Magic Dog Productions was founded by Simone Kisiel in the Spring of 2015. She and resident writer Alexandra Grunberg, believe that it doesn’t require maleness to be scary or funny. When Jennifer Kent came out with ‘The Babadook’ in 2014 it’s as if Hollywood itself scrambled; “oh my gosh a WOMAN created a spooky film?! Quick Sundance, someone, give her an award!!” Well men don’t have a monopoly on fear or evil. Women are plenty capable of extreme violence and psychological warfare. We plan to scare you. No, wait! Don’t click away, we’ll make you laugh too!
Simone Kisiel is a filmmaker who graduated with honors from NYU-Tisch with a BFA in Drama and a minor in Creative Writing. After graduation Simone worked at Stonestreet Studios where she directed two short films (one of which, “Quietus,” is an official selection at Manhattan Film Festival 2015 and won Best Short Film) and edited a feature film (“Aberrant“, Manhattan Film Fest 2015, SA Film Fest 2015, Hoboken International Fest 2015), a short (“Can’t Get Enough,” Big Apple Film Festival 2014) and a full length pilot. In May 2014, Simone became a freelance editor and indie filmmaker. A 12-episode webseries, “HOUSED,” directed and edited by Simone is an official selection of the Miami Web Fest 2015, nominated for Best Mockumentary and won Best Sit-Com. When not doing all things film related, Simone enjoys teaching her dog Merlin new tricks and reading all of the horror she can get her hands on.
Alexandra Grunberg is a New York City based screenwriter, author, and actress. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. She was the screenwriter for the web series “HOUSED,” an official selection of the 2015 Miami Web Fest and winner of Best Sit-Com. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including professional publications recognized by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She has acted with the Vermont Shakespeare Company, St. Michael’s Playhouse, and NYU Stageworks. She enjoys reading Stephen King novels by day and ruining her roommate’s Netflix recommendations by night.
JAYDE LOVELL – Marketing Strategist
Formerly Vice President of Digital for Weber Shandwick in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Jayde has built campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands including Coca Cola, McDonalds, Unilever, Volvo, MasterCard, Nike Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Jayde is currently a Manager at Explainer TV (New York Hall of Science) and is the host of ScIQ on the TYT Network. Jayde now uses the marketing tricks of the trade to promote science.
ZARIF TAUFIQ – Visual Media / Photography
With a background in PR and marketing, film and graphic design, as well as years spent as a mental health clinician, Zarif brings his unique vision and perspective to the world with his camera lens in hopes of uncovering the hidden facets of life often overlooked. He has shot campaigns for big brands like Colgate, Corning, and Chipotle and worked with NFL players, Real Housewives, Netflix Original stars, and internationally acclaimed artists, but is happiest in the trenches of indie film.
MIRIAM MAYER – Composer
Miriam is a composer for media and a multi-instrumentalist, fashioning unique scores to help illuminate content creators’ stories. Her compositions can be heard on every major network and cable channel. She is a proud member of the Television Academy and was John Williams’ assistant for many years, working on films including “Star Wars, The Phantom Menace”, “Catch Me If You Can”, and “Saving Private Ryan”. Miriam works in the studios, theaters, and concert halls of her native Los Angeles.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
At a towering 6 feet 5 inches, Chris Modoono possesses the unique competitive advantage of being able to spot colleagues in a crowded area quickly. He directed and co-wrote the short film, “Teacher of the Year” which co-stars Rachel Dratch. It premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and online on Funny Or Die. In 2014 Fox Digital Studios hired Chris to co-write and direct the feature length version of “Teacher of the Year.” Now called “Tenured“, it premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
WANDY FELICITA ORTIZ
Wandy Felicita (Magic Dog Social Media Strategist) is a NYC-based digital communications expert and journalist with a passion for activism. She is currently the Copywriter and Communications Manager of a science PR firm and the ScIQ TYT team. Wandy also works part-time as an editor, with background and experience in publishing houses including Penguin Random House and HarperCollins. Well versed in social media, popular culture, and social advocacy, Wandy is always looking for new ways to tell a personal, yet universal story with a unique writing style and flare.
BEC SUSAN GILL
Bec is an Australian-born writer and creative producer. During her career, she has had the good fortune of creating digital content for brands like MasterCard, Microsoft, Facebook – and working with international aid agencies like UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Drawing on 10 years of multi-disciplinary experience in journalism and magazine editing – her personal approach to digital production focuses on authentic storytelling.
ANNA BRISBIN (BRIZZY)
Brizzy, an NYU grad, is a screen and voice over actress and YouTuber. She’s has 111,350 Facebook followers and 44.7K Twitter followers. Brizzy Voices boasts 928,795 YouTube subscribers and over 100 million views. Brizzy has proven herself a social-media powerhouse and must-watch up-and-coming talent. Her past accomplishments are only a hint at what the future holds for this ambitious young woman.
Yvonne has over 25 years’ experience as an attorney and business executive. She is currently Senior Vice President of School Legal Affairs at Connections Education LLC, a Pearson Education, Inc. company that provides online education services to students in grades K-12. She has served as General Counsel for Ameritrade Holding Corporation as well as WisdomBuilder, LLC, a privately held software company. She served as legal counsel for Prime Computer, GmbH at its international headquarters in Munich, Germany after spending several years in private practice, including as a Partner with a Baltimore area law firm. Ms. Kisiel is a graduate of the George Washington University National Law Center. Prior to attending law school she was a Russian linguist with the U.S. Air Force.
Praveen is the Head of Business Development for TYT Network and focuses on business strategy and development. Praveen joined TYT Network in 2011 and has launched several key initiatives including strategic partnerships and investments, business development, public relations, ad sales and marketing. She began her career at Morgan Stanley Institutional Investment Management and then worked at AllianceBernstein as Vice President of Global Product Development. Praveen is a graduate of Tufts University.