FOUNDER / DIRECTOR / CREATIVE DIRECTOR / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Creative. Kinetic. Unforgettable.
Sammy Silver is a multiple Emmy Award Winning- Director/ Creative Director/ EP whose creative spirit has led to more than 16 yrs. of success in the entertainment industry. Known for his collaborative and trailblazing direction, he has a wealth of knowledge earned from groundbreaking projects across multiple platforms in both original content, film, music, live- event & branding. His background includes working with HBO, Disney, ESPN, NBC/Univ, The United Nations, & the Top-10 collectives that have garnered multiple awards & respect from his team.
For the past 10+ years, he's served as Creative Director/Director for ABC/ESPN (Walt Disney Corp) in NY. Accordingly, he’s provided insightful, strategic creative & on-set direction for a wide array of Disney properties. Also, he’s been influential in executive-level pitches as well as the ideation/execution of high-stakes projects.
Earlier on, he found The Electric Elephant, which grew into a highly respected boutique creative agency developing original brand & experiential content. Subsequently, his team collaborated with major studios, networks & agencies meeting the high expectations of coveted clients.
Previously, Sammy was promoted by HBO to serve as EP with their Creative Services: Original Series/Film Div. During his time, he brainstormed, pitched viable ideas for original series, films, & docs direct to show creators. As well, he directed & produced original shoots for HBO’s most celebrated series.
In summary, Sammy is a proven grassroots leader, who’s able to survive, adapt & prosper in pressure cooker situations with studios, networks & agencies. As an out-of-box thinker, he streamlines the 360 multilayered approach as an idea guy who executes, mentors & delivers- playing by the rules while trying new things. Eager to share high creative energy & a wealth of knowledge with multiple platforms, his inspiration and balance with talent, executives & crew, promises to crush expectations & consistently deliver.
Most recently wrapped, Sammy and his amazing team were asked to EP/ Creative Direct this year’s Climate Action Summit at the United Nations. For the first time ever, the UN opened the door to a fully- immersive projection mapping experience -that shined the light on new ways to integrate creativity with the Live Event. From the front page of the New York Times to Architectural Digest, The Electric Elephant in conjunction with its partners contributed creatively to the global awareness of this most important issue. Plus, this year the NBA in conjunction with ESPN CCU, RGA & Friends At Work, Sammy was thrilled to have the opportunity to direct and oversee the opening campaign for this year's NBA Holiday Season with the one and only John Legend. Last but not least, The Electric Elephant Partners are currently in development with a new original series with Executive Producer: Dick Wolf & Patrick Rizzoti. Previous collaborations have included everyone from : Thirty Seconds to Mars (London Philharmonic Orchestra), to Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys, and many others. Sammy, currently resides in NYC, and can always be found at a new art gallery, snacking on Lobster rolls in Chelsea, or checking out new artists /music in Manhattan, Queens & Brooklyn
HEAD OF PRODUCTION
Michael Mailer has been working extensively in the independent film business since graduating from Harvard University in 1987. He co-wrote and produced his first feature film, A Fool And His Money, starring Sandra Bullock and George Plimpton, in 1988. Since then, Mailer has produced over 20 features.
His films include the critically acclaimed Two Girls and a Guy, starring Robert Downey, Jr, Heather Graham, and Natasha Gregson Wagner (20th Century Fox, 1998); Black and White, starring Ben Stiller, Brooke Shields, Elijah Wood, and Mike Tyson (Sony Pictures, 1999); and Empire, starring John Leguizamo, Denise Richards, and Peter Sarsgaard (Universal Studios, 2002). Mailer also found success in films like Lost Junction with Neve Campbell (MGM, 2000); The Last Producer with Bert Reynolds, Lauren Holly, and Benjamin Bratt (Artisan, 2002); and Harvard Man, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joey Lauren Adams, and Adrien Grenier (Blockbuster, 2002). In 2003, Mailer produced Devour, starring Hollywood up-and-comers Jensen Ackles, Shannon Sossamon, and Dominique Swain (Columbia Tri-Star, 2004); and Loverboy with all-star cast Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, Oliver Platt, Sandra Bullock, Campbell Scott, and Matt Dillon (Millennium, 2004). The film made its debut at Sundance 2005 and was later released theatrically by Think Films.
