Jim Garrard
Jim Garrard
Founder & CEO
Successful Actor, Casting Director, Movie and Television Producer, Label Executive, Celebrity Talent Manager, Entrepreneur, Task Master and most importantly Philanthropist, with a BA in Communications from UCLA.

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DonnaJean Media Group, L.L.C.

Successful Actor, Casting Director, Movie & Television Producer, Label Executive, Celebrity Talent Manager, Entrepreneur, Taskmaster and most importantly Philanthropist, who studied Communications at UCLA.

By the age of 14, Garrard was already in the presence of Hollywood royalty, sharing the screen with acting legends like Burt Reynolds and Sally Fields. After acting in many films the wide-eyed teen decided to broaden his horizons and try his hands behind the camera. Thanks again to the director Burt Reynolds who brought him on as Assistant Casting Director for the Golden Globe nominated film, Sharky’s Machine. He soon moved to Los Angeles, at the age of 18, and went on to cast his first feature film, Mafia King Pin. Guess that is how you get the title “Hollywood’s Youngest Casting Director”. Garrard went on to enjoy 11 years as a Casting Director. True to form, he also began his Talent Manager career during those early days, representing a number of the biggest Disco Divas of all time, which does continues today. Being the diehard Entrepreneur, Garrard eventually, in 2003, founded his Production Company and Record Label, DonnaJean Entertainment and DonnaJean Records.

Garrard continues to produce film, television, and music and represent the Talent that he believes will shed light on positivity and inspire others in today’s society. In late 2014, Garrard was asked to join Todd Bacon, the inventor of 3D sound in creating, 3DA Multimedia LLC, a company that will guide the inventions of Bacon’s 3D sound through the final development stage and begin to license this amazing technology to Fortune 50 companies for manufacturing and distributing 3D sound products to the Consumer, Commercial and Creative markets around the world. Just like stereo and surround sound before it, 3D audio will certainly change the sound we hear – forever!

He has made it his mission to make a difference on all levels possible and with any medium necessary. Garrard lives by the philosophy of creating a new equality throughout the industry; creating, what is said to be, the first 360o entertainment company in Hollywood, which recognizes that talent is multifaceted. Garrard began creating a charitable foundation in 2014, The DonnaJean Kitchen. Its mission is to bring the responsibility of feeding all the children of the United States that go hungry every day. “Damn it, it is our responsibility to take care of each other, and making sure that all the children in our own country receive the fundamental needs of life is for sure not too much to ask of us.

Garrard and his incredible team’s years of experience and vast entertainment industry network is the cornerstone of The Companies of DonnaJean. That continues proving once more when Jim Garrard sets out to break new ground, he will not neglect the original passion for his craft nor the opportunity to give back to others. As he puts it: ”At the end of the day, if we’ve sold a million records or put a million butts in the seats of theatres, without touching those souls in some fashion, we haven’t really succeeded, have we?”

Business

Founder and CEO

DonnaJean Media Group, LLC

October 2014 – Present | West Hollywood, California

Newly formed Parent Company to manage and oversee the activities of The Companies Of DonnaJean. Consisting of: DonnaJean Productions LLC, a film & television production company. DonnaJean Records LLC, a record label and music production company. DonnaJean Management LLC, a talent management company.  DonnaJean Events, an speciality & corporate events company. Completing the circle of the 360 degree home to multitalented Artists, Actors, Musicians, Writers, Directors and others with a multifaceted creative career path. All housed under one roof for the creative growth in all genres of the Entertainment Industry.

 

Founder and CEO

JGLLC | James Garrard, LLC

May 2013 – Present | West Hollywood, California

JGLLC owns the assets for the interests that Jim Garrard maintains in several entities around the United States. Some include, Brokerage Consulting Group LLC,  DonnaJean Entertainment LLC, DonnaJean Records LLC.

 

Founding Member

Brokerage Consulting Group

June 2000 – Present | Atlanta, Georgia & Los Angeles, California

Broker/Dealer Consulting specializing in Regulatory Compliance, FINOP, Audits, New Broker/Dealer Start-Ups! Investment Bankers recruiting and placement and much more. All with a personal level of service unsurpassed in our industry.

 

Founder and CEO

DonnaJean Productions, LLC

May 2000 – Present | West Hollywood, California

Film & Television Production Company, producing original work, both scripted and non scripted, to support the Talent signed to the company and to support the creative efforts of DonnaJean itself.

Founder and CEO

DonnaJean Records, LLC

May 2000 – Present | West Hollywood, California

Music Production, Distribution and Publishing.

 

Founder and Owner

Garrard Graphics, Inc.

January 1991 – November 1999 | Fayetteville, Georgia

Graphic Design, Electronic Printing, Traditional Printing.

 

Casting Director

Independent Casting Director

November 1984 – April 1991 | Greater Los Angeles Area

Casting Director for numerous  feature films, television productions and Documentaries for Studios, Producers, Directors and various Production Companies.  Also partners for a couple of productions with a wonderful human, Lindy Rollison.

 

Casting Director

MGM Studios

March 1982 – October 1984 | Culver City, California

Film

Production Credits


Shark’s Machine Casting Assistant 1981
Hambone and Hillie Casting Director 1983
Tin Man Casting Director 1983
The Fix Casting Director 1984
What Waits Below Casting Director 1985
KGB: The Secret War Casting Director 1985
For Which WE Stand (One Queer Music Nation In The Visible) Executive Producer 2014

Music

Releases


Claudja Barry – Good Time Executive Producer DonnaJean Records
Claudja Barry – I Will Stand Producer DonnaJean Records
Kelly Ingram – I Am All These Things Producer DonnaJean Records
Claudja Barry – Down & Counting 08 Producer DonnaJean Records
DPB – RE-ID Producer DonnaJean Records

Video


Kelly Ingram Music Video Producer DonnaJean Entertainment

Volunteer

  • Volunteer Work

    • DonnaJean’s Kitchen
      • Founder
        • 2014
      • Board of Directors
        • 2014 – Current
    • ARCA-AIDS Research of Atlanta
      • Board of Directors
        • 1993 – 1997 (4 Years)
        • “Being on the Board of Directors at the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta (ARCA) was one of the highlights of my business life to date.  During my time serving under the board of directors; We took this non-profit that specializes in human drug trails, phase 2 and phase 3, to one of the foremost leaders in HIV drug research.  Many of the drugs that today have made HIV a chronic manageable disease, as opposed to the death sentence of years past,  were first tested on humans at ARCA.  It is amazing what a little non-profit can contribute to the world.”

          – Jim Garrard

  • Organizations Supported

    • St.Jude Medical
    • Angel for Pets
    • Los Angeles Mission
    • Project Open Hand
    • AIDS Research Alliance
    • LGBT Academy of Recording Arts

Education

University of California Los Angeles

Communications, Public Relations

1981-1987

 

Georgia State University

1980-1981
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