Rob Ryder – creator/director
Rob Ryder is a writer/producer/director and a sports technical advisor. He has written screenplays at Paramount, Warners, Fox and others, for directors Ron Shelton, John Hughes, Walter Hill, et al. He also has two books to his credit (Hollywood Jock and Blood, Sweat and Cheers) as well as articles and columns in the NY Times, LA Times, Salon.com and ESPN.com. As a sport tech advisor, Ryder has worked on numerous movies, TV shows, commercials and videogames – White Men Can't Jump, Blue Chips and NBA Street Homecourt among them. Ryder graduated from Princeton where he played varsity basketball.
JaQuel Knight – choreographer
Since winning the MTV video award for Beyoncé's Single Ladies, JaQuel has become one of the commercial world's hottest choreographers. He collaborated with Frank Gatson on Beyoncé's
I Am tour, worked on Britney Spears' Circus tour, and choreographed the American Idols Live Tour. Raised in Atlanta, the hot-bed of hip-hop music and dance, JaQuel is also an accomplished musician (saxophone, French horn, mellophone) and arranger/composer, plus he served as drum major for his high school's award-winning marching band.
Pam Tarr – producer
Through her own commercial and music video production company, Squeak Pictures, Pam Tarr shepherded the rise of many talented new directors including Sean Penn, David Kellogg and McG, and produced over 2000 projects totaling more than $150 million in production revenue. Later, Tarr began her full-time work in strategic entertainment, producing and launching various projects through innovative, cause marketing. She is currently producing Like Water For Chocolate, the Musical with the Sundance Theater Lab and the Public Theater in New York. Tarr received her BA in film from Stanford University.
Raj Kapoor – producer
Raj Kapoor is a creative professional with 18 years directing, producing and staging experience. He has worked on the Grammy Awards with Destiny's Child and Faith Hill as well as World Tours for The Dixie Chicks, Josh Groban, Britney Spears, and American Idol. He has worked on numerous live productions, television specials, and special events for many clients, including General Motors, Intel, Ralph Lauren, and Reebok. His recent projects include the North American Tour for the television show, Dancing With The Stars, and the American Idols Live Tour.