Michael Mailer Films was established in 2004 to focus on both independent, character-driven films and larger, concept-oriented studio pictures. Since its formation, MMF has produced six pictures. Among them, the romantic comedies Kettle of Fish, starring Matthew Modine and Gina Gershon; and The Golden Boys, starring David Carradine, Rip Torn, and Bruce Dern. Additionally, Mailer produced two films released through Sony: The mixed martial arts-urban western Blood and Bone, and a remake of Hitchcock's The Lodger. Mailer's latest film, The Ledge, a suspenseful drama starring Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Terrence Howard, and Charlie Hunnam, debuted in Main Dramatic competition at Sundance 2011 and was released by IFC.
In recent years include: Seduced and Abandoned, starring Alec Baldwin, which screened out of competition at the 2013 Festival de Cannes; A Little Game, starring Olympia Dukakis, F. Murray Abraham, and Janeane Garofalo; Friends and Romans, starring Michael Rispoli, Annabella Sciorra, and Tony Sirico; Lost in Florence with Brett Dalton and Stana Katic; and Showing Roots, starring Maggie Grace, Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth McGovern, and Adam Brody.
Mailer's feature released in 2017 is also his directorial debut: Blind, starring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore, and Dylan McDermott. The Mailer production starring Sienna Miller, The Private Life of a Modern Woman, had its world premiere at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. Mailer recently directed the soon-to-be-released feature Swing, starring Michael Shannon, Alexander Ludwig, and Charles Melton.
REALITY ORIGINAL SERIES
Patrick Rizzotti, is a veteran film producer and founder of Crossroad Productions.
Rizzotti launched Crossroad to find projects that can crossover to multiple entertainment platforms during its lifespan.
Rizzotti originally co-founded Fortress Features in 2004 - 2017 and developed over 100 feature film and television projects during the next 14 years. The goal of Fortress was to create a environment where filmmakers could develop material outside of the studio system.
Rizzotti has produced major internationally successful films including the critically acclaimed "Pride" (Lionsgate), starring Academy Award Nominee Terrence Howard (Empire, Iron man) and Bernie Mac (Oceans Eleven, Charlie's Angels). "The Collector", co-written and directed by Marcus Dunstan (co-writer of Saw 4-7), spawned a sequel called "The Collection", both of which were released wide theatrically. "The Super", a psychological thriller starring Val Kilmer (Top Gun, The Doors) and financed by television producer Dick Wolf and most recently "Malicious" starring Josh Stewart (The Dark Night Rises, The Collector), Delroy Lindo (Heat, Get Shorty) and Bojana Novakovic (i-Tonya, Shameless).
STILL / CREATIVE
Art and creation at this point in my life are about keeping the content as pure as possible, however simple or complicated the subject matter may be, with minimal manipulation and no overthinking, because I feel almost everything and every subject has been done, redone, copied, worked on … it seems to me that the logical direction is to go back to basics, following one's instinct to create, not to copy or follow the trend but to be original.
This has ALWAYS been my goal and utmost integrity when itcomes to any creativity or art form, especially my work - to be as original as possible, without direct influence or copy of other people's work. I have worked with Vanity Fair, W, New York Times magazine, Interview, Details ... among many other publications. Campaigns include clients like Giorgio Armani, Freepeople, Kenneth Cole, Sean John, Levi's, Charles Jourdan, L'oreal, Revlon, MAC, Redken, Matrix, Wella, Sony music … and many more. The newest addition is Jack, one of the projects that I am currently working on now.
At a very young age I left my family and home in Asia in order to study abroad, starting with a strict boarding school in the UK. I always loved creative endeavors, and got started with photography at the age of 16, which I found to be an exciting new art form for me. Splitting my time between London and Paris, I started to “play“ a lot with this medium and got hooked on it, I started shooting on the street - people, and friends - and slowly fashion and advertising soon came along. This hobby followed me even when I started college at UC Berkeley, where I studied architecture ... and somehow everything that I have learnt through my culture, travel, people, studies and experiences have merged and infused into my way of thinking and my creativity.
My heart is to create fresh new art, both in photography and film … to never stop learning, evolving, dare to dream, to impact and influence the media and the world in an exciting new way.
(FILM / SERIES)
OFFICE MANAGER /
CHRIS MILES & DANI SLOCKI
PixiDust is a Creative Studio and R+D Lab that crafts unique and playful experiences for the physical, digital, and virtual realms.
Our mission is to create a positive impact on our world and communities by empowering our partners to create meaningful experiences. We embrace experimentation in order to conceptualize and produce innovative solutions that merge art, code, and technology.