Ron Maestri's career began in radio as part-time Public Affairs Director/Promotions Manager for a mellow rock FM radio station in Las Vegas, Nevada, KUDO-FM 93. It was this opportunity that connected him to the needs of dozens of non-profit organizations providing them the voice to communicate their message to the local community. Ron created and hosted groundbreaking shows that sought to be entertaining and not typical public affairs tune-outs. Shows like "FM Magazine" utilized the skills of Maestri, along with every other on-air talent as a means of utilizing the station's resources and to garner a larger audience, which the show did successfully, eventually moving into prime-time.
Within 6 months, Ron Maestri was promoted to full-time Operations Manager, in charge of all station talent & programming, also writing & producing highly creative radio ads for station clients. They quickly caught the attention of an ad agency president, who offered Ron a position upon departure from KUDO. Ron accepted, and became Production Director for Ryan Advertising, a leading retail ad agency in Las Vegas, writing, producing and directing all of the agency television and radio commercials. Several spots earned Ron and the agency ADDY Awards for excellence.
Becoming on camera spokesman for Desert GMC trucks, Ron remained their spokesman for 10 years. It was through this exposure that led Ron to KRLR TV, "Vusic", the nation's first full power 24hour music video television station, where Ron Maestri became their first male VJ, hosting "Wake-Up with Ron" weekday mornings (the only music video show on the station's schedule to get ratings) where he created multiple zany characters, including Skier Joe & Uncle Wally. Ron also hosted a weekly Saturday night show, as well. Additionally, he hosted their one-hour show, "Vegas 21", syndicated to multiple station's throughout the U.S. He produced an original music video for a local band, which won the station's contest searching for the best group. When the station transitioned into conventional programming, Ron stayed on as their Program Director/Promotions Producer. So did Uncle Wally, as their kids' show host, and he hosted regular daily interstitial coming up billboards in prime-time.
Relocating to Los Angeles, Ron created and hosted "RocQuiz", an all rock n' roll trivia game show pilot. Directed by Byl Carruthers ("Press Your Luck"), the show was quickly optioned by Shelley Duvall's Think Entertainment for national cable distribution.
Ron hosted 130 episodes of the game show series "Quicksilver" for Stone-Stanley and the USA Network, which became their #1 rated original game show series. Before the show was sold to Stone-Stanley, Ron hosted presentations for Kushner-Locke ("1st and Ten"), CBS and Merv Griffin.
Never stopping producing, Ron produced and directed national news magazine-style infomercial CTA's (call-to-action) long form commercials, opens and bumpers, personally directing Joan Collins, Jaclyn Smith, Dennis Weaver, Linda Dano and Bruce Jenner, among others. At a time when infomercials of the day were poor quality, Ron elevated the caliber with the simple premise that if every product was made to look like a million dollars, the price reveal would look like a bargain. It was these high gloss spots that ultimately set the example, and has now became the norm in that industry. Ron produced/directed for California Production Group, DirectAmerica, Guthy-Renker, Quantum and National Media for a decade.
Spotting an ad in Hollywood Reporter for a QVC open call searching for Program Hosts, Ron auditioned and ultimately won the position from thousands of applicants nationwide. He specialized in cooking, fitness, jewelry, fashion, health/beauty, collectibles & automotive shows. Ron was also voice of QVC's main ID as well as on-going spots promoting shows and exciting new products to be featured. He hosted their groundbreaking late night series "Extreme Shopping", and Q2, their hipper MTV-style sister network.
When Ron's contract with QVC ended, Ron returned to Los Angeles to continue producing and to pursue stand-up comedy. With an act described as "If stand-up comedy is all about honesty, Ron Maestri corners the market", Ron performed regularly at The Comedy Store, The Hollywood Improv, The World Famous Ice House in Pasadena, Ha Ha Comedy Cafe, Second City and in San Diego at their 2000-seat 4th & B Theatre. His Saturday night shows, which he produced and MC'd at Comedy Union, an all-black comedy club in L.A., consistently filled seats to capacity every week for a year.
He became voice of Honda's satellite navigation system in all U.S. vehicles, including Acura and continued to record TV & radio ads for Taster's Choice, Universal Studios, Orlando, Washington Apples, AmeriQuest, Petco, Hyundai, Chevrolet, Honda & Anthony Robbins.
Relocating to Nashville, Tennessee, Ron became Show Host for the Shop-at-Home Television Network, becoming their lead cookware host, credited with helping to triple sales in that product category.
