AGH TELEVISION CEO, CREATOR
TRUE PLAYER ENTERTAINMENT, INC. CEO, PARTNER
AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER, EDITOR, PHOTOGRAPHER, LECTURER AND MUSICIAN
AGH TELEVISION PARTNERS: CURT SMITH AND THOMAS LEE BOTTOM
MANAGER: CURT SMITH of ZERODISC MANAGEMENT
SALES AGENT: DAVID DINERSTEIN of D2 FILMS
"Chad Calek is a revolutionary. The type of person who reinvents the rules and sidesteps the commonality of Hollywood."
- John Soltes, www.hollywoodsoapbox.com
As an award-winning filmmaker that's successfully navigated the shark-filled waters of the entertainment business for over two decades, Chad Calek provides the overall vision, voice and creative direction for 100 percent of the products released by AGH Television. In addition, Calek is also the driving force behind AGH TV's unique "grassroots" approach to marketing and promotion, as Calek's belief in the power of social media, combined with his passion for the sincerity created by face to face interaction with fans and supporters, has played a defining role in establishing AGH Television as not only an independent film and distribution company, but as a full-fledged "entertainment" company, that since its inception in 2011, has hosted over 280 live touring events in the United States, Canada and Australia.
"When it comes to the arts, whether you're talking about music, comedy, poetry, film or dance, in my opinion, nothing compares to the live show. It's not only the best way for fans and supporters to experience you vision, but as an artist, the live show is the only setting that offers 'real-time' reactions and responses to your work," says Calek. "You have to keep in mind that anyone can 'hype' their film. Anyone can brag about their own talent. Anyone can talk shit. But eventually, the time will come where you just have to hit 'play' and screen the film. Love it or hate it, the audience will let you know, as 'real-time' reactions are not agenda driven. While some artists may find this challenge to be a terrifying prospect, it's a challenge that I welcome with open arms, as I find nothing more fulfilling than hosting live events throughout the world."
AGH TELEVISION PARTNER
TRUE PLAYER ENTERTAINMENT, INC. PARTNER
AGH TELEVISION EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
AGH TELEVISION PARTNERS: CHAD CALEK AND CURT SMITH
"While the importance of reliable financial backing cannot be overstated, neither can the character of Thomas Lee Bottom, as his faith, passion and dedication to AGH TV has forever changed the landscape of what is possible. I'm extremely blessed to have Thomas as business partner that patiently mentors me, an Executive Producer that passionately supports my vision, and as a friend that's always been there for me."
- Chad Calek, AGH TV Creator & Director
As a world traveler, a collector of memorabilia, a paranormal enthusiast and a fan of the arts, Thomas Lee Bottom is a unique individual, to say the least. As a native Texan, Bottom's past successes in the world of finance and investments has allowed him the financial freedom to do with his life whatever he chooses. But unlike others who have been fortunate enough to find themselves in the same position, Bottom chooses to give back in an extremely unique fashion. As an avid supporter of independent music and film, Bottom is constantly scouting the world for innovative independent artists with a trademark style that deserve the chance to be seen and heard. In addition to attending live events in the U.S. and abroad, as a firm believer in the power of social media, Bottom is also extremely active in the online space. In fact, to date, Bottom has financially backed 45 different independent film and music projects on the popular crowd-sourcing websites "Kickstarter" and "Indiegogo". And while Bottom admittedly sets the bar high in regard to those he chooses to support, in a modern entertainment business that has completely abandoned the process of developing talent over time in order to reach both artistic and financial fruition, to those who gain Bottom's support, his belief in "fostering" talent, rather than "flipping" it, sets him a part from the pack as a true angel investor. And last, but not least, in addition to supporting artists, Bottom is also an avid sports fan that is actively involved with several local athletic teams in his home city of Reno, Nevada, including the University of Nevada Wolfpack Football and Basketball teams, the Triple A Reno Aces baseball team, the Reno NBA D-League's Reno Bighorns basketball team, and "Reno 1868 FC", the brand new Reno USL soccer team, in which as a season ticket holder for all of these teams, Bottom attends as many games as time allows.
