Marisa has received numerous awards for her leadership in the woman and Latina business community, including Hispanic Businesswoman of the Year nominee, 40 Under 40 selectee, and Leadership Tomorrow alumus. She started her career as a model in Salt Lake City, and served as a broadcast producer at KIRO-TV before launching Filmateria in 1995. In addition to her role as Executive Producer, Marisa has produced major events for Google, Microsoft, Xbox, Oberon Games, and others. She has spoken to numerous business groups, including Merrill Lynch and the NWPR Association.
Jeakle became a bestselling author at age 21, when, while at Stanford University, he penned “How to College.” He has since written four more books, numerous newspaper articles, and a monthly magazine column. Jeakle spent 5 years in sales and marketing with CNN. In 1990, Jeakle launched TV Books, a publishing and production company, which developed media, including a bestselling book for Bill Nye, the Science Guy. He sold the company to Broadway Video in 1995 and joined Filmateria as General Manager. As writer, producer, and director, Jeakle has created hundreds of titles working with talent ranging from astronaut Buzz Aldrin to actor and comedian Ed Helms. Jeakle lives in Seattle and travels frequently to Palo Alto, where his son attends Stanford University.
After graduating from the Parsons School of Design in New York, Mark Contratto spent 15 years as a fashion photographer in New York, Milan, and Madrid. Mark has photographed top models and celebrities in the US and Europe. His work has appeared in such brands as MTV, Xbox, Dell, and Sony. Mark spent 15 years at Macy’s serving as photographer and art director. He became Director of Filmateria Digital in 2009 and has quadrupled the size of the division adding new lines of business including Brand Photography and Digital Imaging. He lives in Seattle with his partner and their 3 sons.
Classic films, classic cars, classic beauties, and rockabilly music have all been inspirations to Vetala’s work as a photographer. Working as senior photographer for Filmateria Digital, Vetala is responsible for portraits and event photography while assisting Mark Contratto with the day to day operations of the Microsoft Photo Studio. Vetala has photographed hundreds of luminaries, including President Bill Clinton, Vice-President Al Gore, General Colin Powell, Bill Gates, and popular culture figures including SNL’s Seth Green, comedian Amy Sedaris, musicians Macklemore, Lenny Kravitz, Usher, Christina Aguilera, and Pitbull.
Christopher Neir provides a wide range of expertise, from photo retouching to assisting on video and photo shoots. A storyteller at heart, he enjoys capturing moments and piecing together narratives in a cohesive and engaging way. Chris is well known in the gaming community. His CMNeir YouTube channel has more than 100,000 subscribers and nearly 50 million views. His extensive social media prowess is now available to Filmateria clients.
From swimming with dolphins in the Caspian Sea, to rock climbing ancient cliffs in the French Alps, Brian Rees has done absolutely none of that. But what he has done is far more impressive: edited a lot of videos. In fact, not to brag, but he has edited more videos than Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi ever did in their entire lives. Does that make him more accomplished than those two? In one very specific way, yes (at least that’s what he tells himself). Brian is also a prolific dabbler, having dabbled in filmmaking, screenwriting, stand up comedy, podcasting, music composition, visual effects, character animation, and motion graphics. And basket weaving for some reason.
As a Digital Designer at Filmateria, Soren strives to make everything visually compelling and simple to understand. His broad skill set allows him to bring together video, photography, music and sound into a single, memorable experience. Before Filmateria, Soren worked as a Kinect/Xbox tester at Microsoft Game Studios where he developed a trained eye for design flaws and a passion for project management.