MARKO SAKREN - Chief Executive Manager / Writer / EP / Director
Marko began his career in the field of entertainment in 1980 when he was selected as a director for the Trent Gough Writers Workshop, which developed new programming for television in New York City. In 1983, he ventured to Lucasfilm where he made his initial contacts in the movie business; and then to southern California where he worked as a commercial artist, scenic designer, lighting designer, stage manager, technical director, production manager and producer for recorded and live productions in Hollywood and throughout southern California, including shows at the famous Groundlings Theatre starring Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz and Kathy Griffin, among many others. His shows used the services that Hollywood had to offer through Warner Burbank Studios, Western Costume, Grosh Scenic Studios, and other resources.
In the 1990's, Marko entered the worlds of corporate communications, marketing, advertising and strategic events to develop, write, manage, design, direct and produce content for such notable companies as The Hartford, MGM Grand, IBM, Intel, Chrysler, Wendy's, Mitsubishi Electric and Redken Fifth Avenue. This work took him around the country to launch screenings and shows starring the talents of Sinbad, Penn & Teller, Dennis Miller, Danny Glover, and others. Marko's video projects have earned national awards and have screened around the world.
In 2000, his career in motion pictures officially began when the first feature he produced and directed, "Clover's Movie" starring Joe LaDue ("Young and the Restless," "Casino," "Ocean's Eleven") and Randy Sutton ("Casino," "Fools Rush In"), became an official selection at the CineVegas International Film Festival. In 2007, he screened his next feature film, "My 9/11" starring Christian Fitzharris ("Cirque du Soleil," "Sister Act 2") at the Brenden Theatres inside The Palms Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. His most recent feature, "Running 4 President" had its debut in December 2009 to a sold-out, standing-room-only screening at Rave Motion Pictures (now AMC) in Las Vegas.
Throughout his decades of experience, Marko has responsibly developed content, produced it and managed the millions of dollars it took to create it in the fields of the Arts, Advertising, Marketing, Movies and Events. For the Glenbrook Studios® companies, Marko supports and leads the team with a responsible background in business, an expertise that comes from hands-on experience, and a sense of artistry that always draws a crowd.
EDWARD SAXON - Industry Advisor / Producer / Story Consultant
Saxon is a Hollywood producer best known for the Oscar-winning film "The Silence of the Lambs" starring Jody Foster and Anthony Hopkins. "The Silence of the Lambs" is, to date, the third and last film to sweep the five main categories of Academy Award for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture (the others are "It Happened One Night" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"). It is also listed in American Film Institute's top 100 films of all time.
Saxon's other notable films include: "Beloved" starring Oprah Winfrey; "Ulee's Gold" starring Peter Fonda; "That Thing You Do!" starring Tom Hanks; "The Truth About Charlie;" Married to the Mob;" Miami Blues;" and, "Philadelphia" for which Tom Hanks won Best Actor at the 1993 Academy Awards.
Following his work as Jonathan Demme's producing partner, Saxon produced: Spike Jonze's "Adaptation" starring Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper who won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role; and, Richard Linklater's "Fast Food Nation" starring Greg Kinnear. Other projects include "Away We Go" directed by Sam Mendes, "Our Family Wedding" starring Forest Whitaker and America Ferrera, "Enlightenment" starring Laura Dern, and "Mandela" documentary about Nelson Mandela.
Saxon and Sakren have known each other since the 1970's. Saxon serves as one of our top industry advisors for Glenbrook Studios® companies. We are honored and proud to have him on our team with his decades of industry experience working for the major studios, his award-winning films with award-winning talent, his exceptional storytelling instincts and his dynamic personality.
