Dennis Gelbaum is an international award winning Creative Director, Producer, Director, Writer, Author and Inventor. In 2013, as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Creative Director of Input Group North America (Input Group s.p.a. is the 17th largest event company in the world!) and Managing Partner of ramp it up entertainment, Dennis led and managed teams of creative, production, business development and logistical strategists. "From the theatrical to the practical, a single speaker to a symphony orchestra, hundreds of performers simultaneously juggling power tools while riding unicycles, suspending seventy-five feet long dragon kites from the ceiling of a 10 story atrium, to projecting laser/animated images onto the sides of buildings, I bring a little magic to each and every event and to every second of multimedia content I produce."
Dennis has worked with clients all over the world, collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams to conceive and execute brand funded content and interactive branding experiences for two to hundreds of thousands of participants. Dennis has created, written, directed and/or produced hundreds of TV (received the Cannes Lion for a series of commercials for BBDO/Black & Decker) and radio commercials, print ads, billboards, promos, trailers, music videos, live multimedia interactive events (concerts, tours, festivals, meetings, product introductions, in-store promotions and museum exhibits), corporate awareness and fundraising films/videos and hours of long & short form programming and content for theatrical release, broadcast, web and mobile. “I’ve often been described as being an innovator, out of the box thinker, superior leader and manager. (LOL) I am all those things as well as being fearless when it comes to creating, presenting, selling, planning and executing. I re-imagined the box and now there isn’t one!”
Dennis is presently the Executive Creative Director and Executive Producer of ramp it up entertainment, a full service creative boutique and brand experience agency and multimedia production company where he is focused on helping clients define and refine their creative and business strategies, producing brand funded content and live, interactive branding experiences. In 2009, he created Production Concierge Services, connecting corporations and agencies to the finest pre-production, production and post-production services and resources in the world (in more than 100 countries) and providing clients access to Frenchway Travel, an in-house, full service, industry focused travel and incentive agency.
"My favorite projects include co-writing/producing a visually stunning commercial for Alize Bleu, creating/selling/producing/directing 'Get Fit With Alyson' - a web series supporting the launch of the Nintendo Wii/Wii Fit, creating a web and mobile based campaign for a jeans company - looking for the "best ass", introducing a cosmetics company by creating a credit card that looked like a mirror - looking for the "most beautiful face", inventing/introducing "FaceLift" - a cleansing pad for men to give their face a lift after a long day of work/travel, producing a TV spot for the introduction of Jesse Jeans - "they fit so good they oughta be outlawed", writing, producing and directing fundraising and awareness films for Worldfund, writing/directing a multimedia campaign for Special Olympics to help erase the ‘R’ word, directing a multimedia campaign for Bazooka Bubble Gum, (co-directed the music video that has more than 3.5 million views - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZXRaVBf0pY, producing an interactive multimedia show for BASF and being the executive producer/director for the feature length documentary, 'Corrosion of Conformity - Live Volume - The Movie'.
Dennis is the author of the novel, ‘Beyond Reasonable Doubt’, a character driven, mystery-thriller with more twists and turns than a double helix and 'Something About Going Home', a book of original poetry with illustrations by Christina Qualiana – and is featured in 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading, by Danielle Hampson & Don McCauley. Dennis invented the Buddy Light Illuminated Safety Leash, one of the best selling pet products ever featured at The Sharper Image. And Dennis received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from American University and established the NAVARAC Scholarship...an annual contribution providing students funds, services and resources to help them complete film/video/multi-media projects. “If you don’t pay it forward, what’s the point?”
Dennis is the former Chief Operating Officer and Executive Creative Director of Tourdesign Creative Services (a multimedia creative and production resource company - a Live Nation company) where he worked with the biggest touring acts, major record labels, top radio stations and live event venues in the world. “Nobody has sold more tickets to more live events – NOBODY!”
"I believe in the power of storytelling to motivate and inspire. From the campfire to the web, authentic stories unite communities, build bridges and create lasting connections. I define and refine strategies helping my clients create and deliver engaging, motivating and inspiring content, creating pathways for people, institutions, companies and brands to tell their story."
I have two favorite quotes:
"Those who tell stories shape society" Plato
"When you have the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance!" Lee Ann Womack
• Featured in ’50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading”, by Danielle Hampson & Don McCauley (2010)
• Published (2008) a novel, 'Beyond Reasonable Doubt'.
• Published (2006) 'Something About Going Home', a collection of original poetry with illustrations by Christina Qualiana
• Invented the Buddy Light Illuminated Safety Leash – #1 best selling pet product at The Sharper Image
• Received the Cannes Lion for a series of commercials I produced and co-directed for BBDO and Black & Decker.
• Received the Distinguished Alumnus Award (from American University) and established the NAVARAC Scholarship...an annual contribution providing funds, services and resources to help students complete film/video/multimedia projects.
• Received international recognition (25+ awards) for work created and produced.
• https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZXRaVBf0pY - Music video I created and co-directed for Bazooka Bubble Gum – over 3.5 million views and counting!
