OUR TEAM

CELIA ANISKOVICH

DIRECTOR

Celia Aniskovich is a New York based director and producer. Her career began in live broadcast news as an NBC Page before she transitioned into narrative and documentary filmmaking. She has directed, produced, developed and consulted on numerous US & UK projects and her films and series have been broadcast around the world. In April of 2020, How to Fix a Drug Scandal, which Aniskovich co-produced, broke the top 5 most-watched shows on Netflix three days after it premiered. In July of 2020, Fear City: New York vs the Mafia, which Aniskovich field produced, became the #1 most watched show on Netflix 24 hours after it premiered. Celia also produced the incredibly successful, Surviving Jeffrey Epstein for Lifetime.
This year, Aniskovich released a 6-part podcast series for Wondery Originals. Based on two years of writing and reporting, Spy Affair, tells the story of alleged Russian spy, Maria Butina. She also wrote, directed, and produced BURN IT DOWN!, a feature documentary about Woodstock 99, for MRC Studios/Rolling Stone that had its world premiere at the 2021 BFI London Film Festival. Her other 2021 premiers include a feature documentary she executive produced and directed called Fruitcake Fraud for Discovery+ and a feature documentary she produced for HBO Max, soon to be announced.
Aniskovich has worked on multiple Emmy nominated television series, programs, and broadcasts. 

 

SAM POLLARD

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

 

As one of the most prolific documentarians in the world, Sam Pollard brings over 45 years of experience in entertainment. Director, producer and editor, Pollard began his career as an editor for feature length films for both scripted and unscripted features. Throughout his career he has been nominated for two Academy Awards for his work on When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts and Four Little Girls. He also is the winner of six (6) Primetime Emmy’s, Four (4) Peabody awards and two (2) Grammy nominations. He has produced, directed and edited documentaries for HBO, Netflix, PBS, Amazon, Discovery Networks, Showtime, and StarZ and also both domestic and international film festivals. His work with Frank Marshall, Alex Gibney, Andrew Kosgrove and Broderick Johnson on their HBO docu-series, Sinatra: All or Nothing, is one of the most watched docu-series on HBO of all time. By The People: The Election of Barack Obama for HBO along with his latest docu-series, Atlanta’s Missing & Murdered: The Lost Children, garnered some the highest rating for the network as well. He co-directed, Why We Hate, with Geeta Ghandbhir and is executive produced by Stephen Spielberg and Alex Gibney for Discovery and Amazon in 2020. Known for his cinema verite, his biopics which include but are not limited to, MAYNARD, Sammy Davis Jr: I’ve Got to be Me, and August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand, have had international theatrical distribution and educational curriculums distributed around the world. Pollard continues to create, share his wisdom and guide emerging talent as he is a tenured Professor at the prestigious NYU Tisch where he teaches Editorial. Pollard lives in New York City with his wife and their four children. 

 

BRENDA ROBINSON

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Brenda Robinson is a partner in Gamechanger Films, an equity fund that finances feature films and television series. As an entertainment attorney and producer, Brenda has extensive experience in the film, television and music industries. Brenda is the President of the International Documentary Association (IDA) and currently serves on the boards of Film Independent, The Representation Project and Chicken & Egg Pictures. Brenda is also active in the Sundance Institute as a member of the Women at Sundance Leadership Council and serves as an advisor to The Redford Center. She is a proud board member of Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival and currently serves as legal counsel to the festival. 
On the music side, Brenda is a member of The Recording Academy and sits on the board of the GRAMMY Museum Foundation. Brenda was most recently a financier on the Academy Award-winning documentary Icarus as well as Won’t You Be My Neighbor and Step. She is an executive producer on numerous projects including Passing, directed by Rebecca Hall and produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker; United Skates, alongside executive producer John Legend; The Great American Lie by director Jennifer Siebel Newsom; Jump Shot: The Kenny Sailors Story, alongside executive producer Steph Curry, Loudmouth: The Life and Battles of Al Sharpton alongside executive producer John Legend, The Empire of Ebony directed by Lisa Cortes and produced by Roger Ross Williams and Marian Anderson: The Whole World In Her Hands directed by Rita Coburn for PBS' American Masters series. Brenda is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) under the Documentary Branch.  

 LIZ YALE MARSH

LEAD  PRODUCER

 

Liz Yale Marsh is an Emmy-winning documentary film and television producer. Her current projects include: feature documentary Little Richard: I Am Everything directed by Lisa Cortes and Executive Produced by Dee Rees; documentary The Mandela Tapes with Executive Producer and Co-Director Dawn Porter; and the documentary FU Georgia with director Rudy Valdez for ABC Studios. She recently produced two series with directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg: the 4-part Lifetime documentary Surviving Jeffrey Epstein, and The Preppy Murder, a 5-part documentary that premiered on AMC and Sundance and was their highest rated documentary series to date. During the coronavirus stay-at-home order, Liz created and Executive Produced a fundraiser for America's Food Fund called Questlove's Potluck that aired on Apple and Food Network. Liz served as Co-Executive Producer on the feature documentary film The Panama Papers, directed by Alex Winter, which premiered in the US at the Hamptons International Film Festival and internationally at IDFA. She was the creator and Co-Executive Producer of NBC’s Emmy-winning series GIVE. 

WENDY ELEY JACKSON

 PRODUCER

Wendy Eley Jackson has over 25 years of varied experience in the fields of film, television and digital media. She started out working as an Executive Assistant for the Executive Vice President SONY Pictures television, Helen Verno, allowing her to work with distinguished producers Academy Award Director Barbara Kopple, Diane Sokolow, and Producers Craig Baumgarten, Bernie Brillstein and Brad Grey. She then transitioned into producing commercials for networks TBS, TNT and Cartoon Network and founded Golden Street Entertainment where she owned and operated one of the largest faith based post production companies in the USA working on 20 shows per week. In 2015, she founded Auburn Avenue Films and began working with award-winning directors and producers such as Academy Award nominee and multiple Emmy winner, Sam Pollard, Daphne McWilliams, and Henry Adebonojo. For motion picture, she has recently received the Producers Guild of America mark for her work on the multi-award winning documentary, MAYNARD for Netflix. She is producing the docu-series entitled, She The People, the Election of Stacey Abrams with producers, Malcolm D. Lee and Showrunner, Holly Sorensen. Wendy along with, Holly Sorensen, Vicangelo Bulluck and A.J. Morewitz, are developing the television series based on the New York Times best-seller, Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn for DIGA Studios. Wendy presently co-leads the advanced television writing program at the Carsey-Wolf Center in Santa Barbara. She also is on faculty at the University of California Santa Barbara where she is Lecturer in Film and Media Studies. Wendy is a board member for Women In Film Atlanta, Atlanta Film Society and the National Association for Television Arts and Sciences.

EDWARD OSEI-GYIMAH

 EDITOR

Edward Osei-Gyimah is an award-winning filmmaker originally from London, England. A selection of his recent editing credits include: Michèle Ohayon’s Netflix feature Strip Down, Rise up; Topic Studios and director Sabine El Gemayel’s film for HBO Sports Generation Zapped; and the ESPN 30 for 30 Baltimore Boys. He wrote and co-directed the documentary Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip, which was an Official Selection at Hot Docs 2020. Edward's short film Kwame was named Best Narrative Short Film at the 2009 Pan-African Film Festival, Best Short Film at the HBO sponsored 2009 Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival, and was awarded with Outstanding Achievement in Directing by the Directors Guild of America. Edward was selected by Film: Independent to participate in their Project: Involve, the organization's signature diversity program. Edward holds a Masters degree in Fine Arts from USC.