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About Jay

Jay Schweid is the CEO of Ephelants, a New York based production company. Combining his cultural, trade and collaborative experiences, Jay created Ephelants to serve as a conduit of all aspects of entertainment. As the leader of the Ephelants pack, Jay is committed to the creative and financial development of the company, along with fulfilling the artistic vision behind each project for the global community.

Born and raised in New York City, Jay started his entertainment career at age sixteen. After working with various promoters at exclusive nightclubs such as Studio 54 and Area, he decided to explore his passion for professional tennis and in doing so, trained extensively with Martina Navratilova and numerous other local professionals. As a way to pay for his training, Jay became responsible for providing thousands of freshly customized and strung rackets for top players around the world. Although known as “the Stringer to the Stars”, he started getting requests ranging from how to close a deal and market events, to which tennis coach players should use. Combining both the nightlife and tennis worlds, Jay created Concierge Service and was responsible for throwing Player Parties around the world.

After living in LA for four years, Jay segued out of the tennis world and shifted his primary focus back to generating entertainment. While spearheading numerous independent films and music videos, Jay expanded his repertoire with diverse creative team members. When not on set, he has helped guide up and coming producers, directors and artists on how to be business savvy while pursuing their artistic goals. Having traveled extensively since he was a teenager, Jay continues to establish and maintain business relationships with collaborators from the American and International markets.

Of all of Jay’s accomplishments, his biggest achievement is his daughter Mimi, an aspiring writer who may be that much cooler than the man himself.

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  • MansLaughter

    MansLaughter (2015)
    Film by David Marlett (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Producer Four people in tangled relationships discover an extraordinary opportunity: a man they know is ecstatic about having won the $265 Million Mega Lotto though he is cautiously waiting to turn in the ticket. But delay is not his friend, nor are the other four people as his caution gives them time for deception, double-cross and murder in order to claim the ticket for themselves. But who will end up with the money? Pay attention all around you to find out. In this revolutionary, original film, you'll have a never-seen-before experience. After putting on a Samsung GearVR (virtual reality headgear), you'll find yourself in a virtual world, amid a web of lies and murder. Here time is collapsed and four scenes (that would otherwise happen on different days in the real world) are happening simultaneously all around you. Watch it several times to unravel who is setting up whom in order to steal the winning ticket. Written by Team MansLaughter

  • Redrum: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of the Shining

    Redrum: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of the Shining (2013)
    Film (short) by Joe Lovero (Musical) Producer

  • Reject Road

    Reject Road (2012)
    Film by Nicholas Michael Holmes (Drama) Producer Taking over your father's business is an honor and a birthright. But for Richard and Jack, it's their curse and their addiction. These two brothers now must take post as police officers at the behest of the parents of troubled teens, and take them away to special disciplinary boarding schools across the country. On the way, Richard, the tee-totaling straight and narrow one and Jack, the former cocaine addicted, chain smoking one, clash over their different and sometimes brutal methods of keeping the kids in line. But are these disturbed individuals strong enough to help prevent these kids from turning into them? Written by Petros L. Ioannou

  • Deep Red Dandelions

    Deep Red Dandelions (2012)
    Film (short) Producer

  • Another Kind

    Another Kind (2012)
    Film Producer

  • Marco Polo

    Marco Polo (2012)
    Film (short) Producer

  • Struck

    Struck (2011)
    Film Producer

  • An Idle Dream

    An Idle Dream (2010)
    Film (short) by Syrie Moskowitz (Drama and Romance) Producer An Idle Dream explores the misappropriation of power and its consequences in a relationship between Ellen, an exuberant young dancer, and Pascal, the troubled choreographer who is terrified of losing her.

  • C'est bouillant

    C'est bouillant (2009)
    Film (short) by Arthur Boujenah (Music) Producer

  • Ljubav do neba

    Ljubav do neba (2009)
    Film (short) by Gianluca Fellini (Music) Producer

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