About Us

We humanize brands...

Every business has an endless number of stories to tell about their products, services and people. The right story, told well, can be a company’s most powerful marketing tool. At Mad Bear Productions, we are passionate about telling stories which artfully communicate a company’s message while creating an emotional connection with the viewer.


Founded in 2008, on the basis that all business have many real untapped newsworthy stories, Mad Bear Productions unlocks the stories businesses often do not see. Led by Glenn Zimmerman and Julian Williams, Mad Bear Productions is an award winning team of talented videographers, photographers, producers, graphic designers, animators, sound engineers and makeup artists; who specialize in bringing your company’s unique story to life.


If you are interested in learning how Mad Bear can showcase your company or work with your agency, please contact us today.

 

Glenn Zimmerman

Glenn has what is best described as Superhero Syndrome. His affliction began as a child and has progressed with age.

He got into extreme skiing and extreme sports before they were a thing because every superhero should try flying at least once.

While at Boston University, it was his desire to save the day that brought him to Post-Soviet Russia where he explored the emerging homeless population.

His syndrome brought him to journalism school at Syracuse University to get an MS in Mass Communications. He later became an award winning reporter at the number one station in Detroit (WXYZ-TV) and with NBC's flagship station in New York (WNBC-TV).

And, it was the reason he formed the video agency Mad Bear Productions.

With Mad Bear, he harnesses the power of story to help businesses, non-profits and events connect with their target audience. Video is his tool and he wields it mightily.

Glenn is a sought after speaker on video engagement and mass media.

It is all part of his quest to help save the day, one story at a time.

Glenn Zimmerman Video Profile

Glenn explains a central philosophy of storytelling

 

Julian Williams

As Director of Photography and co-founder of Mad Bear Productions, all things visual pass before Julian's creative and experienced eyes. He has been capturing the story as it happens from behind the lens for more than fifteen years.

Julian’s ability to find the extraordinary in the seemingly mundane is his gift. As both a cameraman and editor, Julian understands the importance of shooting the right material the first time. With a developed love for telling stories and a deep appreciation for being allowed inside the worlds of thousands of people, Julian loves shooting every kind of story.

From Shuttle launches at Cape Canaveral, natural disasters, historic elections, Super Bowls, The Olympics, a World Cup to a royal wedding across the pond; Julian brings his global experience and understanding for the latest technologies and trends to Mad Bear's clientele.

 

Roshni Hannon

Her name means LIGHT and that is what she is... high energy, bright and fast.

And yes, she does run regularly. While we are not sure what she is running from (perhaps her two young kids) we know she has covered a ton of ground. She was the Executive Producer for an award winning and number one rated morning show in Tampa for years.

And now, she uses her unique blend of organization, storytelling and curiosity in the world around to help Mad Bear clients find their stories.

Think of her as an architect, a story architect.

Jeff Hillegass

A video editor is part artist and part craftsman, Jeff is able to straddle that dual role magically. He learned to mold images and audio into sequences that move, touch and enchant. How? Experience and talent. He has been involved in all aspects of storytelling for more than twenty years.

Jeff's career arc has included stints as a producer, a creative director, even a radio DJ, but his true passion lies in the cutting room. Experience in the business and managerial aspects of media has given him a very deep understanding of the ever changing industry and increasingly digital media landscape.

He honed the ability for telling moving stories on a human scale through working with the NFL, NASCAR and Major League Soccer (just to name a few). He has won multiple Sports Emmys and has worked on everything from national advertising spots to major label music videos to mainstream documentaries.

Anthony Zazzi

When your name officially becomes a verb it is quite a statement about your talent. And so, when a Mad Bear team member suggests doing something ultra visually cool with graphics or animation, he or she might simply suggest - We "Zazzi" the project.

But being a verb is not Anthony's only claim to fame. He can kick your ass using Brazilian Jujitsu. Lucky for you, he is a pacifist who happens to be an artist and a dad.

His technical ability is matched by his creativity, and years of experience in print, web design, and 3D motion graphics. The result is a prestigeous client list including MTV, Nickelodeon, AMC and studio design houses from Manhattan to LA to Austin.

 

Alonzo Smith

His wheels are always turning. Whether it's the 50 miles he bikes every week or the sales cycle he's deftly spinning, Alonzo Smith is the consummate sales professional.

He's played pivotal roles in media for more than 20 years; including, Account Management at cable giant HBO Corporate/Time Inc. and National Advertising Manager and Travel Manager at Newsday/Tribune Co. His sales-savvy spreads across all platforms from Cable TV, Newspapers and Magazines to Custom publishing and New Media.

