WHO WE ARE

CEO

Stephen David

Over the span of seven years, Stephen David has established a bustling production and post-production company that has seen a meteoric rise and yearly growth. Launched in 2010, Stephen David Entertainment (SDE) – a Banijay Group Company – has emerged as a leader in high-end television production. In 2012, David ushered in a new TV genre, the “hybrid” docu-series, with SDE’s The Men Who Built America (History), which went on to win two Primetime Emmy® Awards with five total nominations. At the start of 2015, SDE premiered the scripted TV mini-series, Sons of Liberty (History), for which David received a WGA Award nomination. Currently, David and SDE are in production on a number of high-profile projects. Their most recent productions include a partnership with Hugh Hefner and Playboy, American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story (Amazon), and the recently, SDE announced, Frontiersmen (History), which will be executive produced with Leonardo DiCaprio.

EVP of Programming

Tim Kelly

Tim W. Kelly is an Emmy Award winning producer and editor with nearly two decades of experience working in every genre of television, from scripted, docu-series and specials, to reality, sports, cooking, documentary, news magazine, promos and even commercials. Kelly has been with SDE since the beginning and has worked on all SDE projects, most recently serving as Executive Producer on Roman Empire: Reign of Blood (Netflix) and Making of the Mob: Chicago (AMC), and Co-Executive Producer on American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story (Amazon). His other credits with SDE include Sons of Liberty (History), The Men Who Built America (History), The World Wars (History), and more. Before joining the team at SDE, he worked on a number of shows, including Wife Swap (ABC), and Extra (NBC).

Controller

Jeanette Peret

Jeanette Peret joined SDE in 2016, bringing with her over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Jeanette began her career as a senior auditor in public accounting at Deloitte, and subsequently worked as Senior Director and Controller for ADP, a Fortune 500 company, where she managed a $400 million lease portfolio.

SVP of Programming

Jonathan Soule

Jonathan Soule joined SDE in 2012, serving as Lead Editor on the groundbreaking series The Men Who Built America for History, and winning a Primetime Emmy for its sound editing. Since then, he has served as lead editor and Co-Producer/Supervising Producer/Co-Executive Producer on all of SDE’s signature documentaries, including The World Wars for History, which brought him another Emmy nomination, as well as American Genius for NatGeo, The Making of The Mob for AMC, American Playboy for Amazon Studios, Roman Empire for Netflix, Sugar Town for Discovery ID and Jonestown for AMC/Sundance. Soule also served as editor on SDE’s award-winning scripted mini-series, Sons of Liberty, starring Westworld‘s Ben Barnes and Breaking Bad‘s Dean Norris. Most recently, he Executive Produced Hell in the Heartland for HLN and was Co-Executive Producer and Editor on Capsized: Blood in the Water, Discovery’s first scripted film for Shark Week starring Josh Duhamel. Jonathan continues to develop and oversee a variety of premium projects at the company.

SVP of Development

Randy Counsman

The first employee hired by Stephen David Entertainment when it launched in 2010, Randy Counsman now leads its development department. In addition to his work in development, Counsman has served as a writer and producer on series, including The Men Who Built America, The World Wars, Redrum, among others. In 2016, he established his own development shingle, which was responsible for CNN’s series Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History. Counsman’s work has earned him three primetime Emmy Award nominations.

EIC

Colleen Hannah

Colleen joined Stephen David Entertainment in 2018 and brings a wealth of international production experience.  She started her career working on live music television and talk shows in Australia.  Then spent 6 years in London delivering several high end docuseries for BBC, Channel 4 and ARTE (Germany/France).  She now resides in New York and has Line Produced shows for Vice, CNN, National Geographic and the Obama Foundation.

EIC

Ria Gazdar

Ria started her career as a NBC Page. Her first production management position was for City Arts on Thirteen/WNET. Ria has worked as an Associate Producer for Lucky Duck Productions. She was a Coordinating Producer for two series; NOW with Bill Moyers and NOW on PBS.  For over ten years Ria has been a Line Producer working on series for Epix, OWN, National Geographic, History, FYI, E!, Food Network and Investigation Discovery.  Ria graduated from Colgate University.

Director of Development

Lorenzo
De Boni

Lorenzo joined Stephen David Entertainment in 2015 in an operations role and now serves as Director of Development. Prior to SDE, Lorenzo worked on HBO’s Emmy-nominated Girls as well as in development at a major film production company. A graduate of the University of St Andrews in Scotland, he’s a native New Yorker who looks forward to further developing SDE’s award-winning scripted and unscripted series.

Production Accountant

Nikki Turgeon

Joanne Turgeon, a 2nd generation Production Accountant, started working at SDE in 2019 as a Corporate Production Accountant overseeing film and TV series in currently in production. Previously, she worked freelance in numerous capacities from 1st Assistant Accountant to Key Payroll Accountant on projects like Showtime’s, Escape From Dannemora directed by Ben Stiller, BET’s 50 Central Tv series produced by 50 Cent Curtis Jacosn; and, most recently, TriStar Pictures’ Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood starring Tom Hanks.

As she has traveled all over the US expanding her experience within the industry she is ready to experience the future Features and Series here at Stephen David Entertainment .

Executive Assistant

Hailey Noonan

Hailey Noonan is a new addition to SDE, bringing with her experience from networks such as USA, NBC, MSNBC, and VH1. Most recently, she worked on the production and development of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update Thursdays (NBC), Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (NBC), and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC). She also spent some time as a PA on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams (MSNBC), before heading on to her role at SDE.