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Our People
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Yes, we manage millions of dollars worth of equipment, but it’s our people that determine our success. The creative minds and skilled hands of our senior staff members have shared their expertise with some of the newer team members along the way. Together, we have continued to evolve with the changing landscape of corporate and commercial video production.

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Steve Dunning

CEO / Director / Executive Producer

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What I Do at CRM Studios

Other than what a CEO does to run a company, I work on the creative implementation of projects. Scripting, casting, shot blocking, shooting, directing and editing all need help from a creative point of view, and I try to bring that to every client’s job I work on or that CRM Studios works on.

Background

I got my start at a local DFW television station back in the 80’s, but my big break happened when I got to shoot my first McDonalds commercial when I was 21 and working at a small production company. I then got to do what I love best, directing, and I've been doing it ever since. It’s always fun to get to do what you want when you grow up!

Favorite Memory/Accomplishment

I love working with kids and seeing the fun performances they can do, but my favorite memories have been overseas.

What I Do for Fun

I love to go on vacation with my family; we’ve been to Disney way too many times.  I also love to fly fish.

What Few People Know About Me

I put myself through college doing puppet shows at Six Flags Over Texas. It was a blast!

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Tom Kirkhart

Executive Producer, Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Owner

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What I Do at CRM Studios

Most of my days involve sales and marketing and trying to help keep a myriad of productions in motion at any given time.

Background

I started in the big ad agencies, but always really wanted to make films— so it all worked out for the best!

Favorite Memory/Accomplishment

I just love the night sky at Big Bend National Park when zillions of stars from the Milky Way paint a swath of light across the sky.

What I Do for Fun

Camping, National Parks, outdoor family events, activities like these are at the top of my list.

What Few People Know About Me

My Cub Scout Pinewood Derby car was the fastest car in the city of Chicago when I was about 10 years old.

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Greg Lawrence

Director of Broadcast Production

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CRM Studios Louisiana

What I Do at CRM Studios

I use my skills as a writer, producer and director to help clients produce videos and commercials that bring about marketing and communications results for their business.

Background

I have spent over 30 years working in marketing and advertising. The first half of my career was spent as a writer and producer working at some of the largest ad agencies in the markets I was in, including The Richards Group in Dallas, TX. The second half of my career has been on the production company side. 

Favorite Memory/Accomplishment

Once, a client who owns a furniture store sent me a newspaper article written by a church pastor who I did not know and had never met. The pastor was so enthralled with a TV commercial that I wrote and produced for the client’s furniture store, that he was inspired to write about how inviting the commercial was.

What I Do for Fun

I hunt, fish and regularly tailgate and attend LSU football games.

What Few People Know About Me

I love the peace and quiet of spending hours, 20 feet up in a tree, deep in the woods.

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Brannon Preston

Executive Producer / New Business Development

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What I Do at CRM Studios

I build strong relationships with new clients by consistently helping them realize their video production goals.  I have 20+ years of production experience with an emphasis on multi-camera studio shoots, production budgeting, producing projects requiring animation and visual effects and doing commercial voiceover work.  

Background

I attended the University of North Texas earning my degree in RadioTVFilm.  I began my career at Reel FX in Dallas.  I grew a nice client list that included TV shows like Barney, Wishbone and corporate giants like Bell Helicopter and RadioShack.  My connection to RadioShack led me to joining CRM Studios where I have been for 13+years.   

Favorite Memory/Accomplishment

Two of my favorite production memories are introducing Glenn Beck to Nolan Ryan and meeting the late Fort Worth actor Bill Paxton.   

What I Do for Fun

I stay busy playing sand volleyball, riding ATV’s and clearing cedar on the family ranch in the Texas Hill Country.  I serve my local community with my wife and our 3 kids at our local church in Southlake, TX. 

What Few People Know About Me

Before UNT, I toured for a year with Up With People.

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Scott Burress

Director of Production

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What I Do at CRM Studios

I do everything but makeup; however, I am willing to learn.

I direct, produce, shoot, edit and fill in various crew positions as needed.

Background

I graduated from Baylor University and began my career as an editor at On Video, where I became a director. As a director, I started working for Aries Productions in 1994 and joined RadioShack / Circle R Media in May of 2002.

Favorite Memory/Accomplishment

I typically try not to get too excited about meeting celebrities, but there was one job a few years ago in which I had the privilege of meeting a few of my sport heroes: Johnny Bench, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Roger Staubach, but in particular, Walter Payton. 

