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Tom Walker – President/Executive Producer twalker@digitalcafetour.com
Tom Walker is a leading expert in indie music online marketing and a cutting edge media producer. Tom is the founder of Indie Rock marketing machine, Friday’s Child, and a co-founder of Digital Café Tour. A graduate with Highest Honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Film and Television Department, Tom worked in motion picture development for Frank Oz Productions and as Director of Creative Affairs for Batfilm Productions, creators of the “Batman” movie franchise.


Under Tom's leadership, DigitalCafeTour.com won three TELLY awards for 'Best in Space' for Internet concerts. DCT's production team developed a proprietary method for creating studio quality audio in even the most hostile live music environments. DCT produced over 100 live concert and comedy events in its 6 years of operation. Currently, Tom is executive producing a concert/documentary series called "NJ Live" for PBS, with initial distribution to WNET, WLIW and NJ-TV. WNET is DCT's distribution partner out to the remaining national PBS markets.

A classically-trained musician and producer, Tom founded Friday’s Child in 1996. Within a year, his relentless marketing efforts saw the band headlining major national venues and sharing stages with other prominent recording artists. Tom created the most comprehensive in-store, café music tour ever conceived by an Independent artist. Friday’s Child toured Borders Books and Music stores, colleges, and medium-sized venues all over the country. Concurrently, when most artists were struggling to get conventional airplay, Tom found a place for Friday’s Child on emerging Internet radio. His Internet radio concert broadcasts hit millions of listeners on-line and catapulted the Friday’s Child trademark to the top of the underground/indie scene. The band was voted Best Rock Band by 2 million on-line listeners with three songs tied for number 1 on Internet radio stations. By 2002, Tom/Friday’s Child was cited in best-selling Music Industry How-To book, “The Real Deal: How to Get Signed to a Record Label,” as an acknowledged expert on guerilla Internet music marketing.

In 2012 , Tom's award winning songwriting earned him a publishing deal with Round Hill Music (RHM). RHM concurrently acquired several hit Beatles songs. Via RHM, Tom's songs are being placed in cable television series, films and advertising campaigns. In addition, Friday's Child's upcoming album is being produced by Bob Johnston, producer of the most seminal works of Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen... the list goes on.

In addition to his work in producing music and video content, Tom holds multiple black belts in Chinese and Filipino martial arts, with 12 years additional cross-training in Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. His passion for this hobby led him to co-found 5 Rings Martial Arts with training partner, Anthony Buzantian. 5 Rings brought in grappling legend, Anthony Argyros, and a group of aspiring Mixed Martial Arts fighters as talent for a new MMA documentary show called "Modern Day Warrior." With the pilot already shot by DCT, "Modern Day Warrior" will bring fighters infused with the true spirit of the traditional martial arts to the MMA cage.

Rob McNeely – Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs robmcneely@gmail.com
Rob McNeely served as the main attorney for Creed through more than 20 million albums sold and performances before more than one million fans worldwide. For the past six years, Mr. McNeely has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching a popular Entertainment Law course at The Florida State University College of Law. As such, he has acknowledged expertise in all areas of the entertainment industries, especially music and technology. He has also performed entertainment and corporate legal services for numerous other bands, artists, and producers, too, including gold-selling Sevendust. He has also served on the Executive Council of The Entertainment and Sports Law Section of The Florida Bar and is an active presenter and speaker and entertainment industry events and conferences.
Mr. McNeely, a co-founder of Digital Café Tour, has also represented and negotiated deals for production companies, management companies, record labels, songwriters, recording artists, and authors. He has litigated various entertainment-, copyright-, and trademark-related issues in state and federal courts from Florida to Illinois to Pennsylvania to Nevada.

A former award-winning journalist, Mr. McNeely earned his Juris Doctorate with high honors from the FSU College of Law in 1993, where he served as an Executive Editor of The Florida State University Law Review and was a Moot Court oral argument champion. Growing up in the suburbs of Kansas City, Mr. McNeely earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism at the University of Kansas in 1981.

