G2G Reporters

Don Sikorski

Don Sikorski broke onto the scene with his feature-length documentary RAP SHEET: Hip-Hop and the Cops. The film was bought by Universal/Screen Media Ventures and was released on July 31, 2007. Sikorski spent three years writing, directing, and producing the project that traces the story of a NYPD-FBI intelligence unit that had the Hip-Hop industry under surveillance.

Upon completion of RAP SHEET, Sikorski Directed his next film ARTICLE 32. The documentary tells the true-life tale of seven Marines and one Navy Corpsman that were charged with murder in Iraq. The group was coined the Pendleton 8.

In the summer of 2008, Sony Music contracted Sikorski to direct a documentary on pop sensation, Sean Kingston. Sony released the film, SEAN KINGSTON: KINGSTON’S ROAD in 2009.

In 2010, Sikorski developed the TV series RANSOM CITY. The show follows an elite unit within the Phoenix Police Department that focuses on kidnap for ransom cases in Arizona that are directly related to the Mexican drug cartels. Coined the HIKE UNIT (Home Invasion Kidnapping Enforcement), Sikorski spent five months embedded with HIKE investigators.

In 2011, Sikorski was named Director of Development at Big Fish Entertainment, which is based in Washington, D.C. and New York. Big Fish Entertainment’s DC Cupcakes on TLC was a hit for many years. In the summer of 2011, a groundbreaking, new series Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan aired with great reviews. The cameras followed an explosive Ordnance Disposal Combat Platoon’s training in San Diego, and actual missions in Afghanistan via an exclusive United States Navy Access Agreement.

In 2013, Sikorski was the Executive Producer of Black Ink Crew, a 13-episode, docu-series on VH1. The show is currently in production on Season Three with a Season Four order. Additionally, a spinoff Black Ink Crew Chicago is in the making.

In 2014, CNBC commissioned a series titled AMERICAN VICE, which chronicles underground gambling in New York City and other illegal economies across major cities within the United States.

In 2015, Sikorski produced his first, feature film titled: The Infiltrator, starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, and John Leguziamo. Based on the book with the same title, the true story follows a customs agent, who goes undercover into the inner workings of a corrupt bank and the Medellin drug cartel led by Pablo Escobar. The film will be distributed in 2016.

On the television side, Sikorski was named Vice President of Development at Alkemy-X, a media company based in Philadelphia and New York City that focuses on branded content, advertis-ing, VFX, integrated media, and original content.

Scott LaStaiti

Scott LaStaiti has eighteen years of experience in both network television and feature film. As a producer and an executive he has worked on more than 20 feature films, and 166 hours of network television, and is well-versed in all facets of development, production, and finance.

He recently produced the feature film JANE GOT A GUN, directed by Gavin O’Conner (WARRIOR, MIRACLE, PRIDE AND GLORY), and starring Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton, which was released by The Weinstein Company. LaStaiti served as an Executive Producer on; THE INFILTRATOR, directed by Brad Furman (THE LINCOLN LAWYER), and starring Brian Cranston and Diane Kruger, which is scheduled for an July 15, 2016 release. He is currently in post-production on CRUISE, written and directed by Rob Siegel (THE WRESTLER, BIG FAN). LaStaiti will soon produce a series of NY Times best-selling John Flanagan novels that he has acquired, RANGER’S APPRENTICE, adapted for the screen by two-time Academy Award winner Paul Haggis (CRASH, MILLION DOLLAR BABY), which Haggis is also directing; as well as the television series SCORE, which will star Don Johnson (MIAMI VICE, NASH BRIDGES), and will be directed by David Gordon Green (PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, EASTBOUND & DOWN). He is currently in pre-production on UNTOGETHER, written by NY Times Best-selling novelist Emma Forrest, who will also direct. Jamie Dornan (“FIFTY SHADES OF GREY”), Ben Mendelsohn (“BLOODLINE”, “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES”, “ROGUE ONE: STAR WARS”), Jemima Kirke (“GIRLS”), and Lola Kirke (“MISTRESS AMERICA”, “GONE GIRL”) will star.

LaStaiti along with Greg Bailey recently launched Palantir Group Inc, a venture capital entertainment fund established to acquire and develop high profile intellectual property for film and television. Recent Palantir Group acquisitions include Craig Davidson’s CATARACT CITY, which will be directed by Gavin O’Connor; Sam Wasson’s NY Times bestseller FIFTH AVENUE: 5AM; Academy Award nominated ROOM screenwriter and novelist Emma Donague’s NY Times bestseller FROG MUSIC, which LaStaiti will produce with Academy Award nominated producer Alison Owen (ELIZABETH, THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, JANE EYRE, SAVING MR BANKS); Tim Lott’s UNDER THE SAME STARS, which will be directed by Tony Award winning Marianne Elliot (WAR HORSE, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME); and THE CONTRACTOR, which will be directed by Albert Hughes (MENACE TO SOCIETY, DEAD PRESIDENTS, FROM HELL, BOOK OF ELI).

His network television roots come from his six years of experience at The Don Johnson Company where he held the position of Executive in Charge of Production, working on such shows as CBS’s “Nash Bridges.” He subsequently served as Co-President/Head of Production at Stone Village Pictures. During his tenure, Stone Village Pictures became one of the top contenders in acquiring the motion picture rights to many best-selling novels and literary properties. Their releases include the feature film THE HUMAN STAIN, starring Nicole Kidman and Anthony Hopkins; the Golden Globe-winning miniseries EMPIRE FALLS, starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Helen Hunt, and Robin Wright Penn; feature film TURISTAS, starring Josh Duhamel, Melissa George, and Olivia Wilde; feature film PENELOPE, starring Reese Witherspoon, James McAvoy, and Christina Ricci; feature film LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA, directed by Mike Newell and starring Javier Bardem, Giovanna Mezzogiomo, Catalina Sandino Moreno, and Benjamin Bratt; and feature film THE LINCOLN LAWYER, starring Matthew McConaughey. Stone Village Pictures was also the executive producer of NBC’s hit television series LAS VEGAS.

During LaStaiti’s administration, Stone Village Pictures, with Las Vegas investor Glenn Schaeffer, formed Stone Village Intellectual Property Group (SVIPG), a literary management company, with book veteran Joel Gotler. SVIPG was the exclusive representation for James Lee Burke, Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, Andre Dubus III, James Ellroy, Robert Jordan, Alice McDermott, Richard Russo, and Joseph Wambaugh. SVIPG was responsible for the underlying rights to such films as BEETLEJUICE, THE UNTOUCHABLES, ANGELA’S ASHES, CHOCOLAT, IN THE BEDROOM, DANGEROUS MINDS, STARSHIP TROOPERS, INDECENT PROPOSAL, MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD, THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES, and THE HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG.

Bönz Malone

Bönz Malone, a former graffiti writer, began his writing career at Youth Communication in 1986. As a teen writer and reporter for New Youth Connections (later renamed YCteen), a magazine written by and for New York City public high-school students, Malone developed and perfected his hip hop writing style in a monthly column called Streetalk. Bonz later took the Streetalk column and style to Spin magazine, The Source, Vibe magazine, and other venues for which he became a notable contributor.

In 1987, he was hired by Russell Simmons of Rush Associated Labels to write biographies for hip-hop artists: Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Slick Rick, Queen Latifah, and Public Enemy. Malone has been called “The Father of Phonetic Spelling”, known for his introduction of the word, Phat and the use of letter Z in place of an S (as in the pronunciation of his name). His music career as an A&R executive started in 1992 at Island Records, where he signed, The Infamous Mobb Deep to their first record deal. While working for Chris Blackwell, he was the script consultant for the movie, Juice, directed by Ernest Dickerson and introducing, Tupac Shakur. Bonz, a Brooklyn native, was a close friend of slain rapper, Notorious B.I.G.

In 1995, he wrote the cover story for July issue of The Source magazine entitled, “King of New York“, which has become not only the highest selling issue, but also the most coveted title in East Coast hip-hop. In the same month of that year, Bonz’ feature article, Deep Space Nine was published in Vibe magazine. It was the first article to introduce all nine members of the WU-Tang Clan. Vibe magazine, then owned by Quincy Jones offered Malone a contract for a monthly column, Tuph Street. For almost 10 years, it was one of the most popular and widely read columns in urban culture. It averaged over 200 letters a month, sixty percent of which were from incarcerated readers in Federal and State prisons.

In 1997, he himself was incarcerated on Rikers Island. There he co-wrote a script about his experience and that of the many young men who were there for selling drugs. In 1998, Bonz starred in the prison film Slam, directed by Marc Levin (one of several Levin films Bonz would act in), which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It is only the fifth film in motion picture history to win a top award in both national and international festivals. Together, they formed an entertainment group, Offline, where Malone went on to become Vp of Film at the age of 32 and appeared in over 28 films. He is the author of the lavish coffee table book Hip Hop Immortals, for which he profiled 85 hip hop artists. The accompanying DVD, We Got Your Kids produced by Sock Bandits in 2003 sold platinum.

His next documentary, The Original 50 Cent produced by CZAR Entertainment in 2005 has sold over 3X platinum. For almost 30 years, Bonz Malone has been one of the most highly respected and authentic voices in both the entertainment and urban magazines. He has just finished a book of street aphorisms entitled, Dope Quotes™ and is currently developing original content for television.

Jay Griffin

Jay Griffin is a producer/content creator with 20 years of entertainment experience. His projects span across music, television and film. Most recently he successfully developed, pitched and served as Co-Creator Executive Producer on a ESPN web series and two reality shows at VH1. Jay’s extensive list of contacts throughout the industry and ability to gain access to stories often heard but rarely seen are a rare talent.

Andrew Rath

Andrew Rath is a respected filmmaker who is best known for his documenties and music videos which have generated over 7 million hits on youtube. While attending Skidmore college he received degrees for both Pyschology and Art which have both made a huge impact on his unique directing and editing style.

In 2005, he started Arath productions, where he focused on mental health themed narratives. He has since teamed up with his producing partner and currently works in Television Development. He is also working as a producer on the International Thriller DEADWATERS slated to begin production in 2016. Favorite work includes National Geographic’s NEW YORK UNDERGROUND POKER, CNBC’S AMERICAN VICE, and the SCIFI thriller UNCANNY.

Kinsey Beck

A native of Los Angeles, Kinsey began his television career in 1993 as a writer’s assistant for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. By 1997 he was director of development for Steve Oedekerk of the ‘Ace Ventura’ franchise and in 1999 Kinsey created his first company ‘Kinseyfilm Incorporated’ which would provide editorial services to the Los Angeles television industry. In 2002 Kinsey created Atlas Digital, a full post production service company and by the end of 2004 Atlas Digital was generating over 1.2 million in annual revenue.

Selling Atlas Digital in 2005, Kinsey focused his energy on directing documentaries and completed 3 feature length documentaries that he filmed on location in Israel & Palestine, Jamaica and South Central LA. Kinsey has designed entire post production departments from scratch for shows such as ‘American Chopper’ ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ and ‘The Price is Right’. Now with over 20 years experience in film and television, Kinsey not only brings with him a comprehensive set of skills, but an entrepreneurial spirit that he has cultivated while starting 7 corporations in two separate countries. Kinsey’s latest adventure took him cruising a 40′ power catamaran 1,500 solo miles through the Caribbean.

Marissa Wingate

Award-winning journalist Marissa Wingate joined KTVK in the summer of 2007.

Throughout her career, The Associated Press has honored Wingate with several awards, including an Investigation Award for a story in which she delved into a dangerous gang linked to terrorism, whose members were sneaking into the country through Mexico. In an exclusive interview, Border Patrol agents revealed they had intelligence that gang members had met with al-Qaida terrorists.

Wingate also won an AP award for an exclusive piece in which she exposed a high school cover-up. Students had been getting sick for years, and through her investigation, Wingate uncovered there were dangerously high levels of carbon dioxide in the school.

In an interview, school officials admitted they had known about the problem for years, but had chosen not to tell students or parents. After Wingate’s story, the school district spent millions of dollars to fix the problem.

Wingate also won an Associated Press Award with her station for spot news coverage. A manhole exploded in Austin, Texas, shooting flames and debris several feet into the sky, just steps away from where Wingate and her photographer were standing. Thankful to be alive, they caught it all on tape.

Wingate started her career as an associate producer/producer in her hometown of McAllen, Texas.