Stage 32 Team

Richard "RB" Botto Richard "RB" Botto Founder & CEO

Richard "RB" Botto is the Founder and CEO of Stage 32 (www.stage32.com), the world's largest social media site and educational hub for film, television and theater creatives.

Botto is a screenwriter (represented by David Greenblatt of Greenlit Creative), producer, actor and author. He served as associate producer on Sam Levinson’s debut Another Happy Day, which starred Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore, Thomas Hayden Church, Kate Bosworth and Ellen Burstyn and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, winning Best Screenplay. In 2014, Botto executive produced All Things Hidden. Botto’s own latest script, The End Game, is currently in development.

A pioneer of the early stages of the Internet boom, Botto developed Stage 32 so creatives across the globe would have a dedicated network to find work and representation, launch projects, secure funding, further their education and make life and career altering connections. In just over 3 years, Stage 32 has organically reached over 500,000 members from every country on the planet and has been described by Forbes Magazine as "Lynda meets LinkedIn meets Facebook for film, television and theater creatives."

Botto has spoken all over the world at industry conferences including American Film Market, SXSW, TriBeCa Film Festival, Entertainment Finance Forum by Winston Baker, Columba University, Cinequest, Screenwriters World West and East, Great American Pitchfest, STN Convention and many more.

Prior to creating Stage 32, Botto was the Founder, Publisher and Editor of RAZOR magazine, a national men’s lifestyle magazine which boasted a readership of 1.5 million at its peak. A former radio host on ESPN and FOX Sports affiliates, Botto has appeared on such networks as CNBC, MSNBC, NBC News, FOX News, CBS News and VH1, riffing about the entertainment business and social media.

In the 90’s, Botto was an integral part of the team responsible for creating the vendor tracking system used by many of today’s top e-commerce companies. Botto headed the development, design and commercial implementation for several of the top 50 most visited sites on the web during that period.

Botto also serves on the Advisory Board for Old Town Music Hall, a classic film theater in El Segundo, built in 1921.

Botto's book on crowdsourcing for film will be published by Focal Press in 2015.

Oh, and he was once named one of People Magazine's Most Eligible Bachelors (no lie).

Amanda Toney Amanda Toney Managing Director

Amanda is the Managing Director of Stage 32, the world's largest social media site and educational hub for film, television and theater creatives. As a seasoned business development and marketing executive, Amanda began her career in marketing with RAZOR Magazine, working on programs with brands including NBC, Touchstone, Disney and Jaguar. By the time she turned 30 she built The Taka Group from the ground up - her first million + dollar business, which worked on international marketing programs with some of the world's most recognized brands including Oakley, Guess?, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Ray Ban, Giorgio Armani, Nine West and more. After her exit from The Taka Group, she became a partner in Stage 32 and as it's Managing Director, oversees operations and business development for the global business. Amanda is inspired by innovation and companies that change industries, something Stage 32 is accomplishing daily. Amanda is a passionate entrepreneur, avid world traveler and lives by the motto "if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

Greg Piccionelli Greg Piccionelli Legal Consultant

Greg Piccionelli is a prominent Los Angeles entertainment attorney that has represented entertainment companies and online businesses for nearly a quarter of a century. His clients include numerous media and technology companies, technical innovators and other creative individuals, including television and motion production companies, online entertainment companies, writers, directors, actors, composers, musicians, photographers, 2D and 3D artists, inventors, software developers, social networking companies, and numerous high technology firms. His practice areas include copyright, trademark and patent matters, intellectual property rights licensing and enforcement, celebrity rights issues, domain name disputes, and Federal Trade Commission actions.

As a highly skilled negotiator and transactions attorney, Greg Piccionelli has negotiated and drafted literally hundreds of contracts covering a broad range of matters. Mr. Piccionelli has also represented clients in a number of high profile and precedent-setting free speech cases.

Greg Piccionelli was also one of the first attorneys in the world to specialize in legal matters pertaining to online commerce. As a licensed patent attorney, Mr. Piccionelli was among the first lawyers to prosecute Internet, e-commerce and business method patents.

Mr. Piccionelli has authored over one hundred published articles on a broad range of business, legal and scientific topics. He has been frequently interviewed and quoted in radio, television, print, and the Web. He is also a frequent speaker at entertainment and technology industry conferences and trade shows, and often lectures at legal conferences on topics pertaining to digital commerce, the development of intellectual property law in the digital age, online privacy, and freedom of expression.

