Dyllan McGee is a two-time Emmy-award winning filmmaker and Founder and CEO of McGee Media. She is also the Founder and Executive Producer of AOL’s MAKERS. McGee most recently executive produced the third season of PBS' Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr., The MAKERS Conference (AOL) and directed MAKERS: Once and For All, a feature documentary presented by AOL, that tells the story of the 1995 UN Conference on Women in Beijing. Before forming McGee Media, McGee executive produced the following projects with Kunhardt McGee Productions: Emmy Award-nominated 6-part MAKERS series on women in space, Hollywood, politics, war, comedy, and business (AOL/PBS); Emmy Award-nominated documentary, Gloria: In Her Own Words (HBO); Emmy and Peabody Award-winning, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (PBS); Emmy Award-winning, Teddy: In His Own Words (HBO); Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS); This Emotional Life (PBS); African American Lives (PBS); Oprah’s Roots (PBS); and Emmy-nominated, In Memoriam; 9/11/01 (HBO). Dyllan served as the Director of Content and Operations for the International Freedom Center at Ground Zero in New York, a cultural institution that was proposed as part of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s redevelopment of the World Trade Center site. In 2014, McGee was presented with the New York Women in Communications’ Matrix Award and the Planned Parenthood Visionary award for her work preserving women's stories. She served on the boards of The Gordon Parks Foundation and The Taft School. She lives in Waccabuc, NY, with her husband and two sons.
Mark Weigel is McGee Media's Chief Financial Officer. Mark has a BA from Cornell University in Government. He started his career as a credit analyst at Citibank in the early 90's. He Left Citi after 4 years to pursue an MBA at Boston College and was nominated for one of BC's Executive Fellowships as an analyst for State Street Global Advisors the summer between his first and second year. Upon graduating BC, Mark moved to Westchester, New York to be a financial analyst in IBM's Services division. While at IBM, Mark worked in various capacities; as the finance manager on a number of IBM's largest Services contracts; as a pricer on several of IBM's Services deals; and as a member of the management team consolidating IBM's North America financial measurements. Mark is also a CFA Charterholder. In his spare time, Mark is a backyard musician as well as chicken and apple farmer.
Deb is a documentary filmmaker at McGee Media with over 20 years of experience. Most recently she worked with Dyllan McGee as Supervising Producer of the highly successful PBS series MAKERS and Finding Your Roots. Prior to joining McGee Media, Deb worked at Apograph Productions, with Writer/Director Rob Rapley. Her credits include Coordinating Producer and Line Producer overseeing business and production activities for all of the company’s documentaries, including its most recent films, Poisoner's Handbook, The Abolitionists, Triangle Fire and The Greely Expedition. Deb spent the early part of her career working with documentary filmmaker Roger Weisberg at Public Policy Productions, collaborating on numerous social issue documentaries, including the Academy Award nominated films, Sound And Fury and Why Can't We Be a Family Again? She lives with her husband and twin daughters in New Jersey.
Will Ventura has worked closely with Executive Producer and CEO Dyllan McGee on various MAKERS and McGee Media projects since the company’s inception. Most recently, he co-produced the upcoming MAKERS Men Series (AOL) and associate produced MAKERS: Once and For All, a feature documentary that tells the story of the 1995 UN Conference on Women in Beijing (AOL). Ventura also coordinated publicity for the Emmy Award-nominated 6-part MAKERS series on women in space, Hollywood, politics, war, comedy, and business (AOL/PBS); and the second season of the series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS). He started his career at the Foundation at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Los Angeles, and currently lives in New York City.
Robert Yacyshyn loves to make television and tell stories. A graduate of Penn State University, Rob started his career at MTV working on such hit projects as TRL: Total Request Live, the VMA’s and Run’s House. Some of his proudest work at MTV was on MADE, for which he worked on eight seasons winning three Daytime Emmy Awards in the process. In 2010, he earned his MBA from Columbia University and began to moonlight at One Louder Productions as the resident Line Producer. He grew into the Executive in Charge of Production (EIC) for One Louder, managing all logistical, financial and legal details for the company. In 2014, One Louder formed a partnership with Follow Productions and Rob signed on to serve as EIC of both entities. Rob enjoyed working on food & lifestyle programming but when McGee Media offered a return to longer form storytelling Rob had no choice but to accept. Rob couldn’t be happier and is excited to see what the future holds at McGee.
