Grady Bishop ~ Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator
KSS PRODUCTIONS welcomes GRADY BISHOP as SECOND UNIT DIRECTOR/STUNT COORDINATOR.
Extreme Stunt & Driving Team Inc. is owned and operated by GRADY BISHOP, a member of: Directors Guild of America, Hollywood Teamsters 399, Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists.
Grady and Extreme have designed and constructed numerous Specialty Camera Insert Vehicles for television and film. The EXTREME Stunt and Driving Team is one of the most respected groups in the entertainment business and a group of highly trained and professional drivers. The Russian Arm, a Sci-Tech Academy Award Winner, is the unique combination of the gryo-stabilized Flight Head on the end of a gyro-stabilized remote controlled crane arm used for photographing moving vehicles from any and every angle in all weather conditions. Grady launched his career when he was 18 as a Stunt Performer. In between film and television work, he performed in Live Action Stunt Shows for Western Movie Locations and Theme Parks such as Universal Studios, Disney Hollywood Studios, John Wayne's ALAMO Village and he joined the Directors Guild of America 1993 and the 399 Hollywood Teamsters. Grady is recognized by Disney Global Safety, Warner Brothers, Sony, Universal and all major film insurance providers. His philosophy is straight forward. Grady believe that everything begins and ends with integrity. Always loyal to a project, teamwork and respect, he's become one of the most respected stunt coordinators within the industry. His goal is to create great work that is preemptive, completely truthful and convincing enough to change attitudes, preference and film making habits. Some of Grady's work has been “Homefront – Against the Wall – The Glades – Just Another Day – Jackass the Movie – Miami Vice – Rosewood – Talladega Nights Ballad of Ricky Bobby – Polaris NASCAR (stunt driver) – Witness to the Execution – America's Most Wanted – Jeff Gordon Great American Driving Test – Brothers and Sisters – Forensic Files – Criminal Minds – Prison Break – Walker Texas Ranger – NASCAR – 2 Fast 2 Furious and so much more. Grady also helped create the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Disney World and has lobbied to boost incentives for TV and film productions in Florida
Scott Mednick ~ Executive Producer
KSS PRODUCTIONS is proud to add SCOTT MEDNICK as Executive Producer. Scott Mednick is a widely respected entertainment, media and technology executive, consultant, speaker and author. Mr. Mednick is known for his vision and ability to create new business models. He was a pioneer in creating one of the first private equity-backed motion picture studios, one of the first boutique advertising and marketing companies, one of the first Internet marketing companies and one of the first branded entertainment companies. Mr. Mednick is both well known, admired and respected for his creative abilities producing motion pictures, television commercials, television programming and short-and long-form videos. He has participated in over 20 mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and helped raise over $900 million in investment capital for both public and private companies focused primarily on entertainment, marketing and technology. In 2004, Mr. Mednick co-founded Legendary Pictures. Legendary's unique partnership brought together $500 million dollars from private equity and created a 25-picture deal with Warner Bros. to create an active production and finance entity. The initial deal included Legendary Pictures, partnering with Warner Bros. to fund Batman Begins, Batman: The Dark Night, The Dark Night Rises. Mr. Mednick has served as Executive Producer of such motion pictures as Superman Returns, We are Marshalls, The Ant Bully, U2 3D, 10,000 BC, 300, and Where the Wild Things Are. In 2010 he produced the independent feature Faces in the Crowd starring Mila Jovovich and, in 2011, Beneath the Darkness starring Dennis Quaid. He is currently producing the motion picture version of the enormously popular television series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Paramount Pictures. In 2013, Mr. Mednick is scheduled to produce the motion picture adaptation of the American Gladiators. Movies for which Mr. Mednick has been a part of the producing team have grossed more than $1.6B at the box office. He is also working with Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks where he has come on board as Executive Producer on Starbuck. Mr. Mednick's other major accomplishments include his tenure as Founder, Chairman and CEO of THINK New Ideas from inception through its IPO. Mr. Mednick also created THINK, one of the first interactive marketing companies to service the needs of major corporations such as Oracle, Coca Cola, Reebok, Sega, Time Warner, Sony, Pioneer Electronics, Disney, Chrysler, CBS and others. Under Mr. Mednick's leadership, THINK was named as one of the top ten interactive agencies of the year by Adweek and the Advertising Club of New York.
