Vesuvian Media Group

A Books-to-Film Multimedia Corporation


V esuvian Media Group (VMG) is composed of industry veterans with decades of experience in entertainment, publishing, representation, and merchandise/licensing.

VMG has a first look deal with Los Angeles-based Boilermaker Entertainment. Founded by Phil Conserva and Louis Shaw Milito, they are veteran producers from 15 years of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)—the longstanding #1 show in the world. Other credits include directing episodes of CSI, GOTHAM (FOX) and LUCIFER (FOX). Members of the Producers Guild of America and Directors Guild of America, they are represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

By creating our own ecosystem through Vesuvian Books and Vesuvian Entertainment, VMG captures the consumer from the moment the story is born. We want to touch the people who read books to escape and to feel. VMG takes the pioneers of the new publishing paradigm and gives their audience what they want—stories that will be remembered for generations to come—in print and on screen.

And how do we know what’s popular before the market becomes saturated and moves on?

Where it starts: boots on the ground, grassroots word-of-mouth from the readers. VMG is virtually on the “front lines.”



Thomas N. Ellsworth, Executive Chairman

Ellsworth is a veteran at running multi-million dollar corporations, an experienced publisher, and a business and software developer. Ellsworth was Chairman of Premier Publishing, which was acquired in 2013 by Open Road Integrated Media. Ellsworth is President and COO of PHP Agency, a financial services marketing organization. Previously, Ellsworth was CEO of GoTV Networks, a developer and publisher of enterprise-grade rich media applications, whose clients included the NFL, NASCAR, and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Ellsworth led the company through a financial and strategic turnaround followed by an acquisition in 2011. Before joining GoTV, Ellsworth served as Executive Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Development at JAMDAT Mobile, the largest wireless games publisher in the world. He was a core member of the team that drove the start-up to its successful IPO (acquired by Electronic Arts). Prior to JAMDAT, he was Vice President of Incubator Development (corporate venture capital) at Sprint. Ellsworth managed the fund that invested in companies that forged new paths including JAMDAT, Helio, and Boingo.

Ellsworth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration; Marketing from California State University, Northridge and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Italia Gandolfo, CEO

Italia Gandolfo, has over 20 years’ media experience ranging from a top Hollywood Talent & Literary Agency, Publishing, Advertising, and Film. She began her career at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) during the tenure of Founder/CEO, Michael Ovitz. Gandolfo researched classified projects while coordinating and assembling development information (domestic and foreign) for talent agents, writers, directors, producers, actors etc., and was in charge of the agency’s library of confidential screenplays and manuscripts. She later moved into the independent publishing arena as an acquisitions editor. Gandolfo is the Founder and CEO of GANDOLFO HELIN & FOUNTAIN LITERARY MANAGEMENT. GHL is a full-service literary and dramatic rights agency with a presence in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville. They manage the development, publishing, producing, and licensing of client property including commercial fiction, non-fiction, personal memoirs, original teleplays, and screenplays. With a background in both publishing and Film/TV, GHL supports client projects in a wide array of media possibilities from books to film. The GHL team includes publishing industry veteran, Agent Renee C. Fountain, from Harcourt and Simon & Schuster.

LK Griffie President/Director of Operations

A twenty-year veteran in International Business, Griffie works with Hong Kong development teams to determine what front line business needs will not be met by the enterprise solutions. Bridging those gaps and driving overall company success through streamlining, standardization, and automation, her solutions have provided substantial savings in excess of 7 figures per year.

The daughter of a rocket scientist and an artist, Griffie is an award-winning author and volunteers with International Trade Education Programs (ITEP), who unites business people and educators. Griffie is currently working on behalf of Vesuvian Foundation with the president of the local Altrusa Organization for District Eleven to develop a joint program to promote literacy and creative achievement.

Gareth Worthington, Director of Business Development

For the past decade, Gareth Worthington has lived in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, working in medical and business intelligence. He operates at both global and local levels within scientific affairs, market access, commercial strategy, and corporate infrastructure management. Worthington provides business support relating to product development and acquisition, regulatory and official body guidance, and evidence generation. He assists with brand strategy and execution, which includes competitive intelligence and business analysis to drive brand, portfolio, and corporate strategy. In addition, he develops and manages strategic communication, education, and publication programs for individual brands, franchises, and entire portfolios, internal training, and infrastructure development.

Worthington holds a degree in marine biology, a PhD in Endocrinology, and currently educates the World's doctors on new cancer therapies.

Gareth has hand tagged sharks in California; authored award-winning science fiction novels; and trained in various martial arts, including Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, and MMA at the EVOLVE MMA gym in Sinagpore and Pheonix KampfSport Switzerland.

Born in Plymouth UK, Worthington currently resides outside of Zurich, Switzerland.

Jo-Ann Carol, Creative Executive
Jo-Ann has worked in the movie industry as a writer/agent/manager for over twenty years. She began her career as a script writer and then moved into being a script analyst for major production companies. She was an agent at Monteiro-Rose-Dravis Literary Agency (Suzanne Collins HUNGER GAMES, Disney: PLANES, Martin Scorsese's HUGO) for several years before starting her own management company in 2013. Her writer clients have worked on programs such as DEXTER (Showtime), DA VINCI'S DEMONS (Starz), UNDERGROUND (WGN), and QUEEN SUGAR (OWN). Jo-Ann's long and professional track record gives her the ability to submit projects to executives at networks and top production companies including Starz, Bad Robot, Showtime, Amazon Studios, ABC, CBS, USA, Syfy, Hallmark, Lifetime, Blumhouse, Kilter Films, Berlanti Productions, Color Force, Denver and Delilah, and many more. She has written for several publications and newspapers, and her articles have appeared in numerous magazines.