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- James Wahlberg
James Wahlberg is a multi faceted director who brings a unique range of filmmaking experience to a variety of media platforms. Wahlberg first established himself as an animation director, then diversified successfully into live action, gaining ... Read More
James Wahlberg is a multi faceted director who brings a unique range of filmmaking experience to a variety of media platforms. Wahlberg first established himself as an animation director, then diversified successfully into live action, gaining a reputation for visual story telling; understated comedy; dialogue; as well as combo work featuring a blend of strong actor driven performances and effects. He’s directed a wide variety of commercial projects for clients such as AT&T, Budweiser, Bud Light, California Tourism, Dish Network, Disney, EA Games, Fox Network, H&R Block, Hasbro, Kellogg’s, Kraft, Proctor & Gamble, Mazda, Mattel, McDonalds, Microsoft, Miller Lite, Nestles, Nintendo, Nissan, Samsonite, Seagate Technologies, Squirt, and Travelocity.
Wahlberg’s recent long format credits include directing Nickelodeon’s TV series “The Fresh Beat Band”, for which he received a 2013 Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Director In A Children’s Series”.
He served as executive producer on the viral video “Santa versus Jesus” that led to the creation of the Comedy Central series “South Park”. Wahlberg produced the show’s pilot, “Cartman Gets An Anal Probe”. He also produced Derek Cianfrance’s feature film, “Brother Tied”.
Wahlberg began his career in illustration and design before expanding into animation with Burbank based Hanna Barbera, where he cut his teeth on several television series blocking action, timing performances, and laying out backgrounds for shows destined to be completed in Asia. Wahlberg went on to make his solo mark in the film industry as the founder and lead director of Celluloid Studios, an award winning animation studio working in a variety of diverse mediums. Celluloid created a vast number of innovative commercials and alternative programming, and was home to the buzz-generating video Christmas card “Santa vs. Jesus”, conceived by Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
As his work expanded beyond the boundaries of animation, Wahlberg founded Visitor, Celluloid’s Santa Monica based sister company established to handle live action production. Through Visitor he created scores of campaigns featuring the combination of performance and effects driven story telling he’s best known for. Wahlberg was also a founding partner in Fusion Idea Lab, a Chicago ad agency best known for it’s innovative work for Anheuser-Busch, Fox Network, Expedia, Orbitz, and Motorola.
Wahlberg continues to hone his skills as a live action/animation director on commercial projects as well as for episodic TV. He’s recently helmed projects in New York, Miami, Boston, South Africa, South America, Vancouver, Toronto, Mexico City, as well as numerous productions in the Los Angeles area.
- Gil Green
Raised in the cultural melting pot of Miami, director Gil Green encompasses a vast knowledge of music and sports that transcends into a world of stylistic images. Read More
Raised in the cultural meltin¬¬g pot of Miami, director Gil Green encompasses a vast knowledge of music and sports that transcends into a world of stylistic images.Gil’s first glimpse into the music business stemmed through the underground Hip Hop world as a DJ, who sold mix tapes by day and hosted warehouse parties at night. Gil’s passion for music and film evolved as he submitted short films instead of book reports, engaging his classmates as an early audience. He continued to pursue an education in film at the prestigious New York University (NYU).
At the age of 19, Gil’s NYU thesis project included creating and directing a music video. Inspired and persistent, Gil sold his car and took out $5,000 in student loans to cover production costs. His Hip Hop group, Backlive, headlined the video gaining national media recognition on music television channels such as MTV, BET and former station, The BOX.
Life experiences and exposure to various sub-cultures, give Gil his authenticity and creative edge. “I’m all about telling stories… music videos are mini-movies to me.” From a Jamaican sound clash that ended with a gunshot or a Dirty South Miami party where sweat dripped off the walls, Gil’s personal life indoctrinated him into the height of the scene. Authenticity excelled Gil’s videos to break both Dirty South and Dance Hall music onto an international level.
