Front and Center Entertainment, LLC is a fast-growing entertainment media and production company that produces the critically-acclaimed television concert series, Front and Center, and television interview series Speakeasy. The company creates content for television and digital distribution and recently expanded beyond those mediums partnering with ABC Radio and Skyview Networks to introduce two new radio programs exclusively for country and rock formats, Front and Center Sessions and Speakeasy Sessions, based on the successful television shows.

 

The Producers

DON MAGGI (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

Don Maggi, a 30-year entertainment industry veteran, is the founder and president of iMaggination, Inc. Maggi has worked in many facets of the music business and has lent his skills to companies such as: Metropolitan Entertainment, Atlantic, Geffen and Interscope Records, McGhee Entertainment, Left Bank Management, MusicMaker, Pepsi and Samsung, among others.  Throughout his career, Maggi has been part of marketing strategies for many of the world’s most successful and influential artists as well as offering his unique expertise to some of the world’s biggest brands. Maggi has worked alongside the likes of U2, Genesis, Aerosmith, Guns and Rose, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, The Who, Alicia Keys and more.

Further, Maggi has spearheaded campaigns associated with Soundstage, a music program that aired on PBS. Artists included Robert Plant, Dave Mathews Band, KT Tunstall, All American Rejects, Death Cab for Cutie, BB King, Seal, Faith Hill and more.   He also produced “The Lost Highway Concert featuring Bon Jovi” on A&E and was the executive producer of the 3D movie released by Sony Pictures in April 2010, “Kenny Chesney Summer in 3D”.

Don Maggi is currently the managing partner and executive producer of Front and Center. Now going into its 9th season, Maggi has created a series that has over 20 hours of programming a year featuring talent such as The Avett Brothers, The Counting Crows, Train, Cyndi Lauper and more.

DENIS J. GALLAGHER (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

Denis brings business leadership and experience to Front and Center as an entrepreneur and capital markets specialist. He serves on public and private company boards and numerous investment committees. His business background is extensive and includes the founding and development of businesses from transportation to film and music. He is the Chairman of Charliewood Pictures LLC, a production and investment company, and is a Board Member and principal investor in Novo Media Group, a Los Angeles film development company.

CHRISTINE DAVIES REAGAN (PRODUCER)

Christine D. Reagan has over 10 years of experience in the entertainment industry, where she has produced over 150 music shows for film, television and DVD.  She has worked as a producer with some of the music industry’s top artists and on some of their most recognizable releases.

Front and Center is the critically-acclaimed concert series that was launched in the spring of 2012.  The original one-hour, commercial-free, all-music program airs nationwide on public television. Front and Center episodes feature an eclectic mix of Grammy, Country Music Association, American Music and Academy of Country Music Award winners, rock icons and multi-platinum sellers including Keith Urban, Santana, Steven Tyler as well as The Fray, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper, Dierks Bentley, Jack Johnson, Counting Crows, Goo Goo Dolls, Shawn Mendes, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Southside Johnny, The Avett Brothers and many more. In addition to airing on public television stations, Front and Center shows have been produced and broadcast on MTV, a Viacom company as well as AXS tv, founded by Mark Cuban.

Speakeasy is produced by Front and Center Entertainment, LLC; presented by WTTW National Productions, and distributed by American Public Television.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame recipients, Grammy Award winners, and legendary iconic musicians are featured on the all-new public television interview series Speakeasy. The program, created by the producers of the critically acclaimed public television concert series Front and Center, features iconic musician/producer and co-founder of CHIC, Nile Rodgers; acclaimed composer and rock musician Roger Waters; Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp; iconic guitarist and social activist Carlos Santana; legendary Rush front-man and bassist Geddy Lee; iconic musician Sting plus many more.

Each hour-long episode gives audiences revealing insights into the lives and careers of some of the music industry’s most revered figures, facilitated by each episode’s host — an interviewer personally selected by the principals. Some of the episodes taped before a live audience on a 1930’s-era set in New York’s historic McKittrick Hotel, feature Nile Rodgers sitting down with Valerie Simpson, Roger Waters talking with television journalist Bill Weir, John Mellencamp with Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, Carlos Santana being interviewed by Harry Belafonte, and Geddy Lee conversing with Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Michael Chabon, and Sting having a personal chat with Shaggy.