Mala oversees Story Syndicate’s production and business operations. Before joining in 2021, she held senior executive positions at Viacom and Sundance Channel. Credits include the Peabody award winning “Brick City” featuring Cory Booker, “Spectacle with Elvis Costello”, “Iconoclasts”, and other work with Michael Moore, Morgan Spurlock, and Al Franken among others. In addition to her work, Mala has served on the Board of the Producer’s Guild of America and the Advisory Board of Reelworks.
Jon is an Emmy-winning producer who oversees the creative development of Story Syndicate projects as well as the creative execution of all projects in production. In this role, he is responsible for developing and creatively overseeing series, feature documentaries, podcasts, and scripted projects. Prior to joining Story Syndicate, Jon served as VP of Documentaries and Specials at Discovery Channel. He loves to run long distances, travel far afield, and, most of all, relax at home with his wife Ali and their two girls, Esme and Sylvie.
Brian oversees all post production operations and IT for Story Syndicate, as well as managing our sister company, Design Syndicate, which is focused on visual identity, aesthetics, and finishing aimed at documentaries. Over the years, Brian has worked in several facets of the industry: scripted, commercial, animation and reality. Prior to arriving at Story Syndicate, Brian worked as the VP of Post Production at Eastern TV. Brian is also a former muay thai fighter, an amatuer esports competitor, and a recent avid baseball fan (Let's go Mets), who loves to spend time with his wife Carla and their dog Juno.
KATE oversees multiple projects and has been a member of the Story Syndicate team since day one. Her most recent projects include the Netflix Film Britney Vs Spears and the HBO Series I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. Prior, Kate was Head of Production for PULSE (VICE) and a Production Executive for National Geographic Channel overseeing multiple series including the Emmy Nominated Series’ Cosmos and Brain Games, and produced multiple Emmy nominated films and series for HBO. Kate started her career in scripted film in NYC and Europe.
Ariel oversees legal and business affairs at Story Syndicate. She previously worked at boutique law firm Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, counseling independent producers, networks, and other talent. She also acted as in-house counsel at RadicalMedia and Group Nine Media, advising busy production and development teams on entertainment matters relating to film, television, digital content, commercials, music videos, apps, websites, and experiential installations. Ariel loves using her legal toolkit to help filmmakers tell important stories—an interest born from her time as an educator in NYC museums before law school, where she collaborated with artists and curators to create educational programs for diverse audiences of all ages.
Nell oversees a number of documentary series and feature films at Story Syndicate. She has spent her career producing and directing premium documentary series for leading networks and streaming platforms, including The Fourth Estate (Showtime, 2018), The Innocence Files (Netflix, 2020) and The Me You Can't See (Apple TV+, 2021).
Jack is an Emmy winning filmmaker who oversees a number of documentary series and feature filmmaking teams at Story Syndicate on both creative vision and narrative structure. Jack had previously collaborated with Story Syndicate as the Emmy and WGA nominated writer on All In: The Fight For Democracy (Amazon). Other credits include: Take Every Wave: The Life Of Laird Hamilton (IFC Films and Hulu), Ethel (HBO), Ghosts Of Abu Ghraib (HBO), Mission Blue (Netflix), The Gene: An Intimate History and Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (PBS), and HERE. IS. BETTER., which premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2021.
Shane manages the day-to-day running of the Story Syndicate Production Department. Before joining this team, Shane was the VP of Production at VICE TV, overseeing and supporting development and series productions across doc-follow, talk shows, true crime, comedy, live specials and series. His projects included “American Boyband,” the first two seasons of “Bong Appetit,” “Cari & Jemele Won’t Stick To Sports,” “Desus & Mero,” “Desus & Mero Live Election Special,” “Dopesick Nation,” “Jungletown,” “My House,” “The Trixie & Katya Show” and season three of “Dark Side of the Ring.” He began his career in commercial production before working on the network teams at MTV and VH1.