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, but also has 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: film, television and music. Grey has overseen the PR campaigns for numerous award-winning films including the Academy Awards®, Peabody Awards, Emmys, as well as festivals like Sundance, TIFF and Tribeca.
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 travelled 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, Brett Morgen, Jessica Yu, Kim Longinotto among many other notable directors, and special events for clients including HBO, History and IFC.
In 2007 Dish was chosen as the PR firm for The Police Reunion World Tour, which continued through 2008 and became one of the largest grossing tours of all time.
Grey is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the International Documentary Association.
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 2006, 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, the Toronto Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, the SXSW Film Conference and Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival and AFI Fest, where she has worked with world-famous filmmakers like Brett Ratner, Werner Herzog, Rory Kennedy and Sean and Andrea Fine. In addition, Mariner has managed 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.
Mariner is a member of Film Independent and the International Documentary Association.
Los Angeles native Connie Garcia-Singer got bit by the “showbiz” bug early on, after appearing on local television as a child performer. But she quickly realized she was more interested in what was happening behind the scenes.
Her PR career started at Storer Broadcasting’s TEN-Q AM and KGBS FM in the Promotions Department as Contest coordinator. After a format change to KHTZ FM, she was promoted to Music and Creative Services Director where she handled all media, talent and record company relations. Garcia-Singer then transitioned into film and television production when she was accepted into the prestigious Directors Guild of America Assistant Directors Training Program. For over two decades, she worked as a Unit Production Manager and Assistant Director on multiple feature films, episodic television series and commercials.
Garcia-Singer returned to her PR roots in 2003 as Operations Manager at Uncommon Communications. At this boutique agency that specialized in entertainment, corporate and personality clients, she represented such projects as the Monaco Film Festival, Idaho Film & Television Institute, Spudfest Film Festival and Lonsdale Productions, as well as a number of independent films including “Boardwalk Poets,” with Daniel Baldwin. She also worked on such events as the 80th anniversary of the Hollywood sign, which involved live press coverage from 17 countries.
In 2005, she joined Dish Communications Inc. as Director of Operations overseeing corporate management where she ensures a seamless business foundation so the creative environment can flourish.
Garcia-Singer is a member of the Directors Guild of America.