" We all need publicists. You're nowhere unless you've got a publicist,
publicist is nowhere unless he can glom on to a celebrity who uses his service."
-- Allure Magazine --
History And Experience Equals Know How
owned company is now based on the Southern California coast. However, the Garis legacy of promotion, entertainment and publicity success goes back almost a century. It
began in New York City, with the creation of the world renown (four star) Garrison's Restaurant & Night Club located across
the street from Radio City Music Hall. Garrison's became "the" place to be seen in New York. For over 33 years,
the clientele read like a celebrity who's who list. From names like Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor
to Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack and Broadway's brightest stars – everyone was there. Hollywood's A-list, the media
elite, and the icons of political power all mingled at Garrison's. Many famous names including comedian Bob Hope, and singer
Rudy Vallee even worked for the Garis family while getting their start in entertainment. Promoter Jim Garis - grandfather of National Publicist, R. J. Garis (see R. J.'s bio below)
also played a significant role in launching the entertainment careers of music superstars Kate Smith,
The Andrew Sisters and more.
Jim Garis with Artthur Godfrey, Phil Silvers and Skitch Henderson at Garrison's
Other famous names worked with included: Judy Garland, Arthur Godfrey and
Phil Silvers. Icon of the modeling industry John Robert Powers himself directed modeling shows at Garrison's. Even
the very first remote radio talk show in America was broadcast live from the front window of Garrison's on 50th street! R.
J.'s father (Robert Garis) was one of the world's most renown restaurant designers. His projects include over 500 famous dining
and entertainment spots such as: Tavern On The Green, The Hilton La Valencia in La Jolla, The Beverly Hills Hotel, Lawrence
Welk Resort, The Theme Building at LAX, La Costa Resort and The Lodge at Yosemite National Park. He is also responsible for
the initial creation and design of some of the most successful family dining chains including: Denny's, DuPars (used in many
films and TV shows) and I-Hop. With that kind of entertainment history, evolving into the public relations and promotion business
was a natural progression for the Garis family.
Our family members also have a rich
history and connection to the media itself. Grandfather to R. J. Garis (on his mother's side) was with the
New York Daily News for over 25 years. His uncle, with the New York Times for 37 years.
There is no substitute for over 25 years
of industry knowledge and contact building.
National Publicist, R. J. Garis
was raised in and around Hollywood and the entertainment industry. He grew up in the San Fernando
Valley area of Los Angeles, and went to school with celebrities including: Maureen McCormick (Marcia on the Brady Bunch),
Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family) and Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde. Entertainment industry neighbors and friends also included:
Bob Newhart, Kenny Rogers, DeForest Kelley, Kurt Russell and others. He graduated from Chaminade, one of the nation's most
respected prep schools. Some famous Chaminade alumni include: Fox TV's Bill O'Reilly and Melissa Francis, actresses Tracy
and Missy Gold, financial journalist Ron Insana, actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas, and Robert C. Wright, Chairman /
NBC Universal. While in school, he was an active member of the California Rangers Precision Equestrian Team. He also
participated in numerous local and regional theater productions and film projects. He was admitted to the American Federation
of Television and Radio Artists / Screen Actors Guild (AFTRA-SAG) while in college. Mr. Garis graduated from the
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) studying in the fields of Political Science and Law (with an emphasis on campaign
strategy). He also holds a professional certificate in Journalism Arts. After college - he gained extensive experience
working for the studios in film and entertainment public relations, as well as with a major law firm as lead media relations
counsel. Today, his practice includes a diverse variety of projects. He has also been a partner in related companies
including a limousine service, and a national event firm. Additionally, he serves as a judge for international talent
and modeling competitions, and is an official UCSD Alumni Advisor. As a result of representing members of Congress, and handling
some special projects for the White House - Mr. Garis has also attained FBI, Secret Service and NCIS security clearances.
" R. J. Garis is a legendary publicist " -- John Murphy - Host of The Movie Show on KLAC Radio, Los Angeles
• Mr. Garis has
been interviewed as a celebrity PR and national media relations expert by
USA Today, ABC, CBS and NBC News, E-Entertainment Television, The Today Show, Us Magazine, ESPN Magazine,
The Michael Reagan Show, Court TV, The Los Angeles Times, Marie Claire Magazine, Star Magazine, Politico.com, Income Opportunities
Magazine, The Roger Hedgecock Show, Office.com, The Wrap, Hollywood Life and others. He was featured on National Enquirer's
TV series Uncovered, as one of the world's
"Power Publicists." His innovative media campaigns have been written about in nationally recognized business books
including Writing Effective News Releases, by Catherine McIntyre and
There's A Customer Born Every Minute, by Dr. Joe Vitale (star of "The
Secret"). He has been a speaker for many organizations including:
PRSA (Public Relations Society of America), NSA (National Speakers Association), multiple educational institutions and Chambers
In adition to literary and business clients - R. J. Garis has worked with many entertainment stars, top
models and sports figures. He has handled personal appearance tours and publicity events for numerous film studios and producers
including: Steven Spielberg, Universal Studios, Orion Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, MGM, Paramount Pictures and others. He
has also served as creative director and executive producer on national advertising and editorial shoots, television,
stage productions and radio commercials. He understands the media, entertainment and public relations industries
from all sides.
