To make feature films that are strong on character development and while still managing to tell riveting stories. Too many of today’s films focus on quick action and lack this key element.
John Depew (Director)
John Depew has come a long way since his days as a flight engineer serving on a Navy aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War. One of his proudest moments was when he helped recover the Apollo 8 space capsule carrying astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders from the waters of the Pacific after completing their history making voyage to orbit the moon.
John is a successful entrepreneur serving as CEO of two corporations; Bradford Medical Associates and for the past 8 years, Wild Beagle Productions.
Since John started acting 20 years ago, he has built an impressive body of work including; film, theater, television commercials, industrial films, story telling, and voice-overs. He has brought to life such memorable characters as; “Mort” in Neil Simon’s “California Suite”, and “Matthew Brady” in Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind”. Notably, John Depew is the only actor to ever win two EMACT Awards for best supporting actor in the same year. But his favorite role was as “Frank Sullivan, an aging hit man, in the feature film, “The Final Shift” which he also directed.
John Depew has over 34 acting credits in independent film, yet he continues to seek acting parts that challenge him. He directed the feature films; “27 Down”, “CO2”, “The Final Shift”, and in 2015 “Lazarus Rising” which won “BEST ACTION FILM” or “Best Film” at 4 film festivals so far. He has also directed several TV commercials and an Internet web series.
A successful writer, actor, director and CEO, John credits much of his success to his partner and soul mate of 30 years, the fabulous producer Judy Coleman who continues to inspire him.
Judy Coleman (Producer, Executive Producer)
Judy Coleman has two acting experiences under her belt – the independent film “Norma’s Scent” and a community theater production of “A Murder of Crows”. Both experiences gave her the opportunity to “step out of the box” and see a different perspective.
“27 Down” was her first time working behind the scenes as producer, script editor and casting. She quickly learned that the job description was varied and all encompassing – which really made it all the more interesting and fun.
The job of Executive Producer of “C02” brought with it another layer of challenges and opportunities to learn how best to manage the successful production of this type of film. The talented cast and crew helped make yet another transition that much easier. Since “CO2” Judy has been the executive producer of two more films; “The Final Shift” and the multi award winning film “Lazarus Rising”.
She has an MBA from Lowell University and is the co-founder of Bradford Medical Associates, and has written numerous articles for MD News. She is an avid runner enjoys reading works of fiction and playing tennis. Judy’s philosophy in life is a keen mind and body are the keys to success in any endeavor.
Spencer Cohen (Producer, Editor, Special Effects)
Spencer Cohen discovered his love for film making when his father brought home their first digital camcorder. Spencer started experimenting by filming short sketches with his friends and then uploading their creations to YouTube. After figuring out that he had quite the passion for film making, Spencer decided to attend the University of Miami where he majored in film and economics.
After the University, Spencer started working as a production assistant on several feature films. A friend of John Depew’s suggested he take on Spencer as a production assistant during the production of “Lazarus Rising”. One day, John mentioned he needed to find a new editor. Spencer mentioned that he had some editing experience and asked if he could try editing a couple of scenes. John was skeptical, but agreed to let him show what he could do by working on a couple of scenes. John was so impressed with Spencer’s creativity and editing talent that he immediately promoted him to be the new editor of Lazarus Rising.
Upon completion of “Lazarus Rising”, John asked Spencer to join the Wild Beagle full time permanent staff as a full time writer, producer, and editor. Spencer accepted and is currently writing a feature film for Wild Beagle Productions that is soon to go into Pre-Production.
John McDonald (Webmaster, Information Technology)
John McDonald is a veteran of over 50 years in the entertainment and information technology industries. In the 1960s, John worked at Boston radio station WMEX producing the talk shows of legendary Jerry Williams, Larry Glick, and Steve Fredericks.
He founded Globe Talent Associates in 1963 and worked with several Top 10 hit recording artists including; the Bobby Fuller Four (I Fought The Law) , Strawberry Alarm Clock (Incense and Peppermints) and The Outsiders (Time Won’t Let Me) among others. His extensive experience includes artist management, booking agent, tour management, concert and record promotion and as an executive producer.
A workaholic with many interests, he then pursued unrelated careers including, 4 years in law enforcement and 30 as a licensed ships master and marine pilot. But has never strayed far from the entertainment world. In 1988, he founded Masscot Internet, now 27 years later Masscot is one of the world’s oldest Internet companies.
John’s company has designed and developed over 500 websites with several music, film, and TV clients including most of Wild Beagle’s websites and the official websites for several celebrities including; Grammy Award nominee Beth Hart, actor Ryan Lane (ABC Family’s Switched at Birth), Actor Jeremy Glazer (Letters From Iwo Jima, CSI, Bones, Cold Case), Lane Twins (Over 30 Films, TV Shows, and TV Commercials).
John recently co-founded a new company First Rock Entertainment with Music Producer Sean Peter Hagon (American Pickers, Killer Kids, etc). First Rock is currently producing a CD and developing a new 22 year old pop artist to be launched later this year. Wild Beagle productions will produce the music video.
