Stage 32 Next Level Education Stage 32 Next Level Education
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.

Julie Zhou Julie Zhou Junior Web Developer

Julie Zhou is a web developer at Stage 32. She is detail oriented and dedicated to web design and development. Before moving to California, Julie served as web developer at Henry B. Tippie College of Business where she developed, modified, and maintained databases and responsive websites in support of Henry B. Tippie College of Business and associated departments and clients.

She also assisted in designing and developing a database application for Guardianship and Conservatorship Monitoring Pilot Project for University of Iowa College of Law.

Julie likes learning about web user experience. Any suggestions are always welcome.

Erik Grossman Erik Grossman Coordinator

Erik Grossman is a writer who's worked with Sunblock Studios on projects ranging from documentaries (Zedd: Moment of Clarity with Vevo), to reality shows and short films (The Sweeter Side, Apartment 4, Grand Theft Auto: Give Me Liberty).

He's worked on projects for companies such as Ultra Records, Publicis, Fifteen Minutes Public Relations, and Brian Graden Media.

He completed a short film starring Edi Gathegi (Twilight franchise, Justified), Max Carver (Desperate Housewives, Teen Wolf), and J.R. Bourne (Stargate SG-1, Revenge).

Erik graduated USC with a bachelor's degree in English, and participated in a six-week film program in Australia. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his two overweight cats.

Rosalind Winton Rosalind Winton Editor

Rosalind left school at 17 and went straight into the workplace as a secretary, for various companies over the years in permanent and temporary positions. She started editing in 1987 while she was working for The International Institute For Strategic Studies as a Personal Assitant. They were a military based organisation that published their own books and Rosalind found herself working on every aspect of editing their main publication 'The Military Balance', which listed the armaments of the world's armed forces. The company also took interns from around the world and she helped them develop their projects by working with them so that they could present their work in the best possible light. She was with the Institute for eight years and then left to have her first daughter. She had her second daughter two years later and became a full time mum. Once the girls were old enough she started thinking about what she wanted to do. A friend had asked Rosalind if she would edit her novel and it was during this process that she decided to set up her own business and that's how 'One Voice Literary Agency' was born. Since establishing the agency, she has edited everything from full length novels, novellas, children's YA and picture books, articles, as well as screenplays and TV scripts (for members of Stage 32). Rosalind has also had the privilege of editing, producing and recording an audio story for one of her clients, which was an incredible experience.

Rosalind also writes lyrics and songs. She's been writing for over 30 years and has enjoyed some lovely achievements that she is very proud of, including hearing her songs performed live on stage, winning awards, one of her songs has been aired on the radio and recorded onto a piece of film. She has written songs for school plays including brand new songs for 'The Wizard Of Oz', she has had a poem published and she has had a great time working on other amazing projects.

Rosalind also loves musical theatre, reading, ten pin bowling, watching movies and spending time with family and friends.

Sadie Dean Sadie Dean Project Coordinator

Sadie Dean is the Project Coordinator for Stage 32. Prior to joining the Stage 32 team, she oversaw the Screenwriters World Conference, screenwriting contests, live events, ScriptXpert services and produced how-to videos for The Writers Store (F+W Media).

Sadie is also a writer and producer based out of Los Angeles. She has produced music videos for notable European and local artists, shorts and served as an executive producer on a feature documentary film, featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Terry Crews, Aisha Tyler and Aimee Garcia.

She received her MFA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute, where she was mentored by some of the worlds greatest storytellers. Sadie is also the recipient of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences scholarship, was nominated for the Humanitas Prize for her television spec written with her writing partner, and was a second rounder in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.