Staff

Jamil

Jamil

Founder

Sports has been a passion and something I have loved my whole life. 

Growing up as a child I would pretty much live outside and play any sport I could join. From soccer, to football, hockey, track & field, basketball , there was always something for me to do. As I got older I started to take sports very seriously and wanted to play at the university level. Focusing on basketball & devoting most of my time to it, I knew I could play at the University level. Not being highly recruited, since I was under the radar from not playing on competitive or travel teams, I had to find ways of exposing myself to these top schools.

I started to create my own highlight tapes which went on to help me get a university offer & after that a start to my professional basketball career.

After many years of experimenting and making my own tapes, I feel I have a great understanding of what coaches & scouts are looking for. With my experience & the help of my skilled team I am looking to help athletes reach that “Next Level”

Peter

Peter

Lead Videographer

While in high school, Peter started to pursue other interests and hobbies, one of which was videography. Starting with just an ancient point-and-shoot camera found in a forgotten drawer, he started to fool around with it and made short videos for himself and his friends. Soon enough, his passion grew and he realized that this was something he loved doing. Nowadays, Peter is a go-to video producer for young artists. A music film he made with local rapper, Zach Diamond, has now grown to just over half a million views. With enough experience on hand, he decided to take this passion to another level. Having played basketball competitively for over 4 years and knowing the lack of media exposure that some talented players have, he realized that something needed to be done. After having met Jamil Abiad and sharing the same perspective towards this problem, they paired up and soon launched Next Level Sports Media, to give these talented athletes the opportunity to thrive and reach their goals. Now, Peter is the lead videographer for Next Level Sports Media and is extremely happy with this opportunity to both do something that he loves and to also make a positive impact in his community.

Taj

Taj

Lead Photographer

Taj has been doing photography for the past 5 years. He is currently attending Durham College to learn more about the field. He has worked with countless clients in the city of Ottawa including chefs, interior designers, musicians, etc. He is currently one of the top students in his course and has been enlisted to the honour role in his very first year.
He specialises in portraits and abstract photography yet still has an eye for the sports field. When he was in middle school he started making short highlight tapes for basketball teams in the area for fun. That’s when he fell in love with photography and videography. Now he is inseparable from his camera.
He now runs his own photography page on Instagram with over 1.5K followers and counting, along with a personal photography website. He recently joined NL after finishing his first year in College. He has known Jamil since his childhood so it was only natural that they wound up working together years later.
Jean-Jacques N. Gatzoyiannis

Jean-Jacques N. Gatzoyiannis

Photographer/Videographer

Pursuing and playing sports his whole life, Jean had excelled in basketball, but decided after highschool to find something he truly loved doing. He quickly realized that it was his love for art. After moving to Toronto he decided to take a photography / videography class in the Media Foundation program at Humber College where he instantly fell in love. From there he started going out with friends to do photo shoots for them for fun using his brother’s camera. His passion quickly grew and he moved back to Ottawa to continue his education at La Cite Collegial in their photography program. Jean decided to combine both things he loved which was sports & photography, so when approached by Jamil to join Next Level Sports Media he quickly jumped on board. Jean is excited to start the next chapter of his media career where he can combine what he loves doing and give back to our athletes and organizations.
Ro

Ro

Marketing Consultant

What do I and the sports industry have in common? We are fast paced, current and require dedication. My draw to the sports industry in particular the marketing side of it comes from my admiration for the work ethic of athletes. They are working against so many elements acting as barriers in attaining their goals but the successful ones are the ones that persevere.
 
In the fast paced environment that we live in today there’s so much to learn and so much to know that sometimes it can feel like you’re against odds when it comes to your success. I live by the rule that you can do anything you set your mind to, if you like an athlete stand up against all odds and persevere. As a result I’m always striving to move forward and learn more.
 
While working on the marketing team for the Ottawa Champions Baseball Team I had a chance to see the work that Next Level Sports Media produced and was impressed with their ability to capture so many elements of the game and apply a unique modern touch. The team’s drive and understanding of the work it takes to be successful is impossible to overlook and is one of the many reasons that I’m so excited to be a part of this group of driven individuals!