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Creative Ensemble

DOROTHY MARCIC – Author / co-Host / Producer

Dorothy Marcic

Dr. Dorothy Marcic is a playwright, professor, and writer, with 18 published books, including the True Crime book, With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice (published by Citadel press), about the murder of her uncle, based on forensic files, court transcripts, probate documents, and interviews with over 60 people.

Her book, Understanding Management, is one of the most popular Principles of Management textbooks in the world. In addition, her musical and theatrical productions have played in 90 cities, including 9 years of her off-Broadway musical, SISTAS, which has also aired on BET-TV.  She is on the faculty at Columbia University, and a former professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Economics-Prague, has a doctorate and three masters (including creative writing).

Several years ago, Dorothy left full-time academia for playwriting. She turned her RESPECT: Women and Popular Music book into a musical (also called This One’s for the Girls), tracing women’s development through Top-40 music with content-analysis research of how women are depicted in popular music lyrics.  She is the writer/story creator of two award-winning short films, Great Expectations and Spillings. Dorothy started her career in the arts as a production assistant on the TV program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, while in graduate school. She has appeared on C-SPAN, CMT, and Bravo Network and is on IMDB and drdorothy.com.

WILLIAM FRANZBLAU – Producer / Music Supervisor

Bill Franzblau

Mr. Franzblau created and produced the TONY Nominated Best Play SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE, Produced David Mamet’s AMERICAN BUFFALO on Broadway, and the tour of LITTLE HOUSE on the PRAIRIE the Musical starring Melissa Gilbert. He also served as the Executive and Lead Producer for Broadway’s WONDERLAND.  He licensed and produced the off-Broadway shows, SISTAS the Musical the longest running off Broadway African American Musical in NYC history (shot and broadcast on BET) JEWTOPIA, EVIL DEAD the Musical, THE MALE INTELLECT: an oxymoron,) and ILUMINATE (America’s Got Talent Finalist).  He recently produced and co-created ROCKTOPIA (6-week limited run on Broadway) a National pledge show for PBS.

As Chief Executive Officer of the high technology company, KATrix Inc. he created strategic alliances with the Walt Disney Company, Microsoft Corporation, MGM and the Intel Corporation.  He was instrumental in creating the company’s business strategy to platform its proprietary technology that was essential in creating fully interactive intelligent 3D characters that could think, learn and act all in real time.

In the early nineties, Mr. Franzblau co-founded Interfilm Inc., a publicly traded company combining interactive technologies with cinematic art.  He was the driving force in putting together an $18 million initial public offering underwritten by Smith Barney and subsequently facilitated the sale of the company via a reverse triangular merger with Palatin Technologies, Inc.  He established strategic alliances with some of the entertainment industry’s largest corporations, including Sony Pictures Corp., United Artists Theatres, General Cinema Corp., AMC Theatres, Loews Theatres and Avid Technologies, Inc.  He established the company’s exhibition, distribution, marketing and business divisions and managed all of its operations.  During this period of time he negotiated the acquisition of a non-linear digital editing company, Ediflex Systems, Inc. and subsequently constructed a multi-purposed licensing arrangement with Avid Technologies, Inc. for Ediflex’s proprietary editing patent.

From 1990 through 1992 Mr. Franzblau served as producer of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles touring show, a 21-month tour involving 500 appearances in 200 cities and 10 countries, for which he managed all aspects of the business development and operations.  The tours grossed over $60 million in sponsorships, ticket sales and merchandising as well as spinning off a double platinum record and a national pay-per-view.  Previous to the above Mr. Franzblau served as Executive Producer of three tours of the Moscow Circus on Broadway and throughout North America and produced the touring productions of the Broadway hit BEATLEMANIA.

MARTY SCOTT – Writer / Producer / Attorney

Marty Scott

Marty is currently writing and producing on a soon to be released Amazon series based on a New York Times best-selling series. Marty is also currently developing LEGALLY BROWN, with Deb Swisher for Safehouse Pictures. Marty is also developing the legal feature, DELIBERATE INDIFFERENCE, based on the true story of Francisco Castaneda, an El Salvadoran detainee who was denied medical care by ICE, leading to his death and the Supreme Court case, Hui v. Castaneda.

Marty also developed SILK, for ABC Studios, ABC and BBC Worldwide, based on the critically acclaimed BBC legal drama created by Peter Moffat. Marty also developed the one hour legal pilot CANNON FIRE, for FBC and 20th Century Fox. He also wrote THE WRECKING CREW, produced by Mandeville, set up at ABC Studios and Lifetime.

