Sean Hanish President is the WGA Award-nominated writer, producer and director and a multi-award-winning commercial director. His debut film was the Emmy and Critics' Choice- nominated and Satellite Award-winning film RETURN TO ZERO. RETURN TO ZERO earned an Emmy nomination for its star, Minnie Driver, as well as a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for her phenomenal performance, and a WGA Award nomination for Sean. Most recently, Sean has directed and produced SAINT JUDY, starring Michelle Monaghan. After studying under master film theorist David Bordwell at the University of Wisconsin, Sean completed his Master of Arts at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. Sean has been a member of the Director’s Guild of America (DGA) since 2005 and Writers Guild of America (WGA) since 2012.
Paul Jaconi-Biery Executive Producer is the Producer of the Emmy, Critics’ Choice and Satellite Award-nominated film RETURN TO ZERO, along with SISTER CITIES and SAINT JUDY. He is a graduate of UCLA’s English/Creative Writing program, with an MFA in Film Production from Loyola Marymount. Paul began his career in production on numerous independent features across the United States, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. Paul’s credits include Rodrigo Garcia’s LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT and MOTHER AND CHILD, Tatia Pilieva’s FOREVER, Arie Posin’s THE FACE OF LOVE, Kevin Smith’s RED STATE and Robin Swicord’s THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB.
Dave Santos Vice President, Commercials has been working in commercial production for well over a decade. In that time he has honed his skills as copywriter, editor, and director for a variety of campaigns. A USC film school alumni, Dave previously worked as Vice President of Post Production at LBC advertising, where he oversaw the delivery of hundreds of event-driven spots each week in various languages for clients across North America. An accomplished editor, Dave has won awards for his work on both commercials and short films, including the Sean Hanish directed Sales Tribe Grashecki. His long list of campaigns includes spots for Rooms To Go, Oscar de la Renta, Turners Fine Furniture, American Leather, RC Willey, and Liz Claiborne Home, among others.
Derek Beamer Co-Producer has worked in production on everything from major studio releases such as Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa to low-budget independent feature films. A graduate of Chapman University’s film production program, he has experience working in a wide range of media formats other than movies including narrative television, documentaries, and live TV news. Derek joined Cannonball in 2014 and served as Associate Producer on SISTER CITIES before co-producing SAINT JUDY.
Jaime Surenkamp Director Business Development has been in the hospitality industry for over a decade. She was one of the first employees at OpenTable, working on high profile and national accounts. Jaime focuses on listening to the needs of her clients and working to deliver the best possible solution for maximum impact and return on investment. Jaime joined Cannonball in 2017 as an Executive Producer on Cannonball's most recent film, Saint Judy. In 2019 she expanded her role as Director of Business Development. She lives in Boulder, CO.
Bridget McGee Coordinator has worked a variety of roles in the entertainment industry since graduating from Loyola University Chicago. Her experience ranges from agencies to scripted television sets. She joined Cannonball in 2018.