Like many of Brian Wallach’s college classmates, Chris always looked forward to voting for Brian for President one day. As it turned out, he wound up supporting Brian in a very different kind of campaign—remaking the fight against ALS.
A veteran of documentary, tv and commercial production across numerous genres, Chris won an Emmy for directing the PBS doc BLOODY THURSDAY about the hard-fought struggle of Pacific Coast longshoremen to unionize in Depression-era San Francisco.
He has created shows for networks including Discovery, A&E, Turner and Food Network, and produced content for Showtime Sports, FOX Sports and more.
Chris has been documenting Brian and Sandra’s fight since before the launch of I AM ALS in early 2019.
Tim Rummel is a veteran producer with a track record of developing and overseeing innovative documentary series and unscripted formats for cable, broadcast and streaming. Tim was with NBCUniversal for 12 years as a creative executive, where he developed and oversaw production of the blockbuster series American Ninja Warrior. After NBCU, Tim served as VP, Development & Production for CORE Media (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance). Currently, Tim leads development for Redtail Media, selling concepts to Discovery, WarnerMedia, SYFY and AMC.
Jeff MacGregor is an award-winning communications executive known for helping science-based organizations establish and develop their communications capabilities and strategies. Currently, he is Vice President of Communications for Science at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) and Head of Communications and Brand at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. As the founding communications lead for both organizations, Jeff built and oversees their communications and brand functions and serves as chief communications advisor to their scientific leadership, co-founders, and co-CEOs. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Toronto and currently lives in California with his partner and daughter.
Katie Couric (@katiecouric) is an award-winning journalist and #1 New York Times best-selling author of her memoir, Going There, which was published in October 2021. She is also a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). Since its launch in 2008, Stand Up To Cancer has raised more than $700 million to support cutting-edge collaborative science and its research has contributed to nine new FDA approved therapies.
In 2017, she founded Katie Couric Media (KCM), which has developed a number of media projects, including a daily newsletter, a podcast, digital video series and several documentaries. KCM works with purpose driven brands to create premium content that addresses important social issues like gender equality, environmental sustainability and mental health.
Previous documentaries produced by KCM include: America Inside Out with Katie Couric, a six-part series for National Geographic; Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, for National Geographic; Under the Gun, which aired on EPIX; and Fed Up, available on iTunes, Amazon and YouTube. Couric was also the executive producer of Unbelievable on Netflix and is developing other scripted projects.
Couric was the first woman to solo anchor a network evening newscast, serving as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News from 2006 to 2011 following 15-years as co-anchor of NBC’s Today show. She also hosted a syndicated show and served as the Yahoo Global News Anchor until 2017.
She has won a duPont-Columbia, a Peabody, two Edward R. Murrows, a Walter Cronkite Award, and multiple Emmys. She was twice named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people and was a Glamour Magazine woman of the year three times. She has also received numerous awards for her cancer advocacy work; honored by both the Harvard and Columbia schools of public health, the American Cancer Society and The American Association of Cancer Researchers.
In addition to Going There, Couric is also the author of two children’s books and The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives.
Phil Rosenthal is the award-winning creator, executive producer, writer, and host of “Somebody Feel Phil,” Netflix’s most popular food and travel show, which recently premiered its fifth season in May 2022. This Emmy-nominated unscripted documentary series, which combines his love of food and travel with his unique brand of humor, has enjoyed over 24 million viewers in 190 countries, and has become must-see TV for foodies, restaurateurs, travelers, and armchair enthusiasts all over the world. Rosenthal recently won a 2022 Critics Choice Real TV Award for “Best Travel/Adventure Show,” and he also garnered a 2022 James Beard Award nomination for “Visual Media—Long Form.” Season 6 of this hit series is set to launch Fall 2022.
Rosenthal has expanded his love of humor, food, and human connection by launching his first podcast “Naked Lunch,” in May 2022, which is live on Stitcher, SiriusXM’s mobile app, Pandora, and all major podcast listening platforms. Featuring world-renowned guests, this show is “an informal meeting of wits, minds and hearts” over lunch from some of his favorite eateries around Los Angeles.
Up next, Rosenthal will release his highly anticipated book SOMEBODY FEED PHIL: THE BOOK on October 18, 2022, via Simon & Schuster. As the companion cookbook to his hit Netflix show, this is the ultimate collection of must-have recipes, never-before-heard stories, behind-the-scenes photos, and more from the first four seasons of the beloved series.