Daniel Hank ~ Line & Supervising Producer
KSS PRODUCTIONS extends a welcome to DANIEL HANK, Line/Supervising Producer. Born and raised in New York City, Hank put himself through college and earned a BA from Stony Brook University in 1985. While there, he acquired an early appreciation for the production of many forms of entertainment, by producing live concerts for such diverse recording artists as Cyndi Lauper, Stray Cats and Dizzy Gillespie, as well as running the university film program which exhibited over 150 films per year. Daniel got started in film production as a location assistant and scout working on such noted features as Coming to America, Scrooged, Jacobs Ladder and Sidney Lumet's Q&A. Soon after, he was assistant location manager on the first season of the hit NBC drama, Law & Order when several LA based TV series needed scenes filmed in New York, they called Hank, first as a location manager and then as a unit production manager. These included such hit shows as Friends (Warner Bros. Television) and The Nanny (Tri-Star Television). He continued his work on features on such pictures as New Line's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, Jackie Chan's Rumble In The Bronx, the Wesley Snipes action film The Art of War, and the critically acclaimed feature Narc, starring Ray Liotta and Jason Patrick. A member of the Directors Guild of America since 1994, he was the unit production manager on Hearst Entertainment's My Breast, the first movie directed by Betty Thomas. His credits include several television movies for Showtime such as Naked City, A Killer Christmas (directed by Peter Bogdanovich) and the award winning Execution of Justice, directed by Leon Ichaso. Hank is the only producer to film at both CIA Headquarters (for the thriller In the Company of Spies directed by Tim Matheson) and at FBI Headquarters (for the Norman Mailer miniseries Master Spy for CBS, starring William Hurt). Hank produced the acclaimed TV movie Oil Storm that filmed in 8 different cities across the country and the Eric Schaeffer comedy series Starved, both for the FX Network. He also produced the first High Definition 3-D horror feature, Scar 3D, which had a record breaking release throughout Europe. Additionally, his film credits include Diane English's The Women starring Annette Benning, In the Loop starring James Gandolfini, and Loving Leah, a movie for Hallmark Hall of Fame starring Lauren Ambrose. Recently, Hank produced a comedy series for Starz called 'Gravity'starring Ving Rhames, Rachael Hunter and Krysten Ritter. Last year he produced the children's film Beethoven's Christmas Adventure for Universal, and Gun Hill, an action adventure for BET. He also worked on the Fox comedy series' Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 and Glee. Over the years, he has utilized his feature production experience on television commercials for companies like Screen Gems and Original Film. Presently, Hank produces several commercial a year for a variety of companies, including his own. In 1995, he started Echelon Productions, Inc., a production service company that has also hosted dozens of International Productions from all over the world, filming across the USA. He's filmed in most of the 50 states as well as the Caribbean, Canada, France, Spain, Switzerland, Panama and Hong Kong. He won a Clio Award for producing commercials and has been featured in several industry publications as well as being quoted multiple times in The Wall Street Journal. He has been a guest lecturer at Boston University, Emerson College, Syracuse University and New York University and was elected 10 times to the Directors Guild of America, Eastern Council. Additionally, he has done production consulting for a number of companies including IFC, Lionsgate, and HBO. He is frequently called to provide guidance on location city selection based on production incentive analysis and budget considerations. Hank still lives in New York City, with his wife Rebecca and their three children Justin, Kelsey and Jordan. He enjoys traveling, scuba diving, skydiving, photography and of course watching lots of movies and television.
