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" We all need publicists. You're nowhere unless you've got a publicist, and your
      publicist is nowhere unless he can glom on to a celebrity who uses his service."

-- Allure Magazine --





  History And Experience Equals Know How

Our family 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.

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.

Our agency has also 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) and many others.


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 multiple 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 of Commerce.
In addition 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.

Our 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.

Crisis 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. 

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).

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 | New York Times Best-Selling Author Andy Andrews | 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 | 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 and many more.
We do NOT list our current roster of celebrity clients and projects on the web.
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