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Ralph Ellington has been working within the brokerage industry for the last plus 10 years. The last 7 years were his most successful. It brought him to two of the largest financial centers of the world. The first 5 years Ralph was employed as a U.S. Institutional Equity Trader in London at Cantor Fitzgerald International (1998-1999) and then at Jefferies International (1999-2004). His job was covering the Scandinavian Institutional Client base at both companies.
Because of his expanding client base Ralph ended up in New York (2004-2005) at Jefferies & Company – again, covering The Scandinavian Institutional client base. As his manager has stated, Ralph enjoyed a successful tenure with Jefferies over a six-year period, through very turbulent and unpredictable market conditions. Despite a very difficult competitive environment, Ralph managed to consistently open and develop new relationships, including some of the very largest European investment institutions.
Ralph's manager stated that he was impressed with his honesty, integrity, and strong work ethic, but perhaps his best quality was to integrate with, and contribute to a strong team culture. This was true of both the London and New York Equity teams of which he was a part. Today Ralph resides in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he spends time with his son Oliver Edward Ellington and family.
Paul Ellington is the Executor of the Lene, Mercer & Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington Estates. He is also a writer/director from Denmark. He spent two years at Manhattan School of Music before touring with The Duke Ellington Orchestra, as its musical director, since 1996. He then decided to go to film school, first for film production and a year later for screenwriting.
During his childhood Paul was around music all the time and when he wasn’t, he was in front of a TV with his mother and father. This inspired his interest in film, leading him to produce David Conley’s stylish City Of Gloom while at VFS. Paul also fought to DOP a final project shot on sexy super-16 film; that show was Sarubia Club. After VFS ended the first time, Paul took every DOP job available, pay or no pay. Paul DOP’d the 35mm short film Dream Gamblers and the feature high definition project Finder Of Lost Children, which was listed on the BC Film Commission’s website.
Paul’s influences are Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, Kevin Smith, and Stanley Kubrick. He loves high concept films and character studies.
Paul has written and will direct the independent biopic A Duke Named Ellington. This is the story about how Duke Ellington became prominent again through his relationship with noted composer Billy Strayhorn, while trying to be a father to his son.
Paul has also written the one-hour drama, Love You Madly, in which Duke Ellington gains notoriety during the 20’s and 30’s in New York City.
Paul Mercer Ellington
Executor Of The Lene, Mercer & Edward "Duke" Ellington Estates
Songwriter/Musical Director/Band Leader
The World Famous Duke Ellington Orchestra
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Columbia University Provost Jonathan R. Cole (right) presents Lene Ellington and Paul Ellington with the 1999 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.