firm has also promoted a wide variety of live events and entertainment projects including: The
World Talent Competition in Hollywood, The International Bikini Challenge, The Singles Expos, The Big Toy Show, Southern California
Talent Expo, World Marketing Symposium, Center For Children Fundraisers, March Of Dimes, Humane Society Fundraisers, Children's
Hospital Events and more.
Management: Today's complicated media environment
is no place for amateurs. We have successfully guided many high profile personalities out of very difficult public relations
and media crisis situations. When you see a public figure or business dealing with a difficult story - our team is often discreetly
advising those involved, and their legal counsel. We are experts at image control and media negotiations.
• Major Stories: Our
agency has worked with some of the most memorable personalities and news stories in media history. Just a few diverse
examples include: controversial skater Tonya Harding, The Swedish Bikini Team (Playboy cover), The Boston Strangler Letters
(a Dateline NBC exclusive), the congressional check kiting scandal, and many others.
• Extra Credentials: Emmy Award Winner | National Leadership Council Award
Winner | Chosen for special service to the White House | Registered Talent Manager - Casting Society of America (CSA) |
Certified - City News Service International (CNSI) | Approved Agency - Models Agents Managers Association (MAMA). Mr. Garis
is also a member of: The International
News Media Association, Broadcast Media Professionals, Entertainment Publicists & Communicators, and The Radio and Television
• Publicist, R. J. Garis has enhanced the careers of many high profile personalities in today's global market.
Diverse projects have included: public and media relations, entertainment
publicity, speaking engagements, web PR, media counsel, commercial branding, endorsements and more. Below, are just a few of the names our agency has had the pleasure of working with:
Academy Award Winner Kim Basinger | Music Superstar Madonna
| TV and Film Star Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek & Heroes) | Blake Lively
(Gossip Girl) | Brenda Arens (America's Next Top
Model) | Graham Chapman (Star of Monty Python's
Flying Circus) | Joe E. Tata (90210 and The New
90210 on the CW) | Academy Award Winner Shirley Jones
| Film Star Julie Walters | Author and Speaker Kathy Cronkite (daughter of CBS News Icon Walter Cronkite) | Music Artist and Actress Michelle
Phillips | TV Star Kim Fields | Prima Ballerina and Ford Agency Model Greta Hodgkinson | Author Ted Geisel (Dr. Suess)
| Actress Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek Voyager) | Miss
Universe Deborah Carthy | Disney VP of Imagineering Joe Rohde | Popcorn King Orville
Redenbacher | NBA Superstar Doug Christie | Miss Teen USA Pageants
| Actress and Producer Dawn Wells (Gilligan's Island Star) | Film Star and Pop Icon Diane Franklin | Film & TV Actor Chuck Norris
| Body By Jake Spokesmodel and Miss Vermont USA Katy Johnson
| Speaker & Expert Kevin Allen (Finalist on
The Apprentice with Donald Trump) | Fallon Heffernan - In-line Skating World Champion | Vestin Financial - Las Vegas Casino Developers
| Jenny Lee (The
Sexy Nutritionist - Playboy Radio) | The Hotel Del Coronado | Singles Expo & Lifestyle
Shows | MLB Great Steve Garvey | Mike Walters, Esq. | Teen Magazine | Total Gym Inc. | FoundMoney.com | Bruce Cornblum, Esq. (Governor,
California Trial Lawyers Association) | Cohn Restaurant Group
| NFL Star Greg Montgomery | Academy Award Winner
Don Ameche | Flex
Magazine | Jazz star Chris Calloway (Cab Calloway's daughter) | Mattel
Toys | TV Star Danny Bonaduce | Film Icon Mickey Rooney | NFL Great Joe Namath | Former
Los Angeles DA & Defense Attorney Kim Santini, Esq.
| Supermodel Cris Saur | Top
attorney Parisima Roshanzamir,
Esq. | Deputy
Police Chief Dominic D'Ambrosio (Chicago area) and many more.
We do NOT list our current roster of celebrity
clients and projects on the web.
Our firm does NOT publish
or sell any form of celebrity contact information.
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