|Dish Communications, Inc., was founded over 2 decades ago with the idea that there was a better way to do public relations. Founder Amy Grey wanted to create a company that had the connections and access available to a multi-national firm, but with the commitment and personal relationships only possible with a boutique firm. Dish Communications is just that company.
Our campaigns have helped our clients win Oscars®, Emmys, Peabody Awards and numerous film festival awards. As a result, our clients remain committed to our firm - and many of them have been with us since our inception, including HBO, National Cable Television Association (NCTA), A&E Networks and others. We are proud to represent artists, directors and producers, giving them the individualized campaigns that help further their careers. We are also committed to our corporate and nonprofit clients, and delighted that even the largest companies recognize the value of our service.
We take great pride in representing the International Documentary Association (IDA), which supports documentary filmmaking and filmmakers worldwide. Working with this prestigious organization allows Dish to be connected to an extraordinary network of world-class filmmakers and up-to-the minute news and information on the thriving documentary community.
Whether in television, where we work with the likes of HBO, Discovery Networks, A&E Networks, and PBS; film, where we have represented Oscar® winners and nominees in 15 of the past 20 years; festivals, such as the Sundance Film Festival where we have had 11 films win awards in the past 12 years; or music, where we handled The Police Reunion Tour, the third highest-grossing concert tour of all time, Dish Communications has the experience and passion to make a difference for our clients.
WHO WE ARE
AMY GREY, PRESIDENT
Amy Grey founded Dish Communications in 1991 with the philosophy that relationships are at the heart of public relations. As a result she has not only been successful in developing a loyal clientele, she has also been the publicist of choice for the International Documentary Association (IDA), Television Critics Association (TCA) and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). Grey has chosen to build both her career and company around what she is passionate about: documentary film, television programming and music.
Grey began her career as a tour secretary for the group Kansas and within a year, was promoted to tour publicist. She continued working with them until 1981 when she joined APA in the personal appearance department, publicizing artists such as The Manhattan Transfer, Frankie Valli and Anne Murray and comedians Steven Wright and David Brenner.
In 1983 Grey traveled worldwide, working with David Bowie on his "Serious Moonlight" tour and in 1984 on Prince's "Purple Rain" tour. She continued working as a tour publicist for Neil Diamond on his "World Tour" in 1985 and John Mellencamp's, "Scarecrow Tour" in 1986. Grey then joined Columbia Records as director of special events. Among her innovations was the successful Bob Dylan Biograph party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, attended by celebrities, artists and politicians from around the globe.
In 1987 Grey was named VP of television for public relations firm Rogers & Cowan and represented shows such as Designing Women, Anything But Love, Alf, the AFI Salute to Gregory Peck, and Michael Mann's Emmy Award-winning mini-series, "Drug Wars: The Camerena Story", among many others. Grey was also instrumental in signing the Disney Channel, representing them on a corporate, programming and trade basis.
Looking for a new approach to public relations that combined her experience and international relationships with her dedication to clients, Grey decided to form her own company, Dish Communications. The name reflects both Grey's humor, and a very real belief that the best campaigns are built around "dish," information designed to entertain and intrigue.
The company quickly expanded from her core programming clients to such entities as HBO Networks, Viacom, NCTA, A&E Networks, Discovery Networks, Sundance Channel; documentary filmmakers like Werner Herzog, Rory Kennedy and Kim Longinotto; and special events for clients including HBO, History and IFC.
Grey is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
ASHLEY MARINER, PUBLICIST
Ashley Mariner began her career in public relations, marketing and promotions in 2003 at Clear Channel Communications in Raleigh, NC where she eventually oversaw the on-air promotions and off-site remotes for four different radio stations.
Mariner then moved to Atlanta to join Upshaw & Richey, a boutique entertainment public relations and marketing firm specializing in independent film. While there, she managed regional marketing projects for clients like Miramax Films, the Oscar® - winning production company Ginny Mule Pictures and Regent Releasing.
In 2005, Mariner moved to Los Angeles and joined Dish Communications. In her time at Dish, she has worked on PR campaigns for several Academy Award ® - winning and nominated documentary films and Emmy Award-winning television programs; traveled as one of the tour publicists for the Police Reunion Tour, which is still one of the highest grossing tours of all time; and acted as the media liaison for the International Documentary Association's annual DocuWeeks™ Theatrical Showcase. Mariner has also coordinated press campaigns for many award-winning films at the Sundance Film Festival where she has worked with world-famous filmmakers like Brett Ratner and Kim Longinotto. In addition, Mariner manages media outreach for HBO Corporate's West Coast Events Office, and in that capacity, has worked on highly successful events for their programming, including Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Mildred Pierce, Magic & Bird and Teenage Paparazzo.