Mr. Piccionelli is also a successful inventor of numerous patented technologies. He has been awarded over fifty U.S. and foreign patents, many of which pertain to e-commerce and digital content creation. The technology covered by one such patent, U.S. Patent No. 6,154,172, is directed to the control of content delivery, transactions, and other activities on the basis of the user's physical location determined by the Global Positioning System ("GPS"). The patented technology invented by Mr. Piccionelli is currently in broad usage on computers and mobile devices throughout the world.

Greg Piccionelli is also a published music composer and accomplished player of several musical instruments.

Tomasz Mieczkowski Tomasz Mieczkowski Director of Development

Tomasz Mieczkowski is the Director of Development Stage 32. Tomasz acquired the taste for web development in the late 90's while serving in the United States Navy, where he programmed his first basic website. After an honorable discharge from the military he continued his passion of converting vision and ideas into its virtual existence.

With a Master's Degree in computer science from Brooklyn College, Tomasz has developed well over 100 real estate websites in New York City and in doing so, he has gained an in-depth knowledge of front-end web development, interface design and user-experience methodologies.

Tomasz is highly dedicated to ensuring user satisfaction and is a strong believer of the ideology that all opinions matter.

Jason Mirch Jason Mirch Director of Script Services

Jason Mirch is a feature film, television, branded entertainment, and digital content producer and executive with over 15 years of experience. Most recently, he produced a 3D animated feature film starring Jacob Tremblay, Christopher Lloyd, Mel Brooks, Kenan Thompson, and Carol Kane.

Mirch was the Head of feature and television development at Image Nation, a finance and production company based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. There, he supervised the Image Nation contributions in the development of Flight, The Help, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Contagion, Careful What You Wish For, Ghost Rider 2, Midnight Sun, and 100 Foot Journey.​ Prior to his work at Image Nation, Mirch was Co-Head of Development at Zadan/Meron Productions (Chicago, Footloose, The Bucket List) where he was actively involved in developing a slate of feature film projects for New Line, Paramount, Summit Ent., and CBS/Paramount. He also developed and sold television projects and mini-series to CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, and Lifetime.

He has lectured on all areas of filmmaking, speaking on panels at the Producers Guild of America, the Harvard Screenwriting Group, American Film Market, University of Southern California Film School, as well as several international film festivals and markets. In addition, he has consulted brands, including Burberry and Creative Artists Agency, on the expansion of their operations into emerging markets in the Middle East and Asia.

Mirch graduated Cum Laude from Chapman University’s School of Film and Television, where he received a B.F.A., in Film Production, with an emphasis in Writing and Directing. He was mentored by Academy Award Winning Writer/Director David S. Ward, in the spring of 2004, and is the winner of Chapman University Student Filmmaker Award, for Best Director for his film Ally.

Nick Assunto Nick Assunto Script Services Coordinator

Nick Assunto is part of the Stage 32 script services team. He was previously a first and second round reader for the Austin Film Festival for three years, and this past year was a writer for the 2017 CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase.

He holds a B.A. in Theater from Salve Regina University with a focus in playwriting. Nick also studied improv and sketch comedy at UCB in both New York and Los Angeles from 2007-2016 where he also co-hosted the Sunday show B.Y.O.T. for a time at UCB Sunset's Inner Sanctum.

Though writing is his passion, Nick has also dabbled in acting, having been featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, an eHarmony commercial directed by Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst (for real), and is infamously known as Tony, the annoying party member from the 'Four Friends' Elder Scrolls spots.

Joleene Moody Joleene Moody Content Curator

Joleene Moody is the editorial content curator for the Stage 32 blog. She’s also been known to write a press release or two, as well as other content for the site. When she’s not clickity-clacking on the keyboard for Stage 32, she’s writing and producing her own comedic screenplays. This high-energy woman loves being on set, both in front of and behind the camera. Her latest film credits include Escape at Dannemora, an HBO mini-series directed by Ben Stiller. Joleene played a reporter in the series, which is apropos, considering she spent 10 years as an award-winning television reporter and anchor in the city of Syracuse. If you have a burning desire to write a blog post for Stage 32, reach out to her at joleene@stage32.com. She’s waiting. :)

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