Dana Offenbach ~ Producer
Dana Offenbach is an award winning Producer. Her films have won Best Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay, Best of Festival, World Premiere Honors, and an NAACP Nomination for Outstanding Independent Feature. Dana has had a long and varied journey, and her credits include feature films, TV, shorts, television commercials, awards show segments, public service announcements, interstitial programming, documentaries and music videos. She was President of Production at Nehst Studios and has previously held Director of Broadcast Business Affairs and Director of Broadcast Production positions at major advertising agencies. In 2011 she opened her own indie production company CinemaStreet Pictures, LLC with a slate of films. The company’s first film, Julius Onah’s THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE is currently being repped for Worldwide Sales by William Morris Endeavor and Preferred Content. Cinema Street also produced the Darnaa music videos with Brendan Bellomo (Viz Efx – BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD) directing. Financing has recently been secured for Christopher Scott Cherot’s deeply moving ORIGINAL PROVISIONALS and the company has a small slate of films that take up much of Dana’s time. In 2009/2010 Dana independently produced and distributed in a groundbreaking partnership with AMC Theaters, Qasim Basir’s MOOZ-lum, starring Danny Glover, Evan Ross, Nia Long, Roger Guinevere Smith and Dorian Missick. She + Qasim secured independent theatrical distribution in Canada, the UK, Dubai, and Kuwait, as well as DVD, television and digital distribution. In 2006 Dana spent 3 months in India producing "The Memsahib," an 1850's period feature. She produced “Running America” and “Dribble, Kick, Throw” (TV Pilot) for Nehst, and production managed the second season of “Five Ingredient Fix” for the Food Network. Prior to that, Dana co-produced the indie hit "Hav Plenty" which was sold at the Toronto Film Festival to Miramax, and premiered at Sundance in 1998. In 1999, she produced her second independent feature titled "Box Marley" for writer/director Christopher Scott Cherot. Offenbach wrote, produced, and directed "Love & Orgasms" which won World premiere Honors at the 2003 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, and screened in several festivals both domestically and internationally. In 2004 Dana teamed once again with Christopher Cherot on “Andre Royo’s Big Scene.” In 2005 she line produced Trudie Styler’s first short film “Wait” for Moxy Pictures. Dana has produced in India, Brazil, Ireland and South Africa. Her numerous awards show segments have included Christine Vachon, Spike Lee, Morgan Freeman, Gena Rowlands, Candace Bergen, Ruby Dee, Halle Berry, Mira Nair, and many more. Dana has lectured to the Graduate Program at City College and Yonkers Middle School. She has appeared on several panels, most notably Navigating the Film Festival Circuit, Women Breaking Barriers at the Apollo Theater, The Social Experience of Media for Women In Media, Film Financing for New York Women In Film & Television, the Aspiring Filmmakers Bootcamp, the National Producer's Conference, The Coalition of Asian Pacific Entertainers, The Black Documentary Collective, Hysterical Festival (women comedy writers), Jim Arnoff's "Pitching with Conviction: Become a Master" interactive workshop and the Film Financing panel for NY Women In Film & Television.
Charles Morris Jr. ~ Writer KSS Productions
Charles brings a fresh perspective to all he does and he is both innovative and extremely creative always bringing his best to everything that he undertakes. Morris collaborated on a TV series pilot entitled Band Moms, about the chaos and dysfunction amongst kids in a high school marching band and the wacky "stage parents" running their booster club. Charles has written and produced two feature films: Deadly Outbreak, about an ex-marine foiling a bio-chemical plot against Israel, starring Ron Silver and Jeff Speakman, and Underground, a horror film about young adults stumbling upon a deadly experiment gone awry in an underground military bunker, starring Ross Thomas. That film is currently getting distribution. This vibrant writing team has another feature film currently in pre-production, Offsides, which is an exhilarating drama-thriller about an illegal street football organization ran by the Italian mafia. An A-list cast is attached with a scheduled target shoot date of July 2011
CYLK COZART ~ Actor
KSS PRODUCTIONS welcomes CYLK COZART to its latest film project and to KSS PRODUCTIONS. Cylk began his career as a successful print & commercial model having signed with one of the top modeling agencies in the world, Wilhelmina and appeared in "Blue Skies Again" starring Andy Garcia. After years of traveling to Paris, Italy and Africa as well as being in the bright lights of the modeling world and having his face on billboard and magazines such as GQ and Sports Illustrated, Cylk moved to Hollywood and was featured in several movies such as Spike Lee's "School Daze" as well as receiving top billing as a guest star or recurring TV shows such as HBO's "Dream On", ";Hangin' With Mr. Cooper", "Reasonable Doubts", "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", "Roc Live", "Saved by the Bell", "Walker Texas Ranger", "Living Single" and many more. Months later, long time friend Denzel Washington told Cylk during a lunch break when he was filming Ricochet, that he was perfect for the lead role in an upcoming film. Two days later a meeting was set between Cylk and writer/director Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, Blaze Tin Cup and Bad Boys 2 after which Cylk found himself starring alongside Woody Harrelson in the hit film, "White Men Can't Jump" and then more films followed such as "Conspiracy Theory" with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts, "Blue Chips", "Eraser" with Arnold Schwarzenegger, "Three to Tange", "16 Blocks" and Steven Spielbergs's "Eagle Eye". Cozart also co-stars along side Academy Award nominee Ruby Dee in the film "Steam".
