Amantha Walden
Amantha Walden
Event Consultant // Creative Event Producer

Friends Night Events

Creative Event Producer and Consultant

March 2016 - Present

Freelance Creative Events Producer and Consultant. Past clients include St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, AOL, and TnGLE.

Most recently developed and produced Queen USA, the largest national transgender beauty pageant as a part of the inaugural TransNation Festival which featured 36 national contestants, 4 national transgender and gender non conforming performers including Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles, The Prancing Elites, Our Lady J and a duet with Former Miss America Betty Cantrell, Queen USA 2015 Hailie Sahar & Our Lady, emcees Candis Cayne and Curly Velasquez and 12 judges – Caitlyn Jenner, Angelica Ross, Flawless Sabrina, Kelly Osbourne, Gia Coppola, Alexandra Billings, iO Tillet Wright, Michaela Mendelsohn, Geena Rocero, Former Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, and Nicole Ramirez. Jill Soloway received the “Champion of Change” award and gave a poignant and inspiring acceptance speech.

Adult Swim

Senior Director Of Adult Swim Events & Talent

January 2012 - March 2016

Executive in charge of strategy for Adult Swim events and activations as well as talent relations for the network.

Responsible for developing innovative integrative events and opportunities for Adult Swim, including the Adult Swim Fun House National Tour (Named Adweek’s Best in Show at SDCC 2013) sponsored by KFC and Hersheys as well as live adaptations of Adult Swim programs, including Dethklok, Eric Andre, Tim and Eric, and most recently an Adventure Time musical adaptation and most recently the pop-up drive-in experience.

Oversaw Adult Swim presence at San Diego and New York Comic Con.

Worked closely with Turner Ad Sales and Branded Entertainment to create and sell projects to brand partners, including multiple college tours.

Reported directly to the head of Adult Swim, Mike Lazzo, EVP.

Adult Swim

Director of Music

January 2007–December 2011

Executive in charge of Cartoon Network’s music division.

Responsible for building a record label and music strategy for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. Developed music initiatives such as the Singles Program that continue to be sold to brand partners.

Music supervisor on all Cartoon Network and Adult Swim series.

Adult Swim/Cartoon Network

Label Manager, Williams Street Records

January 2007-January 2009

Velocette Records

Co-Owner/President

2001–2006

Founded independent record label in 2001. Ran daily operations including administering recording funds to artists, managing inventory, and all marketing and promotion.

Home to bands Beulah, Jucifer, The Glands, Vic Chesnutt, The Party of Helicopters, Brass Castle, Jack Logan, Brute and Kevn Kinney.

Capricorn Records

Director of Product Development

1999-2001

Supervised all aspects of touring, marketing and promotion for label’s artists, including such multi-platinum acts as 311, Cake and Widespread Panic.

Education

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL 1993–1996
BFA PHOTOGRAPHY/FILM 1996
Studio Art Centers International
Florence, Italy 1992–1993
Bennington College
Bennington, VT 1991-1992

Awards

Event Tech Awards 2014
Silver Award for Best Use Of Projection Mapping for Meatwad Full Dome Experience
Silver Award for Best Use Of Event Technology and Data Collection for Adult Swim Fun House and Meatwad Full Dome Experience

Professional Activity

Georgia Music Foundation Board Member
2012-Present
Guest Lecturer and Board Member of University of Georgia’s Music Business School
2006-Present

Queen USA Beauty Pageant

Cosmopolitan: Behind the Curtain at the 2016 Queen USA National Trans Beauty Pageant
The Advocate: Jill Soloway: Queer People Must "Create Their Own Propaganda"
Broadly: Bold and Beautiful: Behind the Scenes at America's Biggest Trans Beauty Pageant
The Guardian: TransNation Queen USA 2016 Celebrates Beauty in Pictures
Vice: Inside the 2016 Queen USA Trans Beauty Pageant
W Magazine: Inside Queen USA, the Transgender Beauty Pageant at the First TransNation Festival

Adult Swim Drive-In Tour

Adweek: Adult Swim Is Touring the Country With a Pop-Up Drive-In Theater

San Diego Comic-Con 2015

NPR: All Things Considered: Want To Get Inside Your Favorite TV Show?
‘Robot Chicken,’ ‘Childrens Hospital,’ ‘We Bare Bears’ & More Heading to Comic-Con

Adult Swim Funhouse

Adweek: The Five Best Brand Activations We've Seen at Comic-Con
Entertainment Weekly: Comic-Con 2013: Adult Swim Fun House? Let's Go!
LA Weekly: The Simpsons, Adult Swim and Assassin's Creed Create Interactive Comic-Con Experiences

The Eric Andre Show Live

The Hollywood Reporter: Eric Andre Brings his ADD Act to L.A.'s Fonda Theatre
LA Times: Live Review - The Eric Andre Show gets messy at the Fonda Theatre

Williams Street Records

Billboard: Adult Swim Is Making A Massive Splash In Music
Queen USA Pageant
Adult Swim Pop Up Drive-In Pilot Event
Adult Swim Fun House Tour
Meatwad Full Dome Experience
Comic-Con Reel
The Eric Andre Show Live Tour
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