Jacob Jaffke is an award-winning producer and the head of development & production for filmmaker Tate Taylor's Wyolah Films. Before joining Wyolah in early 2016, Jaffke was the head of feature film development at producer Eric Newman's Studiocanal backed co-venture Grand Electric. In his role with Grand Electric, he supervised the development of over a dozen features including the adaptation of the Trevor Lummis book "Life & Death in Eden" penned by 2014 Black List screenwriter Kristina Anderson and an adaptation of Robert Scheckley's short story "Prize of Peril" by UK writer Will Bridges.
Most recently he produced the feature film "In a Valley of Violence", marking his fourth collaboration with filmmaker Ti West. The film stars Ethan Hawke & John Travolta and made its World Premiere at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival ahead of its release by Focus World later in the year. Also making its World Premiere at SXSW in 2016 is filmmaker & comedian Mike Birbiglia's sophomore feature film "Don't Think Twice", starring Keegan-Michael Key & Gillian Jacobs, on which Jaffke advised as a consulting producer.
In 2013, he produced Ti West's critically acclaimed film "The Sacrament", which premiered at the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals. He also produced Mike Birbiglia's crowd-pleasing directorial debut, "Sleepwalk with Me", which received the "Best of NEXT Audience Award" at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. His work on both films earned him a nomination for the 2014 "Independent Spirit Piaget Producer Award". Other producing credits include Carter Smith's "Jamie Marks is Dead", Whit Stillman's "Damsels in Distress", Joe Maggio's "Bitter Feast", Xan Cassavetes' "Kiss of the Damned", as well as Ti West's "The Innkeepers".
Before completing his MFA in Film Producing at Columbia University in 2010, Jaffke produced "Off Season", a short film that earned him and director Jonathan van Tulleken a 2010 BAFTA nomination. Other honors include the 2010 Columbia University Film Festival's Entertainment Partners Best Producer Award, the 2010 Producer's Guild of America's Debra Hill Fellowship, and a 2010 Caucus Foundation Grant.
Since graduating Magna Cum Laude from Brown University and graduate work at Rhode Island School of Design, Ms. Gossels, has been the casting director, and in many cases a producer, for more than 90 film productions in New York. Feature film casting credits include "Something's Gotta Give" starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, "Godsend" starring Robert DeNiro, Philip Glass and Godfrey Reggio's collaborative feature "Visitors", Joe Maggio's Sundance darling "Milk & Honey", Duncan Roy's "Picture of Dorian Gray" starring David Gallagher, Aleksa Palladino, and Christian Camargo, Lance Doty's Western feature "Shoot First and Pray You Live" starring James Russo, Jim Gaffigan, Richard Tyson and John Doman, Co-Producer and Casting Director for William Heins' feature film "Humdinger" starring David Moscow and most recently, Nemanja Bala's critically acclaimed indie feature "Love Hunter".
Ms. Gossels has also cast and produced more than 30 award winning short films, including the Academy Award winner "Zen and the Art of Landscaping" starring Mark Blum and Jacob Pitts, "Young Americans" starring Lukas Haas, "Wrigley" starring Peter Gerety, Matt Malloy and Tom Aldredge, "Walls" starring Norman Reedus and Jayce Bartok, "Herb" starring Amanda Peet", "Bright" starring Eric Stoltz, Academy Award nominee Joan Stein's "Solidarity" starring Michael Stuhlbarg, "5G" starring Ramon Rodriguez, "Falling Objects" starring Timothy Hutton, Melissa Leo and Mireille Enos, "Hi-Yah" starring Lynn Cohen, "Something for Henry" starring Sabrina Lloyd, "Daypass" starring James Urbaniak, "Blue Funk" starring Vincent Pastore, and one of her recent award-winning short films, "Happenstance" starring Margaret Colin and Jay O. Sanders, began airing on HBO this past year and "TUB", another one of Ms. Gossels' recent short films, premiered at Sundance last year. Ms. Gossels' upcoming short films include "Honey Flood" starring Julian Sands, as well as "Emunah" starring Rebecca Schull and Dan Ziskie and "The Last Day of Charlie Ray" starring Len Cariou and Maryann Plunkett, for both of which Ms. Gossels also served as a producer.
Ms. Gossels also casts for a wide range of television projects, including The Comedy Central Specials "Night of Too Many Stars" hosted by Jon Stewart and starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, etc., HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver", segments for "The Daily Show", Sesame Street's short film series "The Child Resiliency Project", and for segments for NBC's "The Apprentice" and "Celebrity Apprentice". Ms. Gossels also handled all the specialty casting throughout two seasons of the IFC TV series "Z Rock" and for Disney's 2009 TV series "Disney's Celebration Showdown".
Upcoming television casting credits include the TV series "American Caravan", from Academy Award winning producer Jerome Gary.
In addition, Ms. Gossels cast TV promos, image campaigns and hosts for all the major networks, including for NBC's "The Event", FOX's "Gotham", "Sleepy Hollow" and upcoming series "Scream Queens", show opens for the Discovery Channel series "The Future Of", and principals for the television series "Mom's Cooking" for Lifetime Television, the Spike TV pilot "Get Your Sack Back", "Sesame Street Tilly", the Discovery Channel Original Movie "Perfect Disaster", and hosts for A&E, Nick@Nite and TV Land.
Over her 20 year career, Ms. Gossels has also cast thousands of major media campaigns and national network commercials (including many CLIO winners) for clients ranging from Maybelline to Merck to Microsoft and everything in between, and for preeminent production companies including Disney, Ridley Scott Associates, Viacom, Firstborn Multimedia and countless others.
