Tom Hayes - Executive Producer

Is the son of legendary magazine editor Harold Hayes and Broadway actress Suzette Meredith.  He was born and raised in New York City and started filmmaking in the 6th Grade as a member of the Collegiate Middle School Film Club.  After graduating from Wake Forest University in 1979, he assisted Academy Award nominated film director Peter Bogdanovich on the film “They All Laughed” starring Audrey Hepburn.  This on-set training earned him entre as an Associate Producer at the pioneering arts programming channel, CBS Cable for three years. Hayes then moved into independent production and worked on numerous documentaries, news magazine stories, TV Movies and commercials in various on-set capacities.  This experience moved him into the combining of two passions: film and music.  He started a company called Music Motions, which produced and distributed music videos for theatrical exhibition.  Some of the artists Music Motions produced and distributed include Carly Simon, The Rolling Stones, Barbara Streisand, A-ha, Cyndi Lauper, and Jermaine Jackson.  Once earning its reputation as the pemiere outlet for theatrical music videos, Music Motions was awarded the landmark distribution of the Eastman Kodak sponsored Live-Aid official video, “Dancing in the Street” starring David Bowie and Mick Jagger.  The music video was distributed to 5,000 movie theatre screens throughout America and England.  Music Motions partner, Shant Hovnanian, then promoted Tom to manage several private Cable TV Systems throughout New Jersey.  Parallel to these responsibilities, Hayes was instrumental in developing unused radio spectrum for a wireless Cable TV technology called Cellularvision.

By the early 1990s, a German acquaintance of Hayes, was appointed News Director to a new private TV channel in Germany called ProSieben.  Knowing about Hayes’ background and resources in the United States, Hayes was asked to become a liaison and producer to the network for a wide range of interests in the U.S. including series development, footage acquisition, network introductions and contract negotiations.  Throughout the decade, and up through the present, Hayes has maintained his contacts in the German television market expanding his relationships to other networks including SAT1, ZDF, Kabel1, N24, Arte, and Swiss TV.  Throughout his multitude of assignments, Hayes has additionally developed relationships with superior production crews throughout the United States; creating a network of invaluable resources in any city where a Telemotions production might take place.  His projects have also included productions for Court TV, Loews Theatres, IMAX, Madame Tussauds and many of the leading public relations companies including Rubinstein and Associates and DL Blackman & Co.

In 2009, Hayes embarked on a five year journey in making a documentary feature filmm called “Smiling Through the Apocalypse - Esquire in the 60s.”  The film was a look back at his father’s career as Editor of Esquire Magazine in the 60s.  The film engaged interviews with literary legends such as Tom Wolfe, Nora Ephron, Gay Talese and others whose careers were launched on his father’s tutelage. In 2014, The film had a New York theatrical run at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, and in Los Angeles at the Beverly Wilshire, enabling it to be eligible for the 2015 Academy Award.   While Hayes continues to produce for German Television, he is developing a biopic about legendary 1930s Harlem pianist, Fats Waller.