What I Do for Fun

It sounds cliché, but I enjoy watching movies, listening to music, watching college football and basketball, and (of course) spending time with my family. Cooking out with some good music and a cold drink is my sanctuary.

What Few People Know About Me

My first job in the business was supposed to be as a PA on an American Airlines promotional shoot, but in an odd turn of events I ended up being the lighting stand in for the talent on the shoot, Robin Leach.

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John McGlothlin

Producer / Director / Director of Post-Production

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What I Do at CRM Studios

I direct live and pre-taped videos, edit, audio production, and manage post-production at CRM.

Background

I have a BA in Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington, 35 years working all aspects of video production, experience in directing, audio and lighting for live broadcast, post-production, shooting, graphics and production management.

Favorite Memory/Accomplishment

I worked in post production on the Emmy nominated documentary We Shall Not Be Moved that aired on ABC, PBS, and the Hallmark Channel. (It received a regional Lone Star Emmy as well.)

What I Do for Fun

I unwind by traveling, hiking with my family, photography and flying my drone.

What Few People Know About Me

My first TV job was Master Control for a small cable network.  I played out the tapes from an old construction trailer that sat between a dog kennel and a tortillas factory.  It made for some strange smells.

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Michael Murray

Director of IT & Broadcast Engineering

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What I Do at CRM Studios

It might actually be easier to list what I don’t do. I cover everything related to Engineering and IT.  From shading cameras to repairing computers to backing up data, if there’s a problem (yo) I solve it.

Background

I started out doing Navy contract work, then for the Air Force on the C-130’s & C-141’s. Eventually, I joined CRM Studios to help build out the control rooms, soundstages, etc., and the rest is history.

Favorite Memory/Accomplishment

It’s probably my wedding in Slovakia, where the event starts at noon, ending at 5 AM the next morning… what an event!

What I Do for Fun

I love to travel and spend time with my wonderful family.

What Few People Know About Me

When I was younger, I liked to sign my name backwards, so I became known as Ekim. 

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Tamara Wilson

Accountant and HR Liaison

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What I Do at CRM Studios

I am in charge of Accounting & Human Resources. 

Background 

I’ve been with CRM Studios for over 15 years. Prior to that, I worked in the financial services department at Tyler Junior College. 

Favorite Memory/Accomplishment

I fondly remember sitting on my grandparents’ porch listening to the animals and nature, just enjoying the country life with no cell phones, no internet, no cable tv and no central heat/air.  

What I Do for Fun

I like to spend time with my grandmother and her sisters listening to them reminisce about the “ol’ days” and hanging with the “little people” (children) in my life, watching them discover the world as only little people can.  

What Few People Know About Me

When I grow up… I would like to be a motorcycle policeman. And when that becomes dull, I would like to become a homicide detective. So you better watch out!

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Shawn Fernandez

Senior Editor / Lead Motion Graphics Designer

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What I Do at CRM Studios

75% of what I do is motion graphics for GameStop with a dash of editing sprinkled in. Outside of that my general work is 50/50 editing and motion graphics.

Background

I’m a former track athlete for the University of Texas where I graduated with a B.S. in Radio, Television & Film. I’ve also worked in front of the camera, behind the camera and in the audio booth.

Favorite Memory/Accomplishment

In production, I had a fantastic time spending the Spring and Summer working on an NBC mini-series in Seattle, Washington. 

Accomplishment 

I once made a short film that won three awards: in producing, videography and editing.

What I Do for Fun

Taking my 4Runner out and road tripping the great state of Texas with occasional jaunts up to Colorado is a great way to have fun.

What Few People Know About Me

In ’93 I raced against and beat an Olympic Gold Medalist in the 400m sprint. He probably hadn’t run since the ’88 Olympics and was out of shape at the time, but I beat him! Ask me to show you the photo finish!

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Brian Hockenbury

Senior Editor / Lead Motion Graphics Designer

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What I Do at CRM Studios

Some of my post production responsibilities include video & audio editing, 2D animation & graphic design, special effects and compositing.

Background

In addition to editing, I have a strong background in professional video & audio equipment sales.

Favorite Memory/Accomplishment

I once (gratefully) fell asleep on a fold-out table after editing for 72 hours straight to make a deadline.

What I Do for Fun

I enjoy several activities on my down time, including movies, physical activity and exercise, cooking, gardening and craft beer sampling.

What Few People Know About Me

My life is pretty much an open book.  Feel free to ask me anything.

