Hello UCB Community,
Today, UCB Comedy is thrilled to announce EIGHT new UCB Digital Teams! These teams will be creating comedy sketch, unscripted, and narrative series in both New York and Los Angeles for UCB Comedy's YouTube channel (youtube.com/ucbcomedy), and UCBcomedy.com!
Operating out of UCB Comedy Studios East (520 8th Avenue) and the recently launched UCB Comedy Studios West (at the new Sunset location), UCB Comedy is a bi-coastal hub for comedy filmmaking.
DARK, CINEMATIC NARRATIVE SERIES
Marie Lively Senior Producer
Mary Lordes Senior Writer, Producer
Danny Cohen Writer, Composer
Will Hines Performer, Writer, Director
Jocelyn DeBoer Performer, Director
Emily Maya Mills Performer, Producer
Dawn Luebbe Performer, Producer
Ryan Moulton Director, Editor, DP
Carissa Dorson DP
Diana Fishman Editor
Emily Alpren Producer, Production Designer
EDGY, ABSURD UNSCRIPTED SERIES
Brett Kushner Senior Producer
Nic Stanich Senior Creative, Director
Natalie Palamides Performer, Producer
Zach Reino Performer, Writer, Music Producer
Jess Lane Writer, Performer, Producer
Nick Luciano Editor, Writer
Jacki Merchant Producer
William Craig Tovey DP, Editor
Carlos Medina DP
Eric Bauer Graphics, Animation
BIG, BOLD, BEAUTIFUL SKETCH SERIES
David Zwick Senior Producer, Director
Cynthia Kao Senior Writer, Director
Emily Towers Director, Writer
Kerry McGuire Writer, Producer
Veronica Osorio Performer, Writer, Producer
Hayley Marie Norman Performer, Producer
Josh Brekhus Performer, Producer
Deborah Etta Robinson Producer
Andrew Fernandez Editor
Clay Larsen DP, Editor
Nicole Thayer Graphics, Animation, Editor
NEW YORK CITY
BRINKMAN (Returning Team)
Rachel Roderman Senior Producer
Jason Shebiro Senior Writer, Producer
Dru Johnston Performer, Writer, Producer
Chet Siegel Performer, Writer, Producer
Laura Willcox Performer, Writer, Producer
Denis Cardineau Director, DP, Editor
Sean Weiner Director, DP, Editor
Dan Erickson Editor
SCI-FI SITCOM-ESQUE SERIES
Grace Leeson Senior Producer
Laura Grey Senior Writer, Performer, Director
Erik Tanouye Writer, Producer
Sebastian Conelli Performer, Producer
Brennan Lee Mulligan Performer, Writer, Editor
Matt Braunsdorf Director, DP, Editor
Ed Mundy Director, Editor, Graphics, Animation
Ana Breton DP, Editor
Mack Williams Graphics, Animation
Kate Villa Producer
BRITISH, SILLY SKETCH SERIES
Evan Altshuler Senior Producer
Caroline Haubold Senior Writer, Producer
Eric Yearwood Writer, Graphics, Animation, Producer
Boris Khaykin Performer, Writer, Editor
Alex Meyers Performer, Editor
Diana Kolsky Performer, Graphics, Animation, Designer
Megan Stein Director, Producer, Editor, Performer
Fred Soligan Director, Editor
Kristopher Knight Director, Editor, DP
Lee Christopher Chin Editor
CULTURALLY CYNICAL NARRATIVE SERIES
Kevin Etherson Senior Producer, Director
Tom Capps Senior Producer, Editor, Director
Zack Phillips Senior Writer, Producer, Editor
Aaron Burdette Writer, Producer
Kristy Lopez-Bernal Writer, Producer
Michael Cruz Kayne Writer, Performer, Producer
Adam Sacks Writer, Director, Editor, Graphics, Animation
Natasha Vaynblat Performer, Writer, Producer
Jonathan Braylock Performer, Editor
Ben Rameaka Performer, Producer
SMART, ACCESSIBLE SKETCH SERIES
Timothy Dunn Senior Producer, Performer
Moujan Zolfaghari Senior Writer, Performer, Director
SIlvija Ozols Writer, Producer
David Sidorov Writer, Director
Jerah Milligan Performer, Producer
Johnathan Fernandez Performer, Editor
Michelle Ciotta Performer, Editor, Director
Trevor Williams Director, Editor
Hudson Meredith Graphics, Animation
Michelle Francesca Thomas Producer, AD
In addition, we are excited to launch two new digital initiatives--Digital Labs & Digital Shorties--aimed to expand the filmmaking community at UCB beyond the existing team system.
A Digital Lab is a short-run team of filmmakers and writers who work together to create 1 season of an original series for UCB Comedy.
A Digital Lab is creatively spearheaded by the SERIES CREATOR(s), who submit an original series idea to UCB Comedy (submission process forthcoming).
In consultation with UCB Comedy Creative Director, Series Creator(s) build out a CREATIVE TEAM which consists of DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, and HEAD WRITER(s). Series Creator(s) will also perform at least one of those roles.
UCB Comedy then sends out a call for pitches to the UCB Community, and Creative Team selects episode pitches from additional WRITERS.
In consultation with UCB Comedy, Creative Team and Writers then work as a writers room for (up to) 2 months, then produce 6 episodes (1 season) of their original series as an independent production unit.
Digital Labs are granted access to the same exclusive resources as Digital Teams (production equipment, insurance, music library, etc). In addition, UCB Comedy will provide post-production services for the series (if needed).
To be eligible to submit to for Digital Lab, you must be a current or alumni writer/performer at UCB Theatre, a current UCB Digital Team Member, or an alumni Digital Team/Beta Team member.
A Digital Shortie is a one-off digital project (short film, sketch, or short series).
A Digital Shortie is creatively driven by 1-3 CREATOR(s), who submit an original idea or completed script(s) to UCB Comedy (submission process forthcoming).
In consultation with UCB Comedy Creative Director, Creator(s) build out a production crew to help facilitate the technical means of production.
Digital Shorties are granted access to the same exclusive resources as Digital Teams (production equipment, insurance, music library, etc). In addition, UCB Comedy will provide producing and post-production services for the project (if needed).
To be eligible to submit to for Digital Shortie, you must be a current or alumni writer/performer at UCB Theatre, a current UCB Digital Team Member, or an alumni Digital Team/Beta Team member.
The Digital Labs program will launch in Los Angeles with an original series (TBD) created by Dan Gregor & Casey Feigh.
The Digital Shorties program will launch in New York with Neanderthal Ted Talks, an original series created by Dru Johnston.
In addition, UCB Comedy will host a public info session about these new initiatives and how to apply:
LOS ANGELES: Wed 8/19 @ 8PM (UCB Comedy Studios West)
NEW YORK CITY: Thu 8/27 @ 8PM (UCB Comedy Studios East)
Those interested in either of these new programs are strongly encouraged to attend.
Thank you to the nearly 400 applicants during this submission process, and congratulations to all of the new teams!