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the next evolution of attendance

ettending will not replace live events, it'll just fundamentally change the way you experience them

When events were being canceled en masse in 2020, there was a rush to produce "virtual" versions. These were largely ineffective - almost all sense of what was important was lost with presentations being flat and dull. Two years later these alternatives appear to be here to stay for some events and, although the technology has improved, the complete lack of humanity in these productions remains.

 

We believe there is a fundamental need to give people an opportunity to experience events in real spaces in as real a way as possible, even if they can’t be there in person.

When you can't attend : ettend.

THE COMPANY

ettend is a telepresence company based in miami, giving businesses the ability to electronically attend real life events and spaces around the world

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THE PEOPLE

Lee Savage

Founder and Chief Creative Officer

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Graduate of Drama Centre London, Lee Savage followed in the footsteps of alumni like Anthony Hopkins, Pierce Brosnan, Emilia Clarke, and Tom Hardy. His passion for filmmaking began at an early age and he spent his childhood writing scripts, starring in, and directing films with casts that included friends and family.

From drama school, Lee pursued his budding acting career traveling to auditions and picking up work in commercials, stage, and tv before landing the lead in a full-length feature film. The Hitchhiker was shot on location in South Africa and had its theatrical release in the summer of 2007. Following the film’s launch, Lee was faced with a tough decision: Continue along the typical actor’s path hoping to land a life-changing role or take a hiatus to help his family’s technology business in the Superyacht industry. Family came first and Lee decided to temporarily step away from acting to live around the world and help his family grow their company.

 

But he never gave up on his love of film and theater. He stayed in touch with his acting community, developed his knowledge of equipment, lighting, and techniques and began honing his skills behind the camera. 

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In 2017 he started the internet chat show 'Between Two Yetis', an industry based talk show which focused on discovering the people in the marine industry. This led to the creation of a Studio and a work for hire business.

This brings it full circle to 2020 when the idea for The SHOW LIVE Network was born.

Lee is a traditionalist, he enjoys reading a real newspaper at the weekends, exercising outdoors and his love for the American Diner can only be understood by fellow alien Brits.

THE PEOPLE

Monica Juniel Byers

Chief Executive Officer

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Monica Juniel Byers earned her Bachelor of Political Science and Economics degree at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and her Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts. She has parlayed her childhood tendency towards being “a little bossy” into   25+ years’ experience in US and international marketing, operations and general management including senior level executive experience across the entertainment, digital publishing, luxury, fitness and nonprofit sectors.  

 

After a short post-collegiate career in commercial banking, Monica decided that marketing was a more comfortable fit and began her post-MBA career in consumer products brand management. She then moved to the entertainment industry, establishing the Theatrical New Release marketing group for Fox Home Entertainment International and eventually relocating to London, United Kingdom to oversee marketing for international territories at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Over the years, Monica has established a significant track record building start-up and development stage organizations, beginning with co-founding The J-90 Group, a Los Angeles-based entertainment marketing strategy and research firm with a client roster that included Intel, Capitol Records and EMI. She was also Chief Operating Officer for nascent digital media company Sahara Media Inc.; established a New Media & Entertainment market research practice at Synovate New York; served as USA President at Quintessentially Lifestyle; and was, most recently, Chief Operating Officer at Project EATS, a New York City based nonprofit focused on the intersection of art and food justice. Monica has also served as Founder and Managing Partner at strategy and technology consultancy Tonica Projects for the past decade.

 

An unrepentant hellraiser at heart, Monica spends most of her spare time as bassist for various New York City rock bands and supporting Liverpool Football Club with an unreasonable amount of passion.

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