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Who We Are 2018-01-23T18:19:49+00:00

Our Mission

Make a difference in the lives of people around the world by offering the best in entertainment through a business plan with ethical and moral character at its core.

We at Producers, Inc. truly feel that entertainment can spark emotion, move hearts, even lighten the burdens of everyday life to the point of making a difference in the lives of people. People crave entertainment, now more than ever and it is important that the presenters of that entertainment be able to trust the company that they are relying on to supply that entertainment. Producers, Inc.’s reputation speaks for itself. With 37 years of reliable, honorable, ethical service.

Message From Craig Hankenson

At Producers, Inc. my “territory” is symphony pops programming. One of my principle activities is securing engagements with orchestras for a variety of internationally acclaimed groups and solo artists.

In a brief period of time Producers, Incorporated has grown to become a major resource for successful pops programs. I am dedicated to serving orchestras by providing careful, thorough and personal attention to their needs, helping both large and small organizations enjoy substantial savings of time and money.

It has been my pleasure to work with most of the orchestras in the U.S., large and small. My experience with orchestras has left me with a deep desire to be involved in a continuing partnership with orchestras and to support the efforts to perpetuate their success.

I have decided, rather than making a contribution to a single organization, I will make a contribution which will benefit as many orchestras as possible. Producers, Incorporated maintains a database listing all artists who have pops symphony charts. As part of our daily activity we update the data in this database with information we solicit. A number of artists and other agencies now provide information for this database on a regular basis. Many of you make frequent use of this information. We also appreciate the feedback so many of you give us on your experience with pops performers. Your reports add to the bank of information we collect.

Craig Hankenson

For 37 years, Craig Hankenson has been assuming the mantle of president of Producers, Inc.. Through his guidance and mentoring, he has guided his team to be one of the most respected and successful booking agencies in the United States.

Craig’s career course was set at the age of 7 when he began singing solos as a boy soprano. Singing remained his passionate interest through college at Eastman School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor and Master of Music in voice. The Ford Foundation sent him to the San Francisco Opera for three years in the early 60’s on a grant in opera management, which led him from performing into administration.

While in San Francisco, Craig conceived the idea of loading ticket inventory into a computer and printing the hard ticket when and where it was purchased. It was not until the late 60’s that he saw the concept realized while he was at The Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Ticketron was born and “SPAC” became the first facility to have a fully computerized box office. Craig left the helm of SPAC to become Executive Director of Wolf Trap, and introduced computerized tickets there.

After leaving Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts as Executive Director, Craig started Producers, Inc.(corporate name PICASTAR) in Washington, D.C. in 1980. Producers, Inc. began as a consulting firm for Programming in the Performing Arts.

Hired by the University of South Florida to start an Arts Management degree program for USF students, Craig moved the agency to Tampa, FL. Enjoying the location and the Arts friendly Tampa Bay area, Producers, Inc. laid down roots. Craig is widely regarded in the entertainment industry as a man of ethics and vision, with over three decades of respected service as president, Craig can make a difference in your venue or performing arts center. Give him a call today, he would love to speak with you.

Craig’s territories include Florida and Georgia, he also works with those interested in Symphonies, International bookings, and special clients.

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Kathy D. Hankenson

Kathy is the Vice President of Producers, Inc. She embraces the moniker of “Social Butterfly,”  being in charge of the social media at Producers, Inc. and loves every chance to get the team together for a celebration, while keeping grounded with the daily management of the P.I. office.

Kathy was born in Washington, DC and spent most of her life in Arlington, VA. Drama was her interest in high school and her degree major from George Mason University. Employed at Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts, she was one of the first employed by Producers, Inc., married the boss and was the company’s most productive sales person until the pursuit of her favorite profession. that of a parent, led her to work part-time for Producers, Inc. Now with her daughter grown, she has returned full-time and fully committed to her VP role. Her experience in the box office and education office at Wolf Trap prepared her for her current management role.

Kathy is our agent for the states of AL, AR, CT, HI, KY, LA, MA, ME, MN, OK, RI, TN, TX, VT. and is responsible for corporate policy, employee relations and corporate vendor contracts. She is skilled at keeping the Producers, Inc. staff happy so they in turn may keep our clients happy. A chocoholic, she keeps the bowl by the reception desk filled with M&Ms. She and Craig have a daughter, Jennifer.

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The Company

Producers, Inc, located in sunny Tampa, Florida, is a widely recognized International Entertainment Agency which has represented over 1000 artists and performers worldwide. The company’s continual growth is a reflection of the quality of the relationships that Producers, Inc has established with clients and artists throughout its history.

Producers, Incorporated has a full time staff of professionals dedicated to serving their clients well. Modern equipment, using the latest technology, supports every level of booking and production management, providing superior efficiency in resource information and documentation. The company writes contracts totaling multi-millions of dollars annually with clients as diverse as concert halls, symphony orchestras, festivals, fairs, arenas, major corporate events, fund raisers, private parties and other agencies.

Producers, Inc. is a privately owned, service oriented corporation. It’s goal is to create and maintain long-term associations with clients by providing rapid and honest response, reasonable compensation, and superior performance. Producers, Inc. is called an entertainment agency rather than an “artist agency”. Their employees’ goal is to facilitate a business relationship between performers and presenters. Producers, Inc. enjoys continuing associations with a large list of presenters, corporations, performers, managers and agencies. Because Producers, Incorporated values its relationship and business association with other agencies, they respect and protect their relationships with their clients. Producers, Inc. adheres to its moral goals while obtaining its business goals.

Producers, Inc. is a member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, The League of American Symphonies, North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents, New England Presenters, Mid-Atlantic Arts Alliance, Southern Arts Federation, Arts Midwest, Western Alliance for Art Administrators, Northwest Presenters Network, numerous state presenters’ organizations, and The Chamber of Commerce. Producers, Inc. is licensed and regulated by Hillsborough County, the City of Temple Terrace, and the State of Florida Department of Professional Regulations, License # TA0000229.

Our Agents

MILT ORKIN
MILT ORKINProducers, Inc. Agent
Call Milt Today! His territory includes the states of AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, PA, NJ, NM, NV, NY, VA, WV. See our territory map below.
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KATHY SMITH
KATHY SMITHProducers, Inc, Agent and Contracts
Call Kathy today! Her territory includes Canada and the states of AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY. See our territory map below.
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STEVE RUDOLF
STEVE RUDOLFProducers, Inc. Agent
Call Steve today! Steve’s territory includes the states of GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MO, MN, MS, NC, NE, NO, OH, SC, WI. See our territory map below.
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