The i CARES is administered by Phil DiMambro who is committed to supporting industry related functions. He also has the same interest in helping local charities. If you have an industry event or a charitable cause that you would like us to consider supporting, please contact Phill at: theicares@theigroup.com



WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE AWARENESS MONTH

Lindsey Tycholiz The i GROUP, is pleased to announce it’s Women’s Self Defense Awareness Month with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office for the month of October. As part of this initiative, they will be collaborating with the YWCA of Metropolitan Detroit Oakland Branch and the Miss Michigan USA Organization to present free women’s self defense courses.

Sheriff Bouchard The program officially launched on September 24th, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. when Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard, as well as Women’s Self Defense Awareness Month Spokeswoman and Miss Michigan 2009 Lindsey Tycholiz, along with the 2010 Miss Michigan USA winners, host a public and media preview event at the YWCA in Clawson. The preview, which is open to everyone will include information about Women’s Self Defense Awareness Month and demonstrate the key self-defense techniques that women will learn in the class.

For more information, including how to enroll, please click here.



The i GROUP is honored to support Detroit’s Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund in their mission to aid veterans that return home to the United States only to find the level of support for their recovery woefully inadequate. Providing economic support grants to Detroit area veterans, the FWSF provides the compassionate helping hand so many wounded veterans need by raising money primarily through contributions collected during their annual FWSF dinner and auction.

The i GROUP Exclusive Lindsey Tycholiz, Miss MICHIGAN USA 2009, appeared and assisted in the record setting 1000 person event conducted by master of ceremonies Chuck Gadica of WDIV news. We invite all of you to learn more about the FWSF website by visiting fwsf.org.

Phill DiMambro was contacted by the organization Detroit Women in Film & Television to assist in their May 30th conference on Stunt and Motion Capture. Phill suggested they consider something new and was happy to recommend Pam & Thad Johnson, founders of Critical Moves Motion Capture Studio. The i GROUP and Critical Moves have partnered on numerous projects, Pam notes that she and Thad are “always amazed at the high-level of talent The i GROUP has, making our projects successful.” Pam & Thad spoke and demonstrated the art of motion capture acting and filming at the 5E gallery in Corktown, Detroit. Detroit Women in Film & Television’s purpose is to empower, promote, nurture, honor and mentor women in the industry through a network of valuable contacts, events, and programs. Pam noted about the event, “These are amazing women; talented and hard-working, bringing projects to Detroit…the event helped us we to make some great contacts regarding future film and animation projects.” To contact Pam or Thad Johnson at Critical Moves simply visit them at criticalmovesusa.com. To learn more about Detroit Women in Film & Television, please visit their website at detwiftv.homestead.com.

Phil reached out and joined Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson in supporting “Boost Oakland Business”, a not-for-profit organization that provides funds to promote economic development, business attraction, and job creation in Oakland County.

Image with caption When The I GROUP was contacted to provide a speaker for an upcoming legal seminar on our industry, there was no better person for the job than The I GROUP Exclusive and retiring SAG President Laurie Meeker. Laurie graciously donated her time and energies when she spoke at the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Ann Arbor this past May. The seminar, titled “Representing the Celebrity” described the ins and outs of legal representation to an audience of over 60 lawyers looking to gain insight into the entertainment industry.

Laurie informed this cavernous collection of counselors about the perspective of the working talent in the ever-changing entertainment world, focusing on Agents, Contracts and New Technology. Laurie explained that 99.9% of working actors are not celebrities, but hardworking artisans that must share time between their craft and regular employment that pays the bills. The main focus of Laurie’s talk emphasized the enormous challenges presented to SAG and its actors by new technological applications of media, particularly on the internet where videos are seen at a rate of over 9 billion views a month. Laurie noted that this new media market, worth over $2.9 billion in on-line ad revenue alone, is frequently believed to fall outside of the jurisdiction of SAG and AFTRA, a misconception that is erroneous and damaging to the fragile compensation due its actors.

Laurie’s erudite enlightenment left the seminar recipients with a greater understanding of the frequently misunderstood world of acting. The I GROUP, on behalf of the actors we represent, proudly acknowledge Laurie Meeker’s efforts towards improving societies understanding of our craft.


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Exclusive Talent Exclusive Talent This summer The I GROUP was an instrumental provider to the innovative Cristo Rey High School, a work study college preparatory institution for underserved students. Initiating a public outreach program for institutional development that included television advertising, Cristo Rey work study & development director Dirk Cappo reached out to The I GROUP for assistance. Agency talent Sidi Henderson and Foster Braun generously gave their voices to the campaign that describes the unique format of the Cristo Rey program for perspective donors and TV audiences. We would like to thank Sidi and Foster for the generosity in assisting this school that is bringing powerful change to Detroit’s most challenged youth.