Danny McGuire, Executive Producer and Director, is a versatile craftsman who, for thirty-five years, has provided thoughtful and quality-driven program-making services as a writer, producer, director, videographer and executive producer for commercial and public television stations, networks, and for freelance projects under the independent banner, Spirit Productions. Credited with approximately 250 broadcast and non-broadcast films and videos, McGuire’s work has garnered over three-dozen industry awards, including Emmys and other prestigious honors. For his national public television projects, he has achieved notable recognition for many science-and-information series, historical documentaries and music/dance/dramatic programs, including three special offerings of PBS’ signature series, Great Performances. www.spiritprotv.com
Gregory Bayol, Co-Producer, has been a friend and colleague of McGuire since they were college mates in the 1970s. A Masters' Degree led him to a career with the California Department of Transportation as both Chief of Public & Legislative Affairs and, later, as Chief of Health, Safety & Training. As the principal Information Officer for Caltrans, Greg liaised with local/State media officals and State legislators about State projects and policies, and directed historians, libarians and public media producers in implementing historical documentation of the Bay Area’s Toll Bridge Restoration Project. When time permits, Bayol provides craft services to varied freelance projects under his own media banner, as well as Spirit Productions’.
Jackie Zabel, Story/Script Consultant, began her professional career as a medical news reporter at KCBS-TV, Los Angeles, yet soon established herself as a freelance screenwriter and “script doctor.” She has developed many television and feature film scripts for Disney, Hallmark, Nickelodeon and HBO. In 2007, Jackie penned a medical thriller, Pandemic, for Larry Levinson Productions that brought her the prestigious Writers Guild of America Award for “Best Long Form Original.” Subsequently, she executive produced 13 Families, a documentary honoring the victims of the 1991 shootings at Columbine High School.
Blake McHugh, Principal Videographer, first collaborated with Spirit Productions when serving as film editor for McGuire’s Emmy-winning documentary, The Spirit of Allensworth (PBS, 1978), and has teamed several times since. An excellent editor, Blake shifted his craft energies exclusively to video-lighting and shooting, serving as director of photography for PBS’ highly praised series about microbiology, Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life On Earth. Blake continues to serve 60 Minutes, 60 Minutes II, Dateline, Good Morning America, and various Travel Channel and Discovery Channel documentaries as a contributing cameraman.
Lynne Cudden, Video Designer-Editor, worked as a prepress technician for InfoWorld Magazine before being recruited by Sun Microsystems as one of its web-designers. She returned to college to hone her video skills and, subsequently, hired on as an associate editor with Transvideo Studios, one of the largest web-and-video production facilities in Silicon Valley. Since the birth of her daughter, Lynne now works from home and provides freelance services to corporate, commercial and non-profit/educational clients including Camp Creative, Siebel Scholars, CreaTV/San Jose, Spirit Productions, and The Lancaster Group. http://ldcudden.github.io
Chris Sheesley, Graphics & Design, has over 20 years experience in creative development for advertising campaigns, marketing materials, identity/branding, point-of-sale and interactive among others. Clients include Choice Hotels International, The Washington Nationals, Kendall-Jackson Winery, Baileys Irish Cream and Celebrity Cruises. He currently runs his own shop out of San Francisco, CA. Email
Al Abrahams, Director of Corporate Development, has been in professional sales since 1981, with the additional recent 20 years as a Development Executive for local and national public television fundraising. Possessing strong ethical beliefs, Al is an affable communicator who anticipates clients’ needs, fulfills them promptly, and believes in and practices the credo that client service is Job #1. Email