MICHAEL M. MEADE - Story & Script Consultant / Writer ... IN MEMORIAM
Michael's roots in the entertainment industry date back to the 1970's. Since then, his creative mind has served the needs of many in the business. For example, he was manager of the feature story department at Paramount Studios and was involved in many film projects, including such box office successes as the “Beverly Hills Cop” series, “Beetle Juice,” “Terms of Endearment” and “Flashdance.” His resume also includes work in public relations for Lorimar Television and writing for such clients as ShoWest, La-Z-Boy, Compuserve, IBM, Planet Hollywood and many, many more.
Michael first joined forces with Marko Sakren in 1998, creating a very successful show involving both live and multi-media elements for Mitsubishi Electric's extra large booth at Comdex in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Since then, the two have collaborated on numerous projects that have brought award-winning entertainment to the needs of national clients as well as three feature films for mainstream and niche audiences. With his background in film, television, marketing and public relations, Michael's natural talents and tested skills in storytelling have been invaluable to us. Thank you, Michael. We love you.
TERI DUKAS - Executive Administrator / Co-Producer / Associate Producer
Teri's experience spans business finance and government affairs, including tax and regulatory compliance. Her operations background stems from her work as a producer. Her background is also very creative. She started out in the entertainment business as a bass player for a band named "Skid Row Noize" in New York City. When she moved to Las Vegas in the 1990s, she joined a band named "Gage" then soon developed an interest in acting, getting involved in a series of stage productions and independent films.
In 2006, Teri achieved some recognition for her acting role in "Damn Yankee Day," a feature film that opened at the Cinevegas International Film Festival where she walked her first red carpet. Soon after that, she gained interest in the production side of the business. As a result, she accepted the position of Producer for Bizzlejig Films on a very low budget feature film called "Rose of Death," which was picked up for worldwide distribution. She then produced Bizzlejig's second feature, a comedy called "Killed by George Clooney's Snot," and the company's third feature, a sci-fi adventure thriller.
In 2007, Teri accepted an invitation from Marko Sakren to step into the world of a different class of pictures, joining forces with him to produce "Running 4 President" (R4P), a political comedy that screened at a Las Vegas premiere in December 2009 to a sold-out, standing-room-only crowd. Based on her experience in government affairs, business finance and producing, she is ultimately developing her skills to executive produce.
Teri's dedication and proven professionalism add to her wonderful personality in helping to get our projects off the ground.
HOLLYWOOD HEARD -Producer / Director / Production Manager
Hollywood is a remarkably capable producer and award-winning director with experience that dates back to the 1990's working in many formats within the film and television industries, including 3D, 35mm, 16mm, as well as Standard and High Definition. His directorial experience includes shorts, documentaries, features and more than 100 episodes of television content, including Dick Wolf's "Arrest and Trial," John Walsh's "America's Most Wanted," and Lifetime's "What Should You Do?" He has produced six feature films with budgets ranging from tens of thousands to millions of dollars. One of the feature films he produced, JAKE'S CORNER, was an official selection at numerous film festivals nationwide.
Hollywood maintains many working relationships with top technicians and talent from the motion picture industry. He is an underwater cinematographer and rescue diver with more than 400 dives to his credit. He is a military and aviation expert, as well as a pilot with more than three thousand hours of flight time. Worldwide, he has filmed on location in Egypt, Jamaica, Jordan, Israel, Mexico, Romania, Peru, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Chile, Tahiti, Australia and Okinawa. He and his crews have gone 60 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean; placed a speed rail dolly, 40' of track and a porta-jib at the top of Eqypt's Great Pyramid of Giza; shot an all-night time-lapse on the rim of the volcano on Easter Island; and, rigged a camera to a 500mph fighter jet.
As his name implies, Hollywood does it all and we are privileged to have him on board with us through our Glenbrook Studios® Consortium™ division.
