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 A&E’s twice Emmy-nominated “Wahlburgers,” produced in association with Mark Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg, and genre-busting first responder documentary series “Nightwatch”, produced in association with Dick Wolf. If he’s not on the road, you can catch him walking on his tread-desk watching his Stanford Cardinal on ESPN.
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 broadcast primetime (“The Bachelor”, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”) and syndication (“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” “Ellen”). Her experience has helped shape 44 Blue’s diverse slate, from E!’s top-rated “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry,” Oxygen’s GLAAD Award-winning “Strut,” produced in association with Whoopi Goldberg’s One Ho, syndication’s Emmy-nominated “Family Court With Judge Penny,” Style Network’s Emmy-nominated “Split Ends,” OWN’s Grace Award-winning “Married To The Army: Alaska,” and the upcoming true-crime series “Twisted Sisters” for Investigation ID, produced in association with Khloe Kardashian. Follow Stephanie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sdrachkovitch
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 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.
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.
Andrew’s diverse unscripted career has navigated the network, studio and production company landscapes. Prior to joining 44 Blue, he was Head of Production at 495 Productions overseeing company day-to-day and physical production for shows including Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party and Jersey Shore Family Vacation. As a studio exec at Sony Pictures, he traveled the world adapting local versions of Got Talent, Top Model and The Amazing Race. He also worked as a Production Executive at MTV Networks.
Andrew is a graduate of the University of Miami and an avowed college football fanatic (his honeymoon included a football game).
Dan has an excellent track record of creating alternative programming for network, cable and digital outlets having developed docu-series, formats, fixed-rig and talk. Prior to 44 Blue he served as the Head of Development for such companies as Shed Media/Warner Brothers, Firecracker Films, and 3Ball Entertainment/Eyeworks USA. Highlights include: Bar Rescue, LA Hair, First Dates, Criminal Confessions, Genius Jr, Baller Wives, and Glam Masters. He holds degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University.
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.
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.
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!
Prior to 44 Blue, Brent served as Vice President of Development for Outpost Entertainment/ITV, where he focused on premium documentary as well as competition and game formats. He was an Executive Producer on A&E’s 2-hour documentary OJ: Guilty In Vegas and took lead on the development and creation of several series and pilots for Travel Channel, Discovery, Food Network, Lifetime as well as having a hand in History’s Forged in Fire spin off- Forged In Fire: Knife or Death. He also worked at Pilgrim Studios/Lionsgate, where he successfully developed projects that led to multiple series orders including Battlefish (Netflix), Fire In The Hole (Discovery), Dance Video Throwdown (Lifetime) and Missing In Alaska (History). Brent started his career as an associate producer in field and story, and is a Founding member of the Young Professionals Committee at the Saban Community Clinic.
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.
Stephanie is the head of business and legal affairs, overseeing all aspects of the production legal process. Prior to joining 44 Blue, Stephanie worked Electus Productions, LLC as the senior director of business development and legal affairs and, prior to that, she worked at Discovery Communications across all of their 14 networks and for their in-house production studio. Stephanie’s experience ranges from talent deals, production services agreements, development agreements, attachment agreements to handling day-to-day production legal matters. She holds degrees from Scripps College and USC Gould School of Law.
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.
UCLA graduate Bree is a self-proclaimed pop culture guru who’s managed to parlay a lifelong addiction to television into a career. She got her start in unscripted casting at Asylum Entertainment and quickly discovered a true passion for development. She went on to develop for Ryan Seacrest Productions, Eclipse TV, Go Go Luckey Entertainment, and STX Entertainment’s Tower 2 Productions. Over the years, Bree has helped cast, produce and develop series for E!, TLC, WE tv, OWN, Bravo and MTV. When Bree’s not busy making new shows, she occupies her time by watching them…. like all of them
Formerly a producer and talent executive for talk shows, Pat's been a booker since birth and serves as the resident talent executive on 44 Blue's development team. Pat's booked and produced interviews with everyone from Presidents to toddler pageant queens and everyone in between. Before joining 44 Blue Pat was a Senior Producer and Talent Exec launching daytime talk shows with ABC, FOX and Telepictures and was a Senior Talent Producer for series at E!, IFC, VH1, Sirius XM, Syfy, Hallmark, Oxygen, ESPN and more. With 44 BLUE Pat booked talent for the launch of their hit series E!'s “Hollywood Medium” and their nationally syndicated daytime series “The Bishop T.D. Jakes Show.” Pat studied Politics & Television at Emerson College and started his career in LA working for Maria Menounos at Extra. He is a proud Rhode Islander and son of a lobstahman!