Alonzo has dabbled in front and behind the camera on video production which brings a unique perspective to his sales role. Let's be clear though, he's not a salesman. Alonzo Smith is Mad Bear's Director of Customer Engagement.

Danny Caro

Danny is a post-production specialist who loves to design graphics and make things come to life on video.

His skills are not just behind a computer creating motion magic. Danny also has a passion for capturing art through photography.

When he's not showing off his artistry, you can find Danny traveling with his family to Disney World in Orlando, enjoying Florida's sunny beaches or binge-watching a TV drama series about kings and dragons fighting over a kingdom.

Bevan Bell

Bevan loves the word Auteur. It is both provocative and mysterious and while running the risk of sounding cheesy -- so is he.

Besides, what more could you ask from the person helping to visualize your story whether it is in the edit suite, behind the lens or in the director's chair.

From Kansas to Mississippi to California this "Human Swiss Army Knife" has spent more than 18 years working in documentary, commercial, corporate and narrative storytelling; exploring the vast possibilities every step of the way. Currently living in Los Angeles, Bevan continues to work toward "living the dream" in an industry that has constantly fueled his creativity.

Andrew Jordan Blum

Andrew Jordan Blum -- 3 names to remember when you want to deep dive into video. And no - he doesn't even need a scuba tank.

Andrew is one of those creative anomalies who feels just as comfortable behind the lens as he does at the helm of an edit.

Among his feats of video - for two years, he was director of production on Talking Movies, BBC's flagship cinema review program. He has served as cinematographer on more than 50 long-format BBC television programs and has created content for corporate clients including Trump International, HSBC and Saks Fifth Avenue. Andrew's "Mad" video skills date back to when he studied film at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Colin Kelly

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. If that is true, Colin Kelly is the Soul Man.

Much of his life has been spent behind the camera, keeping his eyes open for the little details that connect us all.

His experiences have brought him face-to-lens with Presidents and the Kings of sports royalty. With his unique eye Kelly has also brought stories wrought with emotion from the slums of Havana and Jakarta to people around the world. His decades spent in local news turned him into a quick-thinking, production-providing, and quality-obsessed photojournalist.

Kelly has worked with virtually every network including NatGeo, Discovery, Bloomberg, ESPN, the NFL Network and CNN. That is a lot of time spent behind the lens, that is why he is Mad Bear's Soul Man.

Chris Rohlfs

Ever wonder how many elements of a video come together into one final image? Mad Bear's Editor and Compositor can tell you how. Chris Rohlfs is a four-time Emmy award-winning professional who has worked all over the country.

Just like a recording engineer is technically responsible for weaving all of the different pieces of music together so that they make sense to the ear, Chris weaves all the visual pieces of a project together so that they make sense to the eye.

He's put his masterful touch on everything from documentaries, episodic television and commercials to short form features and corporate projects. His talents have graced projects on Showtime, National Geographic, FOX Sports, ESPN, ESPN Films, and truly the list goes on.

Chris is passionate about bringing things to life on the screen, but he's most proud of the lives he brought into the world, his kids. Chris is Mad Bear's Master Compositor.

Fiona Tarazi

Keep your eyes on her. If you don't you're likely to miss a renaissance woman in action. Fiona Tarazi is a Producer at the core, but it's her stealth-like agility that makes her one-of-a-kind.

If you blink you won't get to see her simultaneously conduct an interview, check a camera angle, make a background call and email a client - all while baking cookies.

Fiona's roots are in London, but she considers herself a New Yorker now, albeit with a dodgy accent. Her passion is unearthing stories that may never be told and bringing them to life for an audience where they can have maximum impact.

Her work experience includes television news production, mobile app development and producing videos for social justice work. Fiona moves quickly and efficiently. Whatever your story is, she will find it and you will love the way she tells it. She is Mad Bear's Video Ninja.

PJ Cook

So, what does the world look like from 400 feet high? Just ask Patrick "PJ" Cook. He's Mad Bear's Tampa Based Drone Pilot.

PJ's 22 years with the USAF Special Operations makes him a pro and his imagination gives him mad storytelling capabilities.

When he's not "droning" you'll find PJ SCUBA Diving or snapping some awesome pictures.

PJ is like the drones that he pilots. He stays above it all and he does it with a smile.

 

888.741.7730 Mad Bear Productions LLC
350 Fifth Avenue • 59th Floor • New York, NY 10118
4511 N. Himes Avenue • Suite 200 • Tampa, FL 33614

info@madbearproductions.com

 
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