album), Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” (the most Tony Awards ever) and “Young Frankenstein”, “A Raisin In The Sun” (starring Sean Combs), and “A Little Night Music” (starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury). Off-Broadway, Vivek produced a theatrical collaboration between electropop/performance artists Fischerspooner and avant-garde theatre collective The Wooster Group (founded by Willem Dafoe, Spalding Gray, and others) that launched the 2008 Sao Paulo Art Bienal.

Vivek also serves on the Board of Directors for Valiant Entertainment (www.valiantentertainment.com), a multi-platform company that boasts the third largest and most-loved universe of comic book characters and has been hailed by the New York Times as “Marvel 2.0”.

Prior to founding Tiwary Entertainment Group (www.tiwaryent.com) and online music education/empowerment company StarPolish, Vivek held a number of major label music-industry positions, including launching and heading the Alternative Marketing Department at Mercury/PolyGram Records, and managing Video Promotion for Mercury/PolyGram, where he worked closely with MTV and VH1. Vivek has worked with artists covering the entire musical spectrum including Bruce Springsteen, Shania Twain, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, Kiss, LL Cool J, John Mellencamp, Allen Ginsberg, Oasis, Hanson, 311 and The Mighty Mighty BossTones to name but a few.

Among many charitable pursuits, Vivek is the Co-Founder of Musicians On Call (www.musiciansoncall.org), a nonprofit organization that uses music and entertainment to complement the healing process.

Vivek is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of both the Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences. He also holds a filmmaking certificate from The New York Film Academy and is an acting student of Susan Batson/Black Nexxus Acting Studio.

Vivek is represented by Lawrence Mattis and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion 310-253-7777.