I began my career by earning both a B.F.A in Design from the California College of the Arts and an M.F.A. from the Department of Theater, Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Upon graduation from UCLA, my first notable professional position was Research Supervisor and Assistant Director on the Emmy-award winning mini-series MGM: When the Lion Roars.
In 1991, I joined the sports-oriented advertising agency Creative Impact. In my capacity as Creative Director, I served as in-house producer, director and writer for the agency’s print and television productions.
Two years later, I served as Line Producer and Post Supervisor for the feature documentary, In Search of Dr. Seuss (starring Robin Williams, Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Stewart and Billy Crystal) which ultimately garnered seven Primetime Emmy Award nominations in 1995.
I then formed Eleventh Day Entertainment with producer/director Frank Martin. Since its inception, Eleventh Day has been an Award winning and critically acclaimed, multi-faceted production company having produced numerous corporate, commercial, government and interactive productions as well as over 100 hours of primetime network and cable broadcast programs. Among them are the two-hour Tiffany Network special, CBS: The First Fifty Years, the six-part documentary series Sex, Censorship & the Silver Screen which was hosted by Raquel Welch, and the one-hour TBS special hosted by Billy Crystal, Warner Bros: 75 Years of Laughter.
In 2005, I directed the feature length documentary film entitled, Mr. K. Hosted by Academy award-winning actor Chris Cooper, and featuring an on-camera introduction by President George W. Bush, this biographical film tells the inspirational story of self-made billionaire, Kansas City Royals owner and entrepreneurial philanthropist, Ewing Kauffman. The film ultimately garnered a number of awards including two Emmys for both directing and writing.
While at Eleventh Day I co-produced a four-hour production, For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots. Hosted by Academy Award Winner, Halle Berry and introduced by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, this two-part film acknowledges the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-American service men and women from the Revolutionary War until the present day. The film won the 2011 NAACP Image Award for Best Documentary and aired on PBS.
In addition to producing and directing projects, my key function at Eleventh Day was long-term strategic planning and overseeing day to day corporate operations. Over the years I have served in various leadership roles on over $40,000,000 of media production.
In 2007, I co-founded the imagine it! project with my colleague Richard Tavener. I produced, directed and edited two feature documentaries under this banner as well as a video library containing over 80 interviews with distinguished individuals in the fields of art, education, science and engineering at Stanford University, MIT, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Science Foundation, The Smithsonian, The Getty Center, and other highly respected institutions and companies around the world.
Since 2010 I have been involved both as an investor and media consultant for JustFoodForDogs. For the first five years of it's existence, I produced all the company's media assets including the website, photography and video. I also had a hand in establishing the branding of the company as well as all the technical aspects of operations.
In 2013, I had the privilege of working once again with the Kauffman Foundation as they commissioned a feature documentary entitled, "Here. Us. Now." The film focused on the Hempel family and their fight to save their twin daughters Addi and Cassi who were diagnosed early in life with Neimann Pick Type C disease, a debilitating and deadly rare disease sometimes referred to as "Childhood Alzheimers".
At present I am utilizing my experience and resources to develop personal fine art and multi-media projects as well as perform media production, photography, consulting and intelligent new media communications services for select projects and organizations.