Michael Lyon–Executive Producer
Following a distinguished career in finance (Drexel Burnham Lambert) and public service (Arizona State University), Michael Lyon moved to New York City and began a new creative adventure becoming the executive producer of six feature films in only four years (A Four Letter Word, Mulligans, Between Love & Goodbye, The Big Gay Musical, Violet Tendencies and Going Down in LA-LA Land).
Mr. Lyons’ films have been screened at sixty international film festivals, in thirty countries and in six languages. Based on this unique experience in fundraising and production, this autumn Michael will focus on his first episodic project, Half-Share, in collaboration with award winning author/performer Jesse Archer.
Jesse Archer starred as Luke in 2004’s Slutty Summer, and in 2007’s successful follow up, A Four Letter Word,which he co-wrote and Associate Produced with director Casper Andreas. Jesse penned the script and starred in the 2010 comedy hit Violet Tendencies, which is enjoying successful digital distribution and DVD sales, as well as recently debuting on the Logo channel.
This year, Jesse can be seen on the festival circuit in the films Going Down in La La Land and the thriller Into the Lion’s Den. As well as being an award-winning screenwriter, Jesse's travel memoir, You Can Run (based on his two years in South America), was published in 2007.
He is the author of a long-running national column in OUT magazine, and was honored to be selected as one of the 100 most influential and newsworthy GLBT people of 2008.
Sean Hanley– Writer/Producer/Co-Director
An ex-Connecticut preppie, Sean has lived up and down both coasts (always blue states—instinctively avoiding Jesus-land), but after receiving a B.A. in English with a concentration on Fiction Writing at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon, Sean ended up in La-La Land where he completed a UCLA certificate program in Screenwriting. Soon after he landed a job on the writing staff of The Nanny where he worked for three seasons. Other television credits include The Simple Life (starring Judith Light, CBS), Kelly Kelly (starring Shelley Long, WB) and Daytrippers (created by Fran Drescher, MTV). Film credits include Todd Graff’s movie musical, Camp (IFC).
After relocating to New York, Sean met Jesse Archer while writing for the wildly popular e-zine Gay List Daily. The two immediately decided to collaborate on something that was as gay as it gets, and soon after Half-Share was born! Currently Sean is busy working with his editor to complete his debut novel, The Convertible Life.
Lee Clayton–Production Designer
Lee Clayton was the Production designer on Violet Tendencies, the much buzzed about film, currently playing the national film festival circuit. In addition, Lee worked as the Set Decorator on Bravo’s current hit show, The Fashion Show, Ultimate Collection.
Lee’s work has also be seen on stage for the New York Philharmonics, Le Grand Macabre, which is receiving international acclaim as the beginning of The New Art Age. Lee will be over seeing the tour, staging and installation of the production as it tours Europe.
Currently he is working on two Broadway productions including The House of Blue Leaves. He also volunteers at Live Out Loud, brining a positive message about being gay to schools across USA.
Alex hails from Gainesville, Florida where he grew up surrounded by the color green. He earned his graduate film degree at Savannah College of Art and Design, following his undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and Digital arts from Stetson University.
Alex now resides in Manhattan, working as an editor for film, commercials, and music video. His most recent features include The Big Gay Musical (Directed by Casper Andreas), and Clear Blue Tuesday (Directed by Elizabeth Lucas). Alex is currently editing The Teleporter (Directed by Nick Gaglia) and Going Down in La La Land (Directed by Casper Andreas) both of which are set to be released later this year.