Ngoc Nguyen
Ngoc Nguyen
entertainment + sports + philanthropy
 

MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE GHOST PROTOCOL Official Trailer

PARAMOUNT PICTURES

From 2006-2012, I was a National Publicist for Paramount Pictures where I worked on 75+ films and led successful PR campaigns for the STAR TREK FranchiseTHE FIGHTERMISSION: IMPOSSIBLESHUTTER ISLANDCLOVERFIELDSUPER 8, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, SHOOTER, DISTURBIA, WORLD TRADE CENTER and Academy Award® Winner RANGO among many others. On a daily basis, I dealt with top media journalists, secured global coverage (TV shows, print, radio, online) and worked directly with talent and filmmakers including J.J. AbramsMartin ScorseseOliver StoneDavid O. RussellGore VerbinskiBrad Bird and Robert Zemeckis. In 2016, I was a PR consultant for STAR TREK BEYOND.


"Moon Shot" Official Trailer. 

"Girls in Tech" Cinematic Film Series

"Girls in Tech" Cinematic Film Series

GOOGLE

"Moon Shot" Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP) Film Series

Academy Award®-winning director Orlando von Einsiedel, Executive Producer J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot and Epic Digital joined forces with Google and XPRIZE to create a documentary web series about the people competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. The Google Lunar XPRIZE is the largest prize competition of all time with a reward of $30 million and aims to incentivize entrepreneurs to create a new era of affordable access to the Moon and beyond, while inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers.  In 2016, as a PR Consultant, I spearheaded its World Premiere at South by Southwest and global launch for Google.

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"Girls In Tech" Film Series

Currently, I am the Creative Director & Producer for "Girls in Tech," a cinematic film series created to inspire girls in computer sciences where I oversee all development and production efforts and act as the main liaison for our participating directors and talent. The first group of directors for the “Girls in Tech” short film series includes Dev PatelDiane KrugerJohn ChoAna Brenda ContrerasNorman ReedusGina Rodriguez and Octavia Spencer.  

Variety's Exclusive Full Announcement: "Straight Up Films, Google and YouTube Partner on Film Initiative to Inspire Girls in Computer Sciences"

 


 

Children's Defense Fund - 24th Annual Beat the Odds® Awards.

BAD ROBOT

Over the last decade, I have worked closely with filmmaker J.J. Abrams and his company Bad Robot Productions. During my six years at Paramount Pictures, I was the Publicist for J.J. Abrams' Films;  MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE GHOST PROTOCOLCLOVERFIELDSUPER 8, MORNING GLORYSTAR TREK, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, and STAR TREK BEYOND.

GOOD ROBOT

After spearheading publicity for J.J. Abrams' feature films, I have since collaborated as a PR Consultant for Good Robot and the J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath Family Foundation on a variety of entertainment and philanthropic initiatives.


 

SIN CITY Official Trailer

MIRAMAX FILMS

My time at Miramax Films was split between offices in LA and Austin in a Special Publicity Role. For six months of the year, in Los Angeles, I worked on the studio's theatrical releases and Academy Awards campaigns for films such as CHICAGO, AMÉLIE and GANGS OF NEW YORK.  For the other six months of the year, I re-located to Austin where I worked on set for acclaimed filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, at his TroubleMaker Studios, on films such as ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, the SPY KIDS Franchise and SIN CITY.  In this special role, I was afforded the unique opportunity to work on each movie from its earliest stages of development, to being on set during filming and interviewing all of the cast and crew for EPK assets, then ultimately spearheading the publicity campaigns for their releases.


 

U.S. Open Tennis Championships (Photo Credit: Ngoc Nguyen)

U.S. OPEN

As the Talent Liaison for CBS Sports during the U.S. Open each year in New York, from 2008-2014, I was the primary line of communication between the network, the players, their teams, the ATP, the WTA and U.S. Open staff.  For each match, I would facilitate all pre-game player interviews for CBS Sports as well as the immediate on-court interviews after the match.  I was also responsible for identifying all of the VIP guests in each player's private box and, in this role, I worked with all of the tournament athletes, as well as special guests, including Grand Slam Champions Roger FedererSerena WilliamsAndy MurrayRafael NadalVenus WilliamsNovak DjokovicMaria SharapovaMonica Seles and Billie Jean King.  Additionally, I was the CBS Sports Social Media Photographer for their official instagram.


 
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ORIT ENTERTAINMENT -- OCTAVIA SPENCER

ORIT ENTERTAINMENT is a film and television production company founded by Academy Award® Winner Octavia Spencer.  ORIT serves as the day-to-day company behind the endeavors of which Spencer is a producer, and I am the Head of Film + TV for the company and Octavia’s Producing Partner. A core belief of ORIT ENTERTAINMENT is working with established professionals while simultaneously championing emerging writers and directors. Spencer, who has a passion for storytelling of all kinds, is a producer on a wide range of projects.  

