MICHAEL SLADE | CO-CREATOR/WRITER Playwright, librettist, award-winning children’s author, and Emmy-nominated television writer. His plays, which have been produced in NYC, Los Angeles, on National Tours, and by numerous regional theatres, as well as theatres in Europe, Asia and Australia, have featured such actors as Colleen Dewhurst, Kate Burton, Billy Crudup, Andrew Rannells, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Corbin Bleu. His TV credits include Another World (WGA Award nomination), One Life to Live (Emmy nomination), Days of Our Lives, and Passions.
KEVIN SPIRTAS | CO-CREATOR/WRITER In 2008 the 30-year acting veteran, produced the NY Shakespeare Festival reading-presentation of Don Cummings’: A Good Smoke, starring Academy Award winner actress, Meryl Streep, and directed by Tony Award winning director, Pam McKinnon. Shortly following in 2009, Spirtas made his debut as a Broadway producer on the critically acclaimed revival of: Finian’s Rainbow, In 2012 he co-produced the hit Broadway musical: Priscilla…Queen of the Desert. And In 2016, he became a co-producer on the smash-hit Broadway musical; Dear Evan Hansen, winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical (2016/17)
ALLISON VANORE | PRODUCER Emmy-nominated producer of StyleHaul’s revenge-filled drama VANITY produced with Canvas Media Studios where she is now the Head of Production. Other series credits include PRODUCING JULIET, ANYONE BUT ME, and MY GIMPY LIFE. Allison’s feature film credits include award-winning independent films 42 SECONDS OF HAPPINESS, DADDY, and LOVE IN THE TIME OF MONSTERS and films soon to hit the festival circuit THE RAINBOW EXPERIMENT and BUCK RUN. Allison is published in the book “Thriving in Hollywood!: Tenacious Tales & Tactics from Ms. In The Biz.” Prior to producing independently under her company Alliecine, Allison served as the Director of Creative Operations for boutique motion graphics firm Georgopoulos Design for 5 years where she worked with clients such as Disney, Yahoo!, Sony, and Imagination Games.
JENNIFER PEPPERMAN | DIRECTOR Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer and Director, most notably as Executive Producer/Showrunner for Prospect Park’s groundbreaking re-launch of One Life to Live. The critically acclaimed revival produced 40 episodes, winning seven Daytime Emmys. A highlight on this project was directing the Music Video Brand New Start by IZA, featuring Snoop Dogg. Pepperman was previously a Director for One Life to Live when it aired on ABC-TV and was nominated for an Emmy Award. Prior to this, Pepperman was a Director for CBS-TV’s As the World Turns for 10 years, and won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing of a Drama Series. Pepperman recently wrote, produced and directed the short film, Jack & Diane, which has been selected by various film festivals throughout the country
COLLEEN KWOK | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY is an NYC-based Chinese film director, cinematographer and photographer. Most recently, she directed a half-million budgeted Chinese feature film Area 51 Motel which will be release on the internet later this year. Her short film That is Circling All Round the Sun premiered at Milwaukee Film Festival 2017, and Rectangibles premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014. As a cinematographer, she has been shooting both narrative and commercial contents for directors in both US and China. She holds a BFA in Film and French from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MFA in Writing/Directing from New York University – Tisch School of the Arts.
JENNIFER KIRSCHMAN | COSTUME DESIGNER has worked on Bull, Television Series, CBS Television, Assistant Costume Designer, Seeso, Streaming Network Promos, Seeso/Vox Media, Costume Designer, Crime, Miniseries Re-shoots, HBO/The Night of Productions, LLC, Costume Designer, Paterson, Feature, Window Frame Films, Assistant Costume Designer, Mr. Robot, Television Series, USA Productions, Shopper, Bolden, Feature, King Bolden, LLC, Assistant Costume Designer, A Collective Will, Photoshoot, Filmmaker Magazine, Wardrobe Stylist, Clybourne Park, Stage Production, Washington College, Associate Costume Designer, Action on Film, Pilot, Action on Film Channel, Costume Designer
SCOTT MICHAEL SALAME | PRODUCTION DESIGNER is an ISA nominated production designer and artist from New York City.
JEN RUDIN | CASTING is an award-winning casting director and author of Confessions of a Casting Director: Help Actors Land any Role with Secrets from Inside the Audition Room. Her company, Jen Rudin Casting, casts projects in New York and Los Angeles. For more info, visit www.jenrudin.com and @RudinJen.
ROB GOKEE | COMPOSER Rob has scored 20 feature films, and over three dozen TV series & pilots, including the DreamWorksTV animated series “Dueling Kapowskis,” National Geographic’s “Wicked Tuna” & “Known Universe,” SyFy’s “Fact Or Faked,” FullScreen’s “New Adventures of Peter & Wendy, Speed Channel’s “Car Science,” and TruTV’s “Police POV.” Rob has also scored commercials for Sony, TurboTax, Free Credit Score.com, and many others. Rob won back-to-back IAWTV (International Academy of Web Television) awards for Best Score in 2012 and 2013, for the shows “Night of the Zombie King” and “Cost Of Capital,” which also won Best Score at the 2013 Indie Soap Awards. His most recent award was Best Score at the 2016 at the 9th OUTmusic Awards for “Producing Juliet.“Rob just finished the feature “Really Pathetic & Totally Awkward,” and is the DreamWorks animated show “Sammy ’n Amy.” He’s also in preproduction for his first album of original songs and produces his own podcast called Tacocity. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Producer Allison Vanore.
CRAIG DESILVA | THEME SONG is an accomplished American songwriter and composer. He earned an Emmy nomination for the NBC series Operation Junk Yard and has television composer credits for Faking It USA, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, and many others. Craig’s TV accomplishments also include writing the main title for Lifetime’s Beyond Chance hosted by Melissa Etheridge. On the big screen, his songwriting contributions include several of Disney’s classic feature sequels, including Jungle Book 2, Planes 2, Bambi 2 and Mulan 2.
Craig’s passion for producing music extends to his collaborative work with recording artists such as Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls, Fisher The Band, Country recording artist Kelly Coffey, and R&B Soul Artist Lina. Craig also enjoys mentoring up-and-coming talent.
ROB PADGETT | TITLES & SOUND Robb Padgett is from West Virginia via Washington State, but has lived in Los Angeles so long that he’s turned native. However, due to a particularly stubborn streak, he still shows up to things on time. Originally just an actor, Robb has become somewhat of a “Hollywood Handyman,” adding editing, scoring, directing, writing, VO, producing, VFX, sound mixing and design, coloring, and janitorial work to his resumé. And he loves it all. …Except maybe the janitorial work. But someone’s got to clean up. Filmmaking is messy work.