JOE SCHREIBER – PRESIDENT, SENIOR PRODUCER
Joe Schreiber helped launch and produce NBC’s George Michael Sports Machine. The program aired for 23 years, making it the longest running locally produced, nationally syndicated sports show in television history. Joe won 11 Emmys at NBC. Today, Joe's varied production businesses are unified by a commitment to be in the forefront of new media trends, utilize state of the art technology aligned with a social media strategy. This includes Joe's roles as President of Mattmar Productions and co-founder of 3 Penny Films. Mattmar Productions empowers corporations, the public service sector and non-profits with video and new media, and has garnered four Telly Awards. 3 Penny Films produces collegiate sports documentary/reality programming for online and network television, and earned two 2011 Emmy Awards. Joe has parlayed his television and new media experiences into becoming a trainer in the art of communication for The National Science Foundation. He’s part of a team of three speakers that is traveling to 30 universities nationwide through 2014.
ALEXANDER PIKAS – DIRECTOR, EDITOR
Growing up, we all knew someone who was either a technical genius or the most creative and artistic person we’ve ever met. Now imagine someone blessed with a convergence of these talents – that’s Alexander Pikas. Moreover, his humility belies his status as an accomplished director and editor. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in Journalism and Advertising Copyrighting, Alex was offered a job by advertising legend Nick Gisonde (responsible for memorable ad campaigns like "Tastes Great/Less Filling" among others). Alex became one of the youngest directors of broadcast for one of DC’s largest and most successful advertising firms, Arnold Advertising. He earned 18 Addys in 3 years, working with a list of clients including, the American Red Cross, Exxon/Mobil, Chevy Chase Bank, and McDonald's. After leaving Arnold, Alex was sought by Fortune 500 companies including AOL and Viacom/MTV for his directorial eye and original ideas. He followed up with directing assignments at PBS, NBC, FOX, Court TV and Discovery Channel. Alex was the creative, directional and editorial force behind our Saladworks commercial campaign. The trailer for his hit film COPLEY can be seen on his website at www.pikasfilm.com.
BLAKE ALTHEN – MUSIC COMPOSER
Blake Althen of Human Factor is one of the thought leaders of the music business. He has composed music for musical artists, indie films, and corporate clients since the early 90's. With his background as a record producer working with artists on three continents, Blake brings a contemporary, artistic, and world vibe to his film and television compositions. He has been nominated for 2 Grammy’s, over 20 Washington Area Music Awards, and his musical artists have reached the peak of Billboard charts. He is the author of Brand, Buzz & Success: Your Guide to the New Music Industry.
Blake’s formal education was at Berklee College of Music and George Mason University. Currently, Blake is pioneering AuditiontracsTM, DVD-Audio and 5.1 Surround Music, adding more dimension to his compositions, and ultimately the projects in which they are placed. His clients include: Discovery Network, Honda, NFL Carolina Panthers, US Army Modular Forces, Marine Marathon, Five Star Films Inc, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and more. Blake’s composition for the Saladworks commercial is featured on this site. More of his work is available at www.hfproductions.net.
Mattmar is proud to have forged an alliance with Protein Media, a talented team of designers, interactive developers, illustrators and animators led by Arijit Das and Cita Sadeli. Arijit's background in art, design, science and education has inspired Protein Media to produce animation, art for broadcast and film, web sites and web applications, iPhone applications, and interactive installations. Regardless of medium or project, the goal remains consistent: to catalyze audiences through amazement, curiosity, education, or just plain fun. Protein Media (www.proteinmedia.com) is a minority and woman design studio based in Washington, DC.
IAN BURKA - FILMMAKER / VIDEO JOURNALIST
Video production and filmmaking have entered a new age. Unlike the previous generation of professionals who were trained to do one job, i.e. cameraman or producer, Ian has grown to have command of the media he works with: film, video, and digital media. That means an ability to shoot, edit, produce and write. The Rider University graduate joined us fresh off of the red carpet where he worked at the Cannes Film Festival following internships at USA Network and Sovereign Bank Arena. We love Ian because he fits the Mattmar mold of combining humility along with confidence, intelligence and creativity. His editing on the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation "It Happened in Seconds" earned a 2011 Telly Award.