I’m one of those guys that knew what I wanted to do when I was seven years old. I used to film my friends blowing up clay puppets with firecrackers and crushed model rocket engines.
My first gig was working on a windsurfing movie in the Virgin Islands. Since then, I started a company, directed a bunch of commercials, helped major cable networks promote their shows, kept the flying public safe, and made YouTube a more valuable company. I also assembled a team of the most talented and creative filmmakers in the business and built a facility that allows us to do great work and have fun.
I can name all 50 states in alphabetical order and have visited 47 of them. Would love to shoot something in North Dakota, Oklahoma or Nebraska.
One day a week I work for Howard Stern as the co-host of Jackie’s Joke Hunt on Sirius Satellite Radio. If you tell me a joke, chances are I’ve heard it. But go ahead and try anyway.
Catherine grew up in south Louisiana, which makes her a great appreciator of spicy food and friendly faces. She has been eagerly working in the production industry since high school, and beyond. Her humble beginnings directing and producing for her college TV station led to two internships with Good Morning America, where her love affair with New York began. Applying her natural talent and skills learned in the city she would eventually call home, she began producing electronic press kits for feature films in Louisiana, where she had the pleasure of interviewing such celebrities as Willie Nelson, Susan Sarandon, and Meg Ryan. When she isn’t running the show from behind the scenes at IKA Collective, you will find her listening to music nonstop and she'll always greet you with a smile.
Born in class 2 Hurricane
- 1982 – Received 23 stitches in a mime accident
- 1989 – Won first Addy award
- 1990 – Was nicknamed ‘Cheeseman’ by the Lakota Native American Tribe
- 1991 – Street performed as Charlie Chaplin on the streets of Paris
- 1993 – Extra in Woody Allen’s Manhattan Mystery
- 1994 – Instructor Moscow International Film School
- 1995 – Topless Waiter at The Rabbit’s Foot (Frederick, Maryland)
- 1996 – Wrote/Directed/Starred in featurette FLICKERS: A Silent Romantic Comedy
- 1997 – Freelance commercial production coordinator (Baltimore/DC area)
- 1999 – Freelance commercial producer (New York )
- 2000 – Can’t remember 2001 – Wrote/Directed/Starred in short film TIME OUT (Premiered at Sundance)
- 2002 – First producing gig with IKA Spot Shop
- 2005 – Promoted to Creative Director IKA Collective
- 2007 – Hired to write feature screenplay for Half Shell Entertainment
- 2008 – Hired to write feature screenplay for Paramount Pictures
- 2010- Wrote and produced a bouquet of commercials and promos
- 2012 – Wrote brief bio for IKA website
*The above bio is true and factual except for the year 2000, I can't remember most of it.
Anthony Moran knew he loved film and television (and dinosaurs), by the age of 4. As a kid, film and television always had a major impact on his life, and this passion and drive to create original content lead him into the field of filming and editing.
He began pursuing his career as a Camera Operator and Editor in 2009, and hasn’t looked back. In 2010 he hit the ground running working on dozens of promos and commercials for clients ranging from WWE and CBS Sports, the popular iphone game Techno Kitten Adventures. That same year he spent a large part of his career documenting the graffiti culture and shooting some of the scene's most legendary icons. In 2011 he was asked to direct a video for the group Bronze Radio Return who's music has been heard on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservation and American Idol.
A “computer junkie” who also likes to get his hands dirty, Moran has spent many hours working closely with grips and lighting/rigging technicians on various sets and productions for networks and commercial production companies.
His array of skills include: producing, directing, graphic design, and editing for everything from short films, documentaries and web ads to television commercials and music videos. He has also directed, written, produced and animated countless personal projects. In 2011 he joined the IKA Collective staff as a Junior Editor.
Jonathan Jacobson has been working in New York’s Film and Television industry professionally since he PA’d on Larry Clark’s controversial indie feature Kids. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch Film School, he joined the video production staff at Arista Records where he worked with directors such as Spike Jonze, Hype Williams and Sophie Muller.
In 1998 he was drafted by internet startup company Rain to be a producer/director of the web’s first “bookVideos” for Barnes and Noble Booksellers. After that died a dot-bomb death it was back to more traditional television with producing location segments for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”.
It was IKA Collective’s high quality author videos that initially inspired Jonathan to leave his job and join the IKA staff in 2006. In 2007 Jonathan acquired YouTube fame by teaming up with comedian Mark Malkoff and directing “171 Starbucks”, the comedy short where Mark and Jonathan attempt to purchase something at every Startbucks location in Manhattan in one day. The video broke YouTubes record for daily channel subscriptions and was featured in monologues by both David Letterman and Jay Leno.
The success of “171 Starbucks” led to the creation of “Mark Lives in Ikea” a collection of videos where Mark and Johnathan lived for a week straight in a New Jersey Ikea. The web series was awarded 2009 Campaign of the Year by PRWeek.
Ronni thomas was ritualistically abused by angry satanists who kept him from his true calling of being a full time horticulturist -- once removed by the strong arm of the law from this miserable cult he'd been taken in by -- he realized that his true place in life rest in drinking himself silly and in challenging conventions left and right - providing he could figure out which from witch. He is currently living in Brooklyn (the city of his birth) aNd incapable of even the simplest tasks prescribed to most 2 year olds...
...just so my reel shows up
Jennifer Dowd has been working in the production industry for over 15 years. Her career began in Philadelphia at LevLane Advertising where she spent 9 years...first working closely with the founder and creative director to create and produce TV and radio commercials for a variety of clients and ultimately running the broadcast department.
During her tenure at LevLane, she produced commercials for various consumer clients including KFC, Midas, Germantown Savings Bank, and Comcast Cable. When one of her award-winning radio spots for The Philadelphia Orchestra was chosen to be archived in NY’s Museum of Television and Radio, she decided that it was a sign from the “production gods” to move to New York and take a bite out of the Big Apple.
She was hired by Spier NY, and was soon promoted to VP, Head of Production, managing all of the radio and television commercials for the agency. A career highlight was working with one of the foremost documentary filmmakers, Albert Maysles, on a series of spots for Danielle Steel.
A few freelance gigs and three kids later, she is happy to be back in world of production handling the marketing and promotion for the talented filmmakers at IKA Collective.
Rob Kahn got his start making coffee for one of the busiest commercial music houses in New York. Within the year, he won a competition to compose for a national commercial for AT&T; his first commercial job. Soon, he was winning more projects for AT&T, P&G, American Airlines, and Merrill Lynch. Three years later, with a page-full of commercial credits on his resume, he left the company and founded RK/music, building a new studio on West 21st Street in Manhattan, an up-and-coming area in the production community. Kahn built RK/music into an award-winning original music and audio boutique, working in original music, sound design, audio post production, and audio-branding. To encompass the range of work they produced, he changed the name of the company to Mixology Post in 2002. His talents as composer, sound designer, and creative director have earned him and his staff numerous awards for their work on HBO, Nike, Pizza Hut, NBC, CBS, Mastercard, ESPN, and many more. He has appeared on national television, discussing modern musical electronics with Jane Pauley. His work ranges from hour-long soundtracks to ½ second sounds for Verizon. More information is available at www.MixologyPost.com
Jordan, aka AzR, is an engineer, composer, producer and sound designer who has been featured on BBC, Howard Stern, The New York Times and more.