With over 150 videos shot, Gil has expanded his musical genres to cover Pop, Latin, and the European market. His client roster includes multi-platinum artists such as John Legend, Usher, Timbaland, P-Diddy, Natasha Bedingfield, Robin Thicke, Akon, Nelly, R. Kelly, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Brandy, Snoop Dogg, Flo Rida, Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, T-Pain, Rick Ross, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Wyclef, Common, Trey Songz, Lupe Fiasco, The Roots, and Oscar award winners, Three 6 Mafia.
The 2003 Source Awards recognized Gil for his direction of Lil Jon’s “I Don’t Give A” as the recipient of the “Best Music Video” award. Shortly there after, he was nominated for the 2004 MTV Music Video Award for his direction in Elephant Man’s “Pon Di River” and named the “Top Music Video Director” in the Source’s Power 30 Edition. Gil has been nominated for “Director Of The Year” for the 2008, 2009, and 2010 BET Awards and won the 2008 MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip Hop video for his direction in Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop.” In 2012, Gil was honored by Source Magazine for “Video of the Year” for Lupe Fiasco’s “Bitch Bad.”
Gil continues to expand his directing talents into various mediums. He has directed the opening introductions for the Miami Heat for the past four years, featuring Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh. He also filmed a Pepsi commercial and music video for the 2010 World Cup, featuring Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres, as well as the latest national spots for Timberland Boots, Bud Light, and Hasbro Toys.
From music videos to commercials, Gil’s creative palette expands through several visual mediums. Gil’s next step is to translate his unique vision into the world of feature films. “My goal as a film maker is for the viewer to see it once and think about it twice.”
- Tony McNamara
Tony McNamara’s prowess directing people, combined with his eye for cinematography make him one of the most consistent directors in the business. Never losing sight of the product, his versatility for commercial work is unmatched... Read More
Director / Cameraman
Tony McNamara’s prowess directing people, combined with his eye for cinematography make him one of the most consistent directors in the business. Never losing sight of the product, his versatility for commercial work is unmatched. Even better, his work has now moved into the digital realm, where his timeless sensibility for storytelling, evoking emotion and capturing the moment is in demand. Tony began his career as a camera assistant, working with some of the best cinematographers on the planet. Quicklty developing his own approach, McNamara quickly rose through the ranks as a DP, then as a Director/Cameraman. McNamara brings his extensive skill set culled from feature films, tv shows and documentary work to the fore at The Cavalry.
- John Bonito
John Bonito is an award winning writer and director who got his start in the industry by directing a promo for SNL’s 25th Anniversary Special. Since then, he has joined an elite group of directors who seamlessly cross all genres, including promos, commercials and features.... Read More
Writer / Director
John Bonito is an award winning writer and director who got his start in the industry by directing a promo for SNL’s 25th Anniversary Special. Since then, he has joined an elite group of directors who seamlessly cross all genres, including promos, commercials and features.
Best known for his work in comedy, sports and action, Bonito most recently directed a campaign for Grey, launching Hasbro’s toy line for Spiderman 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. His work also includes ads for such brands as Zyrtec, Pep Boys and Mercury Insurance.
While Bonito was at NBC, he was quickly picked to work as an in-house writer/director for The NBC Agency, where he won numerous creative awards, including the Brandon Tartikoff Award, given annually by Promax and the Broadcast Design Association to honor the best marketing and design in entertainment advertising. Soon after, he accepted an offer from FOX to direct The Marine, an action/comedy that spawned two sequels.
Bonito began directing commercials after joining the Hollywood production company, Level 7, and was later represented by Go Film. Bonito's comedic skills aided his creation of a series of successful campaigns, many involving high-profile celebrities, including Ron Perlman, in a series of hilarious ads for the movie Hellboy II, in which the actor, in his role as the film's title character, has scenes with James Lipton and other well-known television personalities. Bonito is an inventive and diverse storyteller who brings a rare combination of wit, design and intelligence to his narratives. While continuing steady work within commercials, Bonito is also developing several feature projects.
