ROB MCGILLIVRAY - FOUNDER / PRODUCER
After graduating in 2002 from Stirling University in Scotland with a BA Honors in Marketing, Rob worked progressively for six years in a variety of sales and marketing positions within the financial and advertisement sectors in the UK. While completing his degree, Rob started out on a sales team for Scottish Hydro-Electric in 2001, increasing account sales by fifty accounts per week, working throughout the central belt of Scotland and quickly earning his stripes as top salesman within his first month with the company. He then moved to the advertising agency; WRT Group Plc. in 2004 to act as Sales Manager for their nationwide supermarket clientele. In 2005 Rob moved to London to take a position with the Hudson Highland Group in their Investment Banking and Financial Services division, servicing accounts for: Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Lehman Brothers, BNP Paribas, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland.
In 2007, after a lifelong aspiration to engage in the entertainment industry, Rob relocated to Los Angeles to receive theatrical training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has since worked solidly as an actor in a multitude of film, television, theatre and commercial productions.
Wishing to utilize his business background and skill set, Rob expanded into the world of production. In 2011, he was brought on as Producer to what would become the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival favorite Holiday Road, starring iCarly’s Jerry Trainor & Bridesmaids Wendi McLendon-Covey.
Later in 2011, Rob, along with his newly founded company Tip-Top Productions, signed on to produce the doomsday comedy It’s A Disaster, starring Julia Stiles, America Ferrera & David Cross. It’s A Disaster premiered at The LA Film Festival garnishing much critical acclaim and being described as “One of the funniest films of recent vintage” by The Hollywood Reporter and “A Triumph” by The Guardian UK. It’s A Disaster is distributed by Oscilloscope Pictures and Maya Entertainment.
With a passion for factually-based material, Rob is currently in development of the feature film The Ring of Five; A story based on the British master spy Kim Philby and the Cambridge Five who were found to be acting as double agents for both the British MI6 and the Russian KGB. Alongside the continued development of the feature script, Rob produced a snapshot short film version named The Spymaster as a proof of concept in 2013, which is set to premiere at the Little Rock Film Festival in May ’14.
Following in the theme of truth-based material and messages of value, Rob is entering the post-production phase of a hard-hitting feature-length documentary, which currently remains unnamed and under wraps.
Most recently, Rob was signed on to produce an original-material television pilot entitled Cowboy Midnight; A Sci-Fi thriller anthology telling the interweaving stories of characters set in a technologically-advanced future Earth. This incredibly dynamic project will go into production as of June ’14.
BEN STRANAHAN – PARTNER / PRODUCER
Ben began his career in the arts as a graduate of both the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. He has since had success as an Actor, Producer and Musician. Ben has produced several feature films including Mean Dreams starring Bill Paxton, Sophie Nélisse, Josh Wiggins and Colm Feore, which premiered in 2016 in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes and as a Special Presentation at TIFF. Mean Dreams went on to be sold into over 50 countries and have theatrical releases in over 10 territories. He's also produced the genre-bending psychological thriller Population Zero that's been critically lauded around the world and is in post-production on the thriller Calibre starring Jack Lowden and Tony Curran, set for a 2018 release.
In the TV landscape, Ben has produced the smart anthology series The Midnight Anthology starring Clancy Brown. The pilot has premiered at the NYTVF in 2015 and won both the Artistic Achievement and Best Director awards at the festival. Ben and the The Midnight Anthology team are currently in development on the remaining episodes of the series.
As an actor, Ben has had the opportunity to perform in theatre, television and film. He has an electric energy that is injected into every role and is known to be a Director's actor, working with the people around him to bring out the most compelling and dynamic characters. Ben belongs on the stage and in front of the camera, feeling at home with other artists and performers.
Ben, an Aspen native who was raised by inspiring and creative parents, found himself at a young age gripped by a lifelong pursuit and passion for the arts. Ben finds solace in something he once heard Richard Linklater say in an interview "People who ask me why I make films, don't understand that it's a not a choice. Painters paint, filmmakers make films." Ben considers the arts to be the most important thing he can engage in and explore - both for himself and his community.