Marisa Venegas has worked in long-form, non-fiction production for 26 years at the top broadcast networks in the U.S. in both English and Spanish, including NBC News, CBS News, Univision and Telemundo. She is the recipient of an IRE Gold Medal, Gerald Loeb and George Polk Awards. She has 10 nominations and won four News and Documentary Emmy awards for the documentaries Dying to Cross/The Real Death Valley (2014), Harvest of Misery (2016), The Source (2017) and Hidden Costs (2018), all co-productions with The Weather Channel. She has a BA in Medical Anthropology from Barnard College and a Master’s degree in Science and Environmental reporting from NYU.
Cristina Venegas is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. She is the author of Digital Dilemmas: The State, the Individual and Digital Culture in Cuba (2010) a Choice award recipient, and co-editor of Digital Activism, Community Media and Sustainable Communication (2020). She was co-founder of the highly successful Latino CineMedia Festival in Santa Barbara, and its director from 2004-2011; she served as advisor on Errol Flynn's Ghost: Hollywood in Havana (2018) directed by Gaspar Gonzalez, and as segment producer for Enredando Sombras (1998) a documentary celebrating 100 years of cinema in Latin America by Julio García Espinosa.
Andrea Eisen is a producer’s agent with a long track record of co-developing, executive producing and selling successful award-winning programming concepts to networks. With decades in the industry, she has strong connections with networks and streaming platforms, and is attuned to their ever-changing programming needs. Andrea has had executive positions at HBO, Playboy International, Columbia Pictures, Warner Brothers and worked in-house at numerous production companies in the U.S. and Canada. Andrea received an Emmy award for her work on the documentary Baring It All, which aired on Style Network in the U.S.
Executive Producer and Sales Executive
With 25 years of experience at all levels of organizational management in private, public, and non-profit organizations, Caroline Slade is an expert at building mutually beneficial external partnerships and strategic alliances. A passionate advocate for access to public health in middle- and low-income countries, she excels at effectively leading complex projects domestically and internationally, managing key opinion leaders and major gift fundraising. She has a personal connection to Colombia, her mother’s birthplace, and where she lived for many years.
Executive Producer, External Partnerships and Business Development
Marc Shaffer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder of the non-profit production company Inside Out Media in Oakland, California. His latest film, Exposing Muybridge, an NEH-funded documentary on the trailblazing photographer Eadweard Muybridge, received critical acclaim at its world premiere in DOC NYC 2021 and won the Writers Guild of America award for best documentary screenplay in 2022. Marc has traveled throughout the United States, and around the world, directing documentaries on some of the most pressing issues of our time, from environmental threats to corporate corruption, democratic integrity to American healthcare. His films have received three national Emmy nominations, among many other honors, and have been seen on PBS Frontline, National Geographic, CBS, Al Jazeera, online and in movie theaters.
Christopher Jenkins has been behind the lens of several award-winning documentaries, including Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, The Matador, Riverwebs, CAFWA, Marley and Lost Crops. His work has aired on Netflix, PBS, NHK, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, Travel Channel and Sundance Channel, among others. Prior to receiving his Master’s degree in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University, Chris was in East Africa as a United Nations Volunteer and in southern Chile as an Ambassadorial Scholar. He is director of production at UCSB’s Film and Media Studies Department.
Director of Photography/Editor
Gilberto Rivera Roldán
Director of Photography/Editor
Based in Bogotá, Gilberto Rivera Roldán has more than 28 years of experience as a videographer, DP, and reporter for international news agencies from Europe and North America. He’s been producing documentaries and other non-fiction content for the last 14 years for Univision, Televisión Española (TVE), Reuters, CNN en Español, among others. He has filmed all of the material in Colombia to date.
Carolina Gomez Bernal
For the past 20 years, Carolina Gomez Bernal has worked as a Colombia-based correspondent and investigative producer for the major Spanish-language networks in the United States. She received a Golden Mike Award from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California for Best TV Medical and Science Reporting (2013) for the story “Giant Contributions,” which was also nominated for a regional Emmy Award in 2014. She specializes in corporate communications and has a Master of Science degree in Strategic Marketing Management and is a Lecturer in International Press studies at St. Thomas Aquinas University in Bogotá.
Melina Zambrano spent the last 20 years working as a producer at Telemundo Network's news department, where she also contributed to long-form investigative productions. She has five Emmy nominations and in 2013 won the Emmy for Outstanding Coverage of Breaking News: Pope Francis, and a NAMIC (Award for Excellence in Multicultural Marketing in 2007. She has a B.A. in Journalism/Broadcast Communications from Barry University in Miami, FL.