CEO Chief Entertainment Officer
Jimmy Cuneyt Gurkan is a dedicated event organizer with more than 15 years of experience in corporate event planning. He is a detail-oriented professional with strengths in event creation, planning and execution. Gurkan started his event management experience working for non-profits in New York organizing concerts, film festivals, art exhibitions, theatre performances and cultural panels. His move from non-profit world to the corporate event arena as the chief operations officer of a consulting firm given him the experience in corporate business events, international trade delegations, conferences, panels, summits, networking events and trade shows engaging in the upwards of thousands of people. Gurkan had a radio show in New York that covered the art and culture of New York City for two years. He was recently selected as a ATS young society leader for his outstanding community work. He loves soccer, connecting people, movies, acting, contemporary art, people and life.
Executive Creative Director
Ruya Koman is a film producer, director, actress
and an acting coach. Ruya recently co-directed, produced and starred in
"Interference", a short film written and co-directed by Robin Rose
Singer. "Interference" had its World Premiere at the "New Voices
in Black Cinema Festival" at BAM (NYC). In 2016, she made her directorial
debut with a short film that she wrote, directed and produced, "Reunion",
starring the legendary Judith Roberts and Margaret Reed. The film was an
official selection at the 2017 ECU European Independent Film Festival (Paris,
France) and the 2017 Chelsea Film Festival (New York City).
In addition to "Interference" and "Reunion", Ruya has produced a number of award winning short films such as Najmia, One Second Changes Everything, Before We Lose, and The Poem of A Memory; as well as a feature film: "Convicted". In 2016, Ruya produced and line produced several short films for director Slick Solvan Naim (The Get Down, Snowfall, The Blacklist, Blindspot, and Power). In 2017, she produced two short films (Mr. Richardson and Compatibility), and one pilot (Man-Babies) directed by various Tribeca alumni.
On the acting side, Ruya is currently playing "Mother" on Gotham. She is also developing her feature film, a biopic of a historical American female figure and being coached by Susan Batson.