Most recently, Spencer executive produced GREEN BOOK, which was released by Universal Pictures / Dreamworks and, to date, has won 3 Golden Globe Awards including its top honor, Best Motion Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) in addition to Best Picture and Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen) by the National Board of Review. Previously, Spencer produced the critically-acclaimed SMALL TOWN CRIME, written and directed by the Nelms Brothers, in which she also stars alongside John HawkesAnthony Anderson and Robert Forster and Fruitvale Station, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and Best First Feature at Cannes.

Under the ORIT shingle, Spencer is also producing a series based on the Jonestown Massacre with Vince Gilligan and Michelle MacLaren for HBO; Madam C.J. Walker with Lebron James for Netflix; "Are You Sleeping” with Reese Witherspoon for Apple; the RHINELAND AFFAIR with Queen Latifah; and MUMBET, the inspirational story about Elizabeth Freeman — the first enslaved African American to file and win a freedom suit in Massachusetts.


 

Paramount's 100th Anniversary Photo: Behind the Scenes

THE PARAMOUNT PICTURE:
100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRITY PHOTO

To mark the historic 100th Anniversary of Paramount Pictures, I was the Committee Co-Head overseeing all of the studio's celebratory efforts including the 1927 Academy Award Winner WINGS Special Evening at the AcademyParamount's 2012 Rose Bowl Parade Float, developing our Paramount 100 App with Apple, a special Paramount Pictures 100th Anniversary Logo re-design and launch and The Paramount Picture -- a landmark photo of 116 celebrities from a wide variety of Paramount's films including Jack Nicholson, Barbra Streisand, Jerry Lewis, Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Molly Ringwald, Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Jane Fonda, Brad Pitt, and Robert DeNiro. Captured by renowned photographer Art Streiber.


 
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CAA

For three years at CAA, from 2003-2006, I worked in the Corporate Communications Department and helped manage corporate interview requests for the agency and its partners.  I also focused on organizing private events for high-profile clients and special guests including then Senator Barack ObamaBono's launch of (RED)Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" and special functions for Brad PittDavid Beckham, and Jamie Foxx. In 2013, I returned as a Public Relations Consultant for CAA's in house educational non-profit, Communities in Schools of Los Angeles, and oversaw publicity and talent relations for the CISLA Annual Gala which included a private backyard performance by Coldplay.


 
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A BRAVE HEART

I first met Global Speaker Lizzie Velasquez when I spearheaded the PR campaign for the TEDx Summit where she gave her now famous "How Do You Define Yourself?" speech. Our small, inaugural TEDxAustinWomen event ultimately became TEDWomen's #1 livestream of 2013 out of over 220 events, across 58 countries. After TED, I began to represent Lizzie for all of her personal PR and speaking engagements and I also served a Producer and Head of Worldwide Publicity for "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story," a documentary following the inspiring journey of 25 year old, 58-pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist. The film, which was shot in the U.S., the U.K. and Mexico, premiered at SXSW in 2015 where it won the Audience Award and went on to win top honors at every single festival it played thereafter. The film is on iTunes, DVD, and Amazon Video in over 12 languages.


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SAG AWARDS


As the Publicity Specialist for the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, I worked directly with the producers, talent representatives, and all media to build a strategic campaign that raised awareness about the annual awards show, its presenters, its nominees, and the SAG Awards organization.

I was responsible for managing various behind-the-scenes exclusive opportunities for press in addition to working alongside the PR department with red carpet media and helped secure exclusive coverage with the New York Times, Good Morning America, Today Show, The Hollywood Reporter, and People/EW among others.  

In addition to the traditional broadcast, print, radio and online press I worked hand in hand with, I also oversaw various social media partnerships including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 


"I'M WITH LIZZIE" Campaign
INFLUENCERS AGAINST BULLYING

As an advocate of anti-bullying awareness, I was a Producer of the I'm with Lizzie" Influencers Against Bullying Campaign, which showcased celebrities taking a stand against bullying. Through my longstanding and deep relationships with talent, I secured a wide variety of participants including Chris Hemsworth, Octavia Spencer, Katie Couric, NBA World Champion Golden State Warriors, Jason Collins, America Ferrera, Sara Bareilles, Michelle Phan, Zachary Quinto, Kylie Jenner, Zachary Levi, Adrianne Palicki, Jason Kennedy and Dr. Oz among others.


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Austin Film Festival

For three years, from 1999-2001, I worked at the Austin Film Festival in an executive capacity as Co-Conference Director. I was responsible for curating panels, securing industry speakers including writers, directors, and actors, and managed all logistics for Award Honorees and VIPs including Robert Altman, David Chase, Callie Khouri, Bob Odenkirk, Steven Zaillian, Anne Rapp and others.