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Bonnie Smith

Senior Editor

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What I Do at CRM Studios

Around here I’m known as the GameStop TV Editor Extraordinaire.

Background

I started my career working at TV stations in Tampa and Miami as a chyron operator and technical director before moving to Texas to become a full time editor in 1990.

Favorite Memory/Accomplishment

I really like seeing people react emotionally to a video I’ve edited. It shows me that I’ve done my job well.

What I Do for Fun

Goat Yoga and caving (spelunking) are two of my favorite pastimes. 

What Few People Know “Aboot” Me

I grew up in Canada.

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Kevin Alexander

Senior Editor / Videographer

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CRM Studios Louisiana

What I Do at CRM Studios

As a videographer and editor, I enjoy being part of the entire production process. From filming, to recording voiceover, to editing and even selecting music, I love taking an idea and transforming it into effective visual communication.

Background

I began my career as a television news videographer, covering the local angle of stories like the Columbia Shuttle disaster and Hurricane Katrina. Although I’ve since worked in marketing and production, I am a storyteller at heart, and consider that my primary role no matter what creative or technical task is at hand.

Favorite Memory/Accomplishment

My first year at CRM Studios, the Shreveport office won 7 awards at the 2017 ADDYs, including Best of Show. It’s an honor to work with a team that values excellence and gives our absolute best to every client, every time.

What I Do for Fun

I stay active by keeping a regular exercise routine and balance that with doing yoga to relax. I’ve also played the guitar for over 20 years and think the Fender Stratocaster is the best invention in human history!

What Few People Know About Me

I once made Leonard Nimoy laugh. I interviewed him in my TV news days, and he was very gracious when this Trekkie admitted how nervous I was!

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Danny Foots

Editor / Videographer

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What I Do at CRM Studios

I work in pretty much any and all aspects of video production, as well as editing, and co-managing our social media accounts.

Background

I’m originally from Beaverton, Oregon.  I graduated as a film major from Bossier Parish Community College.

Favorite Memory/Accomplishment

Winning gold at the 2019 SkillsUSA National Competition in the Broadcast News category was a personal and professional highlight for me.

What I Do for Fun

I enjoy streaming Nintendo Switch exclusive games on Twitch

What Few People Know About Me

I love to collect vintage tin lunch boxes.

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Tom Richards

Stage Manager, Cameraman and Gaffer

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What I Do at CRM Studios

I function as a cameraman, gaffer, grip, electric, audio support, transportation, set construction, housekeeping, maintenance and the inevitable “grunt work.”

Background

I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas.

Favorite Memory/Accomplishment

My favorite memories are the births of my children, and my favorite accomplishment is pedaling 1886 miles in 2019.

What I Do for Fun

In my free time, I enjoy cycling, photography, cycling, playing with my grandson, and of course, cycling.

What Few People Know About Me

I have 586 skydives under my belt, almost all of them successful.

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Ethan Norris

Writer / Teleprompter / Storyboard Artist

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What I Do at CRM Studios

I am the “utility infielder” for CRM Studios. From writing to camera op to vocal tracks to drawing, I wear quite a few hats.

Background

I got my start in the duplication department at CRM Studios (part time) in 2002, eventually leading that department, as well as the Media Library, the Closed Captioning dept., and the Live-Hosted Commercials dept. (for CRM client The Blaze) in the years since. 

Favorite Memory/Accomplishment

I’ve won a couple of acting awards while performing in college and for local theatres. In 2018 I was given the opportunity to play both Antipholus twins in Shakespeare Dallas’ production of The Comedy of Errors.

What I Do for Fun

I just love to perform—with a band, in the theater, in the audio booth, or on camera. I also enjoy bowling, playing softball, and watching football.

What Few People Know About Me

I was head cheerleader of my HS squad. I’ve been in productions of 31 of William Shakespeare’s 37 extant plays (38 if you count The Two Noble Kinsmen.)

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Ann Marie Patten

Media Director

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What I Do at CRM Studios

Media planning and buying are my primary responsibilities.

Background

I have 25 years of media buying and planning experience.

Favorite Memory/Accomplishment

White water rafting Class 5 rapids was a rewarding challenge.

What I Do for Fun

Traveling and hiking are two activities I really enjoy.  A personal goal is to hike all the national parks in the USA, as well as the Camino de Santiago in Spain.   

What Few People Know About Me

I recently found out through Ancestry.com that I’m 94% French, which helps explain my love of wine, cheese, and a good crusty baguette.

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