About Us




MANAGEMENT TEAM

Peter Hyoguchi, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Strike.TV is the brainchild of Peter Hyoguchi. He is also a contributor to the Network with his web series, "Me First!" and "Tomorrow Never Knows".

Hyoguchi has written and directed three feature films including "First, Last and Deposit" (Independent Film Channel) www.firstlastanddeposit.com, as well as selling numerous teleplays and screenplays within the Hollywood system including adaptations of Ray Bradbury and Herman Hesse. Mr. Hyoguchi founded the interactive video website http://www.interviewinghollywood.com, which features in-depth interviews with Industry pros like Francis Coppola (The Godfather), Tim Kring (Heroes) and David Silverman (The Simpsons).

As a consultant, Hyoguchi helped develop http://www.turnhere.com whose clients include Simon and Schuster, Discovery Networks, Citysearch and Intercontinental Hotels. He also initiated the first online video journalism division of Inman News (Inman Stories), which syndicates to the New York Times, LA Times, The Wall Street Journal and many more.

Chris Barrett, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder

Mr. Barrett is CEO and President of Metropolitan Talent Agency and MTA-Interactive. A 52 year veteran in the Entertainment Industry, Barrett started at seven years old in live TV as an actor. Though he enjoyed the success of working with the likes of Liza Minnelli under the direction of Martin Scorsese, Barrett began to feel there were broader horizons for him to explore in show business. He opened his own agency in 1982 with several partners, and within the next seven years, Barrett became the sole owner.

Mr. Barrett has consulted for PermissionTV, Datagenics and others. He has been involved with numerous companies in the web video space. Direct or indirect relationships with customers like Adobe, Disney, Fox, Regent and Porchlight. His experience leads him to see solutions for companies and content owners.

Ian Deitchman, Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder

Mr. Deitchman works as a screenwriter with his partner, Kristin Rusk Robinson. Since 1999, they have sold spec scripts, pitches and worked on feature assignments for 20th Century Fox, MGM, Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Universal and Gold Circle, among others.

Most recently, Ian and Kristin sold and wrote LIKE FATHER for Sony Pictures with Ashton Kutcher attached to star and produce. They also completed a re-write of THE BENDER for New Line with director Frank Corachi, as well as re-writing their original spec feature sale LIFE AS WE KNOW IT for Gold Circle and Warner Bros.

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, which stars Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel and directed by Greg Berlanti, is currently in post-production and will be released by Warner Bros. on December 22, 2010.

In 2009 Ian was also elected as a WGA Board Member. During the recent Writers' Strike, Deitchman was a WGA strike captain and co-founded UNITED HOLLYWOOD, the popular blog site that gave voice to the writers on the Internet during the walk-out. In charge of video development and acquisition for the site, Ian aggregated many of the memorable "strike videos" under the United Hollywood banner.

David Graves, Sr. Vice President of Distribution

Mr. Graves founded PermissionTV and is a seasoned media executive with extensive management experience in radio, TV, online and software development. As Senior Vice President of Media at Yahoo!, he oversaw highly successful properties including Yahoo! News, Finance, Sports, Travel, Education, Health, and Get Local.

Prior to Yahoo!, Dave was president of Reuters Media, the global media arm of Reuters, plc. where his responsibilities included the wire services, online news, television and pictures. His operation had offices throughout the world and produced products in 17 languages. During his tenure, Reuters Media became the leading supplier of news to the online world as well as traditional media.

Before Reuters, he was founding CEO of AdValue Media Technologies, a start-up technology company, which connected TV stations to ad agencies for the buying and selling of commercials, a company later acquired by Reuters. Among its customers were NBC, CBS, Young & Rubicam Advertising and McCann-Erickson. Prior to that, Dave had a long, successful tenure at Westinghouse Broadcasting (now CBS) in both radio and syndicated TV. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Lester Lewis, Director of Creative Development and Co-Founder

Mr. Lewis is a veteran sitcom writer with credits including The Larry Sanders Show, Caroline And The City, Flight of the Conchords and most recently, The Office. During the WGA strike Lester joined the Strike.TV team in a leadership role with an emphasis on transitioning Strike.TV from its original incarnation as an on-line charity event to an ongoing, artist-based business. The depth of his relationships within the comedy-writing community make Lewis Strike.TV's ambassador to this crucial sector of show-creator talent.

