© 2019, Big Door, Inc.

114 Sheldon St. El Segundo, CA 90245

310.546.6100  -  Studio@BigDoor.tv

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.

John Cappellino
Client Executive

John made his first sale at age 9, selling Cracker Jacks at a 4th of July parade in Rochester, NY. His next move was selling eggs (farm to table), newspapers, kazoos, and a lawn mowing service to put himself through a private HS (McQuaid Jesuit) and College (RIT). He was recruited by IBM during the dot.com and became their “Salesperson Rookie of the Year”. His mottos are “Clients buy from people that they LIKE and TRUST” and “Be passionate about developing meaningful client relationships and delivering solutions that create tremendous value”. John’s LinkedIn recommendations are evidence that he has excelled at both!

Audra Kirk
Production Manager

In 2012 Audra bid bon voyage to her former pharmaceutical career in Texas to pursue her passion of film-making in Hollywood. She has since been seen behind the camera on red carpet events on Hollywood Blvd, running audio for A-list celebs, producing ads for major networks, and directing videos to help raise funding for nonprofits. Audra now lives by the motto, “Create something from nothing that makes a difference for others!” When she isn’t onset producing, Audra can be found on the back of a jetski in the Pacific ocean or camping in the woods with her dirtbike.

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.

Valkyrie
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!

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’s passion for American history took a major step forward in 2019 as he secured the book-to-film rights for 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 in 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. 

Gold Fong
Producer / Editor

Gold got his start video editing for viral video-gaming clans during high school. After none of his “in real life” peers understood what he was editing, Gold bought a DSLR at Costco and began his journey in filmmaking. While studying Film Production at Emerson College, he worked as a video editor at MK3 Creative in Boston and Zulu Alpha Kilo in Toronto. He has even helped create motion graphic designs for an Olympic commercial. Gold believes in solutions and that nothing is a problem with a little “fix it in post”.