Vesuvian Media Group
A Books-to-Film Multimedia Corporation
CHANGING THE MODEL OF MEDIA COMPANIES
Vesuvian Media Group (VMG) is composed of industry veterans with decades of experience in entertainment, publishing, and representation.
By creating our own ecosystem through Vesuvian Books and Vesuvian Entertainment, VMG captures the consumer from the moment the story is born. We want to touch the people who read books to escape and to feel. VMG takes the pioneers of the new publishing paradigm and gives their audience what they want—stories that will be remembered for generations to come—in print and on screen.
And how do we know what’s popular before the market becomes saturated and moves on?
Where it starts: boots on the ground, grassroots word-of-mouth from the readers. VMG is virtually on the “front lines.”
Ellsworth is a veteran at running multi-million dollar corporations, an experienced publisher, and a business and software developer. Ellsworth was Chairman of Premier Publishing, which was acquired in 2013 by Open Road Integrated Media. Ellsworth is President and COO of PHP Agency, a financial services marketing organization. Previously, Ellsworth was CEO of GoTV Networks, a developer and publisher of enterprise-grade rich media applications, whose clients included the NFL, NASCAR, and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Ellsworth led the company through a financial and strategic turnaround followed by an acquisition in 2011. Before joining GoTV, Ellsworth served as Executive Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Development at JAMDAT Mobile, the largest wireless games publisher in the world. He was a core member of the team that drove the start-up to its successful IPO (acquired by Electronic Arts). Prior to JAMDAT, he was Vice President of Incubator Development (corporate venture capital) at Sprint. Ellsworth managed the fund that invested in companies that forged new paths including JAMDAT, Helio, and Boingo.
Ellsworth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration; Marketing from California State University, Northridge and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
A thirty-year veteran in International Business, Griffie works with Hong Kong development teams to determine what front line business needs will not be met by the enterprise solutions. Bridging those gaps and driving overall company success through streamlining, standardization, and automation, her solutions have provided substantial savings in excess of 7 figures per year.
The daughter of a rocket scientist and an artist, Griffie is an award-winning author and volunteers with EXP, who unites business people and educators to prepare students for a meaningful place in the world of tomorrow.
Lindy Ryan is an entrepreneur, award-winning professor, and a publishing professional. In 2011, she was part of the executive leadership team that founded Radiant Advisors, a business intelligence and advanced analytics research and advisory firm, where Ryan developed and launched the company's editorial and research divisions, and later its data visualization practice, for clients including entertainment and media companies such as 21st Century Fox Films, Warner Bros., and Disney.
Ryan took her industry experience into academia where she served as an active member of the New Jersey Big Data Alliance. She was an active researcher at the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute where she led a team studying digital literacy and is now a professor of visual data analysis at Rutgers University. She is a speaker at conferences worldwide and the author of numerous papers and two textbooks, “The Visual Imperative: Creating a Culture of Visual Discovery" (Elsevier) and "Visual Data Storytelling with Tableau" (Pearson).
Ryan is the founder and president of Black Spot Books, a small press of speculative fiction that was acquired as an imprint of Vesuvian Media Group in 2019. The company is fueled by its traditional brick-and-mortar distribution and strategic publicity partnerships. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and was recognized as a 2020 Star Watch Honoree by Publishers Weekly.
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Entrepreneurship and Strategy, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, and a Doctorate in Education, Organizational Leadership.
For the past decade, Gareth Worthington has lived in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, working in medical and business intelligence. He operates at both global and local levels within scientific affairs, market access, commercial strategy, and corporate infrastructure management. Worthington provides business support relating to product development and acquisition, regulatory and official body guidance, and evidence generation. He assists with brand strategy and execution, which includes competitive intelligence and business analysis to drive brand, portfolio, and corporate strategy. In addition, he develops and manages strategic communication, education, and publication programs for individual brands, franchises, and entire portfolios, internal training, and infrastructure development.
Worthington holds a degree in marine biology, a PhD in Endocrinology, and currently educates the World's doctors on new cancer therapies.
Gareth has hand tagged sharks in California; authored award-winning science fiction novels; and trained in various martial arts, including Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, and MMA at the EVOLVE MMA gym in Sinagpore and Pheonix KampfSport Switzerland.
Born in Plymouth UK, Worthington currently resides outside of Zurich, Switzerland.
Nick has worked in multiple areas of the entertainment industry including television and film production, development, and coordinating. Upon graduating from UCLA, Nick worked for the CEO of Bright Idea Entertainment. While assisting with all levels of production, Nick worked on Martin Lawrence’s successful comedy tour, Doin’ Time, as a Production Coordinator. After having the opportunity to work with Queen Latifah and Will Smith’s production company on the pilot to the Queen Latifah talk show, Nick transitioned into working directly for her production company, Flavor Unit Entertainment. During that time, Nick worked with the CEO and the President of Production on the successful television show, Single Ladies for VH1, while developing projects for Mike Epps, Mary J. Blige, and Dwayne Wade. Nick also worked on Queen Latifah’s multiple-Emmy nominated film, Bessie, which was co-produced with HBO.
After working with the VP of Drama Programming at HBO who oversees the critically acclaimed show, Game of Thrones, Nick transitioned into his current position working with the VP of Talent Development.
Nick is president of Artistic Vision Entertainment, which is developing multiple film/TV projects including Checkmate, based on a true story and forthcoming novel by bestselling author, AnnaLisa Grant.