Arielle Eckstut + David Henry Sterry, Co-Creators
Arielle and David are the co-founders of Can Do Entertainment, a production company that champions independent writers and artists during a time of mass conglomeration in the media business. They are writers, producers, and entrepreneurs who have been breaking ground with their stories and ideas for decades. Arielle is an Executive Producer on two new TV shows currently in development with Silvergate/Sony and The Jim Henson Company. David serves as an Executive Producer for Master of Ceremonies, a TV series based on his memoir by the same title, and several of his other books have been optioned for TV and film. Prior to his life in books, David was a professional actor for twenty years and appeared in dozens of movies, TV shows, and over 1,000 commercials.
Kwame Alexander, Co-Creator
Kwame is the founder of Big Sea Entertainment, a company dedicated to creating innovative, highly original, top-quality children’s and family entertainment. He is the co-showrunner and Executive Producer of The Crossover TV series forthcoming on Disney+ based on his Newbery-winning novel in verse. He also has deals in development with Sony, WGBH public television, and Jim Henson Productions, among others. His musical, Acoustic Rooster’s Barnyard Boogie: Starring Indigo Bloom debuted at the Kennedy Center in 2021.
Grant Faulkner, Executive Producer
Grant is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the world’s largest writing event, and co-founder of 100 Word Story. He’s published Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo; Brave the Page; All the Comfort Sin Can Provide; and Fissures, a collection of 100-word stories. His fiction has appeared in dozens of literary magazines, and his essays on creativity have been featured in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, and more.
Sydnye White, Executive Producer
As a documentary and non-fiction television producer, Sydnye has spearheaded, created and overseen thousands of hours of programming distributed on such networks as PBS, Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, National Geographic, BET, and TV One. Her work as co-producer on TLC’s Great Books: The Autobiography of Malcolm X garnered her a national Emmy nomination. Sydnye is passionate about using ideas, words, sounds and images to create stories that open minds and touch hearts.