The Team

We aim to exceed expectations and develop creative concepts and methods of execution that spark new trends throughout the industry.  Every job and every client is treated as a priority, with an attention to detail and a process that makes working with our team a truly positive experience.

Max Yoffe
Founder / Principal

Max is an award-winning producer/director with over 20 years in the industry, and the founder of Big Door. His clients include every major network and many Fortune 500 companies. He started his career working for the CBS affiliate in Boston, before packing up his Honda and moving to Los Angeles to start Big Door. His philosophy has been to build a company where innovation and ideation are the driving forces behind delivering great service, affordability and amazing results. Max is constantly looking to challenge himself and his team. From working out of his small beach apartment in the 90's to purchasing and remodeling Big Door's current 9,000 ft² studio in El Segundo, Max has positioned Big Door to be constantly moving forward. 

His philosophy is simple: be fearless, be better, be innovative.

Valarie Aguirre
Production Supervisor

Starting out as a PA in Commercials, Valarie followed the production path into Production Supervision, earning that title on many popular shows such as Shahs of Sunset, Wheeler Dealers, and Temptation Island. A member of the Television Academy, her credits include various programming formats such as talk, competition, reality, game show, and more. Managing teams domestically and internationally, her work has taken her all over the world including almost all fifty states. What she most enjoys about production, however, is the relationships she gets to build with crews and vendors to consistently create new and exciting quality content. She believes if we are creating something fun to watch we should have fun making it.

Terry O'Kane
Production Specialist / Stage Mgr.

After years of shooting video in his hometown of Oswego, New York, Terry moved to NYC in 2013 in order to pursue a career in video production. After gaining experience working on-set, he scored a long-time gig working in the intense world of ENG Field Production around the country for major broadcast networks and production companies. In 2018 he took his talents to the West Coast where he worked as an AC, Audio Mixer, Cam Op, DIT, Grip and more. With experience working on Feature Films, Music Videos, Interviews, Reality TV, and everything in between, Terry brings his vast array of skills and experience to Big Door, where he's the go-to guy for all things production.

Gabriela Traverso
Post Production Coordinator

A bilingual Native Chilean, Gabriela comes from a highly multi-cultural family which influenced her to live in four different countries and travel to another sixteen. As a kid, her favorite pastime was letting her imagination run wild, creating detailed presentations on how she would rule the world and holding her brothers captive until they properly acted out all of the plays she had in her head.  She went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude in International Affairs and Media communications from Florida State University, but quickly discovered she desired a more creative career; she could never deny she was a passionate storyteller at heart. It was then that she went on to create, write and produce a documentary travel series that would receive a myriad of accolades in Brazil, and set her on the TV production path she is on today. When she’s not exercising her creative brain, or going to school for copywriting, just for the sake of advancing her skills, you can find her rollerskating on just about any pavement in Venice Beach. 

Alex Emerson
Supervising Producer

Alex has supervised, written and directed hundreds of hours of programming for just about every network with recent projects for Travel, History and HGTV.  He's also produced brand spots for clients including Ford, Coca-Cola, USAF and over twenty for YouTube & YouTubeTV. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Alex's proudest work accomplishments include crashing and/or exploding over 50 cars for high speed camera shoots and directing Danny Trejo on how to cut through ballistic dummies.  

Diego McCafferty

Diego McCafferty was raised and braised on the mean streets of Boston, MA where he went to school for writing, literature and publishing. After dropping out to pursue a career in professional wrestling, he has spent the last decade working as a writer and producer in film, television and podcasting. He currently resides in Los Angeles, with a cat, and in his spare time enjoys keeping his own company.

Lauren Oliver
Clearance Supervisor

Lauren graduated from University of Southern California with a major in journalism and minor in film. Her big break came when she parlayed a day assisting on a corporate video into producer’s assistant on a big budget Disney movie, later moving to NYC to work as his assistant full-time.  She has since worked on dozens of productions of all sizes in film, TV and commercials.  Her recent work at Big Door includes the #WithMe campaigns. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, baby, dog, and a lot of leafy greens.

