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Edward Lopatin (Founder and President) of The Marlo Group, a global communications company he founded in 1986. The Marlo Group is based in Los Angeles and has production and satellite business offices in Philadelphia, Seattle and Rome. Having owned an advertising agency and a post production facility, Lopatin brings expertise in all aspects of production to each project.
Since the late 1980’s, Lopatin and his company have been national leaders in public affairs/public education. In the early 1990’s, Marlo created the largest series of health and safety public service announcements for television. This series was distributed nationwide, and received critical acclaim for its role in educating consumers of healthcare services - equipping audiences with the tools needed to make better decisions. Presently Lopatin is in collaboration on a series for television entitled, Through a Monocle. Additionally, he is engaged in development of webcasts in association with GMT World Network and in pre production of several half hour format reality based television shows (ComedyUSA, BuskingUSA/Entertainers of the Streets) and two international documentaries (filmed in Ethiopia, Israel, United Kingdom and Australia).
Mr. Lopatin has also produced several feature length motion pictures. In association with TBN/Sony, Lopatin produced one of the first high definition feature length films, The Revolutionary, filmed in Israel. In addition, Lopatin has produced a number of faith-based, feature length motion pictures and several main stream films. In recent years, Marlo has produced in association with Del-Mar Productions several films which are in worldwide distribution. Currently, Marlo has teamed up with Animal Family Films to develop and produce a series of motion pictures.
The Marlo Group over the years has been honored to be recognized by its peers and has won numerous awards including: International Film and TV Festival of New York awards, Freddys, Hollywood Radio and Television Society awards, Tellys and Clio Awards..
Michael Lopatin (Creative Director) became president of Ralph Lopatin Productions in 1977. Lopatin is the longest continuously operating film production company in Philadelphia (est.1957). Since 1993, Lopatin has also served as creative director for The Marlo Group with headquarters in Los Angeles. The marriage of these two companies provides bi-coastal coverage of the domestic communications market, and facilitates accessibility for our clients across the country. Lopatin has written and/or directed and overseen post-production on over 150 projects for The Marlo Group ranging from training videos to documentaries. Recent collaborations include two pilots for television in development: All About Music and Through a Monocle, a series featuring some of the lesser known museums and collections around the world.
As a lifelong filmmaker, Lopatin maintains a keen interest in the aesthetic and effectiveness of motion picture production. At the same time, as a business owner, he has maintained responsibility for the business side of a company that has been in business for 54 years. He has written, produced and directed more than 350 productions in nearly four decades in the industry. For the last ten years, he has contributed his skills to projects that communicate information and advice that address many of the leading issues the country now faces. Most of his recent work has centered on institutional projects with a specialty in public affairs and the not for profit sector. His collaboration with his brother Ed resulted in Hope for Tomorrow; A Plan for Today, the world’s first autism town hall meeting in 2008. Today his desire to educate and motivate continues to inform his work and the projects he undertakes.
Sallie Damberg (Director of Development) joined The Marlo Group in 1987 merging her own company Business to Business, a successful provider of training videos, with The Marlo Group. Ms. Damberg became responsible for business development and management of the public affairs division working with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the medical community. Ms. Damberg was instrumental in helping The Marlo Group create the largest distributer of medical public services announcements in the nation.
After earning her BA in Communications (Radio & Television) from Washington State University Ms. Damberg began her career working in local network television. Her experience encompasses all aspects of production in addition to her sales and marketing skills. She is currently overseeing a number of projects in the early stages of development including “The Interfaith Project.”
Matt Keelen (Executive Producer)
In 2013 Matt Keelen joined the Marlo Team as a partner and Executive Producer of our recent motion picture “Jimmy’s Jungle”. A joint venture with Animal Family Films. Matt heads up our acquisition division as well as merchandise development for our upcoming projects. Mr. Keelen has had a very successful reign as a lobbyist in Washington D.C.
As the founder and President of the government affairs firm the Keelen Group, Mr. Keelen is a widely known and highly regarded lobbyist and political strategist with over 20 years’ experience building relationships with key figures and a reputation for consistently delivering hard-earned victories.
Throughout his career Keelen has been recognized by both his peers and outside observers for his outstanding networking ability and real world political acumen. He was named a “Rising Star of Politics” and was profiled as a “Mover and Shaker” by Campaigns and Elections magazine. The Hill newspaper has also repeatedly named Keelen one of the top 50 lobbyists in Washington, D.C., now being named the last five years in a row and eight of the last ten.
Before moving into government affairs, Keelen spent 10 years as a political fundraiser and operative. In December 1997, he founded Keelen Communications, a political consulting firm that totaled over 200 political victories.
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