Adam Walker ~ Actor
KSS PRODUCTIONS is please to welcome ADAM WALKER. Adam is the son of two entertainment industry professionals. His father, formerly a Business Affairs executive for CBS Television, ICM, Pearson Television and the Disney Cable Networks Group, is now a private practice entertainment attorney and consultant. His mother was an actress, singer and Emmy-nominated makeup artist for daytime dramas. Adam began his acting career at age 11 and starred in a number of Equity Waiver plays at the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks, CA. including "A Christmas Carol," "Much Ado about Nothing," "Henry the V" and "Macbeth." His experience on stage eventually inspired him to pursue his aspirations as a film and television actor. At 19 he starred in an award-winning web series and several critically acclaimed short films including "Gentleman's Game." He also recently starred in "Destruction: Las Vegas," a made-for-cable movie scheduled to air on the Syfy Channel and Starz in March 2013, whose cast includes Barry Bostwick, Frankie Muniz, Andrew Lawrence and Michael Steger. Industry insiders agree Adam is a fast-rising star with wide-ranging talents that complement his charm and good looks.
MARK PETERSEN ~ Cinematographer
VAN REDIN ~ Still Photographer
VICKIE WINANS ~ Award Winning Singer
(Stand Up and Carry On by Vickie Winans)
JOIE ALBRECHT ~ Director/Writer/Producer/Show Runner
- HBO series UP CLOSE/Producer/Director/Writer
- Nationally syndicated Behind The Scenes: The Oscars, The Emmy's/Producer/Director, hosted by David Sheehan
- ABC's series pilot, Scandals/Executive Producer/Writer/Director – A co-production with Stephen J. Cannell Productions;
- NBC's TV's Greatest Commercials/writer/producer, co-productions with The Johnny Carson Company (Albrecht won the Advertising community's BELDING BOWL AWARD for her work on these shows);
- NBC/DISNEY's Mickey's 60th Birthday- Director/Writer/Producer. This dramatic special included an all star cast and Albrecht also wrote the lyrics to the music video Magic, performed by Cheech Marin, Phylicia Rashad and Mickey (in animation). In addition, Albrecht directed all the voice work for the animation and co-directed the live action sequences;
- NBC Disney Channel award-winning music video, Don't Go Breakin' My Heart teaming Elton John with Minnie Mouse and winner of the Bronze Cindy Award;
- NBC/Disney Channel's prime time animated special, Down and Out With Donald Duck – Writer/Producer/Director;
- NBC/Disney Channel's prime time special, Totally Minnie/Co-Director/Writer/Producer: This show starring Elton John, Susanne Somers and Robert Carradine. Albrecht won a bronze medal in the Cindy Awards for the music video she directed for this show. She also directed all voice work for the animation and co-directed the live-action sequences.
- Vipo and Friends, animated series where Ms. Albrecht cast all the voices for the 55 characters and directed and produced the voice tracks for all 26 episodes. Albrecht was the Voice Director and Casting Director for this animated series.
TARA COSTA ~ Fan favorite of "The Biggest Loser"
Get Inspired. Change Your Life.
Jason and Sherri Garrett ~ Website Design/Maintenance
KSS PRODUCTIONS is proud to welcome the husband and wife website design/maintenance team of Jason and Sherri Garrett from JSG Studios/MKS Design Services. Jason is a graphic artist and has been in graphic design for over 15 years exclusively designing websites, logos, and artwork for noteworthy businesses. Jason provides excellence in service and creativity which makes him more than invaluable to his clients. His wife, Sherri of MKS Design Services, works along with her husband providing website maintenance for their clients. Sherri is an entrepreneur, in high demand, who works with individuals and business owners across the country. Sherri is skillful in developing and maintaining all professional and personal websites, creating periodicals, and social media throughout the country. She works closely with both her husband and their clients to create and maintain a strong online presence in all areas. Both Jason and Sherri succeed in helping others triumph in their business, whether it be a large corporation or a small company. Jason and Sherri currently reside in TN with their son and together they are a formidable force in website design and maintenance.
VIRGINIA SIMPSON ~ Marketing Consultant