• The Principals •

David Gassman – Creative Director

Permanently residing on the corner of art and commerce.

David is a marketing Creative Director with over 20 years of experience, having led advertising and creative marketing for major brands including Kraft, Qwest Telecom, Kirin Beer, SC Johnson, and many others. David has also held senior creative positions at notable creative advertising agencies including TBWA\Chiat\Day, Deutsch, Houston Effler, Foote Cone and Belding, McCabe & Company, and Secret Weapon Marketing (where he created and produced over 100 TV, radio, digital and POS ads for Jack in the Box).

Most recently, David helped two start-up fast-casual restaurant chains with their launches, creating their entire marketing plans including brand strategy, voice, branding, store design, advertising, digital and social presence, and a whole bunch of other ideas that keep customers lining up.

David holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design and an MS in Communication Strategy from Northwestern University. David is a San Fernando Valley dweller with his wife, daughter, and a small dog that looks more like a very hyper cat.

Joanne O’Brien – Managing Director

Problem solver. Brand strategist. Happy hour all-star.

Joanne has spent over 25 years creating communication solutions by finding narratives in the data and turning brand values into stories. Joanne’s most recent project included launching XQ Institute – a non-profit funded by Laurene Powell Jobs – to re-imagine and re-design public high school in the United States. Prior to that, Joanne worked at Secret Weapon Marketing where, for 14 years, she led the long-term brand strategy for the $100 million Jack in the Box business. During her time on Jack in the Box, company sales and stock price reached all-time highs, garnering her team 10 Effie Awards. Joanne has worked for world-class creative agencies like TBWA\Chiat\Day and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners on brands including Nike, Luna Grill, Dreyer’s, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Alaska Airlines, and Cannondale Bicycles.

Joanne is originally from Massachusetts, but has worked diligently to lose the accent. She currently lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband, two children and a very clumsy Old English Sheepdog.

• The Collective Teams •

Jerry Collins and David Koechner

From the ‘And now for something completely different’ school of comedy.

Jerry and David have been working together ever since they met on Saturday Night Live. As a team and independently they’ve created famous comedy, including pieces with Bill Murray, Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon, Steven Colbert, Steve Carell, and many others. Jerry and David also produce corporate entertainment through their company, Power Nap Productions.

Specialties: Irreverent Comedy • Character Development • Improv • Viral Videos • Corporate Entertainment • Long and Short-Form Scripting • Directing and Performing

JERRY
• Two Emmy nominations
• Writer’s Guild Award for Modern Family
• Saturday Night Live alum writer
• Writer on Modern Family, King of the Hill, Mr. Show, Bernie Mac
• Former President of DumbDumb, a content company run by Jason Bateman and Will Arnett
• Cannes Lion and One Show winning online web series’ for Denny’s and Orbitz

DAVID
• Second City and IO featured alum
• Founding member of the famed improv group ‘Beer, Shark, Mice’
• Cast member, Saturday Night Live 1995-96
• Best known as Champ Kind from Anchorman and Todd Packer from The Office
• Currently starring in the CBS sitcom “Superior Donuts”
• Has over 152 television and movie credits on the Internet Movie Data Base
• Headlining Stand-Up Comedian across the country

John Matta and David Rygalski

Late night TV and big variety/sketch TV means jokes, jokes, jokes.

John and Dave are a writing team who excel at sketch and joke writing. John is a variety/sketch TV pro having put hilarious words in the mouths of Martin Short, Andy Dick, Steve Harvey, and Jamie Kennedy.
Dave is a late night TV pro and an alum writer, director and producer of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman.

Specialties: Joke Writing • Sketch Development • Monologue • Speech Writing • Character Development • Social Media Writing • Documentary • Directing

JOHN
• Writer on The Martin Short Show, The Andy Dick Show, Nick Cannon Presents, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment; head-writer on Steve Harvey

• Producer of the Internet sensation Kid President for The Discovery Channel
• Go-to writer for The MTV Music Awards and The VH1 Fashion Awards
• Creator of Matta Napkin, a blog on which he’s been drawing a one-panel cartoon on a napkin everyday for the last five years. Matta Napkin was also recently published as a book.
•Currently developing the new Fox pilot ‘Grand Marquee’

DAVE
• Emmy nomination
• 12 years as a writer and director for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
• Writer on Late Night with David Letterman
• Wrote and directed segments for Dennis Miller, Chevy Chase, Dana Carvey, Tim Meadows, Maria Bamford, Paul Reubens, Rosie O’Donnell, Alexandra Wentworth, Bob Costas, Magic Johnson, and many more
• Creator of the Tonight Show news segment, “Pumpcast,” one episode of which received over 25 million views on YouTube
•Currently directing and producing a concert documentary on singer/songwriter Sam Phillips

Drew Antzis and Tamara Bick

Viral hits as seen by a sizeable portion of the Earth’s population.

Drew and Tamara are a husband and wife directing and writing team. Drew was the first director at Funny or Die, having directed ‘The Landlord’ with Will Ferrell, arguably the most famous viral video in history. Tamara is well-known in the theater world, and recognized by Second City for her influential writing and performing. Together, they’ve created content for major brands including Nike, Post, MSN, Whole Foods, and Delta.

Specialties: Commercial Directing • Celebrity Directing • Storytelling • Viral Videos • Stand-Up and Improv • Production • Editing

DREW
• Director of “The Landlord”

• Funny or Die’s first staff director
• Directed over 80 videos at Funny or Die, working with Jon Hamm, Natalie Portman, Olivia Wilde, Richard Jenkins, Snoop Dogg, Fergie and Kirsten Chenoweth, to name a few
•Accomplished film editor

TAMARA
• Second City, and IO featured alum
• Series regular on Men Behaving Badly
• Guest star roles include Seinfeld and Frasier
• Creator of multiple critically-acclaimed large theater and touring Second City productions
• Recipient of the prestigious Dora Maver Moore Award for outstanding playwriting
• Accomplished stand-up comedian, performer, and improviser

Johanna Stein and Suzanne Luna

Purveyors of hilarious human truths.

Johanna and Suzanne is the 101-North founding team, and responsible for our first projects. Johanna is a comedy writer and columnist who has developed her own network shows, and authored a bestselling book. Suzanne is a director and producer for Ellen, and is an established comedy and commercial director. Together, They’re currently in production on a web-series for Warner Brothers based upon Momhead.

Specialties: Editorial Comedic Prose • Run & Gun Directing • Viral Videos • Narration • Parenting and Mom Humor • Animation

JOHANNA
• Emmy nomination

• Author of the best-selling parenting comedy book “How Not To Calm A Child On A Plane”
• Comedy columnist for The New York Times, Huffington Post, Parents Magazine
• Creator, performer, and writer of The Oxygen Network’s sketch comedy show “Ripe Tomatoes”
• Director and Producer for Comedy Central’s ‘We’re With The Band’
• Animation writer for Disney, Dreamworks, Universal, Nelvana

SUZANNE
• Three Emmy Awards
• Director and producer for The Ellen Degeneres Show
• Director of The Jimmy Kimmel Show
• Producer of The Betthany Frankel Show
• Named Boards Magazine “One of the Next 20 Directors to Watch”
• Full reel of Commercials, Online Videos, Documentaries, and Comedy Sketches