Literary Development
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Team

Team

BMM's agile, global structure allows its principals to be maximally involved in each engagement, provide highly-tailored project teams culled from the world's premier professionals and vendors, compress timelines and stretch budgets. Above, a client meeting in London with broadcast and print media, a film producer, cameraman, book cover designer, agent, web developer and picture researcher.

 
 
 
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Suzanne Balaban
President

Suzanne was Vice President, Director of Publicity for Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster Publishers Inc. and Associate Director of Publicity for William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Inc.   While at Scribner, she was responsible for the greatest number of simultaneous New York Times Best Sellers in company history, and worked with Stephen King, Frank McCourt, Annie Proulx, Temple Grandin, Howell Raines, Jeannette Walls, Carole Radziwill and Dr. Mark Hyman.  At William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishers, she worked with Juan Williams, Gail Collins, Neil Stephenson and Michael Deaver among others.

Television credits include series producer/director and features editor for the Discovery Channel/TLC, the BBC and Channel 4 Television.  From 1991 to 1997 Suzanne was a director, producer and journalist with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London, and in 1998 became Director of Community Development at VCIX where she helped launch early online communities.   

Suzanne holds undergraduate and masters degrees from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University and a Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from the City University in London. She is a graduate of the BBC Television News & Current Affairs Trainee Scheme and winner of the Lord Hartwell Prize for Journalism. As Features Editor of the Big Breakfast, Channel 4, UK, she was part of the team awarded the 1996 TRIC Award. 

 
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Elliot Balaban
Chairman & CEO

Elliot was co-founder and CEO of emBooks, a Peter Thiel-backed e-publishing venture built around British opinion celebrity, Melanie Phillips.  Joining similar undertakings by Andrew Sullivan and Glenn Beck, emBooks was the first direct-to-consumer, e-publishing company in the UK.

Prior to BMM, Elliot was President of Broadscape Venture Management whose clients included GE Capital and NASDAQ.  The firm specialized in technology-based business development and private equity investing in emerging markets and facilitated GE’s first PE investment in Israel.

Prior to Broadscape, Elliot was a creative director and business development executive for NBC Universal where he executive produced the world premier of NBC.com and evaluated digital media investments worldwide including the deal with Microsoft to launch MSNBC. 

An ASCAP award winning composer, lyricist and librettist, Elliot was represented in the theater by Flora Roberts, studied piano and composition with George Pappastavrou, David Weiner and Sanford Gold, and orchestration with Manny Albam.  A mentee of John Kander, his work has been performed at Alice Tully Hall and featured on Sesame Street

Elliot's doctoral work focused on the neurobiology of learning.  He attended the MIT Media Laboratory (Composer Fellow), Princeton University (Spencer Fellow), Eastman School of Music and The Bronx High School of Science (Hackett Medal for Oratory.)