Returning to NYC where he was born, Ron is acting in film and in television, marking a new chapter in his career. He can be seen "Tower Heist" swimming in the $100 swimming pool at the opening of the film as stunt double for one of the lead characters; in "Curb Your Enthusiasm" as the doorman; a scene with Jim Carrey in "Mr. Popper's Penguins"; "The Big Year", "Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You", "The Miraculous Year", "Mildred Pierce", "Something Borrowed", "Premium Rush", and was also Terence Stamp's photo double alongside Matt Damon & Emily Blunt in "The Adjustment Bureau". Ron's numerous television appearances include Bowie, the accidental knife thrower on "Are We There Yet?"; "Gossip Girl", "Blue Bloods", "The Good Wife", "Law & Order: SVU", "White Collar", "The Big C", "Rescue Me", and multiple characters on "The Onion News Network".
Highlights of Ron's training include acting from The Beverly Hills Playhouse (Doris Roberts, Jenna Elfman) and The Larry Moss Studio (Jason Alexander); stand-up comedy at The Improv from Mark Lonow, former owner and improvisation at The Groundlings Theatre.
Despite his young age, Jian has already distinguished himself as an actor with a wide range of performances in both film and television. He started on the hit film The Night Listener (2006), for which he noticed by a lot of filmmakers in the entertainment industries. Therefore, he starts working in numbers of TV serious such as "How to Make It in America", "The Beautiful Life: TBL", "New Amsterdam" and two seasons in "Ugly Betty". On his way success on television, he was already working steadily in feature films, Prime (2005), "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (2010), and "Salt" (2010).
Jian is recently focusing on his acting career in films. His most recent film credits include The Adjustment Bureau (2011), Safe (2011/II), New Year's Eve (2011), and Friends with Benefits (2011).
Jian, who resides in both New York and Los Angeles, will next appear in Premium Rush (2012) as well as Men in Black III.
Darlene Violette is a New York City based actor, writer and comedienne. A native of Taunton, MA, she is a graduate of the Trinity Repertory Conservatory in Providence, RI.
Darlene's television credits include appearances on Louie, 30 Rock, The Heart, She Holler, Ugly Betty, Wonder Showzen, Delocated, Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, and opposite Kate Winslet in the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce.
Her many film credits include the Sony Pictures feature Premium Rush directed by David Koepp, Two Days in New York, starring Chris Rock and directed by Julie Delpy, The Hungry Ghosts Directed by Michael Imperioli and God's Behaving Badly directed by Marc Turtletaub.
She has also appeared extensively in NYC theater productions, indie films and national commercial and print campaigns. A gifted comedienne, Darlene is a veteran of the stand up circuit where she has performed regularly at venues throughout NYC and up and down the East Coast, including her own shows at Carolines and Don't Tell Mama in NY. She also did warm up comedy for the 10th season of the Ricki Lake Show and the short lived Life and Style starring Jules Asner.
She studied playwriting at Trinity Rep Conservatory with Eliza Anderson and at Studio Dante with Francine Volpe. She studied sketch comedy writing at The Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. As a writer she has written plays, sketches and a web series. She has produced several theatrical productions. She is writing a stage play and a screenplay about the life and career of screen legend Mae West.
Darlene resides in Brooklyn, NY with her musician husband Brian and their dog Sparkles.
Some of her all time favorite actors/performers include Anne Bancroft, Mae West and Carroll Burnett.
Heidi Philipsen is an actress, writer and director who enjoys taking on challenging projects that encourage her to grow as an artist and individual.
After majoring in Film/Theatre/German Literature at the Residential College of the University of Michigan, Heidi moved to Germany her senior year. What began as a "just watch me" response to a college professor's statement that Heidi would "never learn the language" led Heidi to embark on a fascinating professional journey to Freiburg, Berlin, and Hamburg Germany that would last for several years - bringing her German language skills to near-native fluency, and enabling her to forge a career in film, television and regional theater.
Highlights abroad in acting, writing and directing, include apprenticing at the politically provocative and acclaimed Theatre 89, where she apprenticed under the best of the best in Berlin's professional theater scene, including the Berliner Ensemble, Deutsches Theater Berlin and Maxim Gorki Theater, followed by acting and directing at the Friends of Italian Opera English Theatre - now known as The English Theatre in Berlin.
A friend and colleague at The English Theatre of Berlin, who worked in broadcast television, approached Heidi one day about a casting for a job as a "weather girl" in at the internationally broadcast and globally focused television station, Deutsche Welle. Heidi went in and got the job. Two years later, she moved from anchoring the daily, international weather forecast, to on-camera reporting, field-producing, assistant directing, and translating for a worldwide audience (over 28 million viewers a week!) through Deutsche Welle TV on it's daily television magazine, Germany Today.
