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John Catania and Charles Ignacio

John Catania and Charles Ignacio, Co-Directors/Producers — As Two Lions Productions founders, John Catania and Charles Ignacio are award-winning media producers with over a decade of television production experience. Their work includes producing the Emmy-nominated PBS public affairs series, In the Life, as well as producing stories for That Money Show, and the Emmy-winning educational series, TV 411. Their documentaries include The Boys of Manchester, a behind-the-scenes look at the original British drama Queer as Folk, (the inspiration for the successful Showtime series).

For In the Life, John Catania has produced and edited stories ranging from America's only television look at the growing gay movements in Hong Kong and China, to the music and life of jazz composer Billy Strayhorn, to interviews with Stockard Channing, Petula Clark, George Stephanopoulos, Sir Ian McKellen, Bruce Vilanch, and the openly gay mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit. His regular coverage of theater for In the Life includes reports on Rent, The Rocky Horror Show, On the Town, and a profile of Disney theatrical producer, Tom Schumacher. For Canadian television, Catania produced and edited the 39-part series, In the Life Encore! Edition. He is the recipient of the 1995 Seigenthaler Award for Excellence in Journalism and was named one of “101 Movers & Shakers” in Entertainment Weekly’s “Gay Hollywood 2000” issue.

Since 2000, Charles Ignacio has received three Emmy nominations as the former executive producer of In the Life, presented by Thirteen/WNET. Besides overseeing production of the series in its first 10 years, Mr. Ignacio produced the following documentary specials for television: 1993 March on Washington and Stonewall 25: Global Voices of Pride and Protest, the latter in association with Channel 4/U.K. Prior to his tenure at In the Life, he worked on staff at HBO and Thirteen/WNET. Ignacio has written for The Advocate; been interviewed for the Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, and USA Today; and named one of Out magazine’s “Out 100.” He is currently the Deputy Director for the national marriage equality organization Freedom to Marry.

Daryl Roth, Executive Producer — As President of Daryl Roth Productions, Daryl Roth is privileged to have produced four Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Proof, Wit, How I Learned to Drive, and Three Tall Women, and she's also garnered Tony Awards for Proof and Edward Albee's The Goat. Among Roth’s other highly acclaimed productions are The Tale of the Allergist's Wife by Charles Busch, The Play About the Baby, De La Guarda, and most recently, Harlem Song, Our Lady of 121st Street, Tea at Five, Talking Heads, Medea, and Salome the Reading. Film credits include the HBO feature Dinner with Friends, based on Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, directed by Norman Jewison. Future productions include a feature film based on the John Searles’ novel, Boy Still Missing. Roth serves on the Board of Directors of Lincoln Center Theatre, the Sundance Institute, the LAByrinth Theater Company, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Roth was profiled in The New Yorker and included in Crain’s “100 Most Influential Women in Business.” The Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award is given annually to a theater artist who has demonstrated exceptional talent and promise in his or her field.

Alton Christensen, Creative & Technical Consultant — A broadcast veteran of 25 years, Alton Christensen got his start as a news editor and feature producer at KPRC-TV (an NBC affiliate) in Houston, TX, where he acquired skills in graphics design and animation. Those skills landed him the position of art director at The Editing Company, a post-production facility in Houston. In 1988, Christensen signed on as senior animator for a newly syndicated Washington, DC based television show called USAToday on TV. After its run, Christensen freelanced as an animator in Europe. In 1992, while working as a senior animator for NBC Sports, Alton worked with the graphics team for the XXV Olympiad in Barcelona. He won two Sports Emmy Awards for his participation in that project. In 1993, Christensen founded Edgeworx, a pace-setting post-production and graphic design environment. The company provides work for broadcast, cable networks, and ad agencies. TrillianMedia.net, part of Trillian, Inc., began as a venture to develop content for use in various media.

Jon Baskin, Co-Editor — Baskin has been directing, producing and editing his own films for years. His recent documentary short entitled "I Am Not A Juvenile Delinquent" traces the steps of a group of incarcerated teenage girls through rehabilitation. His documentaries include the critically acclaimed BEEF, Weathered and Torn, and 14th Street Between 2nd and 3rd. Baskin has been an editor for the past 15 years at places like USA Network, ESPN and Saturday Night Live. He earned an Emmy Nomination and Monitor Award for his work at HBO, where he is currently on staff. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from The Newhouse School at Syracuse University. He created his production company Hitchin Pictures in 1995 after purchasing a CP-16 camera to begin shooting BEEF.

Brian A. Kates, Editorial Consultant — Brian Kates most recently finished editing George C. Wolfe’s film directorial debut Lackawanna Blues for HBO. Kates also edited the film The Woodsman, written and directed by Nicole Kassell, starring Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Mos Def and Eve, and premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Kates was Co-Editor of the independent film hit, Tarnation which premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. He has edited numerous feature films and videos including HBO's The Laramie Project, Jails, Hospital, and Hip-Hop (Danny Hoch; Mark Benjamin), Trick (Jim Fall), and the award-winning short film Tree Shade (Lisa Collins), which won the Student Academy Award. Kates studied film production and Judaic Studies at New York University.

Laverne Berry, Legal Representation — Laverne Berry brings more than 15 years of award-winning television production and distribution experience. She has served as Director, Business & Legal Affairs for A&E Television networks, NY, where she oversaw the business, legal development and production of Nero Wolfe and the Emmy-nominated mini-series Shackleton. She has been the Director, Program Distribution, Marketing & Sales for Thirteen/WNET; Executive Producer, American Filmworks; Producer and Director of Public Affairs for RKO General. As an independent, she produced award-winning films for PBS and AidsFilm, NY. In her law practice, she has represented media clients and packaged performers with television, CD, video and touring deals.