TV industry veteran Michael Jay Solomon has been tapped to a trio of posts at the Entertainment Internet, parent company of Castnet.com, a Web-based film and TV database for casting directors and agencies.
As part of his non-exclusive deal, Solomon initially will be responsible for the expansion and diversity of Castnet.com’s online services and will retain the titles of chairman, president and chief executive officer. He will share leadership of the parent company with interim chairman Mohamed Hadid and chief operating officer Jeremy Schuster.
TEI’s Castnet.com electronic communities help actors, casting directors and talent agents communicate with one another; visitors to the site receive instant responses to specialized data searches. TEI’s resources are used by more than 300 casting directors, 185 guild franchised agencies and 32,000 actors across the U.S.
“Michael brings extensive experience in all aspects of the entertainment world. There is no better leader for a publicly traded company on a growth track executing an expansion plan,” Hadid said.
“I am looking forward to drawing upon my resources and affiliates to build an organization of global proportions,” Solomon said. “Together we are building a team to develop Castnet.com services in New York, Paris, Rome and Latin America, and expect the Castnet.com sites to be the focus for the entertainment, fashion and leisure industries.”
Solomon began his career in distribution in the late ’50s in Latin America and subsequently co-founded indie distrib Telepictures. In 1989, he was named president of Warner Bros. Intl. Television, a post he held until 1994, when he formed his own telecommunications company, Solomon Intl. Enterprises, which is involved in various areas of the entertainment industry.
The Entertainment Internet is traded on the OTC with the ticker symbol EINI.