Our goal at Upstate Cats Entertainment, LLC is to be an honest, upfront and professional company that provides exceptional product and services to our clients and customers. We also build strategic partnerships with other professional entities to further our commitment in delivering an excellent Upstate experience and product. This along with our "get it done" approach to all of our projects no matter how big or small, has allowed us to successfully thrive in a turbulent and ever changing industry since 2005. We welcome you to experience a company that is truly about quality and commitment with YOUR needs in mind.
We are a multi-faceted production, management, consulting, and acquisitions firm that works with major corporations, small businesses, schools, colleges, various brands, governments, associations, record labels, not-for-profit organizations, and private individuals. Our team and collaborative partners have extensive experience and backgrounds in music, film, fashion, television, sports, and publishing. Our portfolio of work has allowed us to work with notable entities such as BET, MTV, VH1, Spike TV, music albums, television documentaries, and other various projects throughout the world. We strive to be the best at what we do by simply being ourselves and recognizing our strengths in the demographics we serve.
Our team has over 30 years of combined experience in the entertainment and corporate industry. This wealth of experience allows us to fully comprehend almost any situation pertaining to the many facets of the business, allowing us to make very sound business decisions with favorable and desirable outcomes. Each team member possesses a unique skill set and professional background that allows for easy navigation through most situations in an ever changing, and competitive industry.
Rob Lee is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and producer from Rochester, NY who became an executive in the music industry earlier than most. His talent, knowledge, drive, dedication, and innovative thinking were major factors in this becoming so. He started out as an artist with a development record label where his business acumen was quickly recognized and took him from Vice President, to eventually Co-CEO and collaborated with the likes of Sony Records, MCA Records, Universal Records, MBK Entertainment(Alicia Keys), and others. After serving in this capacity he then moved on and decided to start Upstate Cats Entertainment beginning the company's focus on music production and management. Within the first year of inception he negotiated a deal that led Upstate Cats Entertainment to musically producing the first TEXT 40100 commercials that were featured on BET, MTV, VH1, and Spike TV. This type of innovative thinking and leadership has led the company to now execute business in the areas of music, film, sports, television, consulting, and publishing. Rob Lee lives in New York City where he continues to build business for the company and help lead Upstate Cats Entertainment into being a premier business conglomerate worldwide.
Larry Young began his career in the entertainment industry as the head of security for legendary Motown superstar Rick James. This is where he would see the business first hand and learn many methods of business and innovation from one of the most creative minds seen in music. His ability to maintain impeccable order and safety earned the trust of some of the most legendary entities and names in the business. This would include acts such as New Edition, Bobby Brown, Silk, Keith Sweat, Bell Biv Devoe, Akon and many more. He also served as manager for the R&B group Silk at one point in their careers. He’s a world wide black belt Karate champion, who has trained many students that have gone on to hold prominent positions in many professional areas of business. He currently serves as marketing manager for music group The Upstate Cats.
Jennifer is a managing partner at Avant Garde Management Group and Jacques Beaulieu LLP. A results-driven, knowledgeable attorney with extensive, diversified experience. Jennifer has had a multifaceted career as an attorney, with her roots starting her career as an Assistant District Attorney. While there, she worked on complex White Collar Felony Cases and Violent Felony Cases. As an Assistant District Attorney, Jennifer tried over thirty trials and maintained a very high conviction rate which deemed her as a closer. This type of result evolved her in getting an offer with the Law Firm of Shaw & Associates after serving as an Assistant District Attorney for four years. As an Associate, she worked in the Corporate Litigation division and had an opportunity to work on a licensing deal with the NBA and ESPN. Jennifer was then promoted to the banking division where she worked on federal regulations and complex equity transactions. After being recruited by JPMorgan Chase and she shifted gears and accepted a position as Assistant General Counsel, Vice President where she worked in the Litigation Division. Jennifer wears many hats and also works as a manging partner at Avant Garde Management Group, a multi-faceted consulting firm. Jennifer is a Sports agent with the NBA and also oversees the branding and endorsements division. When Jennifer is not working she is committed to community outreach and wellness causes
Kevin, professionally known as "Chosen", is a very talented and experienced music producer, engineer, artist, and graphic artist. He has a wealth of music knowledge and is a consummate professional when overseeing any projects he is affiliated with through Upstate Cats Entertainment. This professionalism allowed him to serve as managing director for the same development label that Rob Lee was an executive for, and worked with many well known music personalities and entities. During his time at the label he cultivated the sound of many artists from across all genres, maintained and operated a full fledged recording studio, and was instrumental in keeping clientele interested in doing daily business with the company. His corporate management experiences in conjunction with his artistic skills and personality, allow him to make all parties involved with a project comfortable and fully engaged on producing a high quality outcome.
