MdM Talent is Washington, DC’s first international talent recruitment and agency placement company under the skilled direction of Diane McFarland and Michael McDavitt, who collectively bring over 50 years of industry-related experience. Through their guidance, education and mentorship, they will be carefully recruiting and connecting the most promising young talent in the DC metro area to their most influential ties with agents in the global marketplace.
The District of Columbia will become “the newest entertainment capital and attraction” with the launching and staging of an exclusive series of MdM Talent Youth Talent Workshops & Panel Discussions, scheduled for April, June, October & December 2012. The most talented actors and models, ranging in age from 6-21, will have the chance of auditioning and being presented to top international agents from Los Angeles and New York City. Through these events, talent will have the rare chance of being reviewed and offered legitimate agency contracts for representation, and elevating their careers to a national and international prominence. To learn more, please visit our website www.mdm-studios.com.
Diane McFarland and Michael McDavitt will be leading this initiative for MdM Talent. Ms. McFarland began her career as a model and quickly rose to the top, walking the runways for leading fashion designers and gracing the pages of print campaigns. This national visibility earned her the respect and admiration of her peers, inspiring her to open McFarland Entertainment in Denver & Colorado Springs, a top talent agency and board-certified training center. For nearly two decades, she carved her niche in the marketplace educating and mentoring thousands of students, and marketing and placing them with top agents in the fields of television, film, commercial/fashion print and runway. Among her proudest achievements was discovering, promoting and advancing the careers of Jessica Biel and Keri Russell. She was also honored to be chosen by Mirabella Magazine as one of their “1,000 Most Outstanding Women in America.”
Mr. McDavitt can be credited as the President of the Talent Management Division and Director of Television & Film Development for the Matthau Company in Los Angeles. In this position, he promoted and marketed the careers of legendary actor, Walter Matthau, and his son Charlie Matthau, a rising film and television Director. On the talent management side, he scouted and secured a select group of talent for agency representation, and considered them for television and film productions. Mr. McDavitt also served as the Agency Director for McFarland Entertainment, and as an Agent/Consultant for T.H.E. Artist Agency in DC (www.theartistagency.com).
As a mother-and-son duo, Ms. McFarland and Mr. McDavitt preside over the day-to-day operations of their sister company, ARB Productions, Inc. (www.arbproductionsinc.com), a production and multi-media house based in Washington, DC. As their ARB television and film projects are developed and produced, they will be considering MdM talent in their productions.
Our Original Team
As we move forward, we are thrilled to have already recruited an original team of promising young talent (some of whom are featured in the photo album) who will be participating in our upcoming MdM Workshops for 2012, along with those auditioning and being selected from our Talent Open Calls.
We have also solidified partnerships with some of the most respected and talented within the business and artistic communities. They include:
• Cade Martin, internationally acclaimed photographer
• DeShae Mayrand, MdM’s exclusive hair & makeup artist
• Judith B. Handjinicolau, respected dermatologist, Georgetown
• Jennifer Banks, MdM’s chief legal counsel
Our Top Industry Alliances:
Below are some of our top industry alliances within the entertainment, talent, and beauty industries:
• ARB Productions, Inc., sister company of MdM Talent www.arbproductionsinc.com
• Cade Martin Photography www.cademartin.com
• DeShae Mayrand, MdM’s Exclusive Hair & Makeup Artist @deshaemayrand
• Diane Hardin/Acting (LA & NYC) www.dianehardinacting.com
• The Savage Agency (LA) www.thesavageagency.net
• The Osbrink Agency (LA) www.osbrinkagency.com
• Abrams Artists Agency (NYC) www.abramsartists.com
• Carson-Adler Agency (NYC) www.carsonadler.com
• Generation Model Management (NYC) www.generationmm.com
• Elite Model Management (NYC) www.elitemodel.com
• Ford Models (NYC) www.fordmodels.com
• Next Models (NYC) www.nextmodels.com
• Wilhelmina & Wilhelmina Kids (NYC) www.wilhelmina.com
• Major Model Management (NYC) www.majormodel.com
• T.H.E. Artist Agency (DC) www.theartistagency.com
• Modelogic[Wilhelmina] (VA) www.modelogicwilhelmina.com
• Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DC) www.ellingtonschool.org
• George Four Seasons Salon (DC) www.georgefourseasonssalon.com
• Georgetown Dermatology/Judith B. Handjinicolau (DC) www.georgetowndermatology.com
Our Industry Support (testimonials):
We appreciate the sentiments shared and echoed by some of our closest and most esteemed colleagues in the industry.
“Diane McFarland and Michael McDavitt have, for many years, trained, groomed and encouraged young talent for film, television, stage and runway. I am so pleased that talent in the DC area will have an opportunity with MdM Talent to let their light shine in front of industry professionals from NYC and Hollywood. I hope to be there to cheer them on!”
~ Diane Hardin, Acting Teacher (LA & NYC)
“I love working with Diane and Michael! Their selfless, balanced, mature in approach and have a gift for making complicated things simple. They understand the strategy before it even needs explanation and remain collaborative from the initial discussions of a project to its final output. They have a great talent and are just all-around great people.”
~ Cade Martin, Cade Martin Photography
“I’ve had the great pleasure of collaborating with Diane for many years when she owned McFarland Entertainment in Denver & Colorado Springs, and she has one of the best eyes in the business! I’ve always admired her integrity and honesty, and look forward to her new exciting endeavor with MdM and the opportunity of considering and representing some of her talent.”
~ Judy Savage, Owner & CEO, Savage Talent Agency, Los Angeles
“It is such an honor that Diane McFarland and Michael McDavitt have chosen me to participate as one of the agents in their premiere MdM Panel Discussion & Youth Talent Workshop in April 2012. I can’t wait to meet the talent and get to know and work with them over the two-day event.”
~ Nancy Carson, Owner, Carson-Adler Agency, New York City
“I am extremely excited to be a part of MdM’s premier event! The structure of this event seems to allow the agents quality time with each of the actors/models so that no one will be overlooked. I feel it is important to arm young actors with quality advice and information to guide them through their development process, and it appears that MdM created this event to provide a taste of that.”
~ Maureen E. Rose, Head of Voice Department, The Osbrink Agency, Los Angeles
“I am so thrilled to be a part of MdM Studio’s premier event. With your years of experience and expertise in this industry, I just know the caliber of talent will be exciting. Thanks so much for including me on such a prestigious panel of agents. I’m really looking forward to finding some great talent!”
~ David Doan, Theatrical Agent, Generation TV
"I have had the privilege of collaborating with Diane McFarland and Michael McDavitt on acting workshops and industry overviews with some of their top industry colleagues from Los Angeles and our some of our gifted students from Duke Ellington. We look forward to their latest endeavor as talent recruiters and the chance for our students to once again display their talents to top international agents and gain contracts and new representation as they advance their careers."
~ Ken Johnson, Theater Chair, Duke Ellington School of the Arts
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