EXECUTIVE PRODUCER / PRODUCER
Born in 1962 and raised in southern New Jersey, Suzanne DeLaurentiis was a singer, dancer and actress from an early age. She worked on and off Broadway, and studied Opera at Carnegie Hall with the famous Carlo Menotti. She established a successful singing career in her teens, following in the footsteps of her cousin and mentor, 50’s superstar, Frankie Avalon.
In her early 20’s, Suzanne opened her own production company, writing, producing, and directing feature films and television. Throughout her 30-plus years as a filmmaker, Suzanne has been involved with over one hundred productions. She has also been honored with many prestigious awards, including the Terry Scarlett Award for Filmmaking (Marco Island Film Festival, 2002), The Distinguished Founders Award for Excellence in Filmmaking (Palm Beach International Film Festival, 2003), and the Opal Award (Women in Film, 2007). Additionally, in 2008, The Hollywood Fame Awards honored Ms. DeLaurentiis for her lifetime achievement for music in independent films.
In addition to her numerous awards and productions, Ms. DeLaurentiis has also taken part in historical litigation in cases relating to both union issues and distribution. She has fought successfully, protecting the rights of independent filmmakers.
In 2006, Suzanne DeLaurentiis independently produced the award winning, 10th & Wolf, a multi-million dollar, award winning mafia drama, based on the investigations of mob informant, Joe Pistone, aka Donnie Brasco. Filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the film starred James Marsden, Giovanni Ribisi, Brian Dennehy, Val Kilmer, Lesley Ann Warren, Tommy Lee, Piper Perabo, Dash Mihok, and the late Brad Renfro and Dennis Hopper.
Some of her other independent film titles include A Month of Sundays, Shut Up and Kiss Me, Lost Revolution, The Dark Tourist, Black Gold, Area 407, Stone Markers, How Sweet It Is, and Buried Lies.
Suzanne is currently in development for two epic scripted crime dramas with Don Carmody Television entitled Vendetta, and Brick City.
Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Arvid Edward is a graduate of Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. He has over fifteen years of experience as a practicing veterinarian. Aside from being a veterinarian, Dr. Arvid Edward is an actor, and currently stars in a kids television show entitled, The Dooley and Pals Show, which airs on select cable networks. He has also appeared in numerous Disney ads and commercials, including a Walt Disney World print work spread for Ebony Magazine. Additionally, Dr. Arvid Edward has been featured in a national Frito Lay Commercial, “Rollitos”, and two short films entitled, Sounds of the Fight, and Hills Like White Elephants. Arvid has also done improvisation work with the prestigious Groundlings School of Improvisation, and numerous radio segments where he shares his knowledge of pets with viewers. In 2003, Dr. Arvid Edward was recognized in Los Angeles, California by the “Parent Involvement in Education Foundation” and received an award for “Practicing the Highest Standards of Veterinary Medicine and Outstanding Service” for his contributions to the community.
DR. JAMES E. BOGAN, JR.
STAR / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER / CREATOR
Dr. James E. Bogan, Jr., a native of Youngstown, Ohio, graduated in 1994 from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was awarded the OSU Award for Excellence in Anesthesiology. In 2002, Dr. Bogan earned diplomat status in canine and feline practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, but continued to further develop and expand his skills to address the needs of a wide variety of animal species. Dr. James Bogan now has a special interest in numerous exotic animals, and works with central Florida attraction centers that specifically house crocodiles, alligators, and other exotic reptilians. Dr. Jim Bogan has also received recognition as one of “America’s Top Veterinarians” by Consumer’s Research Council of America, and a “Top Veterinarian in Small Animal General Practice with Exotics” by Orlando Magazine. Dr. Jim Bogan is currently a member of several distinguished veterinary medical associations.
Gayle Barnes is a native of San Francisco, California. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.
Gayle has been in sales and marketing management at IBM and Eastman Kodak Co. She was responsible for Kodak’s Student Filmmaker Program, where she traveled to film schools throughout the country, as well as to film festivals in locations around the world including Cannes, Toronto, and Sundance. Gayle led the creation of a trailer for Kodak that was garnered praise and support on a worldwide scale.
Gayle is also a successful real estate broker in the state of California. She is the owner of The Ladybug Foundation, Inc. whose mission is to educate women in becoming homeowners.
Gayle has a passion for helping others and giving back. She is a board director and chair of The Faith Relations Committee for Habitat for Humanity.