Widely recognized as one of California’s most effective political strategists with a track record of advising high-ranking political and business leaders, Darius Anderson is the Founder and CEO of Platinum Advisors. Darius has a widely diverse background in business development, government affairs, community relations, charitable activities, and more; plus, he has been the Founder of multiple businesses, including Kenwood Investments and Sonoma Media Investments.
Erik Huey is a senior entertainment, tech, and media industry government and public affairs executive with over twenty-five years of experience. Along with Darius Anderson, he recently opened Platinum Advisors DC in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining Platinum Advisors, Erik was the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at ESA, where he oversaw the entire federal and state advocacy apparatus for the $36 billion US video game industry. In this capacity, he regularly briefed industry CEOs and top executives on public affairs, and oversaw an internal team and a roster of 50 consulting firms. He has been repeatedly listed on The Hill’s Top Lobbyists in DC, Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 Entertainment Lawyers, and Top 100 Irish American Attorney in the US. He routinely speaks and guest lectures at NYU, USC, American University and UC-Irvine.
At ESA, he led the successful industry campaign in response to recent media violence challenges, and coordinated the industry’s IP protection, privacy, cybersecurity and tax efforts. He also orchestrated the government affairs component of ESA’s historic US Supreme Court free speech victory. In addition, he worked with US House members to form the Congressional Video Game Caucus. He also created the Higher Ed Video Game Alliance of over 300 universities and a Webby Award-winning map of the video game ecosystem by state/congressional district.
Erik thinks expansively about public affairs and has spearheaded a range of impactful CSR initiatives in the area of STEAM Education with third-party partners such as Sesame Workshop, MacArthur and Gates Foundations, the Obama White House, and the California Endowment.
Prior to ESA, as a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend (and at Venable and Manatt before that), he represented a broad range of clients such as Screen Actors Guild, Creative Coalition, AFTRA, Recording Artists Coalition, and Verizon on a range of cutting-edge policy issues. He is also well-versed in telecommunications policy issues from his time serving in the legal department of BellSouth Corporation.
He acts as a Strategic Advisory to the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards, and serves on the Smithsonian American Arts Council, the Board of the Washington Ireland Program, and the Gala Board of the American Ireland Fund. Politically, he’s run voter mobilization and voter protection efforts for the Obama for America and Kerry presidential campaigns, and did advance work on Clinton-Gore ‘92.
He has authored four screenplays, is producing a cable television series, and periodically performs with his Americana rock band The Surreal McCoys, who recently scored a minor hit on Sirius-XM Radio’s Outlaw Country station.