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Cliff Grant Joins The Story Companies as Exec Producer(March 22, 2005)
Cliff Grant has joined The Story Companies as Executive Producer. Grant brings broad experience as a producer of commercials and episodic television to his new role. He most recently served for two years as line producer of the NBC reality series Starting Over. Grant is currently nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on the show. At The Story Companies, Grant will work with the companys directors and the companys national sales effort. He will also work to recruit new directing talent.
The move marks Grants return to The Story Companies. He served as its production manager early in his career. ?Cliff Grant brings a unique blend of working with top directors and agencies from all over the country and recent experience in the reality TV market, said The Story Companies President Mark Androw. ?Its a very special, broad ranged skill set that is a great fit for our client and director base. Our workload required more help. Now I can take a vacation!
Grant, who spent much of the past year in Los Angeles with Starting Over, said that he was delighted to return to Chicago and to the commercial business. ?Commercials are my passion because of the challenge each job presents, he said. ?My goal is to do a fantastic job, produce great spots, and have fun doing it.
Grant called joining The Story Companies a ?natural progression in his career. ?Im doing the job that Ive always wanted, he said. ?I love working with Mark and I have the highest regard for the directors on his staff. I want to help the company grow and keep the directors busy.
A Chicago native, Grant graduated from Columbia University with a film degree. He came up through the ranks working as a production assistant on commercial and feature film shoots before landing his first staff post with The Story Companies. He also served as a staff producer at Manarchy Films before launching his own production company, Industry Films, in tandem with directors Susan Kinast Wagenaar and the late Brian Clare. After exiting Industry Films, he worked as a producer for Crossroads, MJZ and Moxie Pictures. He signed onto Starting Over in 2003.
Grant is currently producing several projects for The Story Companies, including commercial campaigns for Mississippi Gulf Coast Tourism (David Orr, director), and Lowes (Laurie Rubin, director)
The Story Companies are represented is represented on the East Coast by Marianne McCarley ((212) 581-2200; in the Midwest by Doug Stieber & Co. (312)222-9595, in the Southeast by Miller Associates, (954) 563-6004; in the Southwest by Fran Montoya, (214) 823-8123 and on the West Coast by Connie Mellors & Co, (818) 761-4520.
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