Marty worked on BENCHED, a legal dramedy on BET, writing multiple episodes. Marty also worked for two seasons on the Lifetime/Sony legal dramedy DROP DEAD DIVA. Marty wrote six episodes, including SECRET LIVES, nominated for a GLAAD AWARD.

In the FEATURE WORLD, Marty wrote FATHERHOOD, set up at Will Smith’s Overbrook and Sony; the vampire comedy BATRIMONY, which was sold as the sequel to LOVE AT FIRST BITE; PARENT CLASS for Overture Films; SOCCER MOM at New Line Cinema; SYNCHRONICITY for Scott Rudin at Walt Disney Pictures; KING FOR A DAY, at New Regency; and WAIT-LISTING WALLY, at Walt Disney Pictures.

Marty is still a licensed attorney, starting his career at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and then Sidley & Austin before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a writing career.

Marty is represented by Gersh and Echo Lake Management.

MOLLY PETERSON – Host / Executive Producer

Molly Peterson

Molly Peterson is an independent journalist and veteran broadcaster based in Los Angeles. Most frequently in recent years, she has reported on climate change, catastrophe, natural disasters and risk for public radio outlets. Previously she was correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.

Her reporting has taken her to the Angeles National Forest, where she followed a raid of illegal marijuana grows; to courtrooms in post-Katrina New Orleans, where she covered misplaced prisoners and juvenile justice; and to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she sought to cover prosecution of resource pillage. She built sensors to measure temperature and humidity inside homes and workplaces for a multi-year reporting effort, the City Heat Project.

Her work has appeared at The New York Times, The Guardian, on NPR, at High Country News, on Code Switch, and other national outlets. For investigative projects, she has been honored by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society for Professional Journalists, and the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow awards. In 2009, the Los Angeles Press Club named her Radio Journalist of the Year.

Now a non-practicing lawyer, she is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and worked briefly in a public defender’s office. She is the daughter of a lawyer and granddaughter of a judge.

Sarah Cailean – Consultant/Correspondent

Sarah Cailean

A former police officer with a decade of service in federal and municipal law enforcement agencies, Sarah also served as co-creator, executive producer, and host of the four-part docu-series Hell in the Heartland: What Happened to Ashley and Lauria on HLN. She is a correspondent for HLN and contributes regularly to programming and investigative specials, as a consultant on breaking or ongoing cases in the news. Sarah is currently serving as a special investigator with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, leading the investigation into a 27-year-old cold case homicide out of Mobile, Alabama, and is producing a documentary series as well as a six-part podcast in partnership with Emmy and Peabody Award winning Ark Media following that active investigation.

Sarah is also a consulting committee member of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases (AISOCC). Sarah presented at Crime Con in New Orleans and the Death Becomes Us true crime festival in NYC in 2019, and will return as a presenter for the Orlando Crime Con in 2021, giving a new lecture on the reemerging prevalence of domestic violence portrayal in true crime. In addition to these, Sarah hosts a series of true crime lectures at a number of venues throughout the city of Philadelphia.

Sarah began her law enforcement career in 1998 having decided to become an agent for the National Park Service. In 2001 she transitioned to municipal/state level policing, and trained at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. An alumna of Tiffin University, she studied both Criminal Justice Administration and Criminal Behavior, with a specialization in serial sexual predators and serial killers. Her master’s thesis work involves the escalation of sociopathic predatory behavior and training patrol-level officers and small department detectives to recognize these behavior patterns more effectively.

During her time as a commissioned officer, she became certified as an instructor for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and the federal police academy National Ranger Training Institute, teaching new officers in areas that include Domestic Violence Response, Dynamic Building Searches, and Firearms Training. Cailean holds additional certification for advanced training in Urban Defensive Rifle Tactics, and Advanced Vehicle Crash Investigation. While working at the Groveport (OH) Police Department, Sarah served as a key member of an investigative task force with a focus on online sexual predators who target juveniles. Sarah is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of serial predation (serial rape and serial homicide) and domestic violence.

She also has an extensive background in the performing arts, and is an alumna of the BFA Acting program at the University of the Arts. Sarah lives in Philadelphia with her family, and a house full of pets– most importantly, a Corgi named George.

NICK KOURTIDES – Sound Designer

Nick Kourtides

Nick Kourtides (Sound Designer and Engineer) designs for musical theatre and creates sound environments for devised ensemble works. His practice for musical theatre is informed by a background in live performance as a multi-instrumentalist (a long time ago!) in classical, jazz, and rock idioms. His focus is centered on the performability of a work: to support singers’, musicians’, and generative artists’ collective goals, often in mixed-genres and unusual spaces. For devised and narrative projects, Nick is an occasional composer and often music curator, but also deeply interested in a cohesive, immersive performance universe that aligns actors with objects and locations, and audiences with the devised reality of the work. He believes that the auralization of this alignment, in collaboration with scenic, costume, and props designers, can heighten creative and performance outcomes onstage.

