Jo-Ann Geffen, founder and President of JAG PR, began her four decade career in New York where she worked with comics, then music stars, some of whom she still represents. Her expertise expanded to other areas, notably television and books, and after moving to Los Angeles in the ‘70s and setting up shop there, the client list expanded to include branding and promoting products, corporations, websites and more. In addition to the Commodores, one of her first successes was helping to brand Body by Jake which went on to become a phenomenon in the fitness world. She has also been a personal manager for the Commodores, Michael Cooper, Club Nouveau, Chaka Khan and David Cassidy, and has licensed the name and likeness for the Commodores, Rick James, David Cassidy and others. Another aspect of the business is talent booking which she has successfully accomplished for domestic and international events, TV shows and concert promoters. Crisis management is another area in which she excels, representing several high profile people and cases in and out of the entertainment industry, working closely with and usually hired by the clients’ legal counsel. This aligns with her integrity and goal to help to make a difference in the world which is largely displayed by her support of and work for several non-profits including Cancer Schmancer, weSpark Cancer Support Center and Mending Kids, to name a few.
Jane Covner has created Grammy-, Emmy-, and Oscar-winning publicity campaigns and was named Innovator of the Year by Musical America in 2017. At age 16 Covner earned the distinction of being the youngest columnist at the Stamford Advocate. She went on to be a book reporter for Denver’s Rocky Mountain News and writer for United Features Syndicate’s “Pop Scene” column. She has served as publicity director for renowned motion picture producer/director Roger Corman’s production and distribution company, New World Pictures, overseeing campaigns for films by directors including Antonioni, Fellini, Beresford, and the Academy Award–winning film The Tin Drum. As senior vice president of the Michael Dalling Company, she handled campaigns for independent feature film distribution companies domestically and internationally, representing clients at the Cannes Film Festival. Clients have included numerous charitable organizations, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, the U.S. visit of H.R.H. the Princess Anne, and the Twin Peaks TV pilot. Covner also served as National Publicity Director for Windham Hill Records, overseeing numerous Grammy-winning projects, and was hired to help launch the WB television network. As an account executive with Linda Dozoretz Communications, she handled a variety of accounts including the Doris Day Animal League and Foundation (an animal-rights lobbying organization in Washington, DC), for which she handled press conferences in conjunction with the passage of legislation signed into law by President Clinton, and served as associate editor of the Animal Guardian quarterly. At Linda Dozoretz Communications, she worked with Dodger Shawn Green (in conjunction with the Jewish Federation), cartoonist Hank Ketcham and the 50th anniversary of Dennis the Menace, and many publicity efforts on behalf of IMG, the largest sports marketing agency in the world. Covner co-wrote and publicized celebrity caterer Nick Grippo’s book Hollywood Dish!: Recipes: Tips and Tales of a Hollywood Caterer. Covner has handled public relations for violinist Joshua Bell for over a decade. She recently publicized the PBS special “Joshua Bell: Seasons of Cuba.” She has worked on album releases for labels including Universal, Sony Classical, Cedille, and Avie Records, and worked on campaigns for film director John Badham and humanitarian and conservationist Jane Goodall. Her past and present roster of classical music clients includes Sir James Galway, Helene Grimaud, Edgar Meyer, Jane Monheit, Ana Maria Martinez and Rachel Barton Pine, among others.
Samantha Waranch, Senior Publicist at JAG PR, has worked in the business for over ten years. She’s worked with actors, musicians, television series, films, and non-profit organizations. Waranch secured her client Corey Feldman a spot on The Today Show, his first musical performance on a nationally syndicated show. The performance went viral leading to a national tour, which Samantha handled all press for. She continues to work with Corey Feldman on his Truth Campaign and film projects. Samantha premiered "Medinah," the first ever sci-fi television series from the Middle East starring Eric Roberts and Natasha Henstridge, at Comic-Con where their fan interaction was in Rolling Stone's top things to see at the convention. Additionally, Samantha has extensive experience with social media having managed high profile accounts and campaigns. She’s also a certified make-up artist, which can come in handy on the red carpet.
Nicole Albert, Publicist at JAG PR, graduated from Drexel University in 2015, where she studied Entertainment & Arts Management. Throughout her studies, she completed various internships is entertainment PR and moved out to Los Angeles shortly after graduating, where she worked as an assistant at EMC|Bowery in the talent division. At JAG, her experience has expanded and in addition to talent, she has had the opportunity to promote non-profits, television shows, events, and products, in addition to assisting with crisis management and talent booking.