Rachel Dretzin is co-founder of Ark Media and a principal producer, director, and writer with the company. Rachel was senior producer on the six-part PBS Series Many Rivers to Cross, a history of African Americans hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. She previously senior produced the first season of Finding Your Roots, also hosted by Dr. Gates, which premiered in the spring of 2012. Among the many films she has produced and directed for PBS' FRONTLINE are: Football High, Digital Nation, Growing Up Online, Failure to Protect, The Persuaders,Merchants of Cool, The Lost Children of Rockdale County, and Hillary's Class. Rachel's films have won the Peabody Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Grand Prize for Journalism, the Columbia DuPont Award, and been nominated for the Emmy Award. She has also produced for WNET New York, MSNBC's Edgewise, and NPR's "All Things Considered," as well as the NY Times Magazine on the Web. Rachel is currently directing the feature documentary "Far From the Tree," an adaptation of Andrew Solomon's book, in partnership with Participant Media.
Filmmaker John Maggio has spent a decade making documentaries hailed for their social impact and exceptional craft. His work includes several films for FRONTLINE (College Inc., Growing up Online, The Private Life of Bradley Manning) and American Experience (Billy the Kid, The Lobotomist, The Boy in the Bubble, Kinsey). Maggio’s films have been honored with the National Emmy Award, Writers Guild Award, an Independent Spirit Award, and NAACP Image Award nomination as well as multiple News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations. His work has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has shown at festivals around the world. Maggio has been the Senior Producer for two seasons of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates. He most recently wrote and directed the landmark four-hour series The Italian Americans in 2015. He’s currently at work on Into The Amazon(wt.) a two-hour exploration of Theodore Roosevelt’sfateful1914 trip down the River of Doubt in Brazil.
Sabin Streeter is an independent writer and filmmaker, specializing in documentary television. His recent projects include Finding Your Roots (PBS, 2012-2016), Many Rivers to Cross (PBS 2013), America Revealed (PBS, 2012), Fabric of the Cosmos: Space (PBS, 2012), Gloria: In Her Own Words (HBO, 2011), and the six-hour NOVA special This Emotional Life (PBS, 2010). Streeter is also the editor of GIG (Random House), an oral history of the contemporary workplace. He has contributed to The New Yorker, Harpers, and Open City. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.
Susan Froemke is a non-fiction filmmaker with over thirty documentary films to her credit from the classic Grey Gardens (1976) to Lalee’s Kin (2001), an HBO film on poverty that was nominated for an Academy Award, to Wagner's Dream (2012), which opened theatrically in the US in 2012. Most recently, Froemke co-directed Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare, with Matthew Heineman, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. A four-time Emmy winner, Froemke was the principal filmmaker at legendary Maysles Films in New York for over two decades and is a disciple of the direct cinema-style of filmmaking.
Beth Aala is a three-time Emmy award-winning producer for her documentary work at HBO. She has won the prestigious George Peabody award for HBO's The Music in Me and most recently the Hollywood Film Award for her film, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon which she directed and produced with comedian Mike Myers. Her directorial debut, Pool Party, executive produced by Academy award-nominee, Morgan Spurlock, is the untold story of McCarren Pool in Brooklyn. The film showcases music and performances by the Breeders, Beastie Boys, M.I.A., the Ting Tings, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Sonic Youth, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yo La Tengo and has screened at festivals all over the world. Beth is a painter, cook, photographer, and mom (mostly in reverse order) and lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two boys.
Michael Epstein is an Academy Award-nominated® filmmaker whose work has appeared on PBS and numerous cable networks. He has received the industry's highest honors including two Peabody's (The Battle Over Citizen Kane; LENNONYC), two Primetime Emmy's® (The End of Hollywood; LENNONYC), a WGA award (Frontline: The Choice) and numerous other honors. His films have been invited to screen at the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlinale, the Toronto Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival. He has also won several honors for his commercial work including a Silver Clio.