History & Experience Equals Know How ...

Our firm is now based in Southern California — However, the Garis family 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 stars Kate Smith, The Andrew Sisters and more.

Agency Director, R. J. Garis — was raised in and around Hollywood and the entertainment industry. He grew up in the famous 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), Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde and others. He graduated from Chaminade, one of the nation's most respected prep schools. Some famous Chaminade alumni include: actor Martin Sheen, Fox TV's Melissa Francis, actresses Tracy and Missy Gold, actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas, and Robert C. Wright, Chairman / NBC Universal and many others.

R. J. Garis was admitted to the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists / Screen Actors Guild (AFTRA-SAG) while in college at the University of Califonia, San Diego (UCSD). He holds degrees in both Political Science (with an emphasis on campaign strategy), and Multimedia Publicity Management. He also holds a national certification in Journalism Arts from CNSI. After college - he gained extensive experience initially working for the Hollywood 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 wide variety of both domestic and international projects. He is very proud to have been selected to provide special services to The White House, and several members of Congress. He has also been a speaker at many events, and a judge at the World Championship of Performing Arts.

The Garis agency has been featured by major national media including: USA Today, ABC, CBS and NBC News, E-Entertainment Television, The Today Show, Us Magazine, ESPN Magazine, Court TV, The Los Angeles Times, In-Touch, Marie Claire Magazine, Star Magazine, Politico, Income Opportunities Magazine, Office.com, The Wrap, Hollywood Life and others.

Prime TV, Radio, Print and Web

Talk Shows - Reality TV 
Magazines - Newspapers
Morning Radio - Top Podcasts
Personal Appearances
Speaking - Endorsements

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Jim Garis with Artthur Godfrey, Phil Silvers and Skitch Henderson at Garrison's.

Publicist, R. J. Garis on the Today Show
being interviewed by Peter Alexander.

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 Kim Santini, Esq. | Top rmodel Cris Saur, and many more. 

Our diverse range of projects has included such names as:

Major Stories: Our agency has worked with some of the most memorable personalities and news stories in media history ...

Just a few famous examples include: controversial figure skater Tonya Harding, The Swedish Bikini Team (Playboy cover), The Secret Boston Strangler Letters (a Dateline NBC exclusive), the congressional check-kiting scandal, and many others.

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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 services" -- Allure Magazine

Publicist R J Garis on The Today Show
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