Over the past few years, Ms. Gossels has also been the Casting Director for the exciting new hybrid entertainment production "The Ride" from the creators of Blue Man Group, Michael Counts of Counts Media and legendary comedy writer Bruce Vilanch, which is began its run in Times Square in 2011.
Finally, Ms. Gossels is also the producer and casting director for prestigious Sloan Foundation Award Winning Screenplay Reading Event at the Hamptons International Film Festival each year, for which she assembles stellar casts, including Melissa Leo, Richard Kind, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Michael Stuhlbarg, Harris Yulin, and Chris Bauer, among others. Ms. Gossels also serves as a juror at The Woodstock Film Festival, HIFF, and for the Student Academy Awards.
Over the years the accomplished Irene Michaels has demonstrated that it is not in her nature to slow down. The dark haired beauty thrives on the challenges presented by her demanding work schedule, silently taking pride in highly deserved success and remaining ever grounded and gracious to those who have contributed to her mission along the way. For the past several decades, the savvy Chicago based entrepreneur has glided gracefully from one project to another, jetted from one city to the next to pursue opportunity after opportunity, and has rarely paused to catch her breath. She has taken on the roles of model, actress, producer, publisher, and inside journalist. She is an accomplished equestrian and avid animal lover. Few can match her work ethic, and she has a great deal to show for her efforts. Ms. Michaels has done it all and has become a significant figure within Chicago society.
With impressive beauty and a sharp intellect, Irene Michaels has navigated the entertainment and business worlds for over thirty years, beginning as a young dancer and model who formed her own modeling agency, Show Time, before the age of twenty. It wasn't long before she became known as the "leader of fashion shows," making connections that would eventually further her own career as an actress. In addition to film and theater work, she landed a reoccurring role on General Hospital in the 1990's before deciding once again to go behind the cameras, again taking on the business world with the creation of "Behind the Scenes," a company that produced promotional events for corporations, hotels, and convention centers. Ms. Michaels then went on to create a second production company in 2004, and she further branched out with the establishment of IMA Contractors, a firm specializing in re-habbing vintage homes in the Gold Coast.
Her most recent business endeavor is the creation of I On The Scene, a culture and society webzine that publishes exciting content on the biggest entertainment news in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, as well as abroad. Once one of Chicago's leading fashion models, Ms. Michaels' work in the industry has exposed her to some of entertainment's biggest names and events. Ms. Michaels has covered major red carpet events such as the Tonys, Grammys, Golden Globes, Oscars, numerous film festivals, and notable concerts to mention just a few. Her classy and graceful style continues to charm a growing audience, many comparing her to Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Audrey Hepburn. I On The Scene also covers topics such as cuisine, fashion, travel, and culture. Her list is extensive. She has encountered and interviewed numerous celebrities ranging from actors Bruce Dern, Al Pacino, Gary Cole, Dennis Farina, Bette Midler; directors Quentin Tarantino and Joe Maggio; singers Harry Connick Jr, Gene Simmons of KISS, Carol Connors, Dennis DeYoung; the late fashion designer Oscar de la Renta; jewelry designer David Yurman; supermodels Cindy Crawford and Christy Brinkley; late producer Marty Robbins; Michael Butler, as well as Chaz Ebert, Arianna Huffington, comedian Tom Dreesen, Normand Latourelle of Cavalia horse productions, Betsy Steinberg of the Chicago Film Office, and former mayor Richard Daley. Additionally, she has covered major horse shows like the Hampton Classic and CSIO Barcelona Nations Cup Jumping Final, book signings, and restaurant launches. With the popularity of her growing website, Ms. Michaels' audience continues to grow through her thousands of enthusiastic Facebook fans, influential Twitter followers, and loyal Instagrammers. In addition to her work with I On The Scene, Ms. Michaels' blog, "I On Beauty", is featured on the Post 50 section of the Huffington Post, where she covers a range of topics, including surviving challenges, taking control of end-of-life care issues, relationships, pets, healthy living and shares beauty secrets. I On Beauty was received so well that Ms. Michaels launched a secondary series in conjunction with Huffington Post's Lifestyle section called "I On Exceptional Living".
In furtherance of the I On brand, Irene turned to the beauty industry and developed an anti-aging line called I On Youth Collection, with products including I On Youth Roll-On Serum and a brightening CC cream with 20 SPF, Make-Up Remover Wipes and a Gel Cream Cleanser for all skin types to name a few.
One of the forces motivating Irene Michaels is the idea that her work matters. Beyond simply following the happenings of Hollywood show business, she brings awareness and garners support for many causes. In a recent interview with Gene Simmons of KISS, she introduced Chicagoans to the non-profit organization, Sophie's Place, a child advocacy center in Canada that provides tutoring, food, and guidance to underprivileged and at-risk children. Her charitable affiliations include PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving), La Rabida Children's Hospital, the Chicago Architectural Foundation, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Journalists Association, Chicago Historical Society, Wayne DuPage Riding Club, Screen Actors Guild, The Joffrey Circle, Better Boys Foundation, and Theater School of DePaul.
While Irene spends a great deal of time socially and on the Red Carpet, she equally enjoys her private time hanging out with her horses and other animals. She's an avid outdoorswoman, and regardless of how hectic her schedule becomes, she can usually be found at the stables or participating at horse riding shows. For demonstrating consistency and exceptionalism in her riding, Irene has earned her Colors, a great honor in the equestrian community. This impressive distinction enables her to ride in prestigious hunts the world over.