Award-winning producer, Gene Bortnick manages musical talent and produces live concerts, television shows and large-scale musical events entertaining millions of people around the world. A successful entrepreneur since his early teens, Gene has always had the natural ability to develop creative concepts and successfully turn any innovative idea into a large, thriving enterprise. Always the prolific businessman, Gene fell into the entertainment world by chance when his young son Ethan, a true musical prodigy, was discovered on You Tube by the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno”. A performance on “Oprah” soon followed and almost overnight, Ethan was being asked to perform at venues across the country. During this time, Gene and his wife had another child who was born with a rare heart disorder. Wanting to help other children battling with health issues, Ethan hosted and performed at a gala concert benefiting the hospital that had been so instrumental in saving his brother’s life. This fundraising gala featured live performances with Beyoncé, Gloria Gaynor and Smokey Robinson and raised a record-setting $12-million for the hospital’s foundation. The success of this event opened Ethan’s eyes to the power of music and inspired this young phenomenon to want to use his extraordinary talents to help as many people as possible. Moved by Ethan’s passion and aware that musical success was quickly approaching, Gene was motivated to protect his son’s blossoming career. The family made a decision to leave their current business and manage Ethan’s career, but more importantly, they wanted to keep their strong family together.
As performance requests began pouring in for Ethan, Gene’s successful entrepreneurial drive prompted him to start Sun and Sky Entertainment. What began as a grassroots family-run business has grown into a thriving global entertainment conglomerate that manages talent, produces over 75 major events and live concerts per year and creates musical television programming for audiences around the world.
Gene is an award-winning film, television, and music producer who has worked with hundreds of music artists from a myriad of genres. His natural ability to produce and direct has enabled him to play a significant role in the production of concerts, live events, television shows and other entertainment projects that have showcased some of the most beloved and successful musicians and entertainers of our time. He has worked with and played a significant role in events and concerts that featured Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Reba McEntire, Katy Perry, Santana, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Gloria Estefan, Gloria Gaynor, and Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary. This is just a small sampling of the hundreds of entertainment greats Gene has had the privilege of working with. His impressive talents have garnered him three Telly Awards and an Emmy nomination. Gene’s music business expertise and production knowledge has turned Sun and Sky Entertainment into a premiere global production company specializing in artist management, concert promotion, tour management, entertainment and management consulting, and music, film and television production.