I am an independent freelance producer of commercials, film, television and digital content based in Los Angeles, CA. As a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, my work has garnered several accolades including Emmy, Clio, Lion, Addy, Effie, One Show Pencil and Webby awards. Haymaker Projects is my development shingle under which I develop and produce select projects in addition to contracting with a long list of production companies specializing in commercial and television production.
I have over 25 years experience producing commercial campaigns for dozens of leading commercial directors, production companies and brand advertisers. From 1998 to 2006, I served as an Executive Producer at @radical.media, a global production company based in New York. I have also held Executive Producer positions at RSA Films (the forty-year old commercial production house of Ridley and Tony Scott) and Epoch Films (producers of Junebug and Gigantic) where I set up and oversaw branded entertainment divisions for those companies.
My credits include the pilot for the 2008 Emmy-award winning Best Drama Mad Men on AMC; the 2006 Emmy-winning History Channel documentary series Ten Unexpected Days that Changed America; the documentary series, Iconoclasts, launched on the Sundance Channel in 2005; the docu-reality series Battlegrounds, which ended a three year run on MTV in 2004; and the documentary profile series The Life for ESPN.
My most recent feature, the surf documentary Bella Vita, made its world premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival in September 2013 and its U.S. premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in February 2014. Prior to Bella Vita, I produced the independent romantic comedy A Bird of the Air, starring Rachel Nichols and Jackson Hurst, which was released worldwide in 2011.
Throughout my career, I have served as a commercial line producer for multiple award-winning production companies including Reset, RSA USA, @radical.media, Epoch Films, Chelsea Pictures, Furlined, Gorgeous, The Director's Bureau, Wondros, Untitled, Propaganda Films, Backyard, Palomar Pictures and HSI Productions. In conjunction with those companies, I have had the pleasure of working for dozens of film directors including Speck/Gordon, J.C. Chandor, Kathryn Bigelow, Lasse Hallstrom, Lauren Greenfield, David O. Russell, Alex Gibney, Rick Sittig, Vince Squibb, PES, Markus Walter, Steve Miller, Rick Lemoine, Mike Maguire, Adam Hashemi, Jesse Dylan, TWIN, Yael Staav, Brian Aldrich, Eric Appel, The Cronenweths, Alan White, Neil Tardio, Saam Farahmand, Greg Kohs, Antony Hoffman, Michael Karbelnikoff, Graham Henman, Marcus Stevens, Rich Wafer, Josh Miller, Glenn Martin and David Kellogg
I have produced several branded entertainment initiatives with broadcast, web and digital components including Tony Scott’s Dodge Ram Challengeseries for Chrysler; the P&G comedic web series Men With Cramps; the Garnier Fructis’ online initiative The Harry Situation; the short documentary-based social networking site MyDream.TV sponsored by Lincoln-Mercury; and The Adventures of Seinfeld and Superman for American Express.
My experience in motion picture production is supplemented with a foundation in technology, design and information architecture. Prior to starting my producing career, I served as a Creative Director for NTN Communications, an interactive gaming network based in Carlsbad, CA, where I designed and created one of the world’s first satellite-delivered digital interactive gaming platforms featuring trivia and sports based game programming for the hospitality industry.
In addition to producing creative initiatives across multiple media, I actively pursue a tradition of facilitating projects that support social justice and public service. I oversaw @radical.media’s pro bono effort to bring music and film celebrities together from around the globe for The ONE Campaign, rock star Bono’s global multi-platform campaign to end poverty and fight AIDS which peaked with the LIVE 8 concerts broadcast around the world in July 2005. I have produced notable films for television including The Exonerated, Bob Balaban’s adaptation of the off-broadway play about falsely accused death row inmates, as well as ABC’s one year anniversary special on 9/11, Report from Ground Zero.
I count myself lucky to be married to, Brigitte Suhr, a legal and non-profit operational consultant specializing in international human rights. We have two teenagers and a dog to help keep us on our toes. When I'm not waist deep in work, I spend a lot of time surfing, snowboarding and riding a mountain bike all over the place in the western United States, but mostly in and around the LA area.
I enjoy any opportunity I can find to create something special that moves people to take action.