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Jordan Brandes: Co Editor in Chief/ Partner

Jordan Brandes: Co Editor in Chief/ Partner

Jordan Brandes has been a writer and editor for more than a decade working for publications in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Brandes began his career in Chicago writing and eventually editing for the online entertainment publication Lumino Magazine. After his time in Los Angeles he manages the online entertainment magazine Press Pass LA as well as That’s My Entertainment. He has also worked as Managing Editor for the RSES Journal, a trade publication focusing on heating and air conditioning education for the past five years. Brandes currently resides in Chicago.

Angie Quidim: Co Editor in Chief/ Partner

Angie Quidim: Co Editor in Chief/ Partner

Angie Quidim is a producer and writer who has been in the industry for several years with a background in marketing, publicity and journalism. She is one of the original founders of That’s My Entertainment and also the head of A Role to Die For Films/TME Productions. If she isn’t busy with her writing teams she brings the curtain up on Hollywood when she is allowed to so we can get a behind the scenes look of what’s coming up for fans!

Chris Sweda: Managing Editor/ Partner

Chris Sweda: Managing Editor/ Partner

Chris Sweda moved to San Diego from Cleveland Ohio and graduated from Santana high school in 2001. He started with That’s My Entertainment in 2005 as a admin assistant and has worked his way up to the managing editor for the site. Sweda also works as a video editor trying to bring  big ideas to life. In his free time he enjoys time with family and friend going to movies and watching TV.  

Travis Hayward: Editor

Travis Hayward: Editor


Travis is thrilled to be writing for That’s My Entertainment! A West Virginia native before moving to California in 2014, Travis has a tremendous passion for the arts. After his arrival in California, Travis became a writer for the online entertainment site Press Pass LA and was later promoted to be their full-time theatre critic. In addition to writing columns on live theatre, Travis has contributed in to the realm of television and film as well. Travis currently resides in Long Beach, CA and can be found on social media at facebook.com/travis.hayward.91 and twitter.com/Trav_Adair.

Norman Canseco: Staff Writer

Norman Canseco: Staff Writer


Norman Canseco is a true geek at heart, a consummate DC comics fan and also a wealth of what a lot of people would consider trivia knowledge. A child of the 80s, Canseco can be sighted at retro gaming stores or buried in his pile of collectables. His favorites are the original Transformers as well as impossible super mega master model grades of Gundam. Canseco  is also a big anime fan who favors classics like Kimagure: Orange Road, Ranma ½, Cowboy Beebop and Ghost in the Shell.

John Burrell Jr: Staff Writer

John Burrell Jr: Staff Writer


John Burrell is a consummate nerd and hip-hop head. Anime favorites are Full Metal Alchemist, Spriggan and Ninja Scroll. Comics go to’ s consist of Black Panther, Batman”s many books and pretty much anything featuring Gambit. Music is life for Burrell. Hip-hop in particular. It holds a special place in his heart as it is what connects him to family, friends and the world. Highly opinionated and always up for spirited debate Burrell is often misunderstood but always heard.

John Stiens: Staff Writer/ Host

John Stiens: Staff Writer/ Host

John Stiens is an LA based improviser, actor and voiceover artist. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, he was an active member of the Chicago improv community until he moved to Los Angeles in 2017. He’s done everything from sketch to voice over to straight theater. . You can check out his work at: www.johnbstiens.com.  Steins will be covering various events for us as well as cover some of the new movie premieres and conventions.

Kate Oliver: Staff Writer

Kate Oliver: Staff Writer

Kate is a paralegal who loves to cook, bake and dine out. Latekatefoodie was created to share recipes and restaurant experiences with other food lovers. She enjoys sharing recipes with her friends and loved ones. Though Oliver has not attended culinary school, her experiences are based on teaching herself how to bake (with many failures) and to cook other foods besides Filipino food and soul food. When she is not cooking, baking or checking out a new restaurant, she manages the website and social media for her son’s NJROTC Booster Club, works full time, writes movie reviews, mentors two entry level paralegals, and has been educating herself on epilepsy. Her son suffers from Absence and Tonic-Clonic Seizures.

John Aviles: Staff Writer:Staff Writer

John Aviles: Staff Writer:Staff Writer


John has been a bit of a nerd since he popped into this world some have a century ago. From almost the becoming he took a liking to the sci-fi and superhero genres, pretty much wrapping his life around those cultures. Later in life he took a liking to the horror film industry when he started getting involved with makeup, and since then it’s been a would adventure through the film industry.

