Founding Board

 

Our Founding Board of Directors consists of six individuals, who are each highly regarded in their respective fields.  They will advise on all matters including financial prudence and staying on track to meet our archival, programatic, and community support goals.  If you are interested in joining our board please contact us.

 

 

Steven Bailin

Steven Bailin has been in the financial services industry since 1987.  He is a Certified Financial Planner as well as Manager for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, where his primary role is to provide comprehensive wealth management services to high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients.  Steven is currently responsible for over $6B of client assets, and he is also extremely active within the community, supporting a wide range of philanthropic endeavors.

 

James Comisar – President

James Comisar is the world expert of identifying and championing television artifacts, having created the marketplace in 1989. In addition to his curatorship of the most comprehensive archive of its kind, he formed the entertainment memorabilia department for eBay-Butterfields in 1992 and has since shared his expertise with Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and most auction houses in the United States and the United Kingdom.  James’ ability to navigate this complicated art market and locate, valuate, negotiate, and acquire TV’s most iconographic objects will benefit the museum’s goal to build its own permanent collection; his credibility among Hollywood studios, artists, and production companies will bolster their future involvement in the museum’s programs, cross-promotions, and perhaps cash and non-cash donations; James’ longstanding relationship with the electronic and printed media will provide access to national publicity; and his kinship with collectors, fans, and viewers of television will provide their important perspective to the museum.

 

Amber Comisar – Secretary

Amber Comisar is a television producer with focused experience in start-up programs. Having served in a producing capacity for some of Nickelodeon’s most popular live-action kids’ shows including iCarly, Drake & Josh, and Zoey 101, she is accustomed to working with large and varied crews of artists, craftspeople, corporate executives, and marketing executives to create a product that is educational, entertaining, and on-budget.  Amber also excels in getting technical networks up and running and interactivity, having also served as a producer for TechTV and CNET.

 

Fuller French

Fuller French is founder and Executive Director of The Broadcast Arts Library in Fort Worth, Texas.  It is the largest and most important library of original television scripts and related production documents, and its mission is to preserve the world’s most consumed form of literature.  He is also a Director of the French Oil Company of Texas, and Fuller sits on the board of several foundations, including The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas.

 

David Kramer

David Kramer is Vice President of Hilton & Highland, a recognized leader in transacting Beverly Hills estates and major estates, realizing $1.2B in sales in 2010.  David is a top-producing agent routinely buying and selling properties in the $5M to $20M range, and he and the firm have represented clients ranging from Halle Berry and Simon Cowell to Paris Hilton and Michael Jackson. He also specializes in restoring vintage properties in a manner that maintains their intrinsic character, design intent, and history, and David is also a founding investor and board member of Freshology, a well-known weight loss and wellness program.  David is always active in a number of charities, including the Chaka Khan Foundation that empowers and inspires children at risk.

 

Cara Varnell

Cara Varnell has 30 years experience as an art conservator and museum professional, having worked with institutions including The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York City and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.