Storytelling has been a lifelong passion for Eric Leemon, and that passion has driven his more than 20 years on the creative side of the television business. Having refined his skills in the development trenches at 3 Arts, Sony Pictures Television and the World Poker Tour, Leemon eventually went on to produce top rated shows Ax Men, The Colony, Deadliest Catch and Pit Bulls and Parolees. He then moved into executive producing and showrunning on myriad series including American Daredevils, Filthy Riches, Hardcore Pawn and Diesel Brothers. As a Development Executive at 44 Blue, Leemon brings his wealth of storytelling experience and exuberance to bear on every project he touches. On a side note: Leemon loves dogs and bacon.
Ryan Weaver is a business and creative executive who joined from digital-focused, Red Arrow Studios sister company, Band of Outsiders, where he was Head of Development. Previous to that, he founded a content studio called Stick that produced original short films as well as contributed to branded content campaigns. With Ovrture, he oversees creative and strategy for initiatives targeting branded, digital and emerging media platforms. Ryan graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Media Studies.
Samora joins us from the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), where she was production coordinator and managed digital and linear productions such as Super Soul Sunday, Black Love and the Super Soul Conversations podcast.Before joining OWN, she was a freelance producer for the Black And Sexy TV digital network. Samora also has experience working in non-profit management in NYC prior to her move to Los Angeles to work in television.
Samora was born in New Orleans, grew up in Charlotte, NC and has a BA in Theatre from Florida State University. Samora also teaches Vinyasa yoga and loves traveling the world to find new adventures.
Stefanie has been working in social media since she was in college, starting with internship stints at Hint, iHeartRadio, Fine Brothers Entertainment and Girl Boss. Before joining 44 Blue she was Social Media Coordinator at Trending All Day and Marketing Coordinator at Ithaca College School of Business where she learned all the ins and outs of the digital world from social media, influencer marketing and more. Stefanie studied Integrated Marketing Communications at Ithaca College and is obsessed with astrology!.
Moving from coast-to-coast, Michael left his roots at the Jersey Shore for the West Coast, moving to LA to begin his career in television. He previously worked for American Chainsaws Entertainment and Discovery Studios before joining 44 Blue in May. He graduated from Ithaca College in 2016 where he studied Cinema and Photography, concentrating in Cinema Production.
When he isn’t watching and/or thinking about TV, he can be found jamming out at concerts or hiking across the mountains of Southern California!
Prior to joining 44 Blue, Jessica worked at Authentic Entertainment as an associate producer and story assistant on Trading Spaces. She also worked at The Gersh Agency in their alternative department as well as in commercial production at Tool of North America. Born and raised in Chicago, Jessica has enjoyed experiencing both coasts as well, studying at Ithaca College's Park School of Communications and then moving to LA to follow her passion for television. In her free time, Jessica loves rollerblading, trying new restaurants, and doing yoga.
Judy Ludy returns to 44 Blue after 3 years 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!
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.
Meet Jovan Douglas; a proud Detroit, Michigan native and Wayne State University Alum. He is the consummate accounting professional with over ten years’ experience for companies such as MGM Resorts International.
He loves comedy and may hit you with a punchline or two if you catch him on the right day. Other interests include reading, screenwriting, fishing, hiking, watching movies, and playing sports, and he is an avid fan of Detroit area sports teams.
Jovan’s aspirations include traveling the world and becoming a successful business owner.
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.
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.
Gabriel was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After high school, he attended College of the Canyons in Valencia California, where his passion for television and film expanded and he jumped into the industry with short films, kick starter films and personal projects of his own. He started at 44 Blue as a Production Assistant, moved up to Story Assistant on Pit Bulls & Parolees. Season 9 and is excited to be promoted to 44 Blue’s Production Coordinator.
Fun Fact: Gabriel lived in El Salvador for 5 years as a child.
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.
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.
Born and raised in the Peach State, Atlanta native DeAndre relocated to Los Angeles in 2015 to pursue a career in film and television. He received a degree from California State University, Channel Islands in Organizational Communication in 2018. Before joining 44 Blue, DeAndre had stints at Jesse Collins Entertainment, BET, Will Packer Productions and Sweetest Pig Productions. DeAndre continues to fulfill his dreams by learning everything he can about the entertainment industry.
Fun Fact: DeAndre is a summer Gemini and loves southern food