Ariel Landrum: Staff Writer

Ariel Landrum: Staff Writer


Ariel is a licensed therapist in the state of California with a passion for pop culture, photography, and writing. In high school she was a yearbook editor and photographer. In college she joined the newspaper team by writing a column focused on helping her reader’s with their daily problems (move over Dear Abby because here comes Ask Ariel). Her final year of university she found herself layout editor and photographer for the yearbook. her final year. As her career grew in the helping field, she maintained her personal joy of written word through blogging, attending writing panels, and performing at poetry slams. She joins the That’s My Entertainment team to marry her passions of pop culture and writing. Ariel currently resides in Reseda, CA and can be found on social media at instagram.com/airyell3000 and twitter.com/airyell3000

Katherine Brannon Fishman: Staff Writer

Katherine Brannon Fishman: Staff Writer

Katherine Brannon lives in LA where you can find her at home, re-watching S3 Ep 20 of The X-Files as we speak. Originally from rural Arkansas, she was raised on Barbara Streisand musicals and 1970s sci-fi, a confusing but happy upbringing. If you’re wondering who’s that one actor in that one movie that came out a few years ago, she can tell you (and will recite their entire IMDB even though you didn’t ask). Katherine’s “top 10” lists usually include at least one film starring the prodigious Nicolas Cage. Her greatest accomplishment is getting into The Americans two seasons before it was cool. Her weaknesses are straightforward dramas. Please do not tell anyone she’s never seen The Wire or made it past season two of Breaking Bad.

Katherine writes about what you should be watching at https://thescreenandi.wordpress.com/ and argues about pop culture on Red Rover Podcast. Please @ her if they ever bring back Party Down.

Steven English: Staff Writer

Steven English: Staff Writer

Steven English studied photojournalism at the University of Missouri and currently lives in San Diego, CA. He likes all kinds of movie genres from horror to comedies. His favorite TV show is The Simpsons but also likes Marvel’s Daredevil , Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Black Mirror.

Lea Marić : Staff Writer

Lea Marić : Staff Writer


Lifelong music enthusiast, concert connoisseur, Soundgarden superfan and TV show junkie who loves animals. You can catch this Chicagoan at a local live music gig most weeks but usually she spends her time in pajamas curled up at home with her laptop and furry companions… and some delicious pizza. Don’t put it past this one to binge watch trashy reality tv on a regular basis, but she also has a taste for the occult and shows about prison culture. Her current goals are upping her Twitter game and learning how to adult without giving up her right to party.

David S Dawson : Contributing Writer

David S Dawson : Contributing Writer

David S. Dawson is proud to be a San Diego based filmmaker and enjoys being a part of the growing community in his hometown of talented visual performing artists. He is a graduate of San Dieguito High School (’93) and Palomar College Radio & Television (’04).  David is also the host of The IntelleXual Podcast, now celebrating three years, where he chats with other creatives about life, art, science and pop culture.

Dorthy Tran

Dorthy Tran

Dorothy Tran is an experienced radio personality with strong skills as a co-host of a popular morning show, Born and raised in San Diego, CA she comes from a HUGE family and is OBSESSED with her niece and nephews. She love her family, friends, and yes is one of those weird people who talks to themselves. She has a strong background in entertainment and is Social Media enthusiast.

Hula Ramos

Hula Ramos

Hula Ramos was born and raised right here in San Diego specifically in Spring Valley aka “SPRUNG” Valley! You might have heard him all over your radio at various stations including his current home at KSON! He’s very opinionated, so be ready for a long-winded answer to your short and simple question! But also be forewarned that he LOVES to talk your ear off about food, everything Disney, food, Reality TV and did we mention food?

Kambra Potter

Kambra Potter

Matthew, a graduate of Cal State Fullerton, was trained in Los Angeles as a producer, director, and actor. He’s worked various projects including music videos, television shows, commercials, press coverage of the Grammy’s as well as the independent horror film called Pelt. Most recently he has covered the San Diego International Film Festival with the That’s My Entertainment team interviewing award winning director John Asher. He co-owns Silver Hawk Pictures with his partner Dante Middleton. This up and coming director has a very unique directing style and is someone to keep your eyes on

Matthew Robinson

Matthew Robinson

Matthew, a graduate of Cal State Fullerton, was trained in Los Angeles as a producer, director, and actor. He’s worked various projects including music videos, television shows, commercials, press coverage of the Grammy’s as well as the independent horror film called Pelt. Most recently he has covered the San Diego International Film Festival with the That’s My Entertainment team interviewing award winning director John Asher. He co-owns Silver Hawk Pictures with his partner Dante Middleton. This up and coming director has a very unique directing style and is someone to keep your eyes on

Shelly Ro

Shelly Ro

Shelly Ro is grateful for her past challenges and what she has learned from them. Shelly is ready for what the future might bring. It might be a great life as a doctor, politician, cop, mom, daughter… It might be a challenging life as an astronaut, supernatural being, serial killer… whatever it might be, she is ready for it

Cedric Dumornay

Cedric Dumornay

Cedric Dumornay has been acting since the age of 8. The son of two hard working parents, Cedric was born in New York and raised in Haiti with French being his first language. At a very young age, Cedric began to appear in plays at his local school theatre. Cedric fell in love with film after seeing the French film “Taxi 3” from the UK. That experience was when he realized he could create a sanctuary where people can go to if just for 2 to 3 hours through acting/film. When his parents made the move to Florida, he then started training with his acting coaches and his theatre professors at the Florida Atlantic University. Cedric has recently been discovered by Disney Channel’s executive producer Irene Dreayer and won the title of a “Dray Kid” after his stunning performance. Ms Dreayer has been mentoring Cedric and will continue to do so after his move to Los Angeles within the upcoming year.