Jaromy Siporen
Partner / Executive in Charge

A results-driven Creative Director and accomplished editor; Jaromy's experience spans from pre-production, to on-set production management, to post-production supervision. He also directs the day to day operations of Big Door. Jaromy graduated Cum Laude from Dartmouth College and dives for Spiny Lobsters in his spare time in the frigid waters of Los Angeles. 

Fran Harvey
VP Creative & Content Partnerships

At a young age Fran was the kid who was disappointed when the movie trailers stopped and the movie started. It was his love of commercials, ads, and marketing that lead Fran into a legacy career in TV/Film marketing and production, including local TV, national cable, major networks, studios, and agency worlds. An Award-winning Los Angeles based Creative Executive, he has partnered to create, produce, and market film and television brands for more than 20 years. As both a writer and show producer he was nominated or won several TV Emmys, Promax, Telly, CLIO, and Cablefax team awards.  Fran recently optioned, developed and sold the book-to-film rights for "No Better Time", the life story of the first person to perish in the 9/11 attacks.

Tom Herrick
Senior Producer / Editor

Tom got his start in video editing at the age of 10 and has been honing his craft ever since. During his time at Miami University-Oxford, Tom took it upon himself to bring back the then-inactive Miami Association of Filmmakers and Independent Artists. By the end of the first year, he had led the group in gathering funding for cameras, lighting, and sound equipment, as well as in recruiting over 100 members in its first year. As a professional producer and editor, he's had his hands on everything from movie trailers to Super Bowl commercials.

Chip Hiden
Senior Producer / Editor

Passionate about beer and documentary filmmaking, his most recent self-produced film, Blood, Sweat, and Beer, was recently acquired by Hulu and was featured in The Washington Post and USA Today. Another of his docs has been screened at over 200 colleges around the country. His recent work for Big Door includes the 60-minute broadcast special "Inside Outsiders" for WGN, multiple broadcast vignettes for Dead of Summer, and Beyond for Freeform, and numerous other digital and commercial projects. 

Christina Asuncion

Christina made up her mind early on that she wanted to work in entertainment. At 12, she cold-called every studio in town in hopes someone would grant her an interview to learn more about the biz for a school report. After a lot of hang-ups and a lot of diligence, the 6th grader squirreled her way on to two studio lots -- and that was it. Cut to more than two decades later, her TV/Film marketing and production employers range from multi-million dollar film funds, arthouse production companies, and nationally distributed cable networks to award winning ad agencies and independent film sets. A wearer of many hats, Christina has done everything from managing voiceover talent and writing copy for nationally distributed commercials, to liaising with major distribution companies and exhibitors like Toho Towa, Kadokawa, and Lotte. Her recent work with Big Door includes the YouTube #WithMe Campaign. It currently has over 150M+ views on the platform.

Robert Hill
Project Editor

Robert Hill is a Clio-winning editor and writer with more than a decade of experience working on high-profile campaigns for YouTube, Google, Netflix, ViacomCBS and more. Originally from Millbrook, AL, he attended USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and has been working in the industry ever since. When he’s not in the editing room, he's usually performing, arranging or composing as a musician.

Ryo Jepsen
Project Editor

Ryo is an award-winning creative editor with a passion for visual storytelling. Over the last 13 years, he has edited trailers for HBO's hit show Lovecraft Country and Amazon Studios' The Report as well as numerous videos for Nike featuring world class athletes like Kevin Durant, Allyson Felix, Alex Morgan, Serena Williams and Sofia Boutella.

Studio Muse

Valkyrie, our resident Berger Blanc Suisse and squeaky toy aficionado, was born into the world of production. A true rising star, she spends most of her day zooming, pouncing, and demanding pats. When she isn't circling the ping pong table in anticipation of a dropped ball, she can be found at various canine competitions, having already racked up quite a few medals for her speed, agility, and of course, dazzling good looks. Feel free to come say hello!