Michael Tabb, Head of Submissions and Co-Founder

Mr. Tabb's current projects include an unannounced feature film for Stonework Pictures and Producer Branko Lustig (SCHINDLER'S LIST, GLADIATOR, BLACK HAWK DOWN), THE UNCATCHABLE COWGIRL BANDITS OF NOTTINGHAM, TEXAS set to star Leighton Meester (GOSSIP GIRL) and Amber Heard (THE RUM DIARIES with Johnny Depp), a Robert E. Howard feature film adaptation for Paradox Entertainment called VULTURES, and his adaptation of the best-selling Russian sci-fi/adventure novel KNIGHTS OF THE FORTY ISLANDS by Sergey Lukyanenko (the newly translated book from the author of the NIGHT WATCH series) for Run Entertainment, Ltd.

Michael has developed projects for Disney Feature Animation, The Canton Company at Warner Brothers, Producer Lawrence Bender, comic book icon Stan Lee, Director Mike Newell and Dustin Hoffman to name a few. He also guest lectures on screenwriting and used to write a column in Ingenue Magazine about screenwriting entitled "Script Notes". Michael did the final rewrite of the thriller RING AROUND THE ROSIE, in which his draft landed actor Tom Sizemore and was released by Sony, making the top twenty list of highest grossing indie renters of 2006.

Tabb was raised behind the Orange Curtain (The OC), wrote his first short screenplay in high school and began writing features in college. His education includes two years at USC undergrad, a B.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, a Masters from UCLA's School of Film and Television, and recently completed a directing course at AFI. Michael Tabb is repped by APA & Silvera Management, does business under the banner of his company Burning Tree Films, and is a member of WGAw.

Ken LaZebnik, Director of Creator Outreach and Co-Founder

Mr. LaZebnik most recently wrote Thomas Kinkade's "Christmas Cottage". This Lionsgate film stars Peter O'Toole and Marcia Gay Harden, and was released during Christmas 2008. He shares story credit with Garrison Keillor for "Prairie Home Companion", Robert Altman's last movie. In addition, he wrote for the Prairie Home Companion radio show for many years. He's written for numerous television dramas, including Star Trek: Enterprise, Providence, and he was a writer/producer for seven seasons on the long-running hit Touched by An Angel. He wrote three In Concert at the White House specials for PBS, and has written magazine and newspaper articles for http://www.nytimes.com/ The New York Times, Manhattan, inc. and Speakeasy.

LaZebnik founded a baseball literary journal, The Elysian Fields Quarterly, which is in its second decade of publication. His plays have been produced in Minneapolis, New York and Los Angeles. His most recent play, Vestibular Sense, was honored at the 2007 Humana Festival in Louisville. For two years, he served as Dean of the School of Performing Arts at Stephens College, in Columbia, Missouri.

Sandy Climan, Consultant / Board Member

Mr. Climan is Managing Director of Entertainment Media Ventures (EMV), a Los Angeles-based venture capital fund focused in investment in the area of technology and media. Climan was executive vice president and president of Worldwide Business Development for Universal Studios, Inc (formerly MCA, Inc.), where he oversaw corporate international strategy and several Universal Studios operating units. Climan was a senior management team at Creative Artists Agency, a leading talent and literary representation firm, working with both talent and corporate clients. Climan earned his MBA at Harvard Business School.

Patrick Francis, Director of Special Features

Mr. Francis produces behind-the-scenes special features for Strike.TV productions and is the creator of "Strike Docs". Patrick is currently in production on a feature documentary about the making of Strike.TV from it's inception during the 07-08 Writer's Strike up to the present time.

Francis recently completed a feature documentary on the maverick film director, Andre deToth. Entitled "Andre deToth: The Director's Director" the film probes the connection between deToth's wild life (his escape from Nazi-occupied Poland, the devastating collapse of his marriage to Veronica Lake, his resilience after breaking his neck three times) and his extraordinary cinema (A-pictures, B-pictures, noirs, westerns, war films, and the 3-D classic, House of Wax). A collaborative effort shot over the last years of deToth's life, the film is an intimate portrayal and personal exploration of a man who truly lived life on his own terms. Directors Quentin Tarantino, Nicolas Roeg, Richard Donner, and Bertrand Tavernier also pay tribute to this under-appreciated artist.

Patrick currently works as a freelance producer/editor who has made video content to the The Film Noir Foundation, Interviewing Hollywood, UCLA School of Theater, Film, Television, and many others. He's also written several screenplays for hire (which hopefully will never be produced) as well as film-related journalism, L.A. Weekly and MovieMaker Magazine, among them.

It should be noted that Mr. Francis is the proud owner of a barrel of single malt Scotch whiskey, which is aging quietly in the briny sea air of southern Scotland.


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