Rasha Drachkovitch

CEO & Co-FOUNDER

Rasha Drachkovitch

Co-Founder & CEO

Rasha is one of the television industry’s most daring and adventurous producers. Since co-founding 44 Blue in 1984, Rasha has established the company as a leader in non-fiction programming. In pursuit of great stories, he has been stoned in the West Bank, shot at in Soweto, chased by the Yakuza in Tokyo, and he was the first Western producer ever to film inside a Chinese prison. Rasha’s creative vision has taken the company from its original roots in sports and action-adventure programming to the exploration of mass incarceration with the critically acclaimed MSNBC prison docuseries “Lockup,” one of the longest-running series on television, to the redefining of celebrity family docuseries with Emmy-nominated “Wahlburgers” for A&E. If he’s not on the road, you can catch him walking on his tread-desk watching his Stanford Cardinal on ESPN.

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Stephanie Drachkovitch

President & Co-Founder

Stephanie Drachkovitch

Co-Founder & President

Former studio executive Stephanie is the leading force behind 44 Blue’s dynamic slate of programming. During stints as Senior Vice President of Development for Warner Bros.Telepictures, and Disney’s Buena Vista TV unit, Stephanie developed for syndication (“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”) and broadcast primetime (“The Bachelor.”) Her experience has helped shape 44 Blue’s diverse slate, from E!’s top-rated “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry” and Style Network’s Emmy-nominated “Split Ends,” to Oxygen’s upcoming “Strut!”, produced in association with Whoopi Goldberg’s One Ho Productions, and the syndicated “TD Jakes Show,” premiering fall of 2016. Follow Stephanie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sdrachkovitch

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Sarah Poage

Executive Vice President

Sarah Poage

Executive Vice President

Tennis ace Sarah makes sure that all of 44 Blue’s productions are running smoothly, on time and on budget – and it’s been that way for the past 11 years. “Just because it hasn’t been done, doesn’t mean we can’t do it.” That sentence sums up Sarah’s outlook and attitude toward production. And both clients and creatives love her for it. Sarah, mother of a five- year-old, always finds a way to make it happen. Even if it means chasing wild animals in the rainforests of Hawaii or conquering Alaskan glaciers in the land of the Midnight Sun.

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David Hale

Senior Vice President, Programming

David Hale

Senior Vice President, Programming

Lifelong Denver Bronco fan David Hale has been writing, producing and directing award-winning shows since the day he walked into the 44 Blue offices in 1998. He’s produced it all. Maximum-Security Prisons. High School Football. Hell’s Angels. DEA Agents. Plus-sized Pageant Queens. David joined the company shortly after graduating cum laude from Duke University with a reputation as one of best orator/debaters in the country. David now applies that skill to talking networks out of bad notes.

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Aaron Peters

Controller

Aaron Peters

Controller

Aaron Peters always knew he wanted to be in the entertainment business and started appearing in commercials and working in little theater productions when he was in his teens. Initially a theater major at UCLA, Aaron’s focus soon shifted to finance and his love of numbers and he graduated cum laude with a degree in Economics, joining the talent department at the William Morris Agency after graduation. After becoming a licensed CPA, Aaron spent several years in public accounting before returning to entertainment. When he is not crunching numbers for 44Blue, Aaron and his family are avid Bruins fans and two of his three daughters are already junior UCLA cheerleaders.

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Gina Becconsall

Vice President of Post Production & Operations

Gina Becconsall

Vice President of Post Production & Operations

Gina is responsible for the daily operation of Presidio Post, overseeing over 30 Avid Bays and 12 full-time editors. Since Gina started with the company, she has delivered close to 500 hours of programming for more than 10 networks. Gina has developed a sixth sense for determining how she can best serve our clients – and manage perfectionist editors. But more importantly, she helps us establish meaningful and lasting relationships with the top networks in television. She enjoys wine-tasting, running and chasing after her 18-month-old daughter.

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PJ Donnelly

Vice President of Post Production & Tech. Services

PJ Donnelly

Vice President of Post Production & Tech. Services

P.J. brings his technical smarts to bear on just about every aspect of post- production. He keeps Presidio Post humming. From setting up state-of-the-art edit bays, to special effects editing, he has over fourteen years of experience working in television post-production. Before joining 44 Blue in 2002, PJ worked on over twenty different cable shows and specials, such as “Guinness World Book of Records” on FOX and “Kids Say the Darndest Things” with Bill Cosby on CBS. When he’s not building, modifying, or playing with electronics, he’s spending time with his wife and two kids.

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Mark Hamaguchi

Vice President of Production Management

Mark Hamaguchi

Vice President of Production Management

Mark oversees all of the aspects of production management for demos, pilots and series at 44 Blue Productions. Since arriving at 44 Blue in 2002, “Hami” has worked on over 600 hours of programming – sending crews to the world’s most dangerous places, as well as multi-cam studio shoots. For Mark, everyday at 44 Blue is the ultimate adventure, but nothing compared to the birth of his identical twin girls. They will be teenagers in nine short years. Then the adventure really begins!

