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.
Italia Gandolfo, has over 20 years’ media experience ranging from a top Hollywood Talent & Literary Agency, Publishing, Advertising, and Film. She began her career at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) during the tenure of Founder/CEO, Michael Ovitz. Gandolfo researched classified projects while coordinating and assembling development information (domestic and foreign) for talent agents, writers, directors, producers, actors etc., and was in charge of the agency’s library of confidential screenplays and manuscripts. She later moved into the independent publishing arena as an acquisitions editor. Gandolfo is the Founder and CEO of GANDOLFO HELIN & FOUNTAIN LITERARY MANAGEMENT. GHL is a full-service literary and dramatic rights agency with a presence in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville. They manage the development, publishing, producing, and licensing of client property including commercial fiction, non-fiction, personal memoirs, original teleplays, and screenplays. With a background in both publishing and Film/TV, GHL supports client projects in a wide array of media possibilities from books to film. The GHL team includes publishing industry veteran, Agent Renee C. Fountain, from Harcourt and Simon & Schuster.
A twenty-five-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 an experienced publishing professional. In 2011, Ryan was part of the executive leadership team that founded Radiant Advisors, a data and business intelligence research and advisory firm, where Ryan developed and launched the company's editorial and research divisions, and later its data visualization practice, for clients that included household names in entertainment and media (21st Century Fox Films, Fox Networks, Warner Bros., Disney).
In 2016, Ryan took her industry experience into academia, where she served as an active member of the New Jersey Big Data Alliance. She was previously an active researcher at the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute where she leads a team studying digital literacy. Ryan is an award-winning professor of data analysis and business communication at Rutgers University. She is a prolific 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). In 2017, Ryan launched Black Spot Books, a traditional small press focused in speculative fiction. To date, the company has released over a dozen titles, fueled by its wide distribution and strategic publicity partnerships. Ryan currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). She was recognized as a 2020 Star Watch Honoree by Publishers Weekly.
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration: Entrepreneurship and Strategy, and 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.