MEET THE PRODUCERS
Nicholas Alan, formerly a Television and Film Agent in NYC and Los Angeles, co-owned The Tamarind Theatre in the heart of Hollywood for more than a decade. Currently, still well known for its artistic venue, it has now become the new home of The UCB Theatre/Hollywood. Previously he was directing and producing beauty pageants under Miss Universe, Inc. until his Miss New York / USA padded her bra, getting disqualified from the competition and truly generating worldwide media coverage over the POPE being shot! That incident gave CBS their highest “pageant” TV ratings and Nick more than 15 minutes of international fame, not to mention, it also landed itself as a question in the classic game Trivial Pursuit.
Nonetheless, his 20 year entertainment experiences have afforded him to become quite multi-dimensional. Nick, whom is also a Theatrical and Fashion Photographer, was regarded as LA’s Top Photographers in one of the best sellers “How to be a Working Actor”, written by Mari Lyn Henry, the former head of ABC’s Daytime Casting. He is currently engaged in the creative management of various multitalented actors and singers, as well as, the creator of various comedic television and film projects currently being developed.
As co-owner of the Tamarind Theatre, Nick was also able to write, direct, produce and/or develop award winning, equity wavier, theatrical productions along with his creative partner and co-owner Thomas Kendall. Many of these productions moved on to larger venues, which have included Off Broadway, television and accredited independent films.
In as much as Nick has been featured on Entertainment Tonight and HGTV’S House Hunter’s, he also co-hosted a syndicated talk show Putting on the Ritz. The Tamarind Theatre had also been featured on Entertainment Tonight, as well as, The Tonight Show, David Letterman, Extra, The Today Show and People Magazine. Many co- productions produced by The Tamarind Theatre received several “Critics Choice” awards from the LA Times, as well as, other awards from LA Weekly, Drama-Logue, Backstage West, NAACP, the Governor’s Media Access Award, as well as a Theatre Arts Award from the Hollywood Arts Council. The Tamarind was also frequently seen and featured in the HBO series “Unscripted”, produced by the Academy Award winning Actor/Director, George Clooney.
In regards to all of his endeavors, whether it be photography, management and/or theatre, Nick has had the very genuine pleasure of either working with or providing entertainment for such notables as Ann Bancroft, Mel Brooks, Robert DeNiro, Carl Reiner, Estelle Reiner, Warren Beatty, Annette Benning, Sidney Poitier, Barry Levinson, Glen Larson, Jon-Erik Hexum, Bob LeMond, Emma Samms, Anthony Hamilton, Ann-Margaret, Kevin Costner, Geraldine Paige, Richard Kiley, Sir John Neville, George Clooney, Kingsley Colton, Steven Draper, Jerry Seinfield, Estelle Getty, Steven Weber, Ruth Buzzi, Ben Stiller, Maxwell Caulfield, Juliet Mills, Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ann Jillian, Ricardo Montalban, Loni Anderson, Ted McGinley, Gigi Rice, Bruce Willis, Jackie Mason, Ann Marie Johnson, Greg Kinnear, Debbie Allen, Nora Dunn, Marilu Henner, Noah Wylie, Brian Tochi, Lily Tomlin, Bret Butler, Austin Peck, Alan Thicke, Chelsea Noble, Leslie Easterbrooks, Gloria Loring, Megan Mullally, James Burrows, Tom Fontana, Robin Williams, Jennifer Lewis, Crystal Bernard, Austin Peck, Carlos Imperato, Constance M. Burge, Judith Light, Tony Danza, Hattie Winston, Harold Wheeler, Richard Gunn, Rob Mayes, Ellie Kanner, David Zuckerman, Katherine Helmond, Michael Easton, Phil Doran, Angelina Fiordellisi, Matt Williams, Julian McMahon, Alan Ball, Douglas Wick, Keely Smith, Scott Hamilton, Carole Cook, Bernie Kopell, Jerry Penacoli, Michael Corbett, Bill D’Elia, Patrick Warburton, Jennifer Grey, Paige O’hara, Robby Benson, Jeanne Wolf, Pat Carroll, Donny Osmond, Charles Nelson Reilly, Dom DeLuise, Kathy Buckley, David Hyde Pierce, Sally Struthers, Bob Barker, Cindy Adams, Charles Durning, Pam Wick, Wayne Rogers, Shawn Weatherly, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Steinmetz, E.G. Daily, Ron Palillo, Beverlee Dean, Jim Caviezel, Ron Glass, Rue McClanahan, Nina Dobrev, Jane Lynch, Jim Bailey, Jeremy Renner, Amy Poehler, Dustin Hoffman, Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Governor Peter Wilson, President Reagan and Mrs. Reagan.
Tom Kendall has been in the Entertainment Industry thirty years. He received fine art degrees from The University of Evansville, Indiana and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota, Florida. In between he attended the Juilliard School in NYC.
His extensive background in theatre involved founding and owning the Tamarind Theatre for nearly 20 years, currently known as UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade). While owning the Tamarind he produced over 250 plays and musicals. Throughout his tenure he worked with such theatre notables as Sir John Neville, Charles Nelson Reilly, Ron Glass, Paige O’Hara, George Furth, Ben Stiller, Hattie Winston, Sanaa Lathan, John Cusack, Charles Busch, Nora Dunn, Richard Kline, Will Ferrell and Jane Lynch among others.
Tom was directly responsible for the development of Kathy Buckley’s one woman show, “Don’t Buck with Me!” which played the famed Tiffany Theatre, co-producing later with David Hyde Pierce, in the New York off-Broadway run at the Lamb’s Theatre. Other original projects include, The Right to Remain Silent (Showtime), Hell Cab (Independent film), It’s All About You (Independent film), “Fixin’ to Die” (Kennedy Center / Off-Broadway), Eden Court (Hahn-Cosmopolitan Theatre) and most recently The Eyes of Babylon, (Showtime documentary – “Semper fi”).
Tom has been the recipient of the Governor’s Media Access Award, the Los Angeles City Council Certificate of Merit, the LA Weekly award, Theatre LA Ovation award and most recently the NAACP award for Best Director of a musical. The musical, “Hey! I’m the Mama!” starring Jazz legend Spankey Wilson and her daughter, Angela Teek is currently being developed for Las Vegas.
In 2001, Tom joined the staff of Encore Hollywood, a post-production house, as a producer for television, film, commercials and music videos visual effects. He became SVP of VFX for Deluxe worldwide in 2007, responsible for shows such as, House, My Name is Earl, Entourage, Big Love, Huff, Medical Investigation, Heartland, Charmed, Supergirl, The Flash, and The River among others. While at Encore/Deluxe his team won the Emmy for Supporting Visual Effects for the Cinemax show Banshee.
Tom is currently the Executive Vice President of VFX for Picture Shop, an industry leading post production facility. Shows include Hawaii 5O, MacGyver, Magnum PI, NCIS, The Walking Dead, Charmed, New Amsterdam, Grand Hotel, NCIS: NOLA and American Housewife among others.