• Report: #527666
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Work of Genius

  • Submitted: Mon, November 23, 2009
  • Updated: Fri, October 29, 2010

  • Reported By: Starving Artist — Miami , Florida Nationwide United States of America
Work of Genius
15151 Mullholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA Nationwide United States of America

Work of Genius Gino cabanas Gino Cabanas , the vine studio - Pay your bills and your crew! Los Angeles, California, Miami, Florida, New York, Boston , Nationwide

*Consumer Comment: ERNEST CARTWRIGHT

*Consumer Comment: Ernest Cartwright

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: email for more info

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: New Information

*Author of original report: Watch out Florida, They are at it again!!

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Work of Genius is a reality show filmed in Miami set to air on Fox in January 2010. Unfortunately they have not paid their crew for the 6+ weeks of work we did for them. The Vine Studio LLC, the creators of Work of Genius, are now producing another show at the Eden Roc in Miami! Artist were NOT paid, People that worked hard and believed in this production have NOT been paid. Even close friends of the MAIN producer (Gino Cabanas) got stiffed. A search on Facebook shows a few stories, and even a search will reveal were the STATE of TEXAS stopped Gino from taking money from people. http://www.ssb.state.tx.us/Enforcement/files/1665.pdf The websites for the production seemed to have been turned off for non payment as well, since when you goto them  http://www.theworkofgenius.com and http://www.theworkofgenius.net  they say that they are suspended. Anyone that knows the hosting company or people in control of the sites, please contact me here, and I will contact them to get the facts. The kicker to all this is, Gino has the balls to come to Miami and try to do another show, when people he screwed are trying to deal with keeping there houses and make payments since Gino didnt see fit to pay them. Also, I know of a few bad checks that got written, and if you are the owners of one of these famous bounced checks, please get in touch with me as well.. as I have spoken to the officials in California and writing bad checks is a big deal. (and they do go after bad check writers) I have also spoken to some folks in Florida who are interested in looking at this, as it seems to be a repeating pattern. Gino and staff go around saying that FOX television has offered MILLIONS for the show, that Lamborgino is involved and that all these hi-profile people are wanting to be part of this show. The truth is , every person I have spoken too states they have been ripped off. The list of producers for this show were stated as:
Creator/Executive Producer
Gino Cabaas
In House Council
Marsha Cabaas
Legal Consultant
Gus Mendenhall
Ernest Cartwright
Art Director
John Johnson
Line Producer
Mark Rimer
JP Puerto
jp@thevinestudio.com Other important people that are part of this crew that need mention are: Mark Rimer Warren Durso I even have read that Steven Bauer (from Scarface) was involved or duped as well. The list keeps growing as I get emails daily on more and more information. (thank you too all of you that step up and send me info) The objective here is too stop more people from getting taken and put in a bad position because these guys dont pay the bills of hard working people.

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#1 Consumer Comment



We were also burned by Ernest Cartwright and his fellow cons :( After a bunch of empty promises and $60K later, we are now taking both civil and criminal legal action against the Cartwright mob. If any other victims are willing to come forward, please call (((ROR redacted))) ASAP

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Ernest Cartwright

AUTHOR: Sher - ()


I noticed that Ernest Cartwright was listed as a producer for this show where no employees were paid.  I am not surprised.  I worked as a personal assistant to Ernest for a short time and decided to quit after he stopped paying me.  I recently took him to small claims court and won.  He claims to be a big shot producer, however he is unable to come up with $500 plus dollars to pay an employee.  Stay away from this guy, he's a fraud.
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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

email for more info

AUTHOR: slu16334 - (United States of America)

my email

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AUTHOR: slu16334 - (United States of America)

I have new information about Gino and his evil operations. Please contact me...

I am putting a lawsuit together. I have several individuals, including myself, here in LA that are also owed money. 

I would like to gather all the information for the suit.

Thank you.

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Watch out Florida, They are at it again!!

AUTHOR: Starving Artist - (United States of America)

You got be joking ...

Do you think the guys over at Media Enterprises ( Brad Spencer and Bill McAlister) understand what Gino and gang has done to people in South Florida ??

And now they want to run another show, when they havnt even finished paying the people from the first show ??

I spoke to someone that is owed money, and they say that Gino just keeps saying he has all these investors lined up, and is waiting for one of them to write a check.

And of course, the story of the funds always being wired , or they are coming.. and I have been told and heard so many times that FOX television is buying the show, is putting it on prime time, Bull crap is what I say.

Someone emailed me (due to this posting) and said they have some more information for me, so I will keep everyone updated on the events.


MIAMI, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Spokespeople and Inventors from around the country are welcomed to submit their best gadgets and gizmos and try out to be America's next best pitchman.Hosted by Stefanie Schaeffer, winner of 2007 The Apprentice.

WHEN: Monday, October 12th and Tuesday, October 13th

Start time: 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach

4525 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL. 33140

WHAT: Media Enterprises, the company that brought you the famous Billy Mays approved Mighty Putty and Mighty Mendit, in conjunction with The Vine Studio, is holding auditions to find America's next big spokesperson and hit product. Two lucky winners - an inventor and a spokesperson - will be selected and each will be awarded $100,000.

HOW: To participate in the auditions, please report to Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach prior to 9 a.m.

For inventors: Please bring a prototype of your product.

For spokespeople: Please bring your best pitch.

For questions, please contact Gino Cabanas 310-467-2503


Media Enterprises, Inc. was created in 1992 by partners by Brad Specter and Bill McAlister, two professionals with a combined 30 years experience in on-air marketing, consumer product sales and distribution. Today, Media Enterprises, Inc. either manufacturers or represents most of the leading direct response consumer products that are featured via direct response TV. The firm's extensive retail distribution network includes all the of the nation's discount, department store, supermarket, warehouse club, drug and variety retail stores. Its catalog and print distribution has products placed in over 40 popular printed direct response vehicles


The Vine Studio, L.L.C. was created in 2002 by Gino Cabanas and partners J.P. Puerto, Mark Rimer and Warren Durso. The partners have a combined 20 years of experience in the Entertainment business. They are currently in post production for WORK OF GENIUS the first ever Reality series on Fine Art Painters which airs on FOX in January 2010. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work_of_Genius

SOURCE Media Enterprises, Inc.


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