- Stephen Schuster
Currently known for his dark and beautiful cinematography as a director, Stephen Schuster started his career with inspirational roots in comics and the storytelling aspect they present. In his youth, that passion drove Schuster pursue illustration ... Read More
Currently known for his dark and beautiful cinematography as a director, Stephen Schuster started his career with inspirational roots in comics and the storytelling aspect they present. In his youth, that passion drove Schuster pursue illustration and painting in college. However, after a couple years, his college phased out their illustration program, which left Schuster with a dilemma regarding what career path to pursue. After he started gravitating toward form, color and composition, one of his professors suggested that he pursue a career in graphic design.
During Schuster’s tenure at the University of Tennessee in 1995, he saw the film Seven, directed by David Fincher with title designs by Kyle Cooper, which ended up being a catalytic influence for his career path; the film titles had a great impact on how Schuster thought of design and storytelling. While he originally thought of design work as a still image, ranging in application from newspaper ads to silkscreened t-shirts, he realized that design also expanded to moving image, incorporating all the aspects of storytelling which he had always been passionate about. In addition to his appreciation of Kyle Cooper’s film titles for the film, he also loved every aspect about how David Fincher’s directorial work was dark, primal, and editorially unsettling. This laid the roots for new inspiration, and the film propelled him to pursue a profession in motion driven design.
While a senior in college, Schuster pursued an internship at a local production company that won many yearly awards. While there, he learned the trade of commercial production while continuing to pay the bills by working a night and weekend job.
In 2003, Schuster moved to Los Angeles to pursue design work, and ended up getting together with Kyle Cooper, the man who first inspired Schuster with his title work in Seven, to help launch a production company called Prologue. While there, Schuster worked as a designer and animator, and within the year, Schuster was promoted to creative director, heading up multiple projects in tandem, and focusing on film titles and commercials.
While the creative director at Prologue, Schuster designed the film titles to Zack Snyder's "Dawn of the Dead" as well as designed the typography and graphics for the award winning HP digital photography campaign with Goodby Silverstein and Partners. More movie and television titles that Schuster worked on include SpiderMan 2, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Freedomland, Firewall, Avenger, Superman Returns, The New World, Stephen King's Nightmares and Dreamscapes and visual effects for Across The Universe, in addition to many other title pitches and visual effects work. It was also during this time that Schuster started shooting more, and started leaning more towards directing. Schuster found that directing gave him greater control over the finished product while allowing him to work with teams of the best people in their positions.
In July of 2006, Schuster left Prologue to start directing, and was immediately sought out by the SciFi channel to direct some live action/CG bumpers for the channel as he had just finished rebranding their network. That, in turn, led to Schuster being invited by ProMax/BDA to contribute to a new director's showcase called Twenty120, a selection of 20 directors from around the world who eached contributed a 2 minute long piece. In 2007, Schuster directed several teasers for Turner Studios to promote Ridley Scott's "The Company."
In 2009, Schuster was approached by Capitol Records to pitch on a music video for the band Alice In Chains. He was selected out of 24 directors, and began a great relationship with the band as he worked on an emotional mini documentary about their return as a band since the death of their previous singer, as well as 2 music videos for them. In between the Alice In Chains shoots, Schuster also had the opportunity to shoot a music video for a band called Saosin, also signed to Capitol Records.
Although Schuster always retained his passion for music videos, they did not have a history of paying well, so in 2010, Schuster accepted a full time job at FOX Sports, where he directed several promotional television commercials as well as did a great deal of design work up until December of 2011. While at FOX Sports, Schuster gained valuable knowledge and insight into another side of the television promo world, and met some extremely talented artists who would later help him in his directing ventures. In the last several months of working there, Schuster shot a spec television commercial for the Orange County Fair, as well as a documentary on the life and art of Ron Pippin called "The Balance of Light and Dark."