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Jeff Turner

Executive in Charge

Jeff Turner

Executive in Charge

During the last nine years at 44 Blue Productions, Jeff has produced more than a dozen projects with a variety of the cable networks. He enjoys being a liaison with network production execs and 44 Blue to oversee projects from inception to delivery. In addition to his tenure at 44 Blue, Jeff has over twenty years production management experience on dozens of television projects produced all over the country from sit-coms to variety to reality. His greatest love is to spend time with his wife, two kids, two cats and one pit bull.

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Julie Merson

Vice President of Current

Julie Merson

Vice President of Development

Julie has been producing, directing, developing and even editing non-fiction television for over 15 years. Before joining 44 Blue, Julie was a Development Executive at Original Media. Previously, she ran Stacy London’s production company, Super Long Play, and headed up the TV division at Washington Square Films. Over the years she has created and produced shows for TLC, WeTV, Bravo, Oxygen, MTV, VH1, Discovery, A&E, Lifetime and PBS. She also produced and directed music videos and documentaries for artists including Dave Matthews Band, Jay-Z, Pharrell, and Mary J. Blige. A recently reformed New Yorker, Julie now lives in Los Angeles with her husband Richie and their identical twins Rosie and Ava.

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Hillary Smotherman

Director Of Casting

Hillary Smotherman

Casting Director

Hillary's love of casting comes second only to her love for football. Going to USC and being raised by Texan parents who are die-hard Dallas Cowboys fans will do that to you. She has a knack for finding characters in hard-to-reach places; from gang members and cult leaders, to off-gridder adventurists, Army wives, homicide detectives and naked daters - she's undaunted by the "ungettable get."

 

Which also may come from having watched years of Dallas Cowboys football.

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Willis Robertson

Director of Development

Willis Robertson

Director of Development

Willis Robertson comes to us after six years in development at Bunim/Murray Productions as their Manager of Development. At BMP, he developed a variety of shows with an eye towards male skewing networks – including developing Motor City Masters for truTV and presentations for History, Discovery and NatGeo. Despite growing up with four sisters (or perhaps because of it) Willis is an avid duck-hunter and NASCAR fan who tries to get outside whenever he can. Willis started his career at The William Morris Agency, and is a graduate of The University of Virginia where he played Club Lacrosse.

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Alison Dammann

Director of Development

Alison Dammann

Director of Development

Alison joins us after five years at Relativity Television, where she was Manager of Development and developed a variety of shows, including new series Saturday Morning Fever for Fuse – as well as pilots and presentations for networks like Fox, Discovery, and Esquire. Alison began her career as a global tour accountant for artists such as Marilyn Manson and Silversun Pickups at David Weise & Associates. She’s a USC graduate and hails from the Seattle area.

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Glenn Meehan

Development Executive

Glenn Meehan

Development Executive

Glenn returns to 44 Blue after helping launch The Talk, where he also acted as a consultant and Supervising Producer.  Prior to The Talk, he spearheaded development efforts for 44 Blue as Vice President of Development where he helped develop and launch Emmy-nominated “Split Ends” and "Peter Perfect" for The Style Network, as well as Emmy-nominated "Family Court with Judge Penny." His work includes a variety of genres for a variety of outlets - from talk shows to magazines to reality programs - he has produced for nearly every major studio, syndicator and cable outlet.

 

He is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications.

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Melanie Bowman

Manager of Development

Melanie Bowman

Manager of Development

Melanie started her career in entertainment as a producer for GQ, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair, Wired, and more, creating bold and innovative web content ranging from beauty tutorials to epic trick shots. But her first love – wildlife – inspired her to pursue a job in development at 44 Blue, where she hopes to bring her adventurous nature to nonfiction television programming. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon, where she spent summers speaking Swahili and studying African monkeys for her degree in Anthropology.

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Andi Walker Ochoa

Manager of Development

Andi Walker Ochoa

Manager of Development

Andi has dreamed about being a part of the entertainment industry since she was a toddler. Her love for non-scripted and celebrity grew through college and after landing an internship at E! Entertainment, she knew it was forever. After graduating from Pepperdine University, Andi spent the next 5 years as a part of NBCUniversal’s Wilshire Studios where she worked primarily on content for E! including The Soup, Fashion Police, Ice Loves Coco and Giuliana & Bill. After only two years in the department, she landed a role as a producer on Live from the Red Carpet where she regularly interacted with some of the biggest names in TV and Film. Andi landed her dream role with 44 Blue in October 2014 and hopes to continue to bring fun and female-focused programming to networks and digital platforms.

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Judy Ludy

Manager of Office Relations

Judy Ludy

Manager of Office Relations

Judy Ludy returns to 44 Blue after 3 year at LUXHair, Inc. where she produced celebrity sells on QVC and HSN for Sherri Shepherd, Tabatha Coffey and Daisy Fuentes. Her career in entertainment started at Warner Bros. where she began as an executive assistant to high level Executives, before managing projects behind the camera. She is an accomplished Private Chef, Food Consultant, and TV Personality. When she’s not busy in her kitchen coming up with new recipes or entertaining ideas, you’ll find Judy pouring over the latest fashion magazine or cookbook. And, yes, her name really is Judy Ludy!

