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BIOS

The Big Cheeses, Jason Bennett Markowitz and Nancy McDonald, are a creative powerhouse. They create and develop content for TV, web, film and event platforms. Their concepts have led to partnerships with media giants such as Al Roker Entertainment, Brian Graden Media, DiGa Vision, and Jarrett Creative. Nancy and Jason also created a reality gameshow hybrid that was piloted by USA. In addition, the company develops, produces, shoots and edits pitch reels for hire. Past work includes the sizzle/pitch reels for "Married to Jonas" on E!, "Boston Metal" on Nat Geo, and "Making It Big" on truTV. Along with Tony DiSanto and DiGa, they developed the look and feel of the Pharrell Williams hosted ARTST TLK, exclusive to YouTube. Nancy and Jason envisioned the concepts for, as well as produced, wrote, directed, shot, and edited 400 original promos for MTV teasing their prime time shows. Some of these promos included integrated marketing for Wendy's, CoverGirl, Sundrop, Clearasil, Secret and The Jonas Brothers. In 2013, they wrote, directed and produced an original short film "The Dahl House". The film was an official selection at various film festivals, including the Philip K Dick, Art of Brooklyn, Coney Island and New Filmmakers New York. Their next film is currently in pre-production, so stay tuned…

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Jason Bennett Markowitz's video career actually began because of music. At 14 years old, Jason taught himself the drums and began self-promoting and distributing his music. This shaped his Do-It-Yourself work ethic and eventually led to his future as an entrepreneur. He initially picked up a camera to document his band's US tour and shortly after he began filming local events for hire. By 2008, Jason was shooting and editing events for major music and fashion brands. It was then that he decided to form Sunship Films, to be official home for his expanding clientele.

Sunship Films was named after his favorite Jazz record, John Coltrane's Sun Ship: "Coltrane's music taught me how to create a masterpiece from improvisation, which was an extremely useful lesson since I started out as a documentary style camera operator." Jason didn't just settle for capturing the moment, he wanted to create it, so he expanded into scripted formats. By now, Jason has worked with many of today's biggest brands and cultural icons as a Director, Editor, and Director of Photography, while also logging experience in nearly every seat on a production, including writing, lighting, sound design and set design.

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Nancy McDonald joined Sunship Films in 2010. Prior to that, she was an MTV Executive Producer who has supervised, created, developed and produced original programming for the channel. She was responsible for some of the network’s most historically successful live and posted programming, spanning music, specials, reality and game shows, as well as the network’s many award shows. She has produced six highly rated Video Music Awards, culminating with the highest ever-rated Video Music Awards, hosted by Chris Rock.

If you would like to see Nancy's work from MTV, CLICK HERE.