Martrell Upton

Martrell Upton

Martrell Upton was born and raised in Spring Valley, California. Consider San Diego County, Martrell made Spring Valley/San Diego his home where he grew up. Growing up, he was full of energy and goofiness that carried throughout all his family/friends. Quickly, he became known as goof ball kid or class clown to many in all his days from elementary school to his college years. In High School, he already had this passion to entertain his friends with crazy jokes mimicking some of his idols from movies and TV shows. Throughout High School, Martrell took drama class every year on top of playing Basketball and Football. Even though he had big dreams to an athlete, something inside always drew his heart back to the stage where he transcended (Starred in 2 plays) by the help of his Drama Teacher, who was like a father figure to him. Soon after,in college Martrell began to make that transition into a Film/TV Actor chasing his dreams every single day. You can see him now, in feature films such as: “Strong Black Woman” Which release Thanksgiving Day 2013. He is now pursuing his career working extremely hard to maximize his craft and grow into a stellar young Actor.

Esquire Duke

Esquire Duke

Esquire Duke grew up in Southern California in Spring Valley. He has been in love with Acting since he was 8 years old going to open auditions with his mother, Janice Duke. Once Esquire started High School and joined the Acting program, he found that his love quickly turned into his passion and he hasn’t stopped chasing it since. At age 24 and two years in professionally, Esquire has Acted in Two episodes of TV series Fatal Encounters, has been a feature on MTV’s Teen Wolf, and has recently been apart of Carl Jackson’s 2013 release of Strong Black Women being released on VHX for digital download. Esquire is a hard working Actor and is always ready to join a production and bring his A game!

Karenssa LeGear

Karenssa LeGear

Karenssa is a Meisner Trained Actress & Classically Trained Singer of both Stage & Screen. Daughter to an Australian Artist and an Officer of the United States Marine Corps, Karenssa holds both American & Australian Citizenship. Highlighted Screen credits include the CW’s “Veronica Mars”, the Independent Feature Film, “Carving A Life,” and the New Web Series, “SAHM: Stay At Home Mom.” Theatre credits close to Karenssa’s heart include, Cosette in Les Miserables at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Antonia in “Man of La Mancha” at Musical Theatre West, and Christine Daae in “The Phantom of the Opera,” conducted by Carmen Dominguez. In 2012 Karenssa spent 8 months singing high Cs on the high seas as a performer with The Holland America Line. Anytime Karenssa wasn’t on stage, she was on an adventure. She climbed glaciers in Alaska, zip lined in Guatemala, renovated schools in Nicaragua, and swam with the dolphins in Mexico. Karenssa returned to Southern California with more than 9,000 pictures cataloging her adventures, breath taking landscapes, and the wildlife she fell in love with. When her work does not take her far and away, she splits her time between San Diego & Los Angeles. Karenssa holds a B.A. in Music from UCLA and completed Meisner Training at The Ruskin School of Acting

Sidney Franklin

Sidney Franklin

Sidney actually started his acting in the living room in front of his stuffed toys, parents, and anyone else he could find to sit and watch him perform. He gradually found this homespun audience not to his liking, and made his first professional acting debut in front of a 3600 seat arena. After several theater roles, Sidney made the move to TV/Film.

Thomas Conyers: videographer

Thomas Conyers: videographer

Thomas grew up in Southern California, living out his childhood in Temecula before moving out to sunny San Diego. From a young age he has had an interest in filmmaking and writing. A passion that lead him to pursue theater in high school (where he met Jason and Sterling). It was here that he learned how to do the comedies; likewise where he discovered his love of directing.

In college, Thomas got a degree in filmmaking and proceeded to direct several short films and learn the trades of the craft. Since school, he has enjoyed the opportunity to work on several features and televisions shows in between working retail jobs.

Thomas is a lover of podcasts and has always wanted to produce one. He can think of nothing better than mixing his love of filmmaking, podcasting, and friends into one awesome explosion of creative juice.

Alex Moreno: videographer

Alex Moreno: videographer

Alex Moreno is a videographer, Photographer, instigator, and imagineer with a passion for pop culture.  His first convention he attended was in 1987 and was The Los Angeles Sci-Fi Convention. he currently is one of the Co Founders of People of con.

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