 
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FOLLY FILMS | NELMS BROS.

"Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms have a good ear for the playful neo-noir tone and an equally strong eye for casting..." -- LA Times

THE NELMS BROTHERS (www.NelmsBros.com), filmmakers Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms, have written and directed numerous award-winning and critically-acclaimed feature films. With each of their endeavors completely different from the last, the Nelms Brothers are known for their unique ability to traverse from one genre to another, seamlessly and successfully, from drama to comedy to thrillers.

Their 2013 film, LOST ON PURPOSE, was a heartfelt coming-of-age drama that received numerous festival awards including Best Directors and Best Film (3x). Their 2015 feature, WAFFLE STREET, was a comedic turn based on an autobiographical memoir, which went on to win Best Narrative Feature and Screenwriter Awards across the U.S. Their most recent film, 2017’s SMALL TOWN CRIME, a crime thriller, was showcased at SXSW and BFI London Film Festival before its January 2018 theatrical release, upon which it received positive reviews from the NYT, LAT, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter among others. Now the film can be seen on Direct TV, iTunes, Amazon and Netflix. Up next, the Nelms Brothers are attached to direct the feature CAPTURE for Thunder Road, they serve as EPs on the comedy television series, “Everyone is Doing Great” and they are developing an original thriller/sci-fi TV series with Octavia Spencer.

As a Publicist to The Nelms Bros. and Folly Films, the duo's production banner, I oversee all of their PR efforts and speaking engagements. The Nelms Bros. are also represented by ICM PartnersLBI EntertainmentIF Artists Management and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman .

LOST ON PURPOSE Official Trailer (2013)

WAFFLE STREET Official Trailer (2015)

SMALL TOWN CRIME Official Trailer (2017)


 

TEDX

As Head of Publicity for the inaugural TEDxAustinWomen, I ran a campaign for the summit that ultimate resulted in it becoming the #1 Most Viewed TEDWomen event of 2013, out of over 220 events across 58 countries.  One of our speakers, Lizzie Velasquez, gave a presentation entitled "How Do You Define Yourself?" which quickly went viral.  Currently, it has over 10 million views and is still one of the most popular TED Talks ever recorded. The success of the TEDx event and Lizzie's video became the catalyst for the award-winning documentary based on her life, A BRAVE HEART: THE LIZZIE VELASQUEZ STORY, of which I produced in 2014 and also led the worldwide publicity campaign for its theatrical, VOD and DVD release. The speech and film are now available in many different languages.


 

ATX TV FESTIVAL

As Head of Talent Relations for the ATX Television Festival for four seasons, from 2013-2016, I was the primary event contact for high profile guests and honorees including Henry Winkler and Norman Lear and I oversaw all talent management for ATX TV Festival's Special Reunion Panels including Gilmore Girls, The West Wing, Friday Night Lights and Ugly Betty, whose lead character played by America Ferrera sparked inspiration across the globe in Pakistan with Malala who wanted to be a journalist because she saw the show.  At ATX, I helped secure press coverage with major media outlets such as Good Morning America, Today Show, Entertainment Tonight and Entertainment Weekly.

"Gilmore Girls" ATX Reunion Panel

"Ugly Betty" ATX Reunion Panel

"The West Wing" ATX Reunion Panel

 


SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST

As a SXSW Full Time Staff Member, from 1998-2001, I assisted in the selection of films, edited interactive marketing materials and supervised music events. After moving to Los Angeles, I continued to return each year and served as a Publicity Mentor to attending filmmakers. In 2014, I was hired as a Talent Relations Consultant where I spearheaded red carpet premieres, which included events for Selena Gomez, Zac Efron, Jared Leto, Kristen Bell, James Franco, Seth Rogan and filmmakers Robert Rodriguez and Joss Whedon.


 

TASTE OF TENNIS: NYC & AUSTRALIA

At AYS World Sports Marketing, I was Executive Director of PR and Interactive Marketing where I spearheaded campaigns and logistics for marquee events "Taste of Tennis," "Celebrity Chef Tennis Challenge," and "Party with the Pros" in New York City and Melbourne. For these one of a kind events, world renowned chefs are paired with top tennis players who cook and serve together for attending guests.  Chefs have included Emeril Lagasse, Rachel Ray, Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, Jonathan Waxman and Marcus Samuelson, who previously cooked for President Obama twice. Tennis participants include Serena WilliamsRafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray,  among others. The event has also featured exclusive DJ sets by athletes Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka.  


