Curious about my production background? Well here’s all the information you need!

 

Production Credits

Ask the StoryBots (TV Series)
Producer - 8 episodes, 2018
Supervising Producer - 6 episodes, 2016

A StoryBots Christmas (TV Special)
Supervising Producer, 2017

StoryBots Super Songs (TV Series)
Supervising Producer - 5 episodes, 2016

2014, You Are History! (Short)
Production Manager, 2014

2013: What a Year! (Short)
Production Manager, 2013

2012: The End is Here! (Short)
Production Manager, 2012

This Week in Walking Dead (Streaming Series)
Producer - 7 episodes, 2010



Awards & Nominations

Daytime Emmy Awards

2018 Winner, Daytime Emmy
Outstanding Special Class Animated Program
A StoryBots Christmas
(As Supervising Producer)

2017 Winner, Daytime Emmy
Outstanding Interactive Media - Enhancement to a
Daytime Program or Series
Ask the StoryBots
(As Director of Production)

2017 Nominee, Daytime Emmy
Outstanding Pre-School Children's Animated Program
Ask the StoryBots
(As Supervising Producer)


The Webby Awards

2017 Nominee, Webby Award
Mobile Sites & Apps - Family & Kids
Ask the StoryBots / StoryBots.com

 

Let’s dive in deeper, starting with some more recent stuff…


 
 

StoryBots / Supervising Producer

Ask the StoryBots is an American animated children's television series based on the characters from the StoryBots educational website and videos. It was created and produced by JibJab Bros. Studios and premiered exclusively on Netflix on August 12, 2016.

 

Ask the Storybots season one trailer.

StoryBots Super Songs Trailer.

A storybots christmas trailer.

Ask the storybots season two trailer.

As the Supervising Producer for Ask the StoryBots (JibJab Bros. Studios), I was responsible for:

  • Creating and managing budgets for 14 episodes of Ask the StoryBots, 5 episodes of StoryBots Super Songs, and A StoryBots Christmas special for Netflix

  • Creating schedules for all phases of production, from pre-production through final delivery, and adjusting as needed throughout production process

  • Assigning individual tasks and deadlines to artists according to overall production and delivery schedule

  • Booking all live-action shoots and recording sessions and sourcing crew, shooting locations, equipment, and talent

  • Handling SAG paperwork, including actor time sheets and performer agreements, and approving all invoices

  • Managing relationship with Netflix, including animatic approvals, dubbing requirements, metadata, and asset delivery

  • Scheduling and running creative review sessions and episode check-ins for artists and directors

  • Liaising between all external contractors and partners, negotiating deals, assigning work, and managing file deliveries

  • Interfacing with writers, directors, designers, marketers, and executive team throughout production and acting as internal point of contact for TV show

 

While producing the television show, I was also serving as the studio’s Director of Production…

 
 

 

JibJab Bros. Studios / Director of Production

 

As the studio’s Director of Production, my duties beyond the television show included:

  • Managing over 30 illustrators, animators, designers, and technical artists working on television episodes, digital books, videos, physical books, and apps

  • Handling all hiring, termination, and VISA paperwork for employees on the production team

  • Addressing all production team-related personnel issues, including performance reviews

  • Setting career goals for artists and conducting regular check-ins

  • Assembling an internal “Culture Club” to plan monthly activities and events for the production team, within a designated budget

  • Helping establish and maintain reoccurring company-wide traditions, including Secret Santa exchanges, cookie swaps, and costume contests

Before becoming the Director of Production at JibJab, I was their Production Manager…

 
 

 
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JibJab Bros. Studios / Production Manager

JibJab creates content and tools that help people be funny in their digital lives. From its flagship JibJab Ecards to Music Videos and GIFs, the company has been pioneering new forms of digital fun since its founding by two brothers in a Brooklyn garage in 1999.

 
 

As a production manager, I was responsible for:

  • Managing over twenty illustrators, animators, designers, and technical artists

  • Creating and managing production schedules for hundreds of videos, ecards, and digital books

  • Administering the company's QuickBase account, organizing and updating all data including credits, launch dates, production schedules, and tasks

  • Negotiating budgets with external contractors and vendors, drafting contracts, and processing invoices

  • Organizing and managing the company's internal server, including all assets, working files, and final deliverables

  • Creating best practices documents to help with employee on-boarding and training

  • Handling quality assurance testing for videos and books before launch

    Before JibJab, I produced educational content for Mahalo…

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Mahalo / Video Team Manager

Mahalo.com (now Inside.com) was a company dedicated to creating content to help its users “learn anything.” The company originally started with educational articles, but hired me as the second producer/editor to create video content. I was quickly tasked with scaling the team and building out shooting space, and grew the educational team to 30 producer/editors.

As the Video Team Manager, I was in charge of:

  • Managing a team of 30 in-house producer/editors and overseeing the production of over 16,000 educational videos.

  • Creating YouTube channels, optimizing them, and then analyzing data, including views, demographics and revenue, to strategically decide on new video content and direction

  • Transitioning the team into creating educational iOS applications when the company switched focus from YouTube videos to mobile applications

  • Creating pitch presentations for potential clients and partners; researching competition, trends, and other data to determine an avenue to pursue with them

  • Attending weekly leadership meetings, working directly with the CEO and President to develop strategies for growth, development, and the direction of the video team

  • Interfacing with developers to create an internal video content management system and workflow, allowing productivity and output to increase

  • Working with clients and partners by planning shoots, developing topics, and overseeing the video production to deliver videos tailored to each client, by their deadlines (including Fandango, Recipe.com, Omaha Steaks, and Alive.com)

  • Oversaw acquisition of equipment, software, and set pieces to build out working studios

  • Recruited, interviewed, and hired new candidates, training them through a self-written handbook

  • QC’d video output and implemented standard guideline for critiquing talent 

 
 

Video produced in partnership with divine caroline (meredith corporation).

Mahalo's developers talk about making Mahalo 4.0 and the pivot from "human- powered search" to an education-focused site where you can "learn anything."

Video produced in partnership with parents (meredith corporation).

Content created for Omaha Steaks.

 

 
 

Here are some random things I shot and edited…

Fun fact: I went to film editing school because I originally wanted to edit movies or television for a living. While my path deviated from that, I still get opportunities to shoot and edit various things.

 

Shot and Edited by me at SXSW 2019.

Director Aaron Kunkel and producer Lance Bass (of NSYNC) talk about getting out of NSYNC'S original contract with Lou Pearlman, setting them up for their hit record, No Strings Attached.

shot and edited by me at sxsw 2019.

Anna Akawa chats about working with Asian film legend Richard Ng as part of a small indie crew.

Shot and edited by me at SXSW 2019.

Well Groomed director Rebecca Stern tells us about the effort that goes into the bright and complex designs in competitive dog grooming.

shot and edited by me at sxsw 2019.

Apollo 11 director Todd Douglas Miller talks about the warm audience reception to the film.

 

 
 

Just for Fun

As a Star Trek fan, I’ve attended a few of the Star Trek conventions in Las Vegas and entered their music video contest twice. It turns out someone liked my videos enough to call me a winner in 2017 and 2018, and my videos were played in front of the convention audience. Qapla’!

 

My winning entry for the 2018 Star Trek Las Vegas music video contest, featuring the Star Trek: Discovery crew and a very special tardigrade named Ripper. This was played for the convention audience during Sunday's "Discovery Day".

My winning entry for the Star Trek Las Vegas 2017 Music Video Contest. Do you like Star Trek? What about cats? If you like both, then this video is for you!

 

 

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