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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.

Tammy C.
Senior Staff Clearance Producer

An accomplished story and clearance producer, Tammy has spent a career helping produce impactful content. Having cleared content for numerous documentaries, reality shows, and commercials, Tammy's ability to find and license content is unparalleled.  She enjoys discovering and championing the talent she finds. 

Alex Emerson
Executive 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.  

Jennifer Espinoza
Assistant Production
Office Coordinator 

Jennifer started as a PA in different types of media such as Youtube, reality tv and feature films. After working some time as a freelancer, she knew where she wanted to help the most. Her journey in coordinating started for the A&E series, Intervention, as Field Coordinator. As a member at Big Door, she helps assist projects to run smoothly and effectively. In her spare time, she directs music videos and short films to expand her creativity.

Gretchen Miller
Supervising Clearance Producer

Experienced Content Acquisition and Television Producer with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment industry. Skilled in Rights and Clearances, Archival Research, Content Licensing, User Generated Content, Avid Technology Products, Documentaries and Film Production.

Lawren Henderson
Supervising Producer

Lawren is an experienced, dedicated and creative story producer/writer. A prolific storyteller with over ten years of experience in writing and creating content that captivates, informs, and inspires. He leverages a versatile writing style, helping organizations reach their marketing and messaging goals through smart and effective copy.

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. 

Goldmond Fong
Creative Director

Goldmond “Gold” Fong is a creative director, director, & visual effects specialist for commercials, promos, music videos, graphic visualizers, short films and television. He has been a Creative Director and Motion Graphic Designer for Universal Music Group labels and artists including Katy Perry, Halsey and Niall Horan. He’s also Directed and VFX Supervised music videos for artists including Coi Leray, Nav, Lil Gotit, Lil Tjay and Tyga. Educated at Emerson College BFA Film Production. Experienced with still negatives, digital intermediate, on-set editing, previsualization, & visual effects editing.

Nick Nerolien
Staff Editor

Nick Nerolien is a highly experienced film editor with an MFA in film production from Loyola Marymount University. He has been working in the industry for over five years, starting out as an assistant editor at Northern Light Production. Nick has a unique eye for creativity and storytelling, allowing him to bring a unique perspective to any project he works on. He is always eager to learn and collaborate with other creatives to make the best possible product. Nick is an expert in the art of editing, from conceptualizing to the finished product, and is a valuable asset to any production.

Brandon Andras
Staff Editor

With over 10 years of experience, I have developed a reputation as a one-stop shop for post-production and content creation. My advanced skills in both After Effects and Premiere allow my clients to receive an all-in-one package providing the highest quality to the post-production process. Those who know me describe me as positive, dedicated, and a loyal team player who is not afraid of hard work or the challenges that working in the industry can bring. Always looking for growth in my path, I look forward to the next challenges ahead.

Terry O'Kane
Production Manager

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.

Tom Herrick
Project 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.

Christina Asuncion
Project Producer

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.

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!

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