JAKE DIAMOND, Director/Co-Writer
Jake has written and directed many short films, and this is his first web series co-written with actor Lowell Byers. Jake has been a professional editor for the last 15 years working on high profile projects like The Colbert Report and Chopped.
LANI NEUMANN, Executive Producer
Lani Neumann is a seasoned television and documentary producer whose work seeks and celebrates passionate people and their unique, often inspirational, stories. She has directed top rated television series, including Say Yes to the Dress (TLC) Food Wars, a food competition series (Travel Channel) and Bert the Conqueror (Travel Channel) which featured comedian Bert Kreisher testing his courage on thrill rides across the country. Lani was a show producer on an Emmy winning season of MTV’s MADE and on the acclaimed feature documentary, Salinger. In addition, she has produced television for networks including: OWN, True.tv and Destination America. Her corporate and digital work includes videos for Budweiser, Swedish Fish, Almay and Mountain Dew.
ERIC VERAS, Director of Photography
Born and raised in the Bronx, Eric Veras is a Director of Photography, camera operator, and portrait photographer based in New York City. Eric's productions have taken him from the chill of the Arctic Circle in Northern Alaska to the depths of the Grand Canyon Caverns, seventy stories below the earth — all to get the shot. Eric finds inspiration in his hometown of New York, which fuels his love of storytelling. Eric has shot for an extensive list of networks including Discovery, TLC, A&E, MTV, Lifetime, Bravo, Refinery29, Vice and Showtime. His most recent TV shows include, Say Yes to the Dress, BBQ Pit Wars, Girl Code and Ghost Adventures. Eric is always on the lookout for new and challenging projects.
MIKE F. LAWRENCE JR., Director of Photography
Mike Lawrence is a cinematographer based in Brooklyn, New York City and Los Angeles, California.
His passion for cinematography began as a teenager with his first short film in high school. His passion led him to study film at the University of Colorado, Boulder. For over 15 years he has been applying his cinematic visions to docu-seriers, commercials, music videos, short films, corporate films, and many other visual formats.
Mike has lensed documetary series for nearly every major television network including creating the visual style from the ground up for many series like A&E's The Haunting Of..., Married at First Sight, #Blacklove, as well as Freeform's The Letter.
SAM FRANCISCO, Assistant Director
Sam Francisco is the Assistant Director on Livin’ The Dream. She most recently worked on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt, Showtime’s The Circus, and The Taxidermist (Short film). When not working in TV & Film, she enjoys curling up with a good book, long hikes where she can flex her nature photography muscles, and packing a bag for the next adventure.
KENTON CUMMINGS, Assistant Director
Kenton Cummings is a father, friend, filmmaker, and creative
from Brooklyn, NY. As a producer and assistant director, Kenton has worked on commercial shoots for fashion brands, music artists, and pharmaceutical companies. Prior to obtaining a MFA from the Rochester institute of Technology and working infilm production, Kenton was a teacher, and actor in New York City. “Filmmaking is a good way to use all of my life’s experiences. I feel good doing what I do. It’s BigFun.” He wanted us to let you know, that he appreciates you for reading his bio - it was difficult for him to write. He’d rather just show you.
RON PASSARO, Composer
Ron recently completed the music for the musical “Queen of Mean – The Rise and Fall of Leona Helmsley” with collaborators David Lee and Alex Lippard. Ron and team are excited to be moving into formal production starring The Walking Dead and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Tovah Feldshuh as Leona Helmsley. Ron scored the feature documentary, “Queen Mimi”, from Director Yaniv Rokah and Executive Producer Michael Shamberg (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained). The film was released in theaters April 15, 2016.
Since 2011, Ron has sold over 5,000 licenses to his music for commercial use in film, TV and online projects. Ron launched his own music production company, Audio Verite, in 2013 with co-founder Shawn P. Russell. Their music can currently be heard on popular TV shows such as “American Pickers,” “Pawn Stars,” “Amish Mafia,” “Catfish,” “Ink Master,” “Too Cute,” “Married to Medicine,” “House of Horrors,” “For My Man,” “Manzo’d With Children,” “Alone” and “The Real Housewives of Miami.” They also wrote the theme song for the Travel Channel Show, "Hotel Amazon."
GRACE PORRAS, Producer
Grace Porras is a rising Producer multifaceted in scripted and unscripted TV/ Digital Production. Her desires to work in the Entertainment field comes from experience managing Talent in the music industry. With a well-versed background, she was able to launch a great career with experience in all areas of Production.
Early in her career, Grace worked alongside Producers for series such as True Life, The Kardashians and Ink Master. From Cast Assistant to Associate Producer, the experience launched her into her Segment Producing career. Grace was able to diversify her portfolio to maintain a bi-coastal career in the Production world.
Moving into the Digital space, she began to work on integrated marketing series for AT&T that would amount to 1 Billion impressions across the Internet. With an eye for creative development and a knack for Location Management, she was able to carry that project through 3 Seasons and continues to help develop Internet Projects with the new-media company, Fullscreen.