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Barbara Barna Abel
President and Founder, Abel Intermedia

Barbara Barna Abel is the president and founder of Abel Intermedia, a talent development company based in Brooklyn, New York.

Barbara has a reputation for recognizing new and emerging talent and has cast over 100 unscripted/alternative projects since launching her business in 2001. Among the talent she discovered or gave early breaks to: Adam Richman, Amy Schumer, Bert Kreischer, Carson Kressley, Chrissie Teigen, Clinton Kelly, Jake Tapper, Jeff Probst, Ted Allen, Thom Felicia, Wayne Brady…

Barbara started in enterainment as music director of her college radio station (KSPC, Claremont, CA) and making tea for powerhouse ‘80s musical acts like Culture Club and Human League as the first college intern for Virgin Records UK. After stints in music management, Barbara gained her comedy chops at APA in Los Angeles working the phones for the legendary and visionary Marty Klein before merging her backgrounds in music and talent at VH1 where she ran the Talent Development department in New York for several years.

In addition to casting, Barbara is also an on-camera coach and media trainer and believes everyone has a story to tell and is committed to helping clients find their authentic voice. Her clients include television networks, pr firms, athletes, models, celebrity chefs, business executives and young creatives.

Outside of the office, Barbara has raised funds to start five banks through FINCA’s Village Banking program and is a New York City High School mentor with iMentor.