Name: Dennis Gelbaum
Lives in: Plano, Texas
Company: ramp it up entertainment
Occupation: Author, Director, Filmmaker, Marketing/pr, Producer and Script Consultant
Unique traits: “No detail was too small or too large for Dennis to manage with our team. Thanks for the innovative approach and creativity you shared for the event's success.” Naomi Holland, Marketing Director, Robert Graham Designs Dennis is a first-rate producer. His professionalism, responsiveness and support ensure projects are completed on time, within budget, and with the highest degree of quality. He is a pleasure to work with.” Patricia Carr, Executive Producer, Voice-Over Talent “Dennis is a creative and business strategist who gets things done! I brought Tha Heights (the Latino Boys Group out of Washington Heights, NY) to Dennis and almost immediately, he put them together with Bazooka Bubble Gum and their advertising agency and created a multimedia campaign to feature the guys in five TV commercials, a music video and exclusive web content. Dennis directed the five TV spots and co-directed the music video - which has more than 3.5 million views to date! Dennis just sees things differently than most - and when he says he will do something - he does it and the results are always fantastic!” Patricia Taylor, CEO, Offbeat Entertainment “As Executive Producer/Creative Consultant, Dennis took us down a path to make our song/vocals bigger for greater impact, We re-arranged our lead, rhythm and slide guitar tracks - because of his advice - and helped us transform the song into a real feel good, stand up and cheer anthem - everyone who hears it...loves it...and we're excited to release it as a single and license it. Stay tuned to your local country station - we're coming your way! Thanks in advance for helping me out. Dennis Gelbaum.” Randy Hock, CEO, Hockster Music “One of the most knowledgeable pitchmen I have ever worked with. A true old school salesman at it's best. He instills confidence in the client and follows through with a soft close. He always sees the bigger picture and conveys that to client prospects better than most.” Al Bowman, CEO, Los Angeles Music Awards “Dennis was such a pleasure to work for and with. He is extremely passionate about his work and works very hard to accommodate his clients. He truly goes above and beyond and sets the standard by which anyone on his team should follow. He is very detailed-oriented and always thinks out of the box. His visions are big and he's got enough energy and creativity to pull it off. I would absolutely recommend Dennis for any project you want to come out great!” Fola Grier, Financial Manager/Controller, Beaucoup Chapeaux/Talent Solutions “I find it quite an honor to even write a recommendation for Dennis. He is just so versatile and so very talented in almost every aspect of our business. He has done everything from agency producing, to running his own production company. He has been the point person for very large companies, doing a mixture of the ad creative as well as some very effective salesmanship. He has even gotten new innovative TV programming off the ground and happens to be an impeccable writer, with a few great books under his belt! Creatively, Dennis is always looking for improvement and has time and time again created a final outcome far superior to it's original concept, coming up with the very best creative strategies imaginable! He is driven, and very thorough, but also a lot of fun to work with! An absolute pleasure! Dennis is truly one of the most talented, professional people I know in the biz, with an enormous range of abilities and experience. He is certainly the go-to guy who will get any job done to perfection!" John Monte, Creative Editor, Moondog Edit and Design “I have worked with Dennis on several films and it is always a joy. He is a total professional. As a Director of Photography, I found it very refreshing to work with Dennis because he REALLY understands how to take what we shot and create a very good product.... one I can proudly show others.” Chuck Hatcher, Owner, Chucdp “I have known Dennis for 27 years - as an ad agency producer, creative director, business strategist and multi-media content developer and partner. He has a great understanding and appreciation of what works and why. His creative instincts are impeccable! His work is always original and he challenges himself - and his clients - to always do something differently. It's fun to work with Dennis - watching him come up with ideas, open doors, break down barriers, walk on water...you get the idea. Dennis always finds a way to get it done - and done right!” Eric Baron, Writer, Director, Editor, New Door Productions, LLC Gelby was a major force in production at BBDO. He had, still has, brains, balls and a great creative sense. He was a go-to guy in the Dusenberry Era on Pepsi, and his dance card was usually full when you tried to get him on your job. Smart and no shrinking violet. H. Robert Greenbaum, Senior VP, Creative Director/Writer at Gale Martin Advertising “It's a pleasure to brainstorm with Dennis, who understands the power of copy. He's a creative powerhouse. Just test him out. For example, tell him about a project you're working on and he'll return with multiple (and brilliant) solutions. And being a self-described copy-butcher, I admire his ability to use words so clearly and powerfully.” Linda Gottfried, Chief Creative Officer, Color, Light & Shadow “Dennis and I have worked together on a number of business projects as partners. I found him to be very professional, knowledgeable and reliable. His work ethic is outstanding and his creativity impressive. I give my strongest recommendation to Dennis as a worthwhile partner and businessman.” Rick Barry, Owner, Wingnut (Member of the NBA Hall Of Fame) “Dennis is a big idea machine and a wealth of knowledge! Just being in his presence breeds positivity, creativity, optimism, and confidence that anything is within reach. He is one of the most multi-talented executives I have ever had the pleasure of working with. His ideas are cutting edge, and his business acumen to execute these ideas is unparalleled. He is intelligent, confident, dedicated, and FUN!” Ramin Mirshah, Business & Creative Strategist, Talent Solutions “I've known Dennis both personally and professionally for over 6 years. He is a consumate pro at his craft. He is savvy, canny, practical and reliable. He understands marketing, promotion, production and can be very creative with strategic implementation of client objectives.” John Russo, President, Russo Grantham Productions
Advertising Club of Detroit /Gold - Sohio Gas, "Pistons"
ACD/Gold, Silver, Bronze - Dodge Campaign
Mobious Awards, US Festival - Best Automotive, Dodge
Art Director's Club of NY - Dodge Campaign
Cannes Lion - Black and Decker Corporate Campaign
Clio - Jesse Jeans, Campaign,
ANDY Award - Dupont "Weatherguard", Jesse Jeans "Outlawed" Jeep "You Always Wanted One" Faygo Beverages "Chief Red Pop"
One Show - P&G "Ivory 100 Years"
Gold Award, US Film Festival - "Alice in Avonland"
ADDY - Westside Tennis Club, Texas Special Olympics
Telly - Worldfund, Texas Special Olympics, HADA "Earning by Learning" Program, Tourdesign Presentation, The Rellim Tour
Aurora - The Rellim Tour
Web Business Seeker Awards - Pegasus Theatrical