POP Contributors

Brian Balthazar is Editor of POPgoesTheWeek. For more about him click HERE. Or visit BrianBalthazar.com.

Adam Havener BioAdam Havener is an accomplished television producer and writer, entertainment host and personality with credits on E!, MTV, VEVO & Mark Cuban’s AXS TV.  Most recently, Adam hosted Coca Cola Live! American Music Awards Pre-Show on Yahoo and appeared in campaigns for LG & Samsung.

Adam was the host of the entertainment round up series “Culture Pop” on the arts network Ovation. This was the network’s first original series.

Havener has infused his effortless and charismatic personality on red carpets ranging from Coachella, Sundance Film Festival and New York Fashion Week. For awards season, Adam was the main correspondent for MSN’s popular entertainment website – Wonderwall. He has interviewed everyone from Fergie & Josh Duhamel to Mickey Rourke, Ryan Seacrest, Jessica Biel, Kelly Rowland & Eva Longoria. In addition, Adam hosted and produced celebrity branded content for AX Armani Exchange, T-Mobile, Hard Rock Hotels, Colgate, Svedka and Nokia with highlights running on E! and Access Hollywood.

Working as a Senior Show Producer for E!’s Daily 10 for three years, Adam produced features with top talent like Ben Affleck, Jerry Seinfeld, Ne-Yo, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Bradley Cooper. During his tenure, Adam created segments for the series and filled in as Supervising Producer. In addition, Adam covered the Toronto Film Festival and produced breaking news like the death of Michael Jackson. Havener also produced MTV’s hit dating show “Next.”

Adam was born and raised in the suburbs of New York and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Media from Hunter College, CUNY.  He currently resides in Los Angeles.

Michael Jayson is the entertainment editor and movie reviewer for POP goes The Week! Despite his serious expression here, he’s usually got a smile on his face, for reasons he never fully explains. We’re a bit suspicious.

A film, music and comedy buff, he was a lead anchor and producer for two years on both the morning and afternoon drive shows on 88.7FM, WRHU. He’ll leave your jaw on the floor with his disturbingly extensive knowledge of and unhealthy obsession for the Back To The Future trilogy. (As evidenced by two related posts in his first week!)

Michael is also an actor and musician. He’s actively involved with the famous Upright Citizens Brigade, and has performed many of his 30 or so original songs all around New York City and Long Island.

To contact Michael, email MrMichaelJayson@gmail.com

 Also – follow him on twitter! @MrMichaelJayson!



Steven PanzarellaSteven Panzarella is a Hofstra University graduate who got his start reviewing movies in his teens at a Blockbuster Video (may it rest in peace). An avid TV and Movie fan, Steven takes extreme pride in the fact that he has seen THE GODFATHER and JAWS over 100 times, fully understood the end of INCEPTION, (so he says) and still has no idea what happened during “Lost”. Steven spent 4 years as a host and producer at 88.7 FM (where he often work right alongside the one and only with Michael Jayson). During his time at WRHU he reviewed movies, interviewed celebs and covered everything from politics to sports and news. Steven is a passionate movie goer, with aspirations of one day being an Oscar voter.

Nicole Russin, also known as her alter ego Richárde, writes cookbooks, models in the beauty/editorial sectors, works in print journalism and pretty much every other cool thing you can think of. In her free time, she wants to be Ron Burgundy but can’t grow a decent mustache. (Brian’s note: Keep trying, Nicole! -that said, with a gorgeous face like this one, don’t mess with it!) Originally from Illinois, she is a 2007 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Visit her personal website at NicoleRussin.com.





Michele Bolen is a freelance writer and producer who saves herself a fortune in therapy by venting on facebook.

catcanaryThis former news anchor and network programming executive is passionate about the Oxford comma, and has been known to lose sleep over people who pluralize nouns with apostrophes.  She’s a regular font of entertainment trivia, and makes no apologies for her love of television.

For fun Michele enjoys photography, hunting for mid-century treasures, collecting art, and performing in the occasional local theater production.  She has traveled the world, lived in London as well as Los Angeles,  but will always be a southern girl at heart.

Still on her bucket list:  write the next great American novel.  Or at least a pretty good one. That sells a lot of copies. And gets an offer from Drew Barrymore’s production company for the film rights.  And lends itself to organic, but lucrative merchandising opportunities.  You get the picture.


Drake Carden

Drake Carden is the absolute best-looking and most intelligent person in the world, according to his mother.

He currently lives in Caracas, Venezuela, (For real – he really does currently live in Caracas, Venezuela) but as we say here at POP, ‘that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be up on the latest developments in the life of Lindsay Lohan.’

Check out his website QuarterLyfeCrisis.com for more fun musings and web fails.