Benjamin Pollack is an award winning filmmaker and graduate of the American Film Institute. For his directing he has been honored with Best Director at the Los Angeles Independent Television Festival (ITVFest), Best Comedy Feature at The FirstGlance Film Festival, Philadelphia and was nominated for Best Narrative Feature and Best Horror Feature at Rome International Film Festival and Shockerfest, respectively.As Editor, Benjamin has a wide range of awards and projects under his belt which include the feature film entitled “Played” which stars Val Kilmer, Gabriel Burn and Vinnie Jones and distributed by Lionsgate, and editor and producer of the multi-award winning feature film, “The Garage,” which screened in over 80 festivals and received over 50 awards and nominations, and Wizzardream, starring Malcolm McDowell. As a member of the Writers Guild of America, Benjamin worked in the film industry for many years writing for television, animation and film. His feature screenplay, DEAD AFTER TOMORROW took the Best Horror Feature Screenplay Award at the prestigious Eerie Horror Film Festival and at Shriekfest, the Los Angeles Horror/Sci-Fi Film and Screenplay Festival. His comedy screenplay BLUE SUIT ASSASSINS was selected to compete in SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL and THE BEVERLY HILLS FILM FESTIVAL. His script, Fleaosaurus, made a Black List top ten list. In addition to writing and directing, Benjamin is an accomplished film producer. He has produced films at The American Film Institute with actress Amanda Seyfried, (Letters to Juliet, Mamma Mia, Alpha Dog) and at Film & Music Entertainment with veteran Producer, John Daly (The Terminator, Platoon, The Last Emperor.) Benjamin also produced the award-winning feature, The Garage, and was the sole producer of the feature film, Dark Room Theater. While at the American Film Institute, Benjamin was the editing department student representative, held a seat on the Fellows Advisory Council for two years, and served on AFI’s Curriculum review committee as one of the only two student representatives. He was also nominated for two prestigious ACE Eddie Awards in as many years, becoming the 2nd editor in AFI’s history to be nominated two years in a row. In addition, he was awarded two prestigious production grants for each of his thesis films, the FotoKem award and the Fuji Filmmakers award, and was nominated by AFI’s Faculty for class valedictorian. Benjamin currently holds a seat on the American Film Institute Alumni Steering Committee.
Chuck Taylor from Billboard writes: “(Zarley) sings, dances, acts and possesses grrr-dreamy appeal...Zarley’s stunning tenor range, crafty harmonic layers and spine-tingling money notes... Tweens have plenty of idols to swoon over. Here’s a crush for grown-ups, whose earthy machismo is quite the complement to his musical muscle....a marquee mainstream artist is born.” Matt began his career at 12 years old starring in national commercials and, subsequently, his career led him to Broadway where, still just a teenager, he made his Broadway debut in A Chorus Line. Zarley has appeared in numerous shows and has played the title roles in both Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Who’s Tommy on Broadway. Matt also appeared in Cats, Chicago, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. On television, Matt was featured on The Drew Carey Show, Fame, and in the Disney TV movies, “Cinderella”, “Geppetto”, and “Annie”. Matt could also be heard on the NBC Emmy winning musical drama, SMASH. Aside from performing, he’s an internationally published songwriter and has had numerous songs recorded and released overseas by some of the biggest names in international music. In addition, Matt has the distinction of being named the first openly gay man in People Magazine’s “Hottest Bachelors” issue in 2002 – opening the door for other openly gay men to be featured in the mainstream publication. Matt has had the pleasure of working with such A-listers as Whitney Houston, Brandy, Usher, Reba McIntire, Vanessa Williams, and Chaka Khan, to name a few. Matt’s passion for songwriting resulted in his first solo album, “Debut,” which was released in 2002 and received critical acclaim. The set featured the dance hit, “You Always Want (what u ain’t got)” and “Say Goodbye”; which is also featured on the all-star Human Rights Campaign (HRC) benefit CD, “Being Out Rocks” , along side other artists such as Cyndi Lauper and Rufus Wainwright, to name a few. Zarley’s sophomore album, “Here I Am,” had its title track chosen as one of the 2008 “American Idol Songwriter” competition’s Top 20 finalists in the prestigious national contest. The set was also named one of Billboard Magazine’s Critics Top 10 of 2008. Matt’s latest album, “Change Begins With Me” garnered near unanimous acclaim when it was released this past year. Critics hailing it “inspiring”, “powerful”, “passionate”, “soaring”, “dreamy”, “poignant”, and “a rare breed of artist....soulful and impressive”. The album’s first 2 singles, “WTF” and “Trust Me” became Matt’s 3rd and 4th consecutive Billboard singles and first ever UK hits; while both music videos became internet viral sensations. "Trust Me" was also chosen to be the theme song for an Abercrombie & Fitch campaign; while A&F continued to support Matt's music with consistent rotation of a large handful of his songs featured in their retail locations. Matt was also awarded the 2012 OutMusic Award for ALBUM OF THE YEAR and SINGLE OF THE YEAR for “Change Begins With Me”....which also spent a month at #1 on the Eurochart. Matt’s latest single and fifth collaboration with DJ/Producer/Songwriter Mark Picchiotti is a declaration of love and equality and currently blowing up the dance floor. “Somebody 4 Everybody” also marks Matt’s 3rd collaboration w/ superstar remixers, Moto Blanco and is the lead single from Matt's most personal and ambitious project to date, his forthcoming album and musical film, hopefulROMANTIC.