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Elisa Falcone

Post Supervisor

Elisa Falcone

Post Supervisor

A native Californian (well, since she was two), Elisa graduated from Cal State University, Channel Islands with a Psychology degree. Elisa's internship at Paramount Studios developed her interest in television and brought her to 44 Blue. Over a four year span, she quickly moved from Intern on MSNBC's Lockup to Post Coordinator to Post Production Supervisor on many 44 Blue shows, including the Emmy nominated series Wahlburgers. Outside of work, Elisa has a zest for baking, enjoys DIY projects, speaks Spanish and is a math aficionado.

And I hear she was the best tumbler on her high school cheer team!

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Gary Hubb

Production Manager

Gary Hubb

Production Manager

Gary returned to 44 Blue in February 2014 after four years of freelancing as Production Manager for Evolution Media and Magical Elves. His career started as a Production Assistant and then coordinator for Greystone Television, where he worked on a wide range of History Channel programming. He has also produced destination films for the National Park Service and George Washington’s Mt. Vernon.

 

When he is not falling off a surfboard, Gary can be found outside avoiding all fantasy television and movies.

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Krizia Vega

Current Coordinator

Krizia Vega

Current Coordinator

Born into the industry, Krizia Vega grew up on the sets of Hollywood’s most influential directors and producers branding the world of film and TV as her home. A true adventurer, traveling the world for projects, immersed in a variety of cultures; when Krizia is not on set she can be found on location camping, in a boxing ring, or on her surfboard. Her instinctual nature on set is what drove her full force into producing and development. Krizia has taken her born and raised cinematic vision into the world of reality, where she has created content with former presidents, CIA agents, and the world's most dangerous cartels.

 
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Rochelle Berkowitz

Production Accountant

Rochelle Berkowitz

Production Accountant

Rochelle Berkowitz has worked in production for nearly ten years. After multiple years as a production manager on the east coast, she moved back to her hometown of Los Angeles and made the switch to production accounting. As the daughter of prop maker and the wife of an EP/show runner, she enjoys getting to experience the entertainment business from multiple angles. When she is not in the office, she is having fun with her husband and son.

She may or may not have played the upright bass in high school.

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Stacey Shrake

Production Accountant

Stacey Shrake

Production Accountant

Growing up in the television industry as the daughter of a prop master, Los Angeles native Stacey always knew her future would be in entertainment. Stacey’s career began as an assistant with a local entertainment accounting firm where she learned the ropes of business management, accounting and bookkeeping.  Taking a short detour from accounting to real estate, Stacey worked as the assistant manager of an 81-unit all-inclusive executive office suite, focusing on lease writing, billing and collections.

She is a graduate of UCSB and happily married to her high school sweetheart.

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Brooke Mandell

Production Coordinator

Brooke Mandell

Production Coordinator

With a passion for television, Brooke graduated the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Studies in 2011.  Since joining 44 Blue, Brooke has worked in both the Development and Production departments, and has worked on set supporting some of 44 Blue’s amazing sizzles, presentations and pilots.  Most recently, she has taken on the role of Production Coordinator with the Production Management team.

Fun Fact: In high school Brooke traveled abroad to play a soccer tournament in Southern France with her team.

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Ed Brotherton

Production Coordinator

Ed Brotherton

Production Coordinator

Indiana native Ed joined the Air Force after graduation, where he provided humanitarian relief for Haitian and Cuban refugees in Guantanamo Bay Cuba and provided security for Air Force One.  After the Air Force, Ed moved to Los Angeles and worked in production for Paramount Television’s Rendez-View, Renegade 83’s Blind Date, and various camera rental houses such as Plus 8 Digital, Panavision and Wexler Video. He joined 44 Blue as a Tech Supervisor for Split Ends, and in 2010, became full-time production coordinator handling all technical needs and 44 Blue’s growing equipment inventory.

 

Fun Fact: Ed enjoys photography and cutting the SoCal canyons on his motorcycle.

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Jen Wilson

Receptionist

Jen Wilson

Receptionist

Jen has a background in acting and comedy, and brings that energy to 44 Blue. After studying at the University of Missouri, she packed up her red Chevrolet Cavalier and headed west to Los Angeles where she continued her education at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts; she soon found herself acting in independent films and original series. Jen also discovered that she has a gift with comedy and has honed those skills at The World Famous Comedy Store, Haha Cafe, I.O. West, the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and most importantly at the front desk at 44 Blue.

In her spare time, if she’s not running around the park with her daughter Molly, this southpaw is cheering for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Alan Peterson

Executive Assistant

Alan Peterson

Executive Assistant

Alan Peterson hails from West Bloomfield Michigan, a suburb in the Metro-Detroit area. He is a graduate of Syracuse University, Class of 2013. At SU, he studied an interdisciplinary major that covered all facets of the entertainment industry. He interned at both Lionsgate and Billboard. He joined the 44 Blue Team in December 2015, as the Executive Assistant.

Fun Fact: Alan has been doing stand-up comedy for 6 ½ years.

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