Our partners lead TGPR’s trained team of communications freelancers who have extensive backgrounds as journalists, publicists, music/entertainment industry professionals, health care specialists and social-holics.
Susan M. Tellem, APR, RN, partner, heads the agency’s healthcare, nonprofit, special event and IR practices. With more 25 years in PR, she is known nationally for her expertise in media relations and has been widely quoted. An expert in crisis management and media training, she has provided counsel for many high-profile clients including the DA in the Michael Jackson molestation case. Susan has served as an instructor in PR and media relations at both UCLA Extension and Pepperdine University and is a retired LAPD reserve officer specialist. She is active with the Community Emergency Respeonse Team (CERT) and serves as a City of Malibu Public Safety Commissioner.
John A. Tellem, partner, heads Tellem Grody PR’s premier entertainment, touring, family and special event business. John has worked on the entertainment industry’s biggest brands including: Nickelodeon, Mattel, Warner Bros. and the Henson Company. John also acted as national publicist for Anthony Bourdain’s Guts and Glory tour; William Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It; Nickelodeon’s The Fresh Beat Band; Barbie: The Dreamhouse Experience; Mannheim Steamroller; Go Diego Go Live!; Barbie Live in Fairytopia; and Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer Live among other hit theatrical tours. John provides the entertainment coordination for a variety of charity events.
Dan Grody, partner, heads the consumer product, music and social divisions. In December 2011, Grody orchestrated a partnership with Meltwater Group to offer comprehensive social-CRM and monitoring for TGPR clients. He spearheads social, youth marketing and entertainment related projects. Dan started his career as an intern with the firm and rapidly rose to partner. He studied music professionally and began expanding that practice within the agency with the addition of clients LA Music Academy, Mannheim Steamroller and Cradle Rock. He is an active member of Public Relations Society of America.