Gotham Artists is a boutique lecture and talent agency with a committed focus to serving the needs of our clients first and foremost. From event development to talent selection (speakers or otherwise) to pre-event and on-site event coordination, our #1 priority is your success.

Gotham Artists Creative is a one-stop shop for all your event needs. With decades of experience in the live events, performing arts, hospitality and conference worlds, we bring your ideas to life on stage, screen, classroom and in inventive culinary settings.

What Sets Us Apart

By design, Gotham doesn't represent speakers on an exclusive basis. Instead, we pride ourselves on our relationships with all of the major bureaus, agencies, musical entertainment, and independent speakers from around the world. Because of these relationships, the recommendations we provide are curated specifically for our clients with no other thought but of who is the best fit for you - regardless of their affiliation.

Why Gotham Artists?

Gotham Artists is here to make your job and your life a lot easier. We will work closely with you to secure the perfect personality for your event. When you contact us, you will work with an agent who is an expert on a vast array of speakers, entertainers and artists. You can trust us to offer our honest opinions on any artist you may be considering.

Gotham Artists understands your event should be the highlight of the year for your organization. We will be with you every step of the way to guarantee it. Our staff is available 24/7. Our job is to make memorable and unique events for your organization, and to make you look great in the process. We believe our business is only as strong as our relationships. That's why Gotham Artists works tirelessly to create enduring partnerships with our talent and clients.

Gotham Artists is proud to be an industry leader in green business practices, minimizing paper consumption and buying offsets for artist air travel. Gotham Artists loves giving back to charities and non-profit groups. If you're booking an event for a charity or non-profit, please let us know.

Gotham Artists team

The Founders:

Alec Melman and Daniel Ymar co-founded Gotham Artists. They met while working for one of the largest speakers' bureaus in the country, and have a combined 10 years of experience handling big name talent and major events.

Alec Melman, Partner

Alec was raised in Brooklyn, NY, attended Manhattan's Stuyvesant High School, received his B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from New York Law School. His passions include writing, music, comedy, and biking all over NYC. He enjoys playing ice hockey at Chelsea Piers and currently resides in Leonia, NJ.

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Daniel Ymar, Partner

Daniel grew up in Rockville, Md. and earned his B.A. in Economics from New York University. His first experience in the entertainment industry was in the New York office of Endeavor Talent. After graduation he worked in the news production division at NBC before moving on to CNN's Politics Department. Daniel resides in Long Beach, NY with his 3 children and no dog. He likes to tell everyone that he surfs but they know the truth. Hanging out on the beach and playing music and lego (and wrestling of course!) with his kids are his favorite things to do.



Michael Gottesman, Senior Vice President

Born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, Mike attended The Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire before venturing to New York where he received a B.A. from Hofstra University. During college, Mike became intrigued with the entertainment industry and interned at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C., MTV Networks, and Sony BMG. After graduating, Mike moved to New York City and began pursuing his passion. He has worked for The Agency Group, Central Entertainment Group, Scott Rudin Productions, and Paradigm Talent Agency.

Mike's interests include music, film, sports, politics, and travel. He currently resides in Washington D.C.

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Laurie Barnett, Senior Vice President

Laurie Barnett was born in NYC. She is a veteran talent agent, manager and event producer with deep roots in the performing arts and the food and restaurant business. She became a lecture agent with the Royce Carlton Agency in 2001, and in 2011 she created a unique collaborative talent division with Zero Point Zero Production, Inc. Laurie is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and resides in Harlem.

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Ivy Gustafson, Senior Vice President

A native Floridian, Ivy grew up in Tampa before heading north to Wake Forest University. After graduating with a B.S. in Business, Ivy moved to Washington, DC where in 2001 she began her career in the lecture industry with the Washington Speakers Bureau. Ivy has returned to Tampa where she and her two children enjoy paddle boarding, the Gulf beaches, and all that sunny Florida has to offer.

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Ben Anshutz, Senior Agent

Ben was born at a very young age in Newport Beach, California. After graduating from Cate School in Santa Barbara, he headed east to Tufts University where he received his BA in English and Music. Days after his graduation in May of 2011, Ben moved to Brooklyn, New York to pursue his passion for music and entertainment.

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Jim Oliver, Agent

Jim grew up in sunny Virginia Beach, VA and graduated in 2008 from James Madison University with a degree in History and Philosophy. He moved to New York in 2010 to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, landing a job in the mailroom at WME in 2012 and subsequently joining the WME lectures division - where he first got to know the Gotham Artists team. Jim then moved to Innovative Artists where for two years he helped build out Innovative’s personal appearance division in New York.

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Max Smilen, Agent

Max was born and raised in Long Island, New York. He received his B.S. in Music Industry Studies and Business Administration from Loyola University in New Orleans. While studying in New Orleans, Max was a professional musician and played all across the city of New Orleans. He brought his talents back to the city of Manhattan and gigs regularly with his band, Smilen. Max loves going to see live music whenever possible.

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Samantha Conine, Director of Client Relations

Samantha was born and raised in Westchester, New York (which is not upstate). She received both her B.S. in Film and Television as well as her Certificate in Screenwriting from Boston University. She worked in script development, casting and production before joining Gotham in 2012. Samantha is continually diversifying her array of experiences within the entertainment industry. In addition to exploring restaurants and breweries along the East Coast, she enjoys time with her friends, family, and two Shiba Inu pups (Lila and Mo).

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Erika Gomez, Marketing Director

Erika was born and raised in northern New Jersey and received her B.A. in Arts Administration from Rider University. When Erika first joined the Gotham team, she started as an intern and grew into the position she holds today— queue Drake's "Started From The Bottom." When she's not working on email and social media campaigns, Erika enjoys traveling with her loved ones, listening to her 'Discover Weekly' playlist on Spotify, and taking hip-hop dance classes in the city. She currently resides in Secaucus, NJ.

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Julie Patadia, Administrative Assisstant

Julie was born and raised in New Jersey. She received her B.S. in psychology and music from Fordham University. She is currently continuing to study music at Juilliard to receive her certification in music composition in the hopes of one day being able to create an original soundtrack for film. Through her music minor at Fordham, she composed a classical piece that was performed at a public concert. In her free time, Julie loves learning as much as she can about writing/producing music and practicing the cello and piano.

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