Award-winning Creative with 15 years of entrepreneurial success due to exceptional storytelling talents paired with expertise in writing/producing, directing, and editing. Cross-disciplinary team leader across industry verticals, including branded content, TV, and film. Competent resource for large projects up to $750K, whose credits include field producing a feature film in West Africa and developing / selling a documentary series to MTV World.
AND/OR STUDIO, Brooklyn, NY 6/2016 – 6/2019
Executive Producer | Partner | Director
Co-built and led multimillion-dollar design/creative agency, specializing in entertainment marketing campaigns, television show packaging, animation, branded content, and network re-brands. Drove every aspect of studio management with 2 partners, engaging in writing, story producing, editorial, and directing. Managed 5 FTEs and 10 to 20 freelancers onsite and remotely. Created pitches, budgets and schedules, overseeing multiple producers and up to 5 projects at once, for studio whose clients included Netflix, Amazon, NBCU, tru TV, FX, FXX, Comedy Central, and Viacom.
Impact: Spurred expansion of company from $500K–$1.8M in first year and to $2.3M in second year.
Built multimillion-dollar company from the ground up, negotiating deals ranging from $75K to $500K (average).
Established company’s first financial, operational, and technical infrastructure to take on larger clients and projects.
Created and negotiated multiple-phased retainer contracts with multiple networks, which led to +$650K in revenue.
Expanded the studio from design and animation to include live action and editorial services.
Drove sales and business development efforts, contributing to higher revenues and profits.
MTV WORLD (VIACOM), New York, NY 1/2015 – 3/2016
Co-Executive Producer | Director
Showrunner and creator of 5-episode documentary television series, “This is Dance Music,” under the MTV brand. In charge of global production and all post-production in the US. Secured and on-boarded celebrity talent. Responsibilities included directing, editing, and story producing, and talent recruitment, including writers, producers, field producers, and editors. Interfaced with network executives and producers. Negotiated music and licensing rights.
Impact: Created and own the rights to series with high potential to become a great documentary.
Created cutting-edge global documentary featuring celebrity music talent.
Negotiated deal with Viacom to obtain rights to series upon its cancellation, and navigated legalities with large networks.
Excelled in story producing—writing and developing story lines for 5 episodes.
Gained valuable experience in producing high-stakes large-scale projects for major corporate clients.
TAKE MY PICTURE LLC – SMALL SMALL THING, New York, NY & Monrovia, Liberia 8/2009 – 12/2013
Executive Producer | Director of Photography
Collaborated with Director to develop and produce international human rights documentary on the serial rape of children in Liberia. Initially used own resources to conduct 6-week investigation on the ground. Secured financing for post-production and finishing. Completed international festival tour winning multiple awards.Negotiated global distribution deal with major network, and released the film theatrically and digitally.
Impact: Created and sold an award-winning human rights documentary.
Researched and shot film in a third-world country without support of NGOs, news outlets, or production companies.
Embraced by Liberian and international community as an activism tool; built relationships with community.
Crafted a successful kickstarter campaign that raised $35K (in addition to grants) for post production
Created a television version of the film for Al Jazeera’s witness
GOLDENCUFFS LLC, New York, NY & Los Angeles CA 1/2010 – 12/2015
Creative Director |Owner
Started up independent studio—creating branded content, documentaries, experiential and music. Served as creative director for a wide array of clients, including production companies, agencies, animation & design firms.
Impact: Transformed big ideas into reality, propelling smooth execution of seemingly impossible projects.
Produced and directed branded content, commercials, tour visuals, and experiential projects for a variety of brands, agencies and non-profits, including Accenture, Sprint, Direct TV, and Sears.
Operated bi-coastally with offices in New York City and Los Angeles.
Assembled teams of talented freelancers and hired top studios to collaborate on projects remotely and onsite.
Directed creative for live action, editorial, and animation.
SLANTED STUDIOS, New York, NY 2/2012 to 12/2013
Joined small animation production studio as a creative producer to manage a large-scale project.
Impact: Transformed one-person freelancer into a high-functioning branded company, still in operation today.
Led creation of multi-spot campaign for Coach, including digital, social, broadcast, and experiential content.
Produced all in-store animations for fashion brand’s flagship location in Macy's Herald Square.
Developed a smooth remote workflow, enabling team to work on all aspects of animation concurrently and independently.
Additionally, handled creative editing and directed stop motion projects for Adult Swim.
CTRL LABS, New York, NY 9/2004 – 12/2009
Creative Director | Partner
Co-founded boutique motion graphics studio with accountability for all business & creative for commercial projects.
Impact: Started up and ran one of the first small motion graphics & experimental design agencies in NYC.
Blazed a trail in interactive design, winning Art Directors Club’s Young Guns Award in 2005.
Recognized as only a handful of American artists creating club visuals and considered a pioneer of Vjing.
Exhibited internationally at museums as a fine artist.
Produced VFX and graphics for multiple feature films, including Planet BBOY (2007), Pulse (2006)
Executive MBA, NYU Stern, New York, NY (2016)
Bachelor of Arts – Film, California College of Art, San Francisco, CA (2004)
2019 – “MTV News: The Breakdown”
Winner Motion Design Category, Communication Arts 60th Annual Design competition
Nominee, Webby Award
2017 – “This is a Generic Millenial Ad”
Nominee, Webby Award
2015, 2014, 2013 – “Small Small Thing”
Nominee, One World Media Award, United Kingdom
Winner, Grand Jury Prize Best Feature Film, Rated SR Film Festival - New York
Winner, Women Film Critics award, Rated SR Film Festival - New York
Winner, Special Jury Prize, The Pan African Film Festival - Los Angeles
Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Montreal International Black Film Festival
Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Kansas International Film Festival
Winner, Best Documentary Feature, First Glance Film Festival - Philadelphia
Winner, Best Human Rights Documentary, Baghdad International Film Festival
Winner, Best International Documentary, Bronze Lens Film Festival of Atlanta
Winner, Special Mention, Best Documentary Category, Dallas International Film Festival
2013 – “How To Wear A Coach Scarf”
Nominee, Animated Fashion Award, Stuttgart Festival of Animation
2010 – “Microvert 5306A”,
Second Place, Best CG Short, Stuttgart Festival of Animation
2007 – Karl Wolf “Africa”
Nominee, Best Pop Video of the Year, Much Music Video Awards, Canada