David Gerlach, Founder and Executive Producer David has been part of New York’s media world for nearly a decade. Most recently he was a producer at ABC News covering domestic and international affairs on Good Morning America. He left ABC News at the end of 2011 to build Blank on Blank.
Prior to working at ABC, David was a producer for Rachel Maddow and Dan Abrams at MSNBC. David got his start in journalism writing about culture and politics for Newsweek and the New York Post, before moving to television.
Throughout each of these stops, one thing has been crystal clear to David: interviews are central to hearing the real story of America. And with that Blank on Blank’s interview archive was born.
David graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in History. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.
squarefootagefilms.com Patrick has written, produced, animated, and directed six award winning films in the last decade. Smith made his directorial debut for the Emmy nominated MTV series “Down-Town”, continuing on to direct the popular animated series “Daria.” His bizarre, morphing style have extended beyond film, his Public Art Installations have earned the artist accolades outside the world of animation, his fine art is currently represented internationally by CVZ Contemporary Gallery in New York. Currently Smith is a professor of animation for the graduate program at New York University, he’s also a fellow with the New York Foundation of the Arts, and a curator for multiple international film and animation festivals. His studio is located in Tribeca, New York City.Amy Drozdowska, Audio Producer
amydrozdowska.com Amy is an award-winning journalist, audio and multimedia producer with over a decade of experience in public radio journalism – in the US and internationally.
She’s produced, reported, edited and hosted radio programs for a variety of networks and institutions, including NPR, the BBC, and Radio Netherlands Worldwide. She’s worked as a staff producer for WBEZ Chicago on Navy Pier, where she had to produce radio under the distraction of singing pirates; and for Radio Netherlands Worldwide in Hilversum, Holland – the highest point in the lowlands, where white cows grazed just outside the office windows.
As a Fulbright grant recipient, she worked with the English Section of Polish Radio’s External Service as a consulting editor, trainer and contributing producer in a building rumored to be a former Communist prison, with disturbingly thick sound-proofed walls as testament. She’s reported from Poland for a variety of programs and networks abroad, including NPR and “This American Life.” She’s also produced Polish language work for Polish Radio’s award-winning Features and Documentary section (Studio Reportażu i Dokumentu).
Amy also produces all kinds of multimedia work, including audio portraits for photo exhibitions, web-based virtual walks, and on-the-spot audio tours.
Amy’s audio work has been adapted for the stage and screen. She’s won an array of awards for her radio pieces, including a Third Coast International Audio Festival Award, a Gracie, and broadcasting’s top honor, a Peabody.
Libby Walker, Production Assistant
Libby is a freelance writer and multimedia producer living in Chicago. She also volunteers with 826CHI, teaching music journalism and sock puppet playwriting to kids.
Anuj Desai, Vice-Chair Anuj has served as editor in chief of Black Book magazine, a lifestyle publication frequently described as a “downtown Vanity Fair,” and the deputy editor of Plenty magazine, which covered green living and issues. He helped grow both publications significantly through big-picture development and sound storytelling in a range of categories using award-wining contributors. Anuj’s writing has appeared in Bookforum, Dwell, Elle, ESPN magazine, Newsweek International, Slate, and The New York Times.
Erik Langner, Treasurer Erik is director of acquisitions of Public Radio Capital, a non-profit organization focused on strengthening and expanding noncommercial media so that local communities nationwide have access to in-depth reporting, unbiased news, diverse music and cultural programming. He previously served in positions with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and as an attorney in the New York office of Kirkland and Ellis LLP.
Matt McDonagh, Secretary Matt is National Sales Director at the Onion and AV Club. Matt started with the Onion in 1998 and helped design and build the business behind the newspaper and the recently launched web site. In 2007, Matt was instrumental in helping launch the Peabody Award Winning Onion News Network. Through Matt’s work internally within the Onion and externally with ad agencies and marketing partners such as Ford, Heineken, Absolut, Colgate, Target and Warner Brothers, he’s built a knowledge base steeped in both traditional and online media. He also sits on the board of another non-profit, Slideluck Potshow.
Randy Shapiro Randy joined the legal department of Newsweek magazine in 1998 as Assistant Counsel, and presently serves as Vice President and General Counsel to The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company. She oversees all legal matters affecting the magazine and its companion Web site, The Daily Beast. Prior to joining Newsweek, Randy served as a commercial litigator with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, where she was part of the team representing The New York Post. While at Stroock, Randy was very active in the firm’s pro bono program, serving as a member of the Pro Bono Committee, and acting as liaison to a number of local and national pro bono organizations.
Currently serving as Co-Chair of the Mentoring Committee of the New York Women’s Bar Association, she is a member of the Committee on Communications and Media Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, as well as the American Employment Law Council and XBHR (Global Forum for Cross-Border Human Resource Experts).
Randy earned her law degree from Boston University School of Law, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Economics from Tufts University. Randy resides in New York City with her husband and two sons.
James McIntyre is a Vice President in the Municipal Securities Division of Morgan Stanley. He was worked at the Firm for three years, specializing in structuring tax-exempt financings for state and local governments throughout the country. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, James spent six years at UBS Investment bank also working in municipal finance.
When not working with governments on meeting their financing needs, James can be found riding a vintage Schwinn throughout Brooklyn, sampling local New York eating establishments, and continually being disappointed by his beloved Detroit sports teams.
James graduated with a High Distinction from the University of Michigan with degrees in Political Science and Afro-American and African Studies.
John Barth John is the managing director of the Public Radio Exchange (PRX.org), an online distributor and archive of radio programs and audio that serves public radio networks, stations, producers, podcasts, satellite radio and commercial digital companies.
Tift Merritt Tift is an acclaimed singer and songwriter. Her album, Tambourine, was Grammy-nominated for Country Album of the Year. She’s also the host of The Spark – a monthly interview program on air at KRTS, Marfa Texas Public Radio.
Ari Wallach Ari is the founder of the Synthesis Corp., a consulting firm based in New York City providing strategic counsel converging at the intersection of memes, technology and innovation. Client list: CNN, Friendfactor, Seed Media Group, UNHCR, Tides, US State Department and the Ford Foundation.
Charles Whittaker Charles is the Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished Clinical Professor at Medill School of Journalism. He was formerly a senior editor at Ebony Magazine.
Laura Soto-Barra Laura is National Public Radio’s Senior Librarian, managing a staff of 29 people responsible for: library research (databases and audio); archiving and cataloging of all NPR shows; cataloging of music and spoken word collections; transcripts production, editing and archiving and library training.