Gotham Artists is here to make your job and your life a lot easier. We will work closely with you to secure the perfect personality for your event. When you contact us, you will work with an agent who is an expert on a vast array of speakers, entertainers and artists. You can trust us to offer our honest opinions on any artist you may be considering.
Gotham Artists understands your event should be the highlight of the year for your organization. We will be with you every step of the way to guarantee it. Our staff is available 24/7. Our job is to make memorable and unique events for your organization, and to make you look great in the process. We believe our business is only as strong as our relationships. That's why Gotham Artists works tirelessly to create enduring partnerships with our talent and clients.
Gotham Artists is proud to be an industry leader in green business practices, minimizing paper consumption and buying offsets for artist air travel. Gotham Artists loves giving back to charities and non-profit groups. If you're booking an event for a charity or non-profit, please let us know.
Alec Melman and Daniel Ymar co-founded Gotham Artists. They met while working for one of the largest speakers' bureaus in the country, and have a combined 10 years of experience handling big name talent and major events.
Alec Melman, Partner
Alec was raised in Brooklyn, NY, attended Manhattan's Stuyvesant High School, received his B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from New York Law School. His passions include writing, music, comedy, film and television production. He enjoys playing ice hockey at Chelsea Piers and currently resides in New York City.
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Daniel Ymar, Partner
Daniel grew up in Rockville, Md. and earned his B.A. in Economics from New York University. His first experience in the entertainment industry was in the New York office of Endeavor Talent. After graduation he worked in the news production division at NBC before moving on to CNN's Politics Department. Daniel is happily married with three beautiful children and resides in Atlantic Beach, New York. He enjoys surfing and playing the drums.
Michael Gottesman, Vice-President
Born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, Mike attended The Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire before venturing to New York where he received a B.A. from Hofstra University. During college, Mike became intrigued with the entertainment industry and interned at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C., MTV Networks, and Sony BMG. After graduating, Mike moved to New York City and began pursuing his passion. He has worked for The Agency Group, Central Entertainment Group, Scott Rudin Productions, and Paradigm Talent Agency.
Mike's interests include music, film, sports, politics, and travel. He currently resides in New York City.
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Ben Anshutz, Comedy and Music Agent
Ben was born at a very young age in Newport Beach, California. After graduating from Cate School in Santa Barbara, he headed east to Tufts University where he received his BA in English and Music. Days after his graduation in May of 2011, Ben moved to Brooklyn, New York to pursue his passion for music and entertainment. By day, Ben is an agent working with some of the largest names in media. By night, he plays in various bands around NYC.
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Samantha Friedwald, Director of Operations
Samantha was born and raised in Westchester, New York (which is not upstate). She received both her B.S. in Film and Television as well as her Certificate in Screenwriting from Boston University. She worked in script development, casting and production before joining Gotham in 2012. Samantha is continually diversifying her array of experiences within the entertainment industry. In addition to reading and screenwriting, she enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her Bernese Mountain dog, Bubba.
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