Requiem for the Big East

ESPN Films

Directed by Ezra Edelman

Producers - Gary Cohen, Matt McDonald, Associate Producer - Dean Karoliszyn, Post Production Supervisors - Andrew Armstrong Rogers,Erik Ryden, Line Producer - Niki Usbay McDonald, Editor - Bret Granato


In 1979, the Big East began a meteoric rise that made stars out of names such as Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin and Ed Pinckney. But meteors by their nature fall. The super conference eventually found itself fighting for survival.

 

 

True Life: I'm a New Millionaire

MTV

Executive Producer - Gary Cohen, Producer - Niki Usbay McDonald, Production Manager - Matt McDonald, Post Production Supervisor - Erik Ryden, Camera - Chris Spaide, Gorge Gallardo, Nick Richter, Assistant Editor - Chris Gebhard, Casting - Dani Guitelman, Editor - Ken Roeser


Most of us dream of winning a large sum of money one day and even fantasize about what we'd buy with it. But what's it really like if you suddenly do hit the jackpot? On this episode of True Life, you'll meet two young guys dealing with the pressures of managing their newfound wealth. There's no doubt cash is king. But does mo' money bring mo' problems?

 

 

Runner

ESPN Films

Directed by Shola Lynch

Executive Producer - Gary Cohen, Producers - Matt McDonald, Alison Ellwood, Post Production Supervisor - Andrew Armstrong Rogers, Line Producer - Niki Usbay McDonald, Associate Producer - Shawn Lewis, Editor - Eliza Kurtz


The expectations were sky-high for American distance runner Mary Decker as she lined up to make her Olympic debut in the 3,000 meters at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. Decker had displayed unwavering dominance in every distance heading into the event, and her wholesome image graced magazine covers and adorned walls all over the world. Moments later, she would endure a collision that has become one of the most infamous moments in sports history.

 

 

No Limits

ESPN Films

Directed by Alison Ellwood

Executive Producer - Gary Cohen, Producer - Matt McDonald, Associate Producer - Dean Karoliszyn, Post Production Supervisor - Andrew Armstrong Rogers, Line Producer - Niki Usbay McDonald


No Limits, which premiered as an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival in April, raises questions regarding Audrey Mestre’s infamous last attempt to beat Tanya Streeter’s free dive record in the Canary Islands. Having completed practice dives even deeper in the weeks leading up to the record attempt, Mestre was prepared. But on that fateful day, Mestre dove deep and never resurfaced.

 

 

True Life: I Hate His Bromance

MTV

Executive Producer - Gary Cohen, Producer - Niki Usbay McDonald, Production Manager - Matt McDonald, Post Production Supervisor - Andrew Armstrong Rogers, Camera - Chris Spaide, Nick Richter, Gorge Gallardo, Assistant Editor - Kristen Shaw, Chris Gebhard, Editor - Ken Roeser


What happens when a duo becomes a trio? Tish and Krisse are dealing with the struggles of maintaining a relationship when the love for their significant other's bromance seems to be more important.

 

 

Catching Hell

ESPN Films

Directed by Alex Gibney

Producers - Gary Cohen, Matt McDonald, Post Production Supervisor - Andrew Armstrong Rogers, Line Producer - Niki Usbay, Associate Producers - Chris Spaide, Matt Sheldon, Pete Genesi, Editor - Alison Ellwood


Catching Hell explores the life of Steve Bartman, the Cubs fan whose life was upended when he fatefully (and tragically) interfered with a foul ball during the 2003 National League Championship, and was vilified by Cubs fans all over the globe.

 

 

True Life: I Need to Leave my Mom

MTV

Executive Producer - Gary Cohen, Producer - Niki Usbay McDonald, Production Manager - Matt McDonald, Post Production Supervisor - Andrew Armstrong Rogers, Camera - Chris Spaide, Nick Richter, Assistant Editor - Chris Gebhard, Editor - Ken Roeser


Kaleem and Ka'Mari are two young people putting their own dreams on hold to be around for their dependent mothers. Both are frustrated but can't seem to stand up to their controlling moms.

 

 

True Life: I'm Addicted to Caffeine

MTV

Executive Producer - Gary Cohen, Producer - Niki Usbay, Post Production Supervisor - Andrew Armstrong Rogers, Camera - Chris Spaide, Matt Stanton, Assistant Editor - Kristen Shaw, Editor - Ken Roeser


Caffeine is almost a requirement in today's society but what if it starts to affect your health and your life? In this episode, you'll follow two women who's physical health and social stability is on the rocks because of their addiction to caffeine. They can't function day-to-day without the caffeine that Monsters, Red Bull, coffee and caffeine pills provide. Can they cut the habit before it endangers their lives?

 

 

The Real Rocky

ESPN Films

Directed by Jeff Feuerzeig

Producers - Gