Name: Carlos Leon
Company: CML Media group
Location : North Hollywood
Position: Founder/CEO of CML Media group
Details of company
The CML Media Group now offers all sorts of services including web design, graphic design, video production, marketing, printing, studio and equipment rental and much more. It has an in house list of dozen of talented directors, cinematographers, photographers, animators and motion graphics artists.
A rooster of hundreds of crew members, locations, props, models, actors, and production contacts are also an asset of the company.
CML now has clients from practically every state in the union and some major corporations including Warner Brothers, Discovery Channel, VH1, MTV and Sirius Radio and from as far as Canada, the United Kingdom and Dubai.
The studio was featured on national television on a VH1 reality series and was the location for the latest music videos for Warner Brothers recording artists "Hot Hot Heat" and the Smashing Pumpkins
Carlos Leon, 26, is the founder of the CML Media and Entertainment Group. He was born in Havana, Cuba in the summer of 1983 and emigrated to the United States in 1985. From a very young age, Carlos showed a knack for media and cameras.
He began shooting several family events, schools functions and other video projects with the 8mm family camera. In school he excelled in several leadership positions and at 14 was named the editor in chief of his school's newspaper at his Junior High in Whittier, CA. His photo in the yearbook had the headline "most likely to succeed", a sign of things to come.
At 15, he started a Cuban American website portal that got the attention of several publications in Los Angeles and Miami including the Miami Herald and several local spanish newspapers.
He then went on to launch a Spanish online news website called "Oye! Gente" which covered several ground breaking news stories and was featured in several publications, radio stations and websites around Latin America.
At 19, he packed his bags, took out a loan and without vehicle or any acquaintances in the area moved across the country to attend Full Sail University, one of the top multimedia institutions in the country located in Orlando, Florida.
In 2003 he graduated with honors with a degree in Film and Video and almost immediately moved back to Los Angeles where began a production company from scratch. With no resources or funds, he began a full production multimedia company from the corner of a room in his parent's modest mobile home in Orange County, California.
The company began providing multimedia services such as web design, video production and marketing. He placed several free ads in a local directory by stricking a bartering deal with the publishers and mailed out 100 letters to local businesses in the area. Thanks to this, he signed his first contracts and aired his first local television commercials. Some of his first clients included several multi-national corporations and companies in Miami and New York.
Simultaneously, he also launched a spanish online entertainment channel from Universal City Walk in Hollywood, CA called "Gentevision". The online channel has covered some of the biggest latin celebrities and events from Los Angeles to Miami including the Oscars, Imagen, MTV and the Billboard Awards. It has a variety of hosts and programs currently under production and there are plans on making it a regionally based network for all of Latin America. it has covered several events from Coast to Coast including the Oscars in Los Angeles and the Latin Billboard Awards in Miami.
In 2009 it was an official media sponsor of the Billboard Awards and covered the event side by side with major media companies from around Latin America.
Carlos has also organized and promoted several company events at some of Hollywood's top spots.
In 2008, the Entrepreneur, Studio Owner and Producer was named one of America's Best Entrepreneur under 25 in the country by BusinessWeek magazine and called a "media mogul in the making". He was published in countless publications around the world.
He continued his climb in the world of entertainment in 2009 with the launch of CML Music, a full fledge record label with two signed artists and production team. He introduced the label and it's artists at a red carpet bash at Hollywood hotspot "Area" in the summer of 2009 and is currently working on developing and producing several songs with his team.
YHP Interview with Carlos Leon