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May 30, NEW YORK, NY –Illustrator Andrew C. Robinson was announced as the winner of the The National Cartoonists Society “Best Graphic Novel” Reuben Award for the New York Times #1 Best-Selling graphic novel, “The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story.” The announcement was made on Sunday, May 25, during an awards ceremony in San Diego.

On the heels of Robinson’s win, the author of “The Fifth Beatle”, Vivek J. Tiwary, will speak at TEDxFultonStreet’s inaugural event on June 10, 2014, at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. The event will bring together a mix of entrepreneurs, technologists, artists, architects, thinkers, dreamers, scientists, and doers – creative individuals that seek inspiration from an immersive and cross-disciplinary experience. Tiwary will be presenting on the story of Brian Epstein, the visionary manager who discovered and guided the Beatles to unprecedented international stardom. THE FIFTH BEATLE film adaptation, written and produced by Tiwary, has Peyton Reed (BRING IT ON, THE BREAK-UP) signed on to direct and Academy Award-winner Bruce Cohen (AMERICAN BEAUTY, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK) is attached as producer as well. The process of casting the lead role of Brian Epstein is currently underway.

“I’m honored and excited to speak at TEDxFultonSteet, where I’ll share the secrets of my discovery of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein’s inspiring life story,” Tiwary said. “I hope that my audience will walk away filled with the confidence required to chase and realize their most impossible dreams.”

TEDxFultonStreet attendees will hear from over 25 thought leaders who have each changed the world, in the area(s) of technology, entertainment, or design. These creatively inspired individuals will talk about how their innovations came to be, their research, or their visions for the future. The day will consist of four segments: from Fantasy to Reality; from Private to Public; from Analog to Digital; and from Out of the Blue.

For more information on TEDxFultonStreet, please visit http://tedxfultonstreet.com/. Tickets for the event are available at http://bit.ly/txf2014, with a 10% discount for “The Fifth Beatle” fans available at http://bit.ly/txf2014-VT14.

For more information on The Fifth Beatle, please visit: www.thefifthbeatle.com.


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, and for speaking engagements by Zach Radoski at APB Speakers.


About Andrew C. Robinson

Growing up on the family farm in Florida, Andrew C. Robinson was quite the daydreamer, with a huge fascination for artists like Frank Frazetta, Walt Simonson, and his influential older brother, Roby. Before graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Andrew landed his first professional comic-book job. His career began illustrating short stories for Dark Horse Presents. Since then, he has seen his paintings published by all major comic-book publishers in the industry, contributing beautifully-illustrated covers for such titles as Detective Comics (Batman), Hawkman, Starman, Action Comics (Superman), Iron Man, X-Man, King Conan and Justice Society of America. Andrew is also a writer and a creator, and he continues to work on his own creation, Dusty Star. Andrew’s sequential art can also be seen in the pages of Batman Black and White #5, which came out this year. Currently he’s illustrating covers for The Wake, Winter Soldier, The Seventh Sword, Batman Year Zero and Batman Detective. Andrew lives in Altadena, California, with his lovely wife Leah and their daughter Ella.

To learn more about his art and projects, visit www.NextExitComics.com.

To purchase Andrew’s prints, art books and original art, please visit www.essentialsequential.com.


About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration.

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