Senior Vice President & Head of Alternative Programming, Digital Media and Licensing, Abrams Artists Agency
Alec Shankman is the Senior Vice President and Head of Alternative Programming, Digital Media and Licensing at Abrams Artists Agency. He started his career in Hollywood at AAA in 2003 where he personally launched the very successful and quickly growing department. Alec and his team represent many of the top TV personalities, producers, and influencers across linear and digital media. Linear projects and talent/casts that he has been directly involved with include examples such as A&E’s Duck Dynasty, Discovery’s Gold Rush, Nat Geo’s Wicked Tuna, MTV’s Teen Mom, NBC’s The Biggest Loser, Travel Channel’s Expedition Unknown, Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, History Channel’s Swamp People, Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures, Discovery’s Street Outlaws, etc. Digital clientele include personalities such as Mr. Kate, Teni Panosian, Andrea Brooks, Brodie Smith, Dove Cameron, Furious Pete, Vitaly, Carmen Electra, and Jon Rettinger, as well as many more.
In 2009 Alec also co-founded GotCast.com, which was the Internet’s premier interactive casting site & social network for talent. Under his supervision, GotCast innovated the talent sourcing business, casting over 750,000 entertainment projects. He also launched MediaBlastr, GotCast’s popular social media-based contest platform. MediaBlastr powered hugely successful campaigns sponsored by top brands like Mercedes-Benz, Sony Playstation, L’Oreal, Dove, Charles Schwab, & Garnier Fructis. In 2010, GotCast was honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal for Innovation & Vision.
Alec’s 1st book, ‘Moving to Los Angeles: The ABC’s of Making Your Hollywood Dreams Come True,’ was published in 2010. His 2nd book ‘Moving to Los Angeles: The ABC’s of Getting an Agent,’ was published in 2012.