John BlanchettePresident & Owner
John has worked in the field of entertainment and corporate publicity for 25 years. For the past seven years, he has also been employed as a travel and leisure features writer for Copley News Service, reaching 250 newspapers nationally, and is currently producing two series for cable on travel and gaming.
He has represented and worked with many of the best known celebrities in the world, including Bob Hope, Eva and Zsa Zsa Gabor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jane Fonda, Debbie Reynolds, James Earl Jones, Shirley MacLaine, David Hasselhoff, Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney, Valerie Harper, Michael Jackson, Hugh Hefner, Josh Hartnett, Doris Roberts, Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, and many others. He worked for some of the top publicists including Phil Paladino, Henri Bollinger, Dale Olson and Davidson & Choy, before opening his own office in 2002.
He produced the Marina Jazz Festival, and has worked with the Santa Monica Downtown Business District, Edgemar Center and Main Street Summer SOULstice. Known for creating major media events, he has closed down Hollywood Blvd. on several occasions for world record attempts, including the longest kick line with the Rockettes, the longest California roll, and inductions into the Hollywood Wax Museum for Michael Jackson, the cast from "Baywatch," Hugh Hefner and Magic Johnson. He set two world records at the Los Angeles Home Show for the world's largest Valentines box made of chocolate and the largest chocolate Easter Bunny.
In 2002 he inaugurated "Winterlit," a holiday celebration at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, and arranged for Jamie Lee Curtis to throw the switch the first year, with Doris Roberts, Mark Walberg and Marion Ross performing the honors in consecutive years.
Holly is a marketing specialist with a considerable background in entertainment publicity and creative services, with extensive expertise in media relations, corporate branding and product positioning.
She has worked at major studios including Universal Studios and Warner Bros., and for mavericks such as Rhino Records and Media Home Entertainment. As a senior publicist at UCLA Live, an internationally acclaimed performing arts presenter, Holly has crafted publicity campaigns for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Pina Bausch, Ornette Coleman, John Waters and Seymour Hersh. At the Los Angeles Public Library, she played a key role in the Save the Books campaign following the Central Library Fire, and produced and publicized special events for exhibits, groundbreakings and dedications.
As Executive Director of Creative Services at Universal Studios, she designed and implemented national campaigns for the video releases of blockbusters such as "Gladiator," "Shrek," "American Pie" and "The Mummy," and franchises including "Back to the Future," "Jurassic Park" and "Jaws." During her nine-year tenure at Warner Bros., she helped launch the global DVD creative rollout and pioneered the package design, DVD menu content and navigation. She also developed branding initiatives, including the Warner Bros. library of Classics, Westerns and Family Favorites, and campaigns for Academy Award-winning motion pictures including "L.A. Confidential," "Unforgiven" and "GoodFellas," with directors such as Curtis Hanson, Clint Eastwood, Lawrence Kasdan and Stanley Kubrick.
Holly has tour publicity experience with jazz pianist and Basin Street recording artist Henry Butler. She also acquired, profitably managed and divested The Dauphine Inn, an historically significant bed and breakfast establishment in New Orleans. She began her career as an intern publicist with John Blanchette on clients including Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Debbie Reynolds and Jane Fonda, and has partnered with him at Blanchette & Associates since returning to Los Angeles from New Orleans in 2004.
She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, NARAS and Women in Film.