In her tenure at DW-TV, Heidi's lust for life and fascination with the world and people around her led her to one exciting opportunity after the other: one moment, Heidi was covering the Berlin International Film Festival and interviewing such personalities and VIPs as George Clooney, Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Foxx, Shirley McClaine, Bruce Willis, Bono, Wim Wenders, Ice-Cube, Gong-Li, Terence Malick, P.T. Anderson, Joseph Fiennes, Milla Jovovich and Denzel Washington; the next, she was traveling to the countries along Germany's border and visiting interesting people, businesses and historical landmarks in such places as Kollund, Denmark, Colmar, Alsace-Lorraine, Bregenz, Austria, and Gorlitz, Poland.
Clearly, living in Berlin during the hey-days of its reconstruction, as a fluent speaker of German and English, Heidi was in the right place at the right time for a career in film, television and print media -- and enjoyed all of the opportunities that continued to come her way: speaking to a group of American study-abroad graduate students about "Careers in Germany" at the American Consulate General in Hamburg, acting as one of the first, two co-Managing Editors of the American Academy in Berlin's Literary Journal, "The Berlin Journal,"and doing voice-over work at the legendary Grundy Ufa Studios in Babelsberg for American films, such as Fox Television's for-TV feature "Terror in the Mall."
"New York City" Heidi returned stateside in 2000 to study acting and pursue her Masters Degree. She trained extensively at the T. Schreiber Studios and performed Off-Broadway in such shows as Angry Jello Bubbles, "Prelude to a Kiss" at the Gloria Maddox Theater and "Let's Murder Marsha" at the Douglaston Theater ala Carte.
"Michigan" Motivated by a desire to "think globally, act locally," in 2003, Heidi returned to her roots in Michigan and started writing, producing, acting in and directing her own pieces for both film and theater.
She started her own socially motivated theater ensemble"The Personae Ensemble," in 2005, enrolled in film school at the Motion Picture Institute of Michigan, in 2006, and continue acting, regionally, in the Midwest at Jeff Daniel's professional theater, The Purple Rose Theatre, in Chelsea, Michigan. Creative accomplishments from that time period include Heidi's thesis short, "A Fork in the Road" (writer/producer/director) for which she received "Best Screenplay" and was nominate for "Best Director" at the MPI Student Film Festival; "Tales from Motherville" (writer/producer/director/ensemble actor), performed both at Canton, Michigan's Theatre at Cherry Hill and Planet Ant's 2007 BoxFest.
"A Fork in the Road" was a part of the official of the Reel Women International Film Festival in , on March 8, 2008, the New Filmmakers Anthology in NYC in 2009, and at the Manhattan Film Festival at Symphony Space in Manhattan in July of 2010 year.
"From Here to There and Back: Michigan, NYC & Upstate, New York"
Having finished a run of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY, in April of 2010, Heidi is producing the play "Brilliant Traces" with fellow professional actor, Kevin Craig West, at Stageworks Hudson, under the directorial leadership of Laura Margolis.
She continues to work on her craft as an actress, training in Advanced Scene Studio at the Stella Adler Studios and Terry Schreiber Studios.
Heidi continues to work in film, both independent and big studio feature and discovered a love for professional precision driving in feature films with big stunts, such as Tower Heist, Salt, The Other Guys and Premium Rush.
Her period piece adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's Gothic Thriller, "Telltale Heart" - "Her Telling Heart" - is complete and seeking distribution.
|Brooke Ashley Osborn
Brooke Ashley Osborn was born, along with her twin, Allison Osborn in Danbury Connecticut, on June 9th, 1987 to Grace Gilchrist & Minott Osborn. The years following the family lived in several areas of Vermont. At the age of 16, Brooke decided to pursue a career in Filmmaking, & moved to Newport Beach, CA. In the California years following, she finished school at Newport Harbor High School, and went on to attend Orange Coast College. She started in the industry working as a Production Assistant on several unknown Indie's such as THe Wind Fisherman, and an HBO pilot, Eden. Around the age of 19, she took a break from Film, and set sail on Semester At Sea for the Fall 2006 Voyage as a audio/visual assistant & a student on board. After her travels around the world, she came back to California, and soon after moved to New Zealand to find film work, & to experience the country. Returning home in Cali in 2007, she moved to San Francisco where she attended Diablo Valley College, where she took script & acting classes. in 2008, she very spontaneously decided to move to Crested Butte, CO to live with her Twin Allie, for a ski Season. After the season, Brooke moved to Chicago to get her career back on track. In the Spring of 2009, Brooke attended the Illinois Institute of Art where she majored in Wed Design & Interactive Media. Finishing in summer of 2010, she then moved to New York City and continued picking up freelance work on various sets as a Production Assistant such as the feature, Premium Rush, Limitless, & an Indie short, Powder Strike. Following NYC, she moved back to Los Angeles, California where she presently resides, and continues to work in the industry full time.