Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Senior Editor Brenda Urquhart: COS Spotlight

Brenda Urquhart began working with COS in 2002, and has since completed over 150 book trailers. Highly creative, and an excellent collaborator, she loves her work and pays close attention to detail so as to convey the author's voice. Brenda creates character and story driven videos that capture the style and mood of each book.

We consider Brenda our “secret weapon”. Everything she does is brilliant and she is always evolving her craft, bringing a freshness to her projects both in creativity and visually. We have no idea where she gets her great ideas, but they never seem to run out.

Based out of Colorado Springs, CO. With over fifteen years in the entertainment business, she has amassed on-set experience in the production department on several feature films, documentaries, commercials and television projects.

Brenda has worked with numerous bestselling authors and with many of our high-level clients. She has many book videos that I love but I’ll leave you with three very different videos Brenda did that will give you an idea of just how creative and diverse she truly is!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Executive Administrative Assistant/Accounts Manager Renee Fecher: COS Spotlight

Renee joined the COS team in 2008 as the assistant to the CEO and customer service support. She began working on publisher and VIP accounts in 2009 and in 2011 was promoted to Accounts Manager where she oversees COS accounts and projects.

Renee has done graphic design work for COS including billboards for Lori Foster, posters for Reader’s Entertainment, press kits, postcards for Catherine Anderson and magazine ads for top magazines in the U.S.

Renee’s family is everything to her. She teaches art and home schools her two teenage daughters. She helped establish a home school co-op in her community that now serves over 60 students. In addition to teaching home schooler’s, Renee serves as a youth counselor at her church.

Renee is an actress at heart, performing in community and church theatre since the age of 4. She also loves to direct and teaches drama workshops for youth and adults in her community. “Life is, after all, a stage!”

In her spare time, Renee loves to play softball, video games, spending time with her family, and of course…reading books!

Her new position as Accounts Manager makes Renee one of the most seen and heard faces of the company. She interacts with a majority of our clients and sees that they are always happy with their COS experience.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Production Partner Webb Pickersgill: COS Spotlight

Webb is amazing! He is creative, professional, creative, fun to work with, creative and, oh! yeah, did I mention how creative he is?

Yes, we here at COS may be a little prejudice since Webb is one of our production partners and has done amazing book trailers for us, but other people think he’s amazing too! For example the fine folks who give out Emmy Awards. And those great people over at the Telly Awards. Did I mention the Empixx Awards? Well, let’s just say a lot of people find him to be above excellent! We happen to agree with them!

Webb started working with COS in 2005 and was brought to COS through Joe Gruberman. Webb’s video production is always top rate and he has an eye for what is beautiful, interesting and different.

Webb’s COS awards include a Telly for Devious by Lisa Jackson, EMPixx Award for Devious by Lisa Jackson (obviously this is a “must see” book trailer!), and an EMPixx Award for Found by Margaret Peterson.

Webb is an accomplished cinematographer, editor and director in Phoenix Arizona with credits in TV, commercial, feature film and short film. His projects have been seen on national TV, movie screens, and internet screens across the country and world. In addition to the Telly, Davey, and Communicator awards, he also was awarded with 2009 Arizona Filmmaker of the Year, as well as a 2009 Rocky Mountain EMMY award for cinematography. He loves creating something unique and beautiful for each client.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Production Partner Kyle Lake: COS Spotlight

Kyle joined COS in 2005 working on a wonderful book trailer for one of our favorite people, Susan Squires. He went on to create book trailers for such famed authors as Christine Feehan and Karen Rose. His recent book trailer, You Belong To Me by Karen Rose won a Telly Award this year!

Kyle is one of the most versatile people on the planet. We’re sure of it. The entire planet! We couldn’t really survey the entire planet, but we did survey the COS office and we feel that’s pretty accurate.

We totally pilfered the information about Kyle’s background from his LinkedIn page (http://www.linkedin.com/in/kylemlake) so don’t tell on us! Lol

After forming the Prosper Media Group over 12 years ago, Kyle recognized the need for efficient, effective and economical media production that could be available online to anyone and a new company was started, Done In Sixty Seconds online video services.

Kyle possesses over 13 years of multimedia production & business management experience. He has worked with any variety of national clients on a wide scope of projects.

He has also taken on consulting projects with other developing businesses including Talon Winery & Vineyards as Director of Operations in 2005. He has written 3 feature length screenplays for film and currently heads the kNOwMORE Nonprofits coalition where he produced the projects first thirty minute broadcast television show.

Kyle received a Telly nod in 2002 while working with the New Jersey Network and was nominated for 3 ADDY awards in 2007. He was recognized by the Lexington Venture Club and Commerce Lexington in 2008, 2009 and 2010 for his work with Done In Sixty Seconds and received the Kentucky Enterprise Fund grant from the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation.

While growing Prosper Media Group on a regional and national level, he has worked directly with clients such as, ESPN, NBC, CBS, US PRO Rodeo, iHigh, Host Communications, Miss USA, University of Kentucky, American Heart Association, Communication Workers of American, US Navy Seals, US Air Force, US Marines, National Kidney Foundation, Horse Racing Television and Osram Sylvania, Toyota, Acura… to name but a few.

See! Impressive! Just like we said!

We all enjoy working with Kyle and his amazing team!