Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Founder, Chief Operating Officer
Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Founder, Chief Operating Officer
stephen ashley blake
A forty-year entertainment industry veteran, Stephen cut his teeth as a young cinematographer on a slate of tremendously profitable micro- budgeted genre films. He later parlayed these no- waste indie production strategies to the music video sector, producing universally acclaimed music videos with world-class production value at a faction of typical cost. Some time later, when Stephen read Andrew Ward’s Dark Midnight When I Rise and discovered the almost unbelievable true story of this choir of young warriors taking the world by storm as they conquered hate with songs of hope, all other work came to a halt. Passionate about bringing this inspiring true story of redemption and light to our often dark, troubled world, Stephen and his wife Sonya mortgaged their home, acquired the rights to Dark Midnight and embarked upon adapting the Jubilees Singers’ epic story for the silver screen.
sonya kay blake
As co-founder of Realm, Sonya brings an extensive history as a strategic catalyst in the corporate, political, and charitable sectors. As a Director in the Los Angeles Office of Economic Development, she authored wide-ranging economic programs for the City’s small businesses. As California’s Director of the Office of the Small Business Advocate she chaired the Governor’s Small Business Task Force and advised state leadership on legislative and regulatory matters affecting the State’s four million small businesses. She has served as President/CEO of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Executive Director of the Santa Monica College Foundation, Director of Corporate Giving at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and has sat on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Regional Purchasing Council. Concurrent with her work at Realm, she serves as President/CEO of The Valley Economic Alliance.
jonathon elliott ulrich
A multinational producer and co-founder of Pango Productions in New Zealand, Jonathon brings a mastery of global production to Realm, having produced hundreds of hours of television for broadcast throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australasia, Africa, and the Middle East. Jonathon has produced cutting-edge content for Warner Bros., Entertainment One, Country Music Television, BET, Travel, History, TLC, Television New Zealand, Maori TV, RTÉ Ireland, Yamaha, Jim Beam, Ernst & Young, Food Channel, Living Channel, Fairfax Media, Air New Zealand, and other globally recognized firms. A Cleveland, Ohio native, he’s a Buckeye at heart and spends his free time with his Irish wife (from Cork), children Rocco (6) and Emme (4), and dog Bear.
Dr. Paul T. Kwami
As Music Director and Recording Executive Producer of the multi-award-winning Fisk Jubilee Singers®, Dr. Kwami’s passion for the African-American spirituals has blazed a celebrated legacy for the storied choir. He has led the Jubilees in triumphal tours of North America, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Under Dr. Kwami’s direction, the ensemble has garnered a multitude of achievements, honors and awards, including the National Medal of Arts, Recording Academy Honors, Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, induction into the Music City Walk of Fame, induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Dove Award, and just this year, the 2021 Best Roots Gospel Album Grammy for the ensemble’s album Celebrating Fisk! The 150th Anniversary Album.
Nicole leads Realm’s financial endeavors while guiding the company through its current capital raise, structuring the company’s financial strategy, and managing third party relationships. In addition to her leadership at Realm, she concurrently serves as a Management Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). In this role, she advises on mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, carve-outs, and new company stand-ups for strategic and private equity clients, serving as the primary point of contact to senior management stakeholders while coordinating teams across 15+ workstreams to evaluate and execute on multi–billion-dollar deals. Prior to PwC, Nicole served as Financial Analyst for Wells Fargo’s International Investments Group, where she assessed alternative investment opportunities specifically focusing on the bank’s exposure to corporations in Europe.
Garner heads the investment experience at Realm ensuring our Investment Partners understand our overarching corporate vision, receive frequent updates on production while engineering the back- end partnerships for a seamless investment experience. Garner concurrently works as Regional Vice President of Origination at ATEL Capital Group, where he consults Fortune 500 CFOs and treasury teams and directly manages 300+ domestic and international clients including Amazon, Boeing and Walmart on CAPEX, OPEX, cashflow planning, project budgeting, financial model customization, investment risk assessment, and identifying investment portfolio opportunities. Previously, as Business Development Consultant at Oracle, Garner advised Fortune 500 executives on communications infrastructure planning and ERP solutions.
tina marie labruzzo
Tina Marie has led high-impact marketing and management campaigns for global media and financial services organizations including American Express, Financial Times, and Showtime Networks, for whom she developed multi-channel communication strategies, negotiated corporate agreements, implemented launch and engagement plans, and leveraged partnerships to exceed revenue targets. As a senior Management Consultant for Fortune 500 companies, she has developed global marketing and communication strategies, and guided market expansion efforts to support a $1 billion product portfolio. Passionate about giving back to the community, Tina Marie advises fintech startup entrepreneurs through New York Barclays Accelerator, and mentors children sidelined in the foster care system through Hope For Youth.
A young, seasoned campaign strategist, Albert brings his formidable experience in the political arena to bear in leading Realm’s campaign to engage the worldwide public in the development, production, and promotion of Steal Away to build an early pre-distribution fan base for the movie. Albert’s sphere of operations includes digital outreach, youth outreach, forging strategic partnerships, volunteer recruitment and deployment, and liaising with the media. He has served on a presidential campaign, two winning Washington State House campaigns, and a New York City mayoral campaign; led large-scale Get Out the Vote operations; and worked as a Political Strategy Consultant. Dedicated to humanitarian service, Albert is a Community Emergency Response Team volunteer, certified to treat victims of large-scale disasters.
An internationally renowned social media influencer, Joy is an Instagram, Twitter and Facebook content creator, distributor, social media strategist, and promoter with a passion for film, music, storytelling and social justice. Her mastery spans copywriting and editing; producing content from inception to launch; sourcing, analyzing, and managing industry data to identify market trends; and writing targeted copy to grow traffic across demographic channels. An influencer with a global following, Joy’s social media reach spans North America, Europe, and New Zealand. Personally, she’s an insatiable reader and writer with a fervor for stories about human connection, and a passionate believer in the power of music to transform.