AGH TELEVISION PARTNER
MUSICIAN AND TALENT MANAGER
AGH TELEVISION PARTNERS: CHAD CALEK AND THOMAS LEE BOTTOM
“Over the course of the 22 years that I’ve known Curt, as my manager, he has passionately fought to protect my creative vision. As a friend, while suffering moments of self-doubt, he's not only urged me to maintain my faith in my abilities, but he’s demonstrated what is possible if you do. Through both his actions and his counsel, Curt has also taught me the true value of loyalty and the importance of maintaining your integrity at all costs, as the best way to avoid the sharks of Hollywood is to never allow yourself to become one."
- Chad Calek, AGH TV Creator and Director
President of Aviron Pictures
Chad Calek's Sales and Distribution Strategist
President of D Squared Films
Co-Founder of Paramount Classics
Former President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Lakeshore Entertainment
Former President of LD Entertainment
Former Senior Vice President of Marketing for Fox Searchlight
Former Head of Marketing for Miramax
David Dinerstein is one of the most accomplished industry executives and has been responsible for distributing some of the most significant independent films in the past 20 years. He has built and managed several independent companies from their inception, including Fox Searchlight and Paramount Vantage. He started his career as the head of marketing at Miramax where he oversaw the campaigns for many iconic films including "Pulp Fiction," "The Piano," "The Crow," and "Clerks". His films have garnered over 90 Academy Award Nominations and 15 Academy Awards including those for "American Hustle" and "Her." Dinerstein helped launch the careers of numerous iconic filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderberg, Paul Greengrass, Justin Lin, Sofia Coppola, Baz Luhrman, Jane Campion and Kevin Smith, just to name a few.
Another filmmaker that Dinerstein believes in... is Chad Calek.
PRODUCER, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, WRITER, EDITOR, DIRECTOR
"A human being is a part of the whole called by us 'universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
― Albert Einstein
Holstein has been working in the industry for nearly 20 years, beganning in 1995 as a production and locations assistant on Warner Brothers, "Twister" and moving into various other independent film projects. In 1998 he co-authored/co-produced the feature film "The Private Public" which found international distribution including the Showtime Network. He soon after co-founded True Player Entertainment with Chad Calek and produced and directed photography for many music videos as well as various other indie projects. Holstein worked with Calek to develop AGHTELEVISION.COM in 2012 as a online distribution platform for the company's content. SEE FULL RESUME BELOW
INDEX CASE VOCALIST / PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN
AGH CORE UNIT INVESTIGATOR
TALENT MANAGER: CHAD CALEK OF TRUE PLAYER ENTERTAINMENT AND CURT SMITH OF ZERODISC MANAGEMENT
INDEX CASE LABEL: Self Distributed
"If destiny has an ounce of justice, the work of Edgar Allen Poe, Lord Byron and Joe Ansley will mentioned, without pause, in the same breath. Joe doesn't write lyrics. He paints them. He doesn't use meaning. He creates it. He doesn't connect words... he tangles them. While Joe may not be a 'jack of all trades' when it comes to his artistic abilities, he's a king of his craft when it comes to the music of INDEX CASE. And we've been fortunate enough to document the person behind the music, which is every bit as fascinating."
- Chad Calek, AGH TV Creator and Director
At the age of 16, Joe Ansley began his musical career as the front man for a band called Index Case from Indianola, IA, which sits just on the outskirts of Des Moines, IA. It was during this time that Ansley became close friends with Chad Calek, who was a member of the Ames, IA, band 35 Inch Mudder, which oddly enough, unknown to Calek when he first met Ansely, 35 Inch Mudder was the local band that inspired Ansley to become a musician in the first place.
After years of playing shows together and sharing the stage, Ansley and Calek eventually began working together on a professional level, as Calek began managing Ansley's musical career, in which Calek would often go on tour with Index Case. It was through these tours that Ansley and Calek would learn that in addition to sharing the bond of creating and performing original music, they also had a similar interest in the paranormal, as both had suffered horrific childhood experiences with the "unexplained". But long before Ansley and Calek began making films about the paranormal... there was the music.