Team

Meredith Emmanuel

Meredith Emmanuel founded Emmanuel Bates Communications in 1997, with a vision of providing strategic, cost-effective public relations services to creative clients in the field of arts and sciences.

With more than 40 years experience in film, television, radio, music, and media; she has built an impressive network of valuable relationships. Focusing on behind-the-camera public relations, she has successfully executed numerous client award campaigns for the Academy Awards®, Creative Arts Emmys, and guild-specific awards. In addition, she has helped grow the careers of creative artists’ by highlighting their achievements and expanding their individual networks.

In 2019, she produced her first feature-length documentary, One More Orbit, about a Guinness and FAI World Record-breaking mission, directed by astronaut Col. Terry Virts, who she also manages.

Emmanuel has worked in Europe, Australasia, and the United States, with notable companies and clients including DDA Talent, Untitled Inc, Netflix, The Walt Disney Company, Amazon Studios, CBS, United Talent Agency, William Morris Agency and is a proud member of the Television Academy and Local 600 union, The Publicists Guild.

Cate Disabato

Catie Disabato is a PR, marketing, and events strategist with ten years experience representing production clients. She began her career at the talent agency DDA and spent four years working on behalf of Canon at the agency Sunshine Sachs and Associates. Disabato is thrilled to join the team at EBComs after years of mentorship from Meredith Emmanuel.

Melissa England

Melissa England brings deep experience in consumer and entertainment public relations and an unparalleled understanding of the production world to EBComs, having helped develop award-winning public relations campaigns for a variety of corporate clients and individuals. She was recognised by PR News as one of the profession's "Rising Stars" in 2018.

Melissa takes an integrated marketing approach in all she does, layering traditional media relations with digital relations and thought leadership programs to maximize impact. Melissa serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Relations Society of America Los Angeles Chapter, and often volunteers her time to mentoring the next generation of PR professionals.

Delphine Figueras

Senior publicist Delphine Figueras worked with the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) for 18 years before bringing her expertise to EBComs. She is widely admired throughout the film and television production industry where she helped produce the annual ASC Awards ceremony, co-hosting onstage for many years. Figueras also coordinated the ASC Master Classes and the society’s other education and outreach initiatives.

Ranjinder Hans

Ranjinder Hans is a publicist from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and currently based in Los Angeles, CA. Being an Accounting & Finance graduate, she had a successful accounting career in IBM, before stepping into the world of Public Relations in 2009 and never looked back.

Ranjinder has a vast experience in PR & Event Management, having managed world class events such as Formula 1 Grand Prix, MotoGP, WTA, international concerts and many more. Her PR portfolio ranges from TV & Movies, Lifestyle & Entertainment, Fashion, Food, Sports and Leisure.

A true travel junkie, Ranjinder has travelled to 27 countries (and counting). This experience has given her a global understanding and appreciation towards different cultures and work ethics. She is also a yoga instructor, an avid animal lover, language enthusiast and passionate about life & spiritualism.

Mackinley Sullivan

Mackinley Sullivan is a public relations specialist based in Los Angeles. Since joining the EBComs team in 2019, she has assisted with talent relations and management, several film and television award season campaigns, and event coordination.

An alumnus of Arizona State University’s Hugh Downs School of Human Communication and Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in Media Studies.

Originally from the North Shore of Chicago, she is an avid lover of sitcoms and finds life on the West Coast to be “Pretty, pretty, pretty good...”

Kasia Kaczmarek

Kasia Kaczmarek is based in London where she represents EBComs in Europe and maintains a communication bridge between the U.S. and Australian offices. Kasia's background is in feature film line production and management, which informs her admiration of the filmmaker artisans she represents. As an active member of the London filmmaking circuit, she provides a creative point of contact between her clients and the media. She dedicates her scarce moments of radio silence to sleeping and enjoying the sight of a temporarily empty inbox.

Shana Kad

Shana Kad is a media trainer and Certified Master NLP Life Coach. With over 10 years experience, she has an established career supporting and developing individuals achieve specific personal or professional goals and to strive towards making a positive difference in their lives.