Brian Jude – Vice President of Creative Affairs/Producer and Director bjude@digitalcafetour.com
Brian Jude has been credited as a producer, director, screenwriter, production manager, assistant director, production coordinator, editor, and script consultant on feature-length and short films, music videos, television programs, and commercials. His producing and/or directing credits include the feature films The Blood Shed and Under the Raven's Wing, short projects The Pod, The Last Days of Frank Whyte, Cruel to be Kind, Unappealing Visions and ATM Blues, segments of the New Jersey Network's legal program Due Process, as well as a variety of narrative and documentary segments on the CTN cable network program Carpe Diem.

In 2002, Brian became a founding member of Exit 131 Productions, initially a "no-budget" production arm of the New Jersey Salon of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, and which has since evolved into an online networking community for New Jersey filmmakers. Brian directed the group's first short, A Taste of Better Days, which was featured in the Freedom Film Festival in Philadelphia in February, 2004, and produced their third project, The Collector's Item.

Brian received a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting at Montclair State University, and minored in both Music History/Theory and Film. His screenplay, Ride with the Dragons, was featured in the 2002 Independent Feature Project (IFP) Market. In addition to Ride with the Dragons, Brian is also currently developing the independent features Stop Waiting for Regina, Frame of Mind and The Flycatcher. His first documentary feature, The Road Will Always Wind, is currently in production. Brian is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc. and The National Broadcasting Society - Alpha Epsilon Rho.

Rich Haddad – Director of Audio Production/Chief Audio Engineer rhaddad@digitalcafetour.com
Rich Haddad has spent the past 15 years working in various studios, serving as producer, engineer, arranger, technical consultant, artist, artist liaison, and combination thereof. To date, Rich has presided over 1,500 sessions resulting in albums, singles, voiceovers, jingles, radio ads, and film scores.  Since 2003, Rich has been a key member of Friday's Child, where he has handled bass, backing vocal as well as producing and engineering duties.
Since 2005, Rich has served as Chief Audio Engineer for the DCT broadband concert series, and is responsible for all aspects of audio recording, mixing, mastering and post-production.  Rich’s innovation of a proprietary live audio recording was an engineering technique that is no less of a recording than studio quality.

Steve Maio – Director of Video Post-Production/Senior Video Editor smaio@digitalcafetour.com
Steve has spent day and night hunched over a console in a dimly lit edit suite for well over 15 years.  From producing award winning cuts in all-night edit sessions at one of William Paterson University's flat-bed film or video A-B roll suites, to more recent Telly Award winning edits for corporate communications projects at one of New Jersey’s premier Marketing and PR agencies, Steve’s attention to detail, and unique approach has been honed and continues to work towards perfection. 

Digital Café Tour’s signature cutting style and visually striking web-based videos owe their existence to Steve’s guiding artistic and practical sensibilities.  Steve’s technical knowledge has assisted in the finished videos that stand out in a digital world of blurred and stuttering visuals.


Emcee/The Voice of the DCT
Jeff Charone

Director of Photography
Kenneth Kotowski
William Scalzitti (2006-2008)

Camera Crew
Mark Andersen
Martin Cole
Caesar Darias
Rhiannon Hyde
Jonathan Jacobson
Brian Jude
Kenneth Kotowski
Jason McCammon
Chris Praml
Selene Preston
William Scalzitti
Dominick Sivilli

Audio Stage Technicians
Jay Curcio
Leo McClusky
Rob Simmons (2007)
Rob Grosso (2006-2007)
Don Regan (2006-2007)

Gaffers
Caswell Cooke
Martin Cole
Bill Clemis

Assistant Director
Jeremiah Kipp
Rachel Gordon (2007 Christmas Show)

Production Associates
Joe Santarelli
Mary Walker

Assistant Editor

Courtney DeStefano

Color Correction
William Scalzitti

Additional Broaden Your Band Editors
Courtney DeStefano
William Scalzitti

"Broaden Your Band: Music Law"

Production Team:
Dog & Pony Productions
Director: Sherry Anderson
Director of Photography/Editor/Sound: Beau Hester

"Broaden Your Band: The Making of
the Digital Café Tour" Documentarian

Craig Schaivone

Still Photographers
Bill Clemis
Caesar Darias
Antonio Di Benedetto
Justin Fuchs
Kevin Jahoda
Brian Jude
Kenneth Kotowski
Richard S. Legon
Joseph Santarelli
Justina Villanueva

Production Assistants
Luis R. Miranda (2007 Christmas Show)

 

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