MKS&D (formerly J. Mitchell Management) is a talent management firm with offices in Beverly Hills, California and New York City. We represent actors and creative talent in the fields of motion pictures, television and theater. With over three decades of experience in the entertainment industry, we are dedicated to achieving both the professional and personal goals of our clients.
After many years as a successful youth actor in theatre, soap operas, film and over 200 television commercials, Jeff went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in acting from New York University’s Tish School of the Arts and Circle in the Square theatre conservatory. After graduating from college, he immediately transitioned over to the representation side of the business, first working as a casting assistant at Deborah Brown Casting, and later establishing and running the voice-over department at Kronick & Kelly, one of NYC’s largest talent agencies for young people (now a division of Abrams Artists). Jeff established J. Mitchell Management in March 1986. JMM is a personal management company representing actors in film, television, theater and commercials. Since that time, he and Elise Koseff established and developed the careers of dozens of film and TV personalities, including James Gandolfini (“The Soprano’s); Robert Iler (“The Soprano’s); Bryan Greenberg (“How to Make It In America”), Molly Shannon (“Saturday Night Live”) and many others. In March of 2011 Jeff partnered with Cosmo DeNicola and the two established MKS&D.
As Senior Vice President of MKS&D, Elise is responsible for the management of a selective list of the firm’s key clients, along with collaborating with the executive committee on the long term strategic goals of the firm and it’s clients. Elise joined J. Mitchell Management in 1987, with a BFA degree in Theater Arts Management from Ithaca College. Since that time, she and Jeff Mitchell established and developed the careers of dozens of film and TV personalities, including James Gandolfini (“The Soprano’s); Robert Iler (“The Soprano’s); Bryan Greenberg (“How to Make It In America”), Molly Shannon (“Saturday Night Live”) and many others.
As Vice President, Maggie manages MKS&D clients for Film, TV and Theater. She sits on the firm’s executive committee. Maggie initially joined JMM after working as an agent at Abrams Artists Agency in the children & young adult division. Maggie has a degree in communications, with a minor in Theatre from the University of Hartford.
As an Associate Manager at MKS&D, Rachel Maran, manages a select list of clients and assists Elise Koseff with the management of the client list and office. Rachel joined the company in the fall of 2014, after spending two years as an executive assistant and office manager at Sweet 180 Talent Management and Production. Rachel also has a background in casting. She was a casting resident at Playwrights Horizons, casting director at EBE ensemble, and cast multiple independent films and theatrical projects before transitioning into management. Rachel has a BFA in acting from Tisch School of the Arts.
Victoria is the manager of the office and assists the Talent Managers in their duties. She has previously assisted at Jaime Baker Management, Jodi Rothfield casting, Sony Entertainment and Univision. A 2015 graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, she has a background in theatre and holds a BFA in Directing and Original Work Development.
Cosmo DeNicola is a true-born entrepreneur who operates and manages a diverse portfolio of entertainment, sports, and technology companies, while serving as an active and contributing board member for philanthropic organizations.
Cosmo is the chairman of Mitchell, Koseff, Schuster & DeNicola (MKS&D), a Talent Management firm that provides management for actors and actresses in film, television and theatre. MKS&D was founded in 2011 when Cosmo acquired New York-based Jeff Mitchell Management (JMM). JMM has served the entertainment industry for 25 years.
Cosmo also serves a co-owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League since 2010 (formerly owned by Jon Bon Jovi), along with Craig Spencer, CEO of The Arden Group, and former NFL Quarterback and current ESPN Analyst Ron Jaworski. Cosmo is also an active Board Member for the Arena Football League.
In addition, Cosmo currently holds a Board position with the prestigious Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI), a group of innovative and successful business entrepreneurs who create unique public-private partnerships to address difficult international problems. Currently, the HDI’s mandate is to support mine-action programs around the world, help alleviate both domestic and international hunger, and foster dialogue between the United Nations and the U.S. Congress. Cosmo is active in the HDI’s Cultural Exchange Program, where he will be able to leverage his experience and relationships in the Entertainment industry to raise awareness of HDI initiatives around the world.
After ten years as a successful actor, having appeared Off Broadway, on numerous soap operas, in various films and in over 200 television commercials, Jeff decided to pursue other opportunities in the entertainment industry. After working as a casting assistant at Deborah Brown Casting, Jeff left that position to establish and run the voice-over department at Kronick & Kelly, one of the largest talent agencies for young people (now a division of Abrams Artists). Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in acting and psychology from New York University.
In March of 1986, Jeff established J. Mitchell Management, a personal management company for representation in film, television, theater and commercials. At that time, Jeff was the youngest talent representative to own his own company. Since then J. Mitchell Management grew to be one of the premiere talent management firms in the country representing artists in both NY and Los Angeles.
In March of 2011 Jeff entered into a partnership with Cosmo DeNicola to form MKS&D. Jeff has relocated to Los Angeles to drive business expansion and client services in the heart of the film and television industry.
Janet DeNicola is a technology entrepreneur, and owner of two national IT companies, Futura Services, Inc. and Futura Healthcare Technology, LLC. Janet is an active member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and Women’s Presidents’ Organization. From developing the strategic plan to overseeing the financial management of her companies, Janet has assembled a world-class organization to meet the ever-changing needs of Futura’s customers. Janet is also an active investor in film, theater and music productions.