CANDY O’TERRY (WRITER)
Candy O’Terry spent 25 years on the air in Boston at Magic 106.7, WMJX, but her success story evolved out of her lifelong ability to write. She is the 2015 Broadcaster of the Year and the recipient of 43 local and national awards for excellence in women’s programming including 14 Communicator Awards from the International Association of Visual & Audio Arts for creative concept and scripting.
A highly sought after emcee, Candy has hosted and scripted countless Boston based events including the A.I.R. Awards, the Exceptional Women Awards, the Get in Shape for Women Conference, Massachusetts Broadcasters Association Awards, Steppin’ Out for the Dimock Center and Yolanda’s Glitz Gala. She voiced and scripted the syndicated radio feature Got A Minute, Get Inspired and Connected, the in-flight entertainment channel aboard all American Airlines domestic flights.
A lifelong singer, recording artist and live performer, Candy brings a unique knowledge of how to write for broadcast and live events, along with the ability to integrate production elements into a running script. From the development of a timeline to the final script, Candy’s goal is to breathe life into an event that is memorable, runs on time and has a consistent and powerful branding message.
The Co-Founder & President of Boston Women in Media & Entertainment, Candy is a well connected communications pro who serves as senior copywriter for Wild Beagle Productions, an independent feature film company and as consulting producer for The Steve Katsos Show. She is the lead judge on the Emmy Award winning TV talent show, Community Auditions, is a member of the elite teaching staff at Boston Casting and is an accomplished voiceover artist.
A lifelong singer, Candy has received worldwide airplay for four singles and in 2015 released her first full length CD Dream Come True. She and her daughter Colleen are the authors of a new children’s book series.
Zachary McCabe (Production Assistant)
Zachary McCabe is a freshman at Northeastern University, pursuing a degree in Media and Screen studies, and Entrepreneurship. Growing up in North Andover, he was thrilled to join a local production studio with such prowess and past success, and cannot wait to help contribute to the effort. In his sophomore year of high school, an entry level film class inspired him to start telling stories with images and ever since he’s had the bug. His favorite media include almost all films by director Wes Anderson, including Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, and HBO series such as True Detective and Vinyl. With past experiences in videography, editing and sound production, he feels ready for the challenge of joining an illustrious crew of talented people and making high quality projects.
Colleen McQuaid (Production Manager)
Colleen graduated in 2015 from Quinnipiac University with her Bachelor’s degree in Film, Video, and Interactive Media. Her capstone short documentary, Haven, premiered at the New Haven Documentary Film Festival, where she met producers at What Were We Thinking Films. There, she co-produced Who Is Lydia Loveless? and is currently producing Normal Valid Lives, both feature documentaries. Upon moving back home to Massachusetts in the fall, she met Spencer Cohen on the set of a short comedy, who introduced her to John Depew and the Wild Beagle Productions team. Colleen is now a production manager with Wild Beagle Productions and is very excited to broaden her horizons by jumping into the narrative film world.
Julie LeShane (Makeup Artist)
Julie LeShane is an accomplished, creative, widespread published, award winning makeup artist with over 10 years in the industry. She is knowledgeable in using many different types of makeup and materials as well as experienced in sculpting and mold-making for prosthetic applications.
Julie has done makeup for numerous weddings and clients appearing in magazines, television, film, music videos, runway and editorial. Julie’s creative talents, and positive energy provides clients with reliable detail-oriented professional services.
Jordan Tofalo (Gaffer, Sound)
Jordan Tofalo is a 22 year old recent graduate from Fitchburg State University with a degree in Communications Media, concentrating in Film Production and Theater. She is experienced both in front and behind the camera, having worked on professional projects in Boston and Los Angeles as an actress, assistant director, gaffer, manager’s assistant, camera PA, wardrobe PA, and more.
Jordan directed her senior thesis film in college this past year, and was awarded the title of ‘Film Student of the Year’ for the 2016 graduating class. Acting allows Jordan to explore other mentalities and become another person, which is a truly challenging and enriching experience for an artist. She is extremely passionate about all aspects of the art of visual storytelling, and is always willing to push herself and her talents to the next level.
Billy Negrotti (AC)
From juvenile shorts on the family camcorder with his neighbors to making silly sketches with Spencer, Billy Negrotti has been making films for as long as he can remember. An Academy Award-watching filmmaker, Billy decided to turn his passion into more than just a hobby while attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he earned a degree in Communication with a focus on Film and TV Production.
While in college, Billy spent much of his time in the campus studio. There, he helped produce several shorts – designing lighting setups, shooting, live switching, and producing on-air graphics as well as writing and directing a few of his own. He also produced several shorts of his own and in conjunction with the UMass Film Production Club.
After college, Billy spent time in Los Angeles working as a Production Assistant. Working both on set and in the office, Billy took on every challenge that arose from casting and managing background, to documenting and tracking production expenses, to scouting dingy and decrepit parking garages for use as locations. Billy recently moved back to the Boston area and is excited to be working with Wild Beagle and getting his feet wet in the Boston filmmaking industry.