Jonathan Shecter (aka Shecky Green) is a media entrepreneur, music scholar and hip-hop pioneer; he is currently President and Executive Producer of ScreenWerks—a collective of Video DJs on the cutting-edge of multi-media artistic expression. At ScreenWerks, Shecter oversees video production, talent and brand development; he has emerged as an innovative content creator, a Las Vegas nightlife virtuoso and a pop culture trendsetter.
A graduate of Harvard College with a BA in English, Shecter co-founded and hosted a hip-hop radio show at the school’s radio station, WHRB. The show’s overwhelming success led to the formation of a one-page newsletter, a project that would become the legendary hip-hop magazine called The Source. Shecter was The Source’s Founding Editor and its Editor-in-Chief for seven years, from 1988 to 1995. Under his watch, the magazine became the “Bible of hip-hop” gaining hundreds of thousands of readers and living up to its slogan “the magazine of hip-hop music, culture and politics.” In the late ’90s Shecky founded Game Recordings and released a series of successful hip-hop records, including pioneering work by Eminem, Royce Da 5’9″ and 50 Cent.
Game’s releases were known for their iconic covers featuring sexy hip-hop models known as Game Girls. Shecky went on to Executive Produce the successful DVD series ‘Hip-Hop Honeys,’ selling over 600,000 units worldwide. In 2002, Shecter relocated his businesses from New York City to Las Vegas, where he became active in the city’s vibrant nightlife industry. An early collaborator with DJ AM and Mark Ronson, Shecky has produced events at the city’s biggest venues for over a decade. He presently serves as Director Of Programming for Surrender Nightclub, Encore Beach Club and Blush Boutique Nightclub at Wynn/Encore Las Vegas, where he regularly works with major talent such as Steve Aoki and Afrojack.