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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Elyse started her career at VH1 working in creative development on hit shows including VH1’s longest running docu-series: TI and Tiny: The Family Hustle. She then transitioned to 51 Minds Entertainment where she worked in the current department and created, staffed and produced on over 15 projects for MTV, BET, CMT, VH1, Oxygen, E!, Paramount Network, Lifetime and The History Channel. Elyse has produced on everything from out of the box formats like “Dating Naked” to the truck competition series “Truck Night in America” for The History Channel. FUN FACT: Elyse is a huge movie buff but never ever ask her about the end of the movie because she’s most likely fallen asleep.
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!
Bernetta Hardy joins 44 Blue Productions, LLC as the Director, Business & Legal Affairs. Prior to joining 44 Blue, Bernetta was a Staff Attorney at Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano. She also worked as a Manager, Business Affairs Administration for NBCUniversal, and within the Business & Legal Affairs department at Style Network, a former NBCUniversal entity.
Bernetta authored two articles within the Entertainment and Sports Lawyer Journal of the American Bar Association titled, “The Slants & Fashion Activism” and “Gawker & Reality Television: The Hulk Hogan Impact on Unscripted Programming.” She enjoys mentoring young women in creative writing with the nonprofit organization, “WriteGirl” and is an active member of the American Bar Association.
Bernetta is a California-licensed attorney. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School, with an emphasis on entertainment law.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.