Our Award-Winning Crew

 

Eddie Brill (Producer) was raised in Hollywood, Florida and is a well-respected and very funny stand up - here in the USA and abroad. For seventeen years, he worked on The Late Show with David Letterman. He was the audience warm-up, and for eleven of those years he was the Stand Up Comedy Talent Coordinator.  Eddie has taped more than 100 TV shows in six different countries...including ten appearances on The Late Show...and the FX hit series, Louie. He has been seen in many films including, 30 Years To Life with Tracy Morgan. He also stars in the popular web series, Famous Phrases, on the HooplaHa network. A 3-time MAC award-winner for "Outstanding Male Comic in NYC", Eddie is also the creative director of The Great American Comedy Festival, which honors Johnny Carson in his hometown of Norfolk, NE.

Peggy Ellis (Producer) is a multiple Emmy-nominated television professional with more than 25 years experience in both the corporate and entertainment sectors. During her eight-year tenure in the Corporate Affairs and Communications Group at American Express Company, she worked closely with the company’s senior leaders – overseeing production budgets over $1.5 million. Career highlights include: Co-Producer and Coordinating Producer of the Emmy-nominated FOX5 NY television music competition – New York’s STAR OF THE DAY with Ernie Anastos; Co-producer of Community Auditions – Star of the Day, an multi Emmy Award-winning television music competition with a 30-year New England legacy; and Project Manager on multiple events associated with both Super Bowl XLVII (New Orleans) and XLVIII (MetLife Stadium – NJ). Peggy holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire, where she studied both business management and theater. On occasion, she can still be found grabbing the mic to do a few minutes of stand-up, in and around the NYC area. 

Brian Jude (Director) is a producer, director, screenwriter, and actor on feature-length films, videos and television programs, and commercials. He was a founding member, Producer/Director and Vice President of Creative Affairs of Digital Café Tour, through which he produced and directed over 60 music and comedy concerts. His other producing credits include The Blood ShedUnder the Raven's Wing, and The Jonestown Defense. He has also produced and directed the independent television pilot Erroneous Convictions (co-director, featuring Kim Director and Judge Jerry Sheindlin). He is currently developing the feature film, The Miracle Man,  based on the true story of Morris E. Goodman.

Chris Marcantel (Producer/2nd Unit Director) is an Emmy-nominated producer for his work on the web Soap Opera, Gotham: The Series.  A member of the Director’s Guild of America, Chris has produced and/or directed commercials for Nokia, Pepsi, Citibank, and MCU Bank. As a producer for a series of E*Trade spots, Chris worked with Emmy-nominated director, Mathew Penn. He has also collaborated with actor Bryan Cranston on a web project for Netstudio.tv. Other directing credits include the Soap Operas Guiding Light and The City.  Chris began his career in show business as an actor. Upon graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he quickly found work in the New York theater scene and in Regional Theater. He originated roles in plays by Craig Lucas and in the Tony Award-winning Torch Song Trilogy, by Harvey Fierstein.  On TV, Chris has had contract roles on the soaps Another World, Guiding Light, and Loving. In primetime, Chris co-starred with such Hollywood luminaries as Mildred Dunnock, Warren Oates, and E.G. Marshall. He played the son of Colleen Dewhurst in the CBS movie, Baby Comes Home, and was a series regular in Nurse, playing Michael Learned’s son, Chip.

Kenneth Kotowski (Director of Photography) was born and raised in New Jersey, Kenneth served four years in the USAF - prior to enrolling in college at William Paterson University - where he received his BA in Communications, with a concentration in Media Production. Kenneth discovered his calling as a Cinematographer while in college, and worked as a Director of Photography on his first feature length project the summer after graduation. Kenneth then received his MFA in Media Production / Cinematography from CUNY City College of New York. Since then, Kenneth has been working steadily as a freelance Cinematographer. With hundreds of commercials, dozens of short films, music videos, and documentaries, as well as several feature length projects under his belt, Kenneth has gained a diverse portfolio and a reputation for being able to shoot anything that comes his way. In addition to his ongoing work with NJ Live (Digital Cafe Tour); he currently has three short films doing the festival rounds, is in post-production on a sci-fi horror feature, in pre-production on two other feature films, teaching film-making part-time at his alma mater, William Paterson University, and working part-time as a Lighting Director at MSNBC.

Stephen Maio (Senior Editor/Post Production Supervisor) has been hunched over a computer in a dimly lit edit suite for nearly two decades. He brings a broad range of experience, from humble beginnings on all-night sessions in flat-bed film or A-B roll video suites, to innumerable edits for corporate communications projects. His body of work includes nearly one hundred industry-recognized, multi-camera, live concert videos for web for Digital Café Tour, experimental edits for a “cubist music” program on the MNN cable access channel, as well as high-pressure broadcast news editing - including segments for OK!TV/Celebrity Page - and as Senior Video Editor for a regional PBS News program at NJTV News. He comes fresh from editing a recent PBS pilot, On The Trail With Mike Schneider,  a REELZ Channel special, Prince: The Secret Life,  and a multitude of educational projects for Rutgers University..

Rich Haddad (Audio Producer/Engineer, Sound Design) With over twenty-five years experience in the audio industry, Rich has developed a wide range of skills that allow him to manipulate variations in air pressure with both substance and style. His uncanny ability to solve problems has led to work in all forms of media -- from film, network television and cable, to records, radio, and advertising. A consummate multi-instrumentalist/vocalist, Rich regularly performs in the tri-state area with a number of groups - most notably, Friday’s Child, for whom he oversees and co-produces all studio recordings. As Director of Audio Production for Digital Cafe Tour, his recording, mixing and mastering work earned him a Telly Award for Sound/Sound Design.

Bob Borbonus (Artist Relations/Talent Coordinator - Music) is the Director of Artist Relations/Entertainment Relations at The Godin Guitar Company. His career began in the early 1980’s, doing retail advertising for the graphic arts world - in NYC and on Long Island. In 1985, he relocated to Los Angeles where he became a live audio engineer for Schubert Systems Group. For three years, he toured with acts such as Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Bruce Hornsby & The Range, The Doobie Brothers, and Santana. Bob was hired by A&M Recording Studios, in the spring of 1988, and worked there for the next twelve years.  After seven years, he took over daily operations within the technical maintenance department, running all aspects of the department; including payroll, capitol assets budgeting, and bookings with the Vice President of Studio Operations. Clients during his tenure included Herb Alpert, Don Henley, U2, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Ringo Starr, Black Sabbath/Ozzie Osborne, and The Rolling Stones. Following his employment at A&M, he moved to San Diego and built the Artist/Entertainment Relations Department for Taylor Guitars, from the ground up. During his tenure, he branded the company throughout the world - creating a client list that ranged from the entry-level band… to Dave Matthews, The Edge, and many more. His client base spanned multiple music genres. Bob studied business at Mount Saint Mary’s, in Emmitsburg, MD.  He currently resides in San Diego and is a single parent to three boys.