Off-Broadway credits include Oratorio for Living Things (Ars Nova), Blacklight (Commercial, Greenwich House), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova), Object Lesson (New York Theatre Workshop, Brooklyn Academy of Muysic), Elephant Room (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Carson McCullers Talks About Love (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater) and Jomama Jones: Radiate (Soho Repertory Theatre). Internationally, Nick is the Sound Designer for Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike Live, with performance installations in Las Vegas, London, Berlin, and Australia. Other Las Vegas projects include Mat Franco: Magic Reinvented Nightly, and Frankie Moreno: Under the Influence. His projects have been presented at international festivals including Paris Quartier d’Ete, Barbican Centre, Edinburgh Fringe, and Sydney Festival. Nick was the Sound Designer and broadcast mixer of the rock-classical concert project Rocktopia which airs periodically on PBS and played a limited Broadway engagement, also produced by Bill Franzblau.

Regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Play House, New York Stage and Film, McCarter Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the Wilma Theater, Arden Theater, Prince Music Theater, and La Jolla Playhouse. Collaborations with Pig Iron Theatre Company include A Period of Animate Existence, Cankerblossom, Isabella, Chekhov Lizardbrain and Mission to Mercury. With BalletX, Nick designed Sunset o639 Hours at the Wilma, The Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow and Vail Vestivals. Site-specific designs include works with PearlDamour, Lynn Nottage and Kate Whoriskey, and the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. He has taught Sound Design for Live Performance at Drexel University and Swarthmore College. Nick received the 2006 Barrymore and 2015 Bessie awards. Learn more about Nick at www.nickkourtides.com.

TONY BRUNO – Music Production

Tony Bruno

Tony has worked with Rihanna, Enrique Iglesias, K’naan, Karmin, Delta Goodrem to name a few. Tony is responsible for all facets of live shows, awards shows and TV shows, working closely with the artist, Audio and Visual people as a team. “We try never to repeat ourselves on TV shows. Its important, especially with YouTube out there. You’re basically giving your audience a small collection of videos.”

His TV credits include The Grammys, America’s Got Talent, La Voz Kids, X-Factor, the AMAs, Jay Leno, Top Of The Pops, MTV Music Awards and TRL, and Wetten Das, and countless others. Tony has written and produced songs for top artists including Mandy Moore, Donna Summer, INXS, Colin Hay and Enrique Iglesias. His song with co-writer Tommy Byrnes Daylight in Your Eyes for German artists No Angels was the 2nd best selling German single of all time.

He currently lives in Brooklyn and has a studio there and writes for TV, Broadway and Film.

TV and Film writing Credits

    • “The Loud House” – Nickelodeon (2015)
    • “Suicide Party” – Feature Film (release date TBD)
    • “A Walk to Remember” – Feature Film (2001)
    • “13 Million voices” – Documentary (2015)
    • “Catwoman” – Feature Film (2004)
    • “Brando” – Indie Film (2008)
    • Gucci – Rihanna Tattoo Heart Documentary
    • NBC Sports
    • Game of Arms (AMC)
    • Mobil 1
    • ESPN
    • CBS Sports
    • Sochi Olympics

Current: Forged in Fire, Tanked, Alaskan Bush People, Critter Control, The Simpsons.

Broadway: Rock Of Ages (guitar); Rocktopia (co-creator).

MARTIN CARILLO – Sound Design and Composing

Martin Carrillo

Martin Carrillo (Sound Designer / Composer) is a Los Angeles Stage Aliance Ovation Award Winning Sound Designer, Composer and Educator working in the performing arts, Television, New Media and Film for a little over two decades and across four continents.

Credits include, as Sound Designer: Baby It’s You, by Floyd Matrix, Paradise Lose: Shadows and Wings, by Eric Whitacre, and the Los Angeles Broad Museum’s Non-Objective Summer Happenings, Soul of a Nation, Quincy Jones Presents Terrance Martin and Cory Henry at the Broad, and Ron Athey’s Gifts of the Spirit. As Immersive Sound Mixer and Programmer: Lux Prima: The Encounter with Karen O and Dangermouse, Festival of the Lion King, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Mystic Rhythms Tokyo DisneySea. As composer, Eat Me, by Jacqueline Wright.

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