Interview with VIVEK J. TIWARY


Vivek TiwaryVivek J. Tiwary is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, and the founder of multi-platform arts and entertainment company Tiwary Entertainment Group.

Vivek’s graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, based on the untold life story of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, received worldwide critical acclaim and won a number of prestigious literary awards including the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Reality-Based Work and two Harvey Awards including Best Original Graphic Novel. It is a Lambda Literary Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel, an American Library Association Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and has been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives Permanent Collection. The Fifth Beatle is now being adapted into a feature film that has secured unprecedented access to Beatles music. Vivek is writing its screenplay and will serve as a producer.

Vivek Tiwary2On Broadway, Vivek’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards over 44 Tony nominations—every single one of his shows has been decorated. They include such groundbreaking work as Green Day’s “American Idiot,” “A Raisin In The Sun,” and Mel Brooks’ “The Producers”. Vivek is currently working with Alanis Morissette and Pulitzer and Tony Award-winner Tom Kitt to adapt Morissette’s breakthrough album “Jagged Little Pill” for Broadway.

Vivek also serves on the Board of Directors for Valiant Entertainment, a multi-platform company that boasts the third largest universe of comic book characters and has secured a 5-film deal with Sony Pictures.

Prior to founding TEG and online music education/empowerment company StarPolish, Vivek held a number of major label music-industry positions and has worked with artists covering the entire musical spectrum from Bruce Springsteen to Britney Spears.

Among many charitable pursuits, Vivek is the Co-Founder of Musicians On Call, a nonprofit organization that uses music and entertainment to complement the healing process.

Vivek is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of both the Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences, and a cum laude graduate of the Collegiate School in New York City. He also holds a filmmaking certificate from The New York Film Academy and is an acting student of Susan Batson/Black Nexxus Acting Studio.

He lives in New York with his inspiring wife Tracy, their delightful children Kavi and Nandini, and a feisty papillon named Sukhi.

Vivek is represented by Lawrence Mattis and David Alpert at Circle of Confusion.


tegTiwary Entertainment Group ( is a multi-faceted arts and entertainment venture founded by Vivek J. Tiwary involved in production, financing, consultation, and investment. TEG’s Broadway productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards from 44 Tony nominations. They include Green Day’s “American Idiot,” the groundbreaking adaptation of the superstar rock band’s multi-platinum album; “The Addams Family” starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth; Mel Brooks’ “The Producers,” which set box office records and won a record 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical; “A Raisin In The Sun” starring Sean Combs, which marked a historic Tony win for Phylicia Rashad as the first African-American to win Best Actress; the Stephen Sondheim revival “A Little Night Music,” starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury; and Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein.” TEG is currently working with Alanis Morissette and Pulitzer and Tony Award-winner Tom Kitt to adapt Morissette’s breakthrough album “Jagged Little Pill” for Broadway. In film, TEG’s forthcoming productions include “The Fifth Beatle” ( a feature film adaptation of Vivek J. Tiwary’s #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel based on the life of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. The film has secured unprecedented access to Beatles’ music, and Tiwary is writing its screenplay and serving as a producer. In television, TEG sold a sitcom pilot “Punk Rock Dad” to CBS based on the bestselling memoir/parenting manual by Pennywise lead singer Jim Lindberg, and is further developing a number of series including “Ascension” a historical fiction / thriller juxtaposing the history of astronomy with mankind’s future in the stars, and “Fractured” a one-hour drama described as “Lost” meets “The Da Vinci Code.” TEG is a strategic investor in Valiant Entertainment a multi-platform company that boasts the third largest universe of comic book characters and has secured a 5-film deal with Sony Pictures. TEG is also an owner of Axial Entertainment, a television production company whose show “How To Look Good Naked” (hosted by Carson Kressley of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”) received Lifetime TV’s highest ratings of all time. Other Axial shows include the Style Network’s “How Do I Look?” Joining the founders/creators of Blue Man Group, TEG helped found Counts Media, a company that develops Immersive Entertainment Experiences such as “The Ride New York”. Finally, TEG is a part owner of The Box, a high-profile New York City celebrity nightclub and venue.



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