Kim Guidone’s career began as a Story Editor for Stanley Jaffe, former COO of Paramount and Academy Award-winning producer at his company JAFFILMS in New York City. Primarily optioning from books, Kim was extremely well established in the publishing community, discovering stand-out material for film adaptation in their first-look deal at Sony Pictures. This would be a trademark in Kim’s development and production career. She has a talent for identifying and developing literary works that strike a universal chord with audiences, as seen in her early identification and championing of such authors as Suzanne Collins, John Green and Maggie Stiefvater... and now Simone Elkeles!
At present, Kim is working on an animation series with Disney Jr., and carries a slate of her own projects for both film, television and theater as an independent producer. Prior to that, she was Head of Development and Production for an independently financed production company; EAST OF DOHENY. While there, she worked on many adaptations with A-list talent. She also has served as a Creative Executive for MTV Networks and VH1.
Carol McCann began her career as a performer. After earning a BFA in Acting and Directing from Ithaca College, and an MFA from the FSU Asolo Conservatory, Carol spent a decade working as an actress in regional theatre and Off Broadway. With compatriots Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under, True Blood) and Nancy Oliver (Lars and the Real Girl, Six Feet Under, True Blood), Carol helped found the acclaimed NYC comedy troupe Alarm Dog Rep. In addition to being a featured cast member, Carol directed and produced a number of their shows, including their first subversive hit production, The Two Mrs. Trumps.
In the mid nineties, Carol co-founded Grandview Island Productions with her husband and partner, Michael Lesser (Pumping Iron, Winter Soldier). Under Carol’s creative leadership, Grandview Island went on to deliver award winning work in every medium including live, interactive, film and video, with Carol providing creative vision for numerous Fortune 100 companies. Carol’s commercial work has been honored with dozens of awards including The Communicator Award, NY Festivals Award, WorldFest – Houston Award, The Aurora Award, and The International Film and Video Festival.
Today Carol has returned to her story telling roots. An emerging screen writer, Carol has numerous projects in development including the original script Thanksgiving, a screen adaptation of the critically acclaimed novel, Swedish Tango, by best-selling author Alyson Richman. Her original musical, The Goddess in My Building, is also actively in development, with a workshop production scheduledfor 2016.
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