MARILEE LEAR, C.S.A. -Executive Casting Director
Marilee started in the world of stage and screen as an actress at the renowned Pasadena Playhouse in the 1960's. During that time, she was under contract to Warner Brothers and was featured in such notable television shows as 77 Sunset Strip, Beverly Hillbillies, The Dakotas and The Real McCoys. Through the 1980's and 1990's, she entered the world of casting, becoming a C.S.A. casting director and providing casting services to Warner Brothers, Castle Rock, Walt Disney, Universal, along with many other studios and production companies, for such notable pictures as Con Air, Vegas Vacation, Mars Attacks, Casino, Sister Act II and Honeymoon In Vegas. Naturally, her prolific casting career in film spilled over into television, music videos, industrials and commercials. For television, she served the casting needs of Aaron Spelling, NBC, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Columbia/Tri Star and Walt Disney Television for such notable shows as CSI, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Saved By The Bell, Fresh Prince of Bel Air and X-Files. In 1996 she formed the Lear Talent Guide, a comprehensive listing of the talent available to production companies worldwide.
In 1997, Marilee was honored as a Distinguished Woman in Southern Nevada. In 1999, she was honored by Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn with the Governor's Industry Appreciation Award. Marilee and Marko worked together for the first time during the making of his first feature film, "Clover's Movie" starring Joe LaDue ("Young and the Restless," "Casino," "Ocean's Eleven"), Joe Kucan ("Command & Conquer,") and Randy Sutton ("Casino," "Fools Rush In"), an official selection at the 2000 CineVegas International Film Festival. When it comes to actors and casting for motion pictures, Marilee truly knows her business. Glenbrook Studios® is honored to have her as our casting director.
JOE KUCAN - Writer / Director / Game Developer
Growing up in Las Vegas, Joe became very involved in the performing and media arts. He was one of the founding members of the Rainbow Company, an award-winning theatre training program for young people sponsored by the City of Las Vegas. Joe was involved in that program for eight years, receiving training in all aspects of theatre arts. In 1983, he moved to southern California to accept a job as a staff actor with the Firebird Theatre Company, a touring repertory theatre company based in Los Angeles. Later, he returned to Las Vegas, enrolling at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) as a Theatre Arts major. He also rejoined the Rainbow Company, accepting the position of Educational Director. In the decade that followed, Joe directed, acted in and designed more than fifty plays, musicals and other projects.
In 1994, Joe went to work for Westwood Studios as Director of Dramatic Assets for nearly a decade. At Westwood, he directed and acted in all four parts of the Command & Conquer saga, portraying the series' most iconic character, Kane. In 2008, Joe was inducted into the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition as the longest recurring actor in any video game franchise to date for his portrayal of Kane. He also directed and acted in various films over the years such as Clover's Movie, Luckytown, Monkey on Mama's Back and a computer game based on Blade Runner, which he also wrote. Joe and Marko first worked together when Joe was cast in Marko's first film, "Clover's Movie" an official selection at the 2000 CineVegas International Film Festival. Joe's broad experience in the arts plus his tremendous background in the world of computer games makes him one of our most diversified directors.
MARCUS BUGLER -Dance Director / Choreographer
Marcus has had an extraordinary career in the world of Dance. He is Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Flamenco and Ballroom trained at numerous academies and schools such as the Joffrey, Harkness Ballet and School of American Ballet. He then became a company member of the Harkness Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet and Metropolitan Opera Ballet. His longest engagement has been as the Dance Captain, Ballet Rehearsal Assistant and Repetiteur for the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York City. In recent years, he served as Artistic Coordinator for "Zumanity: the Other Side of Cirque Du Soleil" at New York New York Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marcus has staged and choreographed works around the country and overseas, such as "Orfeo" for Chicago Lyrics Opera and "Die Fledermaus" for the Salito Kinen Festival in Tokyo, Japan. Every year, he tours the United States training students in the techniques of Dance from Ballet to Ballroom.
BUSINESS AFFAIRS-Attorneys / Accountants / Other Resources
There are four attorneys (two in Las Vegas, one in New York and one in Los Angeles) and a CPA accounting firm on our team.
Many other resources are at our disposal, around the corner and around the world, for the purpose of motion picture production.