stephen ashley blake

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

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

Founder, Vice President

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 ulrich

chief development officer

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.

angela higgins

chief Operating officer

With 25 years in strategic and tactical corporate leadership, Angela is Realm’s organizational and operational freight train. Her command includes driving internal operations and managing trans- department performance to ensure milestone, timeline, and deadline compliance, all while ensuring best standards and practices. She’s an authority in corporate logistics, cost controls, cash flow management, revenue and resource forecasting, profit and loss analytics, services procurement, internal and contractual budget compliance, burn rate monitoring and metrics, human resources, performance reviews, critical program evaluation, systems analysis, corporate committee oversight, vendor compliance, and performance metrics tracking. And her laugh just makes everyone feel good.

garner millard

chief investment officer

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.

steffany predosa

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Steffany sources and manages strategic partnerships at Realm, identifying and developing corporate, creative, media, and production partners that align with the company’s mission and goals. She concurrently maintains an independent consulting business where she advises companies on building strategic partnerships, structuring social media management, and building infrastructural capacity for strong growth. Committed to fostering the heath, welfare, and education of our nation’s underserved youth while paving futures of opportunity for them, Steffany serves on the board for a nonprofit that provides free counseling to at-risk youth, and has worked tirelessly to build community relationships while sourcing private grant funding.

tina marie labruzzo

Chief Marketing Officer

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.

billy childs

composer

Beloved by audiences around the world, five-time Grammy-winning composer Billy Childs forges breathtaking blends of jazz, orchestral and choral music. His Holocaust epic “The Voices of Angels,” a moving choral and orchestral setting of writings of children from the Terezin concentration camp, was premiered by The Los Angeles Master Chorale to rapturous acclaim. He has composed for and/or performed with Sting, Yo- Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Alison Krause, Renee Fleming, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Freddie Hubbard, Dave Holland, Ron Carter, J.J. Johnson, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Detroit Symphony, The Kronos Quartet, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The American Brass Quintet, The Dorian Wind Quintet, The Ying Quartet and violin luminary Rachel Barton Pine.

diane white-clayton

choral director

Internationally acclaimed gospel arranger Diane White-Clayton has captivated audiences from Los Angeles, Toronto and London to Paris, Sweden and Norway. She has brought down the house as Artistic Director of the famed Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers; Artistic Director of the Washington Performing Arts Society; Composer-in-Residence at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Vocal Workshop Clinician at the Disney Performing Arts Conservatory; Choral Conductor for Andraé Crouch; Artistin-Residence at Appalachian State University and Westmont College; Professor at Loyola Marymount University; Scholar-in-Residence at Grinnell College; and Founder and Choral Conductor of the celebrated Sacred Praise Chorale.