Kent came in Calgary in the summer of 2016 for Brett Wilson’s OMGarden Party, where we met, him and knew we had to have him share his story of hard work and success!
Kent Speakman is on an journey, which he decided on even before his first part time jobs in high school when he was a dishwasher at Earls and Joeys in Edmonton. He now resides in Los Angeles; producing live and recorded shows, films, music videos, and exclusives with artists such as Drake, Kygo, Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, Nick Cannon, Alyssa Milano, Allen Thick and Quinton Aaron. He has been on screen in numerous feature films and was honored to appear in the opening of the 42nd Annual Juno Awards with Michael Buble & Gerard Butler.
Speakman is an innovative producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist whose experience on both sides of the camera ranges from producing film and TV, to developing global digital strategies for multi-billion dollar companies.
Examiner.com has called him “One of the most influential entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry.” He has won the iMedia Entertainment Marketing Award for “Best Digital Campaign” and “Best Mobile Entertainment Startup,” and he was awarded Evan Carmichael’s “Top 100 Entrepreneurs to Follow” in 2013 preceded by the “iMedia Top Ten Digital Marketers” in 2009.
He writes for trade publications, speaks at conferences and film festivals, and engages in interviews on media outlets such as KTLA News, The Los Angeles Times, Inc. Magazine and The Huffington Post.
Speakman founded ENGAGEIA – a digital, mobile and experiential agency that works with startups, brands, celebrities, and entertainment properties. Following this, co-founded FAMEUS, a social network listed on the Huffington Post’s “Top 10 Startups in LA” in 2015, connecting members of the entertainment industry in innovative ways with a unique technology. He co-founded and exited an OTT television network, Torio.tv, where he was the executive in charge of all live entertainment production.
His experience allowed him to follow his passion for working with charities and social causes, and began to produce world class events. Speakman took the opportunity to leverage technology to connect millions of viewers around the world with these events via live-streaming. He founded KNEKT.tv as the production house behind many top charity gala shows, bringing A-List celebrity audiences to content that matters, live streaming concerts with artists such as Lil Wayne & ASAP Rocky, and video exclusives with artists such as Drake.
Speakman has an international network of professionals and influencers, having orchestrated a variety of film and technology projects in Canada, the U.S., the United Kingdom, Asia and India. He has produced hundreds of events across Canada and the U.S., while working with clientele ranging from A-List celebrities, to tech startups. He leverages his connections to unite organizations with the right partners – connecting the dots others may overlook to take projects from concept to completion, while building an attentive audience along the way.
His recent accomplishments include:
Awards & Achievements
•Contest Judge & Event Producer for the Thunderstruck Startup Challenge (2015)
•Advisory Board Member for the iMedia Entertainment Summit (2014)
•Advisory Board Member for the iMedia Content Summit (2014)
• iMedia Entertainment Marketing Award for “Best Digital Campaign”
•”Best Mobile Entertainment Startup,”
•awarded Evan Carmichael’s “Top 100 Entrepreneurs to Follow” in 2013
•”iMedia Top Ten Digital Marketers” in 2009
•(Finalist) Best Social Media Agency of 2011 (ENGAGEIA)
•Banff World Media Festival “You want OTT? You got it!: An over the top look at new buyers” (Banff, Alberta – 2016)
•Social Media Week LA “It’s alive! How social media electrifies live television events” (Los Angeles, CA – 2014)
•TechLA Summer Jam “Hollywood in Tech” (Los Angeles, CA – 2014)
•Maker Studios “Technology Effects on the Entertainment Industry” (Culver City, CA – 2014)
Live Broadcast Producer
•Power of a Wish Gala, Nigel Barker Hosting on Facebook Live, Make-A-Wish America (Cipriani Center Wall Street, NYC 2016)
•5th Annual Beagle Ball Live, Amy Smart Hosting on Facebook Live, (Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, LA 2016)
•Maxim Magazine & Bootsy Bellows Big Game Live, Performances by ASAP Rocky, Lil-Wayne, (San Francisco 2016)