Andy Zulla has been awarded a Grammy, an Emmy, a Telly, 20 Gold and Platinum albums; as well as charting #1 on multiple Billboard charts. He has mixed records for many artists such as Rod Stewart, Kelly Clarkson, Backstreet Boys, Jessica Simpson, Michael Bolton, Kenny G, Teddy Geiger, Clay Aiken, Heather Headley, Diana Ross, Chrisette Michelle. He received a Grammy Award for mixing Rod Stewarts Billboard #1 Album “The Great American Songbook Vol 3”. Rod’s first Grammy and first #1 album since the 70s. As mixer for Rod’s successful Songbooks Vol 3 & 4, he also had the honor of mixing all the guest artists including: Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Chaka Kahn, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, Chris Botti, Dave Koz and Arturio Sandival. Following that he mixed another Clive Davis produced project, Kenny Gs “Duets” album where he mixed the collaborations with multiple artists including, LeAnn Rimes, Yolanda Adams, Brian McKnight & Daryl Hall. As part of the American Idol team in the early seasons, he recorded and mixed the song that started it all. Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This” skyrocketed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart breaking the Beatle’s long standing record as the quickest climb to #1. Following that he again worked with Kelly on the huge hit “Miss Independent”. He went on to work with other Idol alums including the title cut from Clay Aiken’s debut album “Measure of a Man” as well as Clay’s entire #1 Billboard charting Christmas album “Merry Christmas With Love”, and Kelly and Carrie Underwood’s ‘Sessions at AOL’ TV specials. He, along side Melissa Manchester, recorded and mixed Diana DeGarmo’s remake of “Don’t Cry Out Loud”. Continuing his affiliation with television competition winners, he recorded and mixed the studio album for 2013 Americas Got Talent music winner, Forte. He also also produced and/or mixed albums for Kelly Roland, Kristinia Debarge, Eliane Elias, Paula Deanna, Disney, Rockapella, Diana King, Westlife, The Stylistics, Funky Poets, Debbie Gibson, Flex, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, Matt Zarley, Rich Price, The Sweet Remains, Five Times August, Rachael Sage, & Erica Heynatz. Andy’s tunes have appeared on several of Billboard’s charts including the Hot 100 Albums, Soundtracks, Jazz, New Age, Adult Contemporary, and R&B charts. As a mixer, Andy has worked for such superstar producers as Clive Davis, Phil Ramone, Walter Afanasieff, JImmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and Ryan Tedder. HIs mixes have appeared on albums along side Serban Ghenea, Chris Lord Alge, Mick Guzauski, Dave Way, Dave Pensada, Manny Marroquin & Tony Maserati. As a composer for TV, he has been awarded and Emmy, a Telly as well as an ITS International Monitor Award. He earned the Emmy as the composer for FOX Sports “Yankees on FOX” broadcasts. Additionally he composed the theme music for FOX TV's Good Day New York, FOX 10 o’clock news, FOX 5 Live as well as many promos. Most recently, Andy was the music producer for the Stephen Spielberg produced NBC TV show “SMASH” for 2 seasons, producing all of the pop and cover songs with the show's stars Megan Hilty, Katherine McPhee, Christian Borle, Bernadette Peters and Jeremy Jordan. He, along with Marc Shaiman, who produced the show’s Broadway songs, scored a Billboard number #1 album on the Soundtrack chart while also charting top 10 on the main album chart. He has produced and written music that has appeared in such TV and film soundtracks as Shrek 2, MTVs The Real World, CWs “Beauty and the Beast, Baywatch, As the World Turns, Aquamarine, Boston Public, Love Monkey, Last Vegas, Zathura, Alpha House as well as in TV and video promos and commercials including Macy’s, Green Mountain, Timberland, Vineyard Vines, PPL Electric and Bomber, Price Waterhouse and Xerox. He also continues his decade long post as the audio producer and mixer for the YES Network’s radio spots for all the Yankees and Nets game promos. As an artist/ composer, he went #1 on The Billboard “New Age” chart after composing 3 albums for Target/ Walmart’s “Play /Pause” nature music CD collection. Andy graduated from the Ithaca College School of Communications with a BS degree in Television and Radio.