Chosen as the preferred Life Coach, for three consecutive years, to deliver a Personal Breakthrough Programme for a Life Challenge competition in a leading media publication, Shana brings a wealth of media and life coaching knowledge to the EBComs team.

In addition, she is a neuro lingusitic programming practitioner, a certified master timeline therapy practitioner, a certified Innermetrix consultant, a stress bio-feedback practitioner, and a certified hypnotist.

Mary Keeler

Mary Keeler fell into bookkeeping when a colleague asked her to fill in for them back in the day. It was then she realised numbers were more fun than people, and she hasn't looked back since. Studying sociology with a focus on law at University of California, Riverside, Mary started her career as a publicist (with Meredith at EBComs!) before making the switch to bookkeeping. After five years as VP of Distribution and Accounting at Cinevolve Studios, Mary started her own company, MKK Bookkeeping, which she runs to this day and retains EBComs as a client.

While close friends call her Moose because of her clumsiness, Mary's interests include playing old videos games such as Super Mario Bros. and the like, as well as interrupting any conversations she may be in to say 'hello' to passing doggos.

Vika Safragina

With a background in PR for technology companies, Vika brings her deep knowledge of production and filmmaking to the EBComs team. She a native of country of Georgia (not the U.S. state) who is fluent in Russian and geek speak.

Holden Schlanger

Holden Schlanger is an aspiring filmmaker and communications coordinator for Emmanuel Bates Communications. When joining the company in 2019, he helped oversee news and reviews and database research, before transitioning into his new role.

Before joining the EBComs team, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Production with an emphasis in Directing from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts: School of Film, Dance, and Theater at Arizona State University.

Immersed in the behind-the-camera entertainment industry and based in Los Angeles, he is eager to grow his on-set film experience as a dedicated crew member.

Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth Williams is a public relations assistant who has always loved everything about the movie business. Starting out, she worked as an assistant to film and theatre directors in New York and Los Angeles. When she first came to the Golden State she worked for a couple of famous (and infamous) talent agents before moving over to the PR side of the industry.

Previously working for PMK (now known as Rogers & Cowan PMK) and Annett Wolf of Wolf Kasteler Public Relations, her former specialties included autograph signing on behalf of star clients and event coordination for events such as the Oscars, in addition to soirees and other events.

In her spare time, she enjoys walking with her three rescue dogs and doing yoga as much as she possibly can. Based in Los Angeles, but hailing from Fort Worth, Texas she notes, “that you can’t take Texas out of the Texan.

Teagan Oliver

Teagan Oliver grew up and is based on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia surrounded by beaches and beautiful scenery. She completed a Bachelor's Degree in English from Macquarie University with courses in communication, international studies, sociology and education. Additionally, with over five years of experience in the customer service industry, Teagan is passionate about providing exceptional, personalized assistance to team members, clients and contacts.
With a deep love of literature and writing, Teagan can often be found with her head in a book or trying out new craft activities with varying levels of success.

Declan Graham

Declan Graham is a writer specializing in public relations, marketing, and interpersonal communications. A California native, he attended University of California, Santa Cruz, where he got his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Literature, concentrating on prose.

An avid reader and artist, Declan can often be found with his nose in a book or with his hands full of pens and paper. When not at home, Declan loves to hike and climb, as well as loiter around various state parks. He is currently residing in Los Angeles, CA.

Johanna Lovett

Johanna Lovett is a communications and social media specialist based in Phoenix, Arizona. She assists with database research and social media strategy for EBComs. Before joining the team, Johanna received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University.

Having previously worked in the tourism industry, she is a lover of travel and adventure on a mission to visit every U.S. National Park before she turns thirty

Steve James

Steve James is a former police inspector who was responsible for Australia’s Drug Policy advising government at the highest level. He is a qualified detective and prosecutor who has an eye for detail. For the past decade, he has been immersed in the world of public relations, primarily for production artists in the film and entertainment industry. Steve is also a local fire captain in Australia. He has invaluable experience in managing crisis situations. He is also an accomplished martial artist and has been known to rescue clients from crowds of aspiring fans.