Rosenthal was born in Queens, New York, and moved with his parents and brother to New City, New York, in Rockland County, where he was raised. After graduating from Hofstra University on Long Island, where he majored in theater, he embarked on a career as an actor, writer, and director in New York City. In 1989, he relocated to Los Angeles.
Rosenthal’s early writing credits include the comedy series “Down the Shore” and “Coach.” In 1995, Rosenthal created the hit CBS comedy “Everybody Loves Raymond” which premiered the following year. He served as the showrunner and executive producer for all nine years of the show’s very successful run, which ended in 2005. During its original run, the show was nominated for over 70 Emmy Awards, and won 15 awards, including two for “Best Comedy Series” in 2003 and 2005. Rosenthal won the 2002 Writers Guild Award for “Excellence in Television Writing” for his “Italy” script.
After the series wrapped, Rosenthal penned a book on the art of comedy and the making of a sitcom classic. YOU’RE LUCKY YOU’RE FUNNY: HOW LIFE BECOMES A SITCOM was published in 2007 via Penguin Publishing Group.
Rosenthal also co-wrote “America: A Tribute to Heroes,” the 9/11 telethon which aired on all four networks in September 2001, for which he won a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Writing.”
Rosenthal then went on to write, direct, and star in his first feature film for Sony Pictures. EXPORTING RAYMOND, the true story about the attempt to turn “Everybody Loves Raymond” into a Russian sitcom, was met with critical acclaim upon its release in October 2010.
In 2015, Rosenthal embarked on a new journey by creating his first travel food series “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having.” This PBS documentary series, which is the precursor to “Somebody Feed Phil,” received two Taste Awards and won the 2016 James Beard Award for “Best Television Program, on Location.”
In October 2020, Rosenthal launched Somebody Feed the People, an initiative of the Rosenthal Family Foundation that supports organizations making an impact and building community through food. This inclusive and non-partisan initiative partners with organizations across the U.S. that address food access and insecurity, support chefs and restaurant workers, create employment pathways, and strengthen the health of our food systems.
Rosenthal lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Monica Horan (who played Amy on “Everybody Loves Raymond”), and their two children. More information can be found at: www.PhilRosenthalWorld.com
Miranda Yousef, ACE is an accomplished documentary editor whose credits include: WORN STORIES (Netflix); DAUGHTERS OF THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION, (SXSW 2018); episodes of CNN’s THE SEVENTIES and HBO’s STATE OF PLAY; INEQUALITY FOR ALL, winner of a Special Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival; BURN, which won the Audience Award at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival; and Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville’s TROUBADOURS, (Sundance 2011). A graduate of Harvard College and UCLA, Miranda is a member of the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Documentary Branch.
Maia De Zan Hatch is a Panamanian film editor based in Los Angeles. She has worked on several documentaries such as Youtube Original’s “Maluma”, or “Harley”, which was selected at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. She has worked closely with Director Chris Burke on a variety of content for I AM ALS since its inception in 2019, and was instrumental in the idea to evolve the realtime footage Chris was shooting of Brian and Sandra’s fight into a full-length film.
Scott Sheppard is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He is a director, editor, producer, and writer of documentaries, commercials, short films, and web videos. His films have shown on Hulu, PBS, Amazon Prime, Showtime, and at film festivals around the globe.
His documentary An Act of Love won numerous awards on the film festival circuit, including “Best in the Fest” at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, “Audience Favorite” at the Mill Valley Film Festival, and “Best Documentary” at the Outflix Film Festival.
As an editor, he worked on director Antoine Fuqua’s documentary about infamous gangster rap mogul, Suge Knight, American Dream/American Knightmare for Showtime. He edited and co-produced the documentary, Magnolia’s Hope, about a family struggling with Rett Syndrome. He was an additional editor on the documentary, Erasing Family, about high conflict divorce and its effects on children. He edited the short documentary Be About It, which raises awareness about Hepatitis B in the Asian American community. He has also edited shortform and commercial projects for organizations such as American Heart Association, Harvard, Canon, Bank of America, Open Society Foundations, Ad Council, SoFi, Elvis Presley Enterprises, and many more.