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


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


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.