Coolwaters Productions LLC's President, Derek Maki, worked for Icons Authentic Replicas (a company mainly known for creating prop replicas from various films ) heading up their celebrity representation division from 1997-2000. The MEN BEHIND THE MASKS was the ORIGINAL & fully licensed actor appearance and autograph division of ICONS. Derek worked directly with Lucasfilm LTD. to provide authentic images from the archives to be autographed by actors from the films! ICONS worked with 6 actors to start; Dave Prowse (Darth Vader), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Warwick Davis (Wicket), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO). Derek then went on to obtain Billy Dee Williams and Mark Hamill for the roster as well! The company went bankrupt in 2000. Two of its former clients, Billy Dee Williams and Warwick Davis, contacted Mr. Maki directly and asked him to exclusively represent them for appearances and signings for various conventions, including third party autograph deals. With the vast knowledge he had acquired and his two clients, not to mention several convention promoters constantly calling him looking for more actors to book, Mr. Maki created a fully licensed Management & PR firm,
Coolwaters Productions LLC. Coolwaters currently holds two licenses in the state of California and is also part of the official managers roster in Hollywood and is also listed on www.imbd.com. Coolwaters Productions LLC now organizes personal worldwide appearances for its clients. They also seek out and solicit other jobs for its clients, including product endorsements, seminars and autograph deals for large companies, such as TOPPS and DONRUSS trading cards. Other companies who have utilized Coolwaters services include Master Replicas, Disney and Toynami's Cinematheque. Coolwaters manages over 90 clients that includes actors, directors & behind the scenes talent (including Academy Award Winners) with 50+ booked exclusively to Coolwaters Productions LLC for their appearances, signings, seminars and red carpet events.
Mr. Maki has a staff of 7 part-time employees and a home office in Los Angeles, CA as well as official company reps in Mexico and Europe! The goal is to bring celebrities face to face with the reason for their careers......the fans!
In 2010, Coolwaters set out on another adventure: a live weekly web series featuring interviews with our clients.
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Over the years Coolwaters and/or it's clients have made considerable contributions to numerous charities. The thousands of dollars donated was raised in various forms, including the sale of autographed merchandise, exclusive product and out-of-pocket contributions from individual clients and our company. Coolwaters is pleased to have donated over $100,000.00 to the following charitable organizations: