Viewer Direction Advised

A feature length documentary exploring the changes in the way we consume television.

MEET THE TEAM BEHIND THE FILM

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Ben Kaplan is a graduate of Media Studies from Ryerson University. While in school, Ben was working on shows such as Food Factory (The Food Network), and Property Brothers (HGTV). 

He spent his time at university fixated on television production. During this time he won 'Best Pitch' for an original series, a web series development with a major broadcaster, and wrote/directed/edited a 22-minute mockumentary pilot.

During his final year, Ben earned a Los Angeles-based internship on hit IFC comedy series, Comedy Bang Bang.  At this time, he also took writing courses at the Amy Poehler’s renowned, Upright Citizen’s Brigade.
 
Upon returning to Toronto, he landed a role at VICE Media where he has been involved as an editor for shows that air on VICELAND, including Dead Set on Life, Vice Essentials Canada, Mr. Tachyon, Tattoo Age, and It's Suppertime.

Oh and by the way, his TV-obsessed Dad drives him crazy!

(Ben with legendary TV Director, Joel Zwick) 

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Marshall Jay Kaplan is an award-nominated Television Producer and Director. His shows have aired on networks such as BRAVO, TLC, History, HGTV, the Food Network, and Netflix. Marshall has been fortunate enough to direct and produce shows for celebrity talent including Tori and Dean, the late Alan Thicke, Lance Bass, Larry David, and comedian Russell Peters.

In addition to television, Marshall is the ‘cartoonist to the stars’, whereas he has drawn caricatures for no less than 10,000 celebrities including TV’s Lucille Ball, Melissa McCarthy, Jimmy Kimmel, Johnny Carson, Jon Hamm, the cast of Modern Family, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Brady Bunch, and The Office. Marshall’s caricatures have been published in newspapers across North America.

Marshall has no idea why he drives his son crazy! After all, doesn't everybody want to learn the lyrics to the Patty Duke Show?

(Ben and Marshall with the King of TV, Norman Lear)


THE REST OF THE TEAM

Wendy Polowin Story Editor. Credits include Property Brothers

Gad Reichman Editor. Credits include Addicted to Plastic (documentary), Airport Below Zero (History)

Jeff Zaharchuk Editor. Credits include Million Dollar Agent (HGTV)CHRISTIAN GALLEY Editor

Tom Dozen Editor. Credits include Big Brother, Come Dine with Me

Jory Tuff Editor. Credits include Backroad Bounty (Netflix).

Rob McIntosh Editor. Credits include Brides of Beverly Hills (TLC)

CHRISTIAN GALLEY Editor.

ALLISON MARKLE Editor.