Our creative team of industry-leading crew, award-winning directors and producers, experienced editors, and industry-specific writers will make your video production ideas into reality.
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Profiles of the M-1 Studios Team
Matthew Peach, President / Producer
In his role, Matthew brings extensive history as a business and technology consultant, combined with film experience and marketing knowledge, to determine client needs and deliver the services they desire. He credits success to delivering an exceptional product and customer experience for all his endeavors. His film experiences include: Executive Producer for films like the award winning 48169 (2013), Resistant (2012), 4 Pictures (2010), First Day (2009), Nikki and Eli (2009), The Candle (2008), Demeter: Surrender (2007), and the TV pilot New Directions (2008). Peach also directed the short films Friday Night King (2006) and LaughcrY (2008). He has trained with Emmy winning producer Charles Cirgenski, and has enjoyed working with Hollywood director William Dear and many others over the years.
Chelsey Raegen Knapp, Lead Editor / Screenwriter
As Lead Editor, Chelsey has completed hundreds of videos, along with serving as the Lead Editor on many independent films. A University of Michigan graduate with a BA in Electronic Media & Visual Communications, she has received awards and recognition for her short films and screenwriting from several film competitions and non-profit organizations across the state. Her versatile background in writing, editing, and sound design have made her a strong asset on a variety of documentary, feature, and commercial productions.
Amanda Looney, Animator / Editor / Videographer
A graduate from the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Media, Amanda’s ability to visualize concepts, understand and create an approach into a new project from script to screen, and produce an end product that is beyond the requirement is her specialty. From in-studio to on-location productions, Amanda continually sets the bar higher and higher in all projects with all clients. Amanda is also an avid equestrian, and her greatest joys are her family and two daughters.
Eric Winkler, Sales Manager
Eric brings years of experience in sales, business development, strategic positioning, as well as project management in direct day-to-day contact with both existing and new clients. Eric achieves objectives by executing the day-to-day activities that drive direct results for M-1 Studios, with the focus on meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations for their video production projects in the planning process. Raised in his family’s business serving the public, Eric left a young man experienced in operating multi-million dollar companies to start his career in professional business solutions sales. Viewing video production as a needed service through our customers’ eyes, Eric works with client expectations from a creative and budgetary standpoint to achieve the best options. Team is everything to Eric, and his addition solidifies M-1 Studios excellent business-centric, customer-service focus.
Kate Biermeier, Editor / Videographer
Kate is a proud graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Television and Film. As a young girl she received a camcorder as a gift, and has never put the camera down. During college she honed her videography and editing skills, and has since made numerous videos, podcasts, and scripts for various platforms. She has years of professional experience as a videographer, writer, and photographer, as well as a naturally creative mindset and passion for the media arts.
Mike Madigan, Vice-President / Producer
As Vice-President, Mike coordinates many of the productions of M-1 Studios in order to ensure on-time schedules and the highest production values. His varied film experience includes Director of the short films 48169 (2013), 4 Pictures (2010), Cadence (2008), Demeter, The Candle, Demeter: Surrender (2007), and Caught (2006). In 2008-2009, his short film Cadence screened at over 14 film festivals including the Staten Island Film Festival (New York) and The Big Island Film Festival (Hawaii). In 2010, his romantic comedy 4 Pictures screened at over 30 film festivals across the US and earned awards for “Best Director” and “Best Comedy.” He is also the Detroit Producer of the internationally-renowned 48 Hour Film Project, now in its seventh year as one of the largest film competitions in the USA.
Jeff Wolka, Editor / Videographer
Jeff is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University with a degree in Media Communications, and an alumni of Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts’ Video Production program. He has been involved in several film productions ranging from local short films to Hollywood features in Michigan. He served as a cinematographer on A Lab Rat Tale (2015), which won best cinematography and best film in show at the 2015 48 Hour Film Challenge Detroit. He has worked as an editor on other short films such as Beyond the Koi Pond (2014), 48169 (2013), Speed Bumps (2013), Operation White Noise (2012), and A Lease for Love (2010). He also has a specialty for filming animals of all kinds, and has produced hundreds of videos involving our four-legged friends.
Stephanie Bushey, Editor / Videographer
Stephanie is a proud graduate of Wayne State University with a BA in Media Arts and Studies. Over the course of her undergraduate career, she produced several short films as well as television segments for Detroit Public Television’s MetroArts Detroit. Additionally, during this time she wrote her first award-winning narrative short. These experiences, along with her passion for photography and natural eye for detail, have given her an edge when it comes to editing commercial content for our clients.
Chris Lepley, Screenwriter
A graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Film and Video Studies, Chris has been a professional writer for over 20 years. Her work has appeared in multiple media, from print newspapers and magazines to online and commercial film and video. She has penned feature content, media commentary, technical writing in the healthcare, military, and financial fields, and marketing copy for diverse lines of business.
Marlita Gamble, Editor / Videographer
Marlita is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a degree in Broadcasting/Cinematic Arts and Psychology. While in college, she was involved in several student organizations that allowed her to get experience in producing, directing, camerawork, and editing which made her ready for the real world! After graduating, she worked behind the scenes on several reality TV shows including American Idol, The Voice, and America’s Got Talent. Her experiences have made her a well-rounded individual with many skills to offer. Her attention to detail and creative mind allows her to create videos that can serve any client’s needs.