2012 was a year of travel and financial speculation for Schuster. He flew to Scotland with a friend where they shot all the promotional materials as well as live feed plates for the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which is similar to the Grammys for heavy metal music. While he working on that project, Schuster kept himself busy by working for NBC in preparation for the Summer Olympics, and also worked on a script for his short film “Distraction” for the better part of 4 months between design work. In August 2012, Schuster and his pregnant wife invested all their savings as maxed out their credit cards on the shoot. Immediately following the shoot of his work, Schuster was asked to shoot a music video for the band Gold Fields and their song "Dark Again" on Capitol Records.
In 2013, Schuster was invited to be a part of the Revolver Golden Gods design and shoot collaboration again. This was also the year when Schuster finally finished "Distraction" as well as directed a television commercial for National Geographic and their movie "American Blackout."
In regards to design and visual effects work, Schuster returned to work with Prologue in 2013 and continued to expand upon his visual effects and UI skills for the films IronMan 3 and Robocop, as well as the title sequences for FOX's television series, Sleepy Hollow and Enlisted.
In 2014, Schuster was discovered by The Cavalry Productions for his dark, dynamic and beautiful cinematography, and was signed by executive producers Ross Grogan and Chris Wedding. The rest is history in the making.
- Bryce Gubler
An enthusiastic, hard working, and ambitious creative with a passion for filmmaking and brand storytelling. Bryce Gubler is an award winning Director/DP, who has a knack for documentary style - slice of life. Read More
Director / DP
An enthusiastic, hard working, and ambitious creative with a passion for filmmaking and brand storytelling. Bryce Gubler is an award winning Director/DP, who has a knack for documentary style - slice of life.
Spending the first years of his career in editorial he cut: short films, episodic, music videos, and documentaries. Bryce brings a sharpened eye to every project he works on, his attention to detail and authentic approach to real-people projects has led to his success with brands such as- Canon, Red Bull, and Nike.
Bryce creates beautiful, evocative images with his cinema-based aesthetic, distinct color palette, and true-to-life style. The images he captures and the stories he evokes resonate with viewers in ways that make them feel good about themselves and the messages.
Currently, Bryce shares time between Europe and the US, servicing both domestic and international clients.
The Woodhead troupe consists of director/writer Tony Yacenda, writer/comedian/actor Dan Perrault and comedian/actor/producer Sean Carrigan... Read More
The Woodhead troupe consists of director/writer Tony Yacenda, writer/comedian/actor Dan Perrault and comedian/actor/producer Sean Carrigan. The troupe started two years ago when Perrault called Yacenda, telling him he just saw a hilarious comedian (Carrigan) that looked like NFL quarterback Brett Favre. “We got together and decided we wanted to make some really funny content, and Woodhead was born,” says Yacenda. Their Favre spoof raked in millions of views, as have their other projects. According to Woodhead, the key to their consistently high numbers is their ability to combine offbeat humor with professional production values. The result is original branded media that gets noticed.
- Benjamin DeJesus
Ben DeJesus is a director, producer and creator of content for television, music and digital outlets. Most recently, Ben directed the PBS documentary “Tales from a Ghetto Klown,” which captures the journey of actor/playwright John Leguizamo as he struggles to mount his latest one-man show on Broadway and beyond... Read More
Ben DeJesus is a director, producer and creator of content for television, music and digital outlets. Most recently, Ben directed the PBS documentary “Tales from a Ghetto Klown,” which captures the journey of actor/playwright John Leguizamo as he struggles to mount his latest one-man show on Broadway and beyond. Produced by Ben and Oscar-winner Fisher Stevens (The Cove), the film premiered nationwide, during PBS’ prestigious Arts Festival in 2012.
From an early age, Ben had an undeniable passion for theatre and entertainment, often performing at family gatherings in his hometown of Trenton, NJ and starring in local plays. By 14 years old, Ben would ‘escape’ on the train to NYC, to see half-priced Broadway shows that captured his imagination and awakened his creative ambitions. While at Rutgers, Ben pursued his love for entertainment, becoming a professional stage actor, then beginning his TV career with an MTV internship. During several years at MTV Networks, he worked as a producer/writer for three seasons of MTV Cribs, followed by stints at MTV News and VH1, writing for several notable VJ’s.