 

WOMEN RISING

As Head of Publicity & Partnerships, I spearheaded the PR campaign for TEDxAustinWomen (#1 TEDWomen Event of 2013) and nurtured strategic partnerships with global leaders such as the United Nations Foundation. Women Rising also produced the award-winning documentary, "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story," of which I was a Producer and Head of Publicity. Additionally, I was a Personal Publicist and Co-Manager to Women Rising client, Lizzie Velasquez, and as part of the feature film's campaign to raise awareness of the growing epidemic while finding productive solutions to bullying, I helped produce our "High Road Movement" campaign.


 


PTTOW!

PTTOW! is a private, invite-only member community of influential personalities such as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Quincy Jones, Kerri Walsh Jennings and David Blaine to CEOs & CMOs of global brands. As Head of Talent and Global Partnerships, I spearheaded talent and non-profit participation efforts for PTTOW! Summit in LA, PTTOW! Sessions in NYC, and PTTOW! CIS in Las Vegas and I secured PTTOW! Award honorees Michael Bloomberg, Sarah Jessica Parker and Christy Turlington while also collaborating with organizations such as the Nelson Mandela Family Foundation and Global Citizens Fest.


 

HARNESS

Founded by America Ferrera, Ryan Williams, and Wilmer Valderrama, HARNESS is a community that aims to amplify and uplift the voices of social justice leaders and activists.  Harness builds community and inspires action through conversations that deepen and inform popular narratives around social justice issues. In my role as the Strategic Communications Officer, I oversee all publicity efforts for Harness and external communications, while working closely with the Founders on the organization's overall strategic partnerships with non-profits, communities and celebrity influencers. Some of our partners have included NeueHouseHearst MediaTwitter, Katy Perry and NBC, from which Harness inspired the showcase of a Sikh Muslim character on the network's top-rated show "This is Us."


 

XPRIZE

XPRIZE Visioneers Summit is an exclusive, annual gathering of 250 CEOs, government officials, the world’s top innovators, philanthropists, and leading entrepreneurs who serve as mentors to international teams assigned to create disruptive impact across a portfolio of the world’s grandest challenges. I was the 2017 Visioneers Summit Consulting Producer / Speechwriter and worked closely with the teams vying for the chance to become the next XPRIZE whose issues centered Alzheimer's Disease, Clean Air, Cyber Security, Democracy and Zero Waste Mining. For each of the teams, I helped in writing speeches for all of their onstage and experiential room presentations and provided guidance for them along their quest towards winning the coveted $10 Million purse prize.


 


COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF L.A.

Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s leading high school dropout prevention organization. Since its founding in 2007, CIS of Los Angeles has grown to serve over 10,000 students and families per year at 10 public schools. As a PR Consultant for CISLA, which is housed under power agency CAA, I was responsible for handling publicity relations for the educational non-profit and talent management for special guests, which included ColdplayRobert Downey, Jr.Reese WitherspoonAli LarterMolly SimsJason Collins and others.

 


“Everyone is Doing Great” is a TV Show created by James Lafferty + Stephen Colletti.

“Everyone is Doing Great” is a TV Show created by James Lafferty + Stephen Colletti.

“Everyone is Doing Great” - TV

“Everyone is Doing Great” ("EDG") is an independent television pilot created by writer/director/actor James Lafferty and writer/actor Stephen Colletti. In addition to Lafferty and Colletti, the television pilot stars Alexandra Park ("The Royals") and Cariba Heine ("Home and Away").  The executive producers are The Nelms Brothers, filmmakers Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms. As the Co-Producer and Publicist, I collaborate with the Creators and Producers on all creative, production, marketing, and publicity efforts.

Synopsis: Seth and Jeremy enjoyed success from ‘Eternal’, a hit television vampire drama. Five years after their show has ended, they lean on each other as they struggle to reclaim their previous level of success and relevance, awkwardly navigating the perils of life and love amidst a humorously painful coming of age. 

Lauren LeBeouf is an actress and singer.

Lauren LeBeouf is an actress and singer.

Lauren LeBeouf

Lauren LeBeouf worked in the entertainment industry for business giants, such as Creative Artists Agency and high profile actors where she gained valuable experience on the sets of large feature film productions and knowledge of marketing, publicity, corporate communications and talent relations. Lauren was then recruited by Google, where she worked in the San Francisco & New York offices.

In 2013, Lauren was accepted into the Atlantic Acting School's Conservatory in New York. She has also studied at the largest improv school in Northern California, the American Conservatory Theater's Studio in San Francisco, as well as Juilliard's Evening Division in New York, which was focused on her musical endeavors.

Currently, Lauren is an actress and musician living in New York and has starred in over 50 independent projects. Most recently, Lauren created the web series “Spark!” which she co-writes, producers and stars in I serve as Lauren LeBeouf’s Personal Publicist.