Stacy Ekstein is a founding Partner of Market Street Productions in Venice, CA where she is a senior producer for production and post-production with clients including Warner Brothers, Condé Nast, Fox and American Airlines. Stacy is currently developing a television series with Roddenberry Entertainment (Star Trek) and Revelations Entertainment (Morgan Freeman). Her passion for social issues inspired her to produce Elegy for a Revolutionary (based on anti-apartheid activists in South Africa) which received an African Academy Award Nomination (2013) and Private War With Emmy award-winning director Richard Gasparian (The Simpsons) highlighting the issues women in the military face (Cannes 2013) (American Pavilion Emerging Filmmakers 2013). Stacy is currently in development on the western The Last Duane based on Zane Grey’s The Lone Star Ranger (Jason Patric, Danny Trejo, Rose McGowan) slated to shoot in March 2015. Stacy studied law and screenwriting in Columbia University’s Social Work Masters Program and has a B.A. in Literature and Psychology from Texas A&M University. She is an active member of the Producer’s Guild of America.
Chris Ekstein graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and received his MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute, where he won the Panavision New Film Maker Grant and his 35mm thesis received the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Grant. Chris has made a career shooting commercials and music videos with clients including American Airlines, Jaegermeister, Lenovo and Condé Nast. Chris has a love for story telling and his visual style won best cinematography at the American International Film Festival in 2010. He has been a cinematographer on numerous award-winning film projects; including features Mexican Sunrise (Gold Award-WorldFest) and Callous (Best Picture-IndieFest). He shot theatrically released basketball documentary Gunnin For That #1 Spot with director Adam Yauch (MCA) of the Beastie Boys (Tribecca Film Festival). Chris is a member of IATSE Cinematography Guild and the Society of Camera Operators. He is a founding partner of Market Street Productions in Venice, CA.
Kat Rupert graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a BA in Film Studies and Studio Art. Kat began her career at Screen Gems Studios on the CW show One Tree Hill, working both on set as well as in casting for the show. She simultaneously worked as Story Editor on several local projects including a comedy sketch series for broadcast, The Knight Show. She relocated from North Carolina to Los Angeles for a position with Scott Rudin Productions. Her time there led to working for Silent H Productions, assisting Silvio Horta in the development of several shows with Sony Pictures Television and in association with Fox, ABC, Happy Madison Productions (Adam Sandler), Nuyorican Productions (Jennifer Lopez), and Olive Bridge Entertainment (Will Gluck). With experience in all stages of filmmaking from development through post, Kat was able to combine her skills at Market Street Productions. As the post production supervisor at Market Street Productions, Kat curates a team of editors, special fx artists, composers, and sound designers to meet any production's need.
Ashley Leung is a passionate and imaginative decorator who is just making her mark in the entertainment business. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, having a creative outlook on life came from performing in community theaters for 10 years. Ashley knew she had an exciting life ahead of her and left the midwest to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. She graduated with an Advanced Associate of Arts Degree in Entertainment Set Design, and has been working her way in the industry ever since. Having had opportunities to work with well known companies such as ABC and Fox Studios. Completing various films, television shows and experiencing a little bit of Production Designing, Art Directing, Set Decorating and Props. She continues to receive recognition for her ability to pay attention to detail and show awareness of professionalism in a spur of the moment work environment.
Originally from Connecticut, David's passion for comic books and production art led him to Carnegie Mellon University, a degree in fine art, and an initial career as a storyboard artist for Marvel and Disney. His graphic and illustrative drawing style quickly brought him to the attention of the broadcast design community. Here, David's traditional art and design skills in combination with his proficiency on the computer had him creating award-winning network show packages, commercials, and content for clients such as Fox Sports, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, ABC Family, and ESPN. In 2004, David joined DIRECTV as Sr. Creative Director of On-Air, where he helped build the award-winning in-house Creative Services department. Working with clients such as the NFL, NASCAR, UFC and MLB, David designed and directed dozens of spots, bringing industry accolades to both he and the department. Currently, David works as a freelance creative, looking for projects in which he may utilize his diverse background and unique visual sensibility to create innovative content and memorable spots.