In 2003, Ben founded Diamante Pictures out of his apartment, eventually growing the business into a full-service production and post facility in the heart of NYC, delivering over 100 hours of television, hundreds of commercials and webisodes, along with dozens of music videos and dvd titles, Ben has directed and produced for brands including Ford, Telemundo, BET, Nickelodeon, Mun2, Dodge, AEG Live, Mazda, AT&T, Samsung, ESPN, MTV, Universal and more.
As a music video director, Ben has worked with Don Omar, Aventura, Romeo Santos, Sean Kingston, Prince Royce, Chino & Nacho, Pitbull, Fat Joe, NORE and others. On YouTube alone, his videos have reached over 100 million views. His work as co-director of Don Omar’s international hit “Reggaeton Latino” garnered substantial media attention with its visual and historical homage to Latino culture. MTV called the video “the anthem for the Reggaeton movement.”
Ben also co-produced the boxing documentary “Bazooka: The Battles of Wilfredo Gomez,” which was acquired by HBO after its Lincoln Center premiere. Soon after, he teamed up with director/actress Kim Fields to produce the BET mini-series “A Royal Birthday.” In 2009, Ben created and produced “Xtreme On The Verge,” the first ever docu-series for NBC/Universal’s Mun2 network. He still produces various specials and content for the network.
Driven by his creative vision and passion, Ben continues to seek innovative ways to tell great stories through a variety of platforms. In his current role as Chief Creative Officer of NGL Media, a leading branded content creator and distributor, Ben is charged with delivering a high volume of quality branded digital content that targets Latinos online.
- David Baxter
Growing up in Studio City, California had its perks for Dave Baxter. He took his first Television Production class in 8th grade, and made his first movie in Cinema class in 11th grade. Since then, Dave's professional career has covered the spectrum of the Entertainment Industry’s many facets... Read More
Growing up in Studio City, California had its perks for Dave Baxter. He took his first Television Production class in 8th grade, and made his first movie in Cinema class in 11th grade. Since then, Dave's professional career has covered the spectrum of the Entertainment Industry’s many facets, from Street Promotions at K-ROQ FM in Los Angeles, to Talent Executive at E! Entertainment TV; Film and Cable Television Production, Corporate Media Producer, and now Broadcast Commercial Director and Olympic Documentarian.
Dave currently resides in Brooklyn, New York where he continues to produce and direct Branded Content, Broadcast Commercials, Documentaries, Reality Programming, and Corporate Media. When not working, you will find Dave lounging at a rooftop party, riding his bicycle up the Hudson River Greenway, hanging at one of his favorite coffee shops, or exploring Manhattan with friends.
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Co-Founder/Executive Producer/DirectorRoss Grogan always knew that he would eventually head up a company. The son to mother and father entrepreneurs, Grogan was raised on a steady diet of independent films. He loved ambitious productions like Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samarai. His father introduced him to the world of production, Grogan was instantly intrigued seeing the filmmaking machine in action. He liked what he saw. Grogan also realized that Hollywood was a competitive place, that he would need lots of experience and a diversified skill set. He started working on high-end digital projects, along with various production jobs at world-class companies like Aero Film, RSA, Reactor, Crossroads, Smuggler, Backyard, Tool of North America, Rhythm & Hues, Starz Entertainment, G4TV and MTV networks. 16 years later, the award-winning producer and director started his lifelong ambition, partnering with Chris Wedding to start The Cavalry. Grogan believes one of the best things that ever happened to him was three years ago, when he didn’t get awarded a job. He made a great bid, crushed it in the presentation, then found out they went with another company. Undaunted, Grogan followed up with the creatives, finding out their reluctance was to working with people they didn’t know. He asked the creatives to meet him for a drink. Today that agency is now one of The Cavalry’s top clients. “Sometimes people don’t have enough information to go on,” Grogan says. “They see the lack of info as a risk. My mission is to make everyone know The Cavalry well enough to say, “Just reward, no risk.”
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