Alan William Harris is best known for his commercial work for a little mom-and-pop network called MTV, where he has received two Emmy nominations. Alan’s visual sensibilities lean heavily on style and color while his comedic strengths highlight his background in improvised comedy (being an alumnus of The Second City and Upright Citizen’s Brigade theaters). To date, he has directed such celebrity talent as Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Chris Parnell, Rob Corddry and Justin Timerblake, with clients ranging from Burger King and Paramount Studios to Best Buy and The American Legacy Foundation. In addition to his commercial work, Alan is also in pre-production on his first feature film, an indie teen drama/comedy scheduled to shoot later this year.
Comedy/Dialogue, Storytelling/Visual FX Chris McKenna is the talent whisperer. He draws out a great performance in the most difficult of situations and puts high-flying actors and show hosts at ease. Chris is as an “actor’s director” who also has a great eye for strong visuals and beautiful composition. Great with children and animals, he has survived the worst. Ask him about the homicidal pig. After the pig, he is ready for anything.
Lori Balaban has over a decade of entertainment industry experience. She’s written, produced, and directed for NBC, AMC, CBS, National Geographic, Bain, Harley Davidson, Sundance, and Disney. She’s committed to storytelling and has written numerous screenplays, documentaries and TV scripts. She’s currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing.
Ronnie Krensel has been making commercials, promos, and TV shows for close to twenty years. In that time he’s filmed with rockers, rappers, storm chasers, gurus and of course a few comedians. As one of the few show runners in the promo business, he understands how to boil the essence of a show down to just 30 seconds while still retaining the overall theme. On set, Ronnie is well versed in helping actors feel natural. Additionally, he helps non-actors find their inner performer, and brings out the best in cars, buildings, and other natural environments.
JR Soldano is a director, writer and producer who brings over 20 years of experience in both business-to-business and consumer channels. He spent 8 years with The Discovery Channel as their Supervising Producer and in-house director. JR has garnered a number of industry awards, including 6 Addys, a BDA Award, a Telly Award, 1 Silver and 3 Gold Promax award, and has directed two acclaimed, award-winning shorts in the past 4 years. In addition, JR is one of the creators/writers/producers of cult favorite Pancake Mountain—an offbeat, internet-based kids’ show—and also writes and performs as celebrity-interviewing puppet Rufus Leaking on the show.