Common Sense Films
and Mulberry Street Entertainment
Rob Hill Director
Rob Hill majored in Motion Picture and Television Production at The University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo. Rob has worked in Video Production as an AVID editor and a videographer, working with some of the most advanced technologies in Digital Video. He has brought his technical experience to the Independent Film community of Wilmington, North Carolina. As well as writing, producing, directing and editing independent films Rob also worked in the Television Industry as a Commercial Director/Producer for Wilmington's ABC affiliate WWAY News Channel 3. Currently, Rob is a partner in DH Media Group, which develops and produces commercials and television projects.
Scott Davis has spent 22 years in Film and Television production as well as running a production company since 1997. In 2001 Scott produced, directed and hosted the cable series On Film, an interview style program focusing on independent film, directors and writers. Scott himself writes, directs and shoots as well as lending his talents to filmmakers around the state. Scott is now co-owner of DH Media Productions with his documentary partner Rob Hill developing and producing commercials, independent films as well as their next documentary.
Bryan Mahoney has lent his creative talents to the television industry, producing and co-creating the cable show "One Take Wonders" and has also been active in the independent film industry writing, producing, acting, and directing. Bryan has recently produced the independent film "Soul mates" and is currently in pre-production of his next short film "Ice Cream" slated for production next fall. Common Sense Films represents a great opportunity for those stories, which need to be told, to come to life.
As another co-creator of the “One Take Wonder” series, Nate Planning’s’ education in film production began while working as a stuntman. Almost a decade later, Nates involvement has moved to the independent film scene in the form of acting, writing, producing and film scoring. Nates' "Whoopee Shuping" was a hit on the festival circuit and has a long working relationship with Rob Hill and Bryan Mahoney. The creation of Common Sense Films allows the combination of all these talents to be utilized and expanded.
Executive Producer, Common Sense Films, LLC
An industry veteran with over twenty-five years of entertainment experience, Richard Sirianni is a founding partner and the Executive Producer at Common Sense Films, the company behind the award-winning documentary, The Fort Fisher Hermit: The Life & Death of Robert E. Harrill. This award-winning documentary is currently available on DVD and will receive its broadcast premiere on Public Television in April of 2007.
He is also the founder of Mulberry Street Entertainment, LLC, a North Carolina-based production company formed to develop, finance and produce theatrical feature films and projects for broadcast television.
Richard Sirianni’s experience encompasses many areas of entertainment, including story development, film and television production, casting, talent representation, post-production, satellite broadcasting, homevideo and producing live events. He also has a vast amount of experience in business plan preparation, legal and accounting, and contract negotiations.
A former musician who toured Europe at the age of eighteen, he began his career as a messenger at his father’s motion picture film laboratory. Here, he first became familiar with many of New York’s production companies, editorial facilities, major advertising agencies, and the broadcast media. In 1983, he became a technical director at Atlantic Satellite Communications, Inc., the facility responsible for the broadcast operations for USCI, the first multi-channel satellite entertainment service.
Eventually, Mr. Sirianni would come to focus on developing and producing film and television projects, which would take him from working primarily in New York and New Jersey to Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale, Louisville, Kentucky, and Wilmington, North Carolina.
He has worked his way into production by working on countless feature films including Bonfire of the Vanities, The Freshman, Hudson Hawk and The Hard Way, as well as the hit television series, Miami Vice and America’s Funniest People. Mr. Sirianni has had the opportunity to work with such directors and producers as Mike Nichols, Taylor Hackford, Michael Mann, Brian DePalma, John Badham, Andrew Bergman, Gordon Parks, Michael Lehman, and Fred Caruso. He also served as Executive Producer on Reception to Follow, one of the first independent films broadcast on The Sundance Channel in April of 1996.
Recently, he produced The Chester Story, staring Desperate Housewives co-star, Teri Hatcher. The film premiered theatrically in 2003 and has been broadcast in over twenty international territories under the title, A Touch of Fate, and domestically on Lifetime Television in September 2005. The DVD is available through Vintage Home Entertainment.
Richard Sirianni was asked to represent the areas of film and television as part of a panel discussion focused on media at New York University and has been a guest speaker on the "Business of Film" at UNC-Greensboro's Broadcast/Cinema Department, the Film Studies program at UNC-Wilmington, the Mass Communications Department at UNC-Pembroke, and at the 2002 Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina.
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