Mr. Root is a national award winning writer, filmmaker and educator. The acclaimed writer Nikki Giovanni, one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 Living Legends, selected Root’s White Rats as Story of The Year for the International English Honor Society when he was a graduate student. His scripts have been recognized by some of the country’s most prestigious competitions, including The Francis Ford Coppola New Century Writing Awards, NYU’s Tisch School, The Nicholls Fellowship Competition and the Austin Film Festival. In 2005, he co-wrote with Nicholas DiBella the stylish teen noir feature Cherry Crush starring Nikki Reed (Twilight) and Jonathan Tucker (The Ruins). Distributed by First Look Entertainment, the micro-budgeted film was ranked in the top 25 of most rented movies during the early weeks of its domestic release. Root’s work won the 2009 GEVA Theatre’s Regional Writers Showcase Competition. In 2011, Root’s illustrated children’s book S.O.S.: Save Old Santa was published, and his documentary feature film, Bliss, which focuses on people pursuing their passions, in post-production. Most recently he co-wrote and co-produced another project starring James McDaniel along with Lynn Whitfield titled Kings Faith, that has also continued on a successful path since being released in 2013. Root's latest project is a coming of age satirical novel, Saul's Sacred Quest.
Revelle Hayes “Q” Harper is a multi-talented music professional who is proficient as a live show producer, music producer, sound engineer, stage/sound/light manager, vocalist, songwriter and music artist. He is highly capable of running a live show or music production for performing artists as well as commercial product campaigns for commercial companies. This unique skillset eventually led to his introduction into the world of show and tour management stateside as well as internationally. From intimate eclectic music lounges to large scale concert venues, “Q” has extensively worked with such known artist as: Gill Scott Heron, Roy Ayers, KRS 1, Public Enemy, Busy Bee, Jessica Care Moore, Saul Williams, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Pumpkinhead, Bush Babies, Boogie Monsters and INI (Soul Brother records). The smooth execution of a show is what any featured performer or show attendee will always remember about their show experience. When it comes to “Q”, his commitment to detail and making sure the presentation of any product or artist is what makes him a sought after professional in his field. He resides in NYC and currently serves as Tour Manager for The Upstate Cats.
Our team takes an an entrepreneurial approach with our clients, by leading and educating them along the many routes of business affairs and equipping them to become their own functioning entity eventually. Our many years of experience allow us to navigate and lead a client with confidence and help make the right decisions to advance their career or strategic business plan. We are extremely selective on who we decide to take on as a client in this category.
Our management consulting services focus on our clients opportunities as we guide them to making sound business decisions for their company or brand. Our solid relationships within the industry allow us to have direct conversations with key decision makers or those who have influence on finalizing a business deal. It is also our relationships that allows us to gain access to certain individuals or situations that ordinarily a client would not have access to.
We house some of the best talent in the business in live performance, along with studio and music production. Our years of music industry experience and wealth of contacts allow us to create and manage opportunities for our clients such as recording contracts, distribution, agreements, and music production deals. Currently we work with the largest Reggae label in the world where the legendary Bob Marley recorded his first studio album.
In our film division we have Oscar and Emmy winning producers and directors under our umbrella who are readily available for clients and advertising agencies. This ranges from full feature theatrical releases to major television networks. Once a client has identified and their execution strategy and budget options, we then begin the process of assembling the right team for the project. We can also execute national TV commercial campaigns, both brand focused and direct response, to effective corporate communication films for a range of business sectors. Such as but not limited to finance, charitable organizations or the public sector. Our affiliates are highly skilled and have worked on notable projects ranging from major motion pictures to mainstream television networks.
Our publishing division allows us to work with book authors, script writers, and song writers, aligning them with major publishing entities that can validate various works within the marketplace. There are many talented writers that only see their compositions go so far when they are not able to align with the right publishing entity. We are able to make this happen by taking the time to assess each client's needs and place them with the right publishing platform.
In our sports division, we are aligned with major entities that can help provide services or fulfill needs in a variety of areas. We are aligned with leading sports and training facilities and various professional leagues such as the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, PGA, AND LPGA. Services provided here can include but are not limited to appearances, hosted events, community service, or sponsored programs. Once a client's needs are assessed a strategic plan is then put together for execution.
In community relations, we are big believers in giving back to our community whenever possible with our various platforms. We have and continuously participate in this practice through volunteering at events, giving sponsored product, or collaborating with non-profit organizations that provide services ranging from young children to senior citizens. Community service is something we take great pride in and believe is the foundation of our success. A successful community will always result in a successful business community for all to enjoy!