Lane Shefter Bishop
Lane Shefter Bishop is a multi-award winning producer and director who spent nearly a decade working in motion picture development at Walt Disney, Touchstone and Hollywood Pictures, among others. Ms. Bishop has received numerous accolades for her work including an EMMY, three Telly Awards, a Videographer Award, a Sherril C. Corwin Award, an Aurora Award, a New York Festivals Award and the DGA Fellowship Award for Episodic Television.
Ms. Bishop began her work in the industry at Moxie Productions, where she produced and directed projects for such networks as ABC, Showtime, HBO and MTV. Since then, Ms. Bishop has directed numerous television shows and five feature-length motion pictures. Her favorite project is the feature film THE DAY LABORERS (Los Jornaleros), which received Official Selection in Edward James Olmos' LA Latino Int’l Film Festival , Cine Accion (San Fran), OutFest (Hollywood), Reel Affirmations (Wash DC), NewFest (NY) as well as the Milan International Film Festival (Italy). The film was distributed through both HBO and Blockbuster.
Ms. Bishop is also the former EVP of Motion Pictures and Television at TwinStar Entertainment, where she worked for two years as a director and producer as well as being in charge of all creative development. Currently, Ms. Bishop is CEO of Vast Entertainment, a book-to-screen company with numerous projects already in development, including the feature films THE DUFF (Wonderland/McG) for CBS Films, HEMLOCK (Wonderland/McG & Weed Road/Akiva Goldsman) and GHOST KEEPERS (Out of The Blue Productions/Sid Ganis); MOWs such as THE GIRL’S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT, OPERATION MARRIED BY CHRISTMAS [with LeAnn Rimes], and DATING THE DEVIL (all at ABC Family) and FRINGE GIRL (Disney Channel); and television series including HIZZHONOR BUZZY YOUNG (Cineflix), THE SAVANNAH REID MYSTERIES (Lifetime), THE INVESTIGATOR (based on Anne Perry’s “William Monk” novels/ Fox TV Studios), and a new UNTITLED TV SERIES with Scott Stuber for NBC. Additionally, Ms. Bishop just co-produced the feature film ASSASSINATION GAMES for MPCA.
Ms. Bishop holds a B.A. in Literature from UC Santa Barbara and an M.F.A. in Production from USC's School of Cinema/Television. She is a director-member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Isaac Bolden is Executive Producer at Original Media LLC with offices in NY and Los Angeles. He has a 15 year proven track record and extensive experience supervising all aspects of production from development to post-production, including: generating show concepts/formats, acquiring talent, negotiating w/agents, scheduling/budget creation, hiring all personnel, managing the cost reporting process and reviewing show cuts as well as interfacing with network executives: creatives, production management, marketing, and contract negotiations w/business affairs.
Founded in 2002, Original Media is an independent production company specializing in unique films and series for television. The company has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Its credits range from the Academy Award nominated independent feature films A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Half Nelson, The Squid & the Whale, to the hit unscripted series LA Ink, The Rachel Zoe Project, BBQ Pitmasters, Storm Chasers to the NBC hour-long drama The Philanthropist.
The company is a subsidiary of Endemol USA, a leading producer of television programming specializing in reality and non-scripted genres for network and cable television.
Original’s feature film credits include The Squid and the Whale, Half Nelson, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, and August. The company’s latest film, Twelve, starring Chace Crawford and directed by Joel Schumacher, will hit the theatres late summer 2010.
The Squid and the Whale premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 and won Best Director and Best Screenplay. The film was released by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Pictures in October 2005, and was nominated for 6 Spirit Awards, 3 Golden Globes, and 1 Academy Award. Half Nelson premiered at Sundance in 2006. The film was released by Think Films in August 2006, and received multiple nominations and awards including Best Picture at The Gotham Awards, 5 Independent Spirit Award nominations (including Best Picture) and won awards for Best Actor and Best Actress, and 1 Oscar nomination for Best Actor (Ryan Gosling). A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints also premiered at Sundance in 2006 where it won Best Director and Best Ensemble Cast. The film went on to win Critics Week at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for 3 Independent Spirit Awards. August, starring Josh Hartnett and David Bowie, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008 and was distributed by First Look Media in summer 2008.
Original Media produces hundreds of hours of programming across multiple media formats. The company produced three seasons of the hit television series Miami Ink on TLC. In addition, Original Media launched spinoff LA Ink, which was the highest-rated series premiere ever for TLC among adults 18-34. Returning for its third season in Summer 2010 is Original Media’s hit show for Bravo, The Rachel Zoe Project. Also bowing this year is season four of the highly rated series Storm Chasers for Discovery and the second season of BBQ Pitmasters for TLC. The beginning of 2010 marked the start of our first docu-soap show on the Sundance Channel, Be Good Johnny Weir. Later in 2010 Original also premiered their first season of Dual Survival on Discovery. The docu-soap Tough as Nails as well as the home show Destination Design both premiered their first season in 2010 on HGTV. King of Dirt, now in production on its third season will air on DIY. Original Media is involved in development and production of many other television shows for a variety of networks. Original has series currently airing or set to air on The Sundance Channel, History Channel, HGTV & DIY. In summer 2009, a new drama series aired on NBC from co-creator Charlie Corwin. The Philanthropist is the story of a billionaire who becomes the world’s first vigilante philanthropist; a renegade who uses his wealth, connections and power to help people in need.
Michael Wunsch, CEO and Executive Producer for Outpost Worldwide leads a fantastic technical and creative team with business partners Rob Cecil and Sarah Strnad specializing in national content production. With more than 20 years in the production industry, strategic production partners and projects include over 40 hours of Spanish network drama and 500 hours of game show productions for Fremantle Media Latin America, 50 HD music programs for Brad Smith, YMCTV Dallas, and a 13-episode international television series Real Strange for Rive Gauche/Big Cat Productions Los Angeles.
The core of Michael’s production strength involves collaborating and building the right technical, creative and producing teams to do a great job whether for independent film projects or national television content. In addition to the movie Last Ounce of Courage co-produced with Veritas Communications and Eastern Gate Films pending theatrical release in 2011, current production projects include a French and Belgian based documentary series, Let Freedom Ring, produced with George Ciampa on the real price of freedom, various longform documentaries including No Shortcuts the entrepreneurial life of Henry Bloch, founder of H&R Block, DVD content with Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad, and music video productions out of Kansas City, Dallas, Nashville, New York and Los Angeles. Other work includes national level spot and image productions, and numerous HD pilots in development with various strategic partners such as Lyons Entertainment and Vast Entertainment. With production experience on every continent except Antarctica, Michael and the Outpost team feel right at home on-location anywhere in the world.
As Associate Producer for Lyons Entertainment, Kendra Lyons contributes significantly to the production process, as she is responsible for specific elements delegated to her by the Producer and/or Director of each project. Whatever her exact role, Kendra's strength lies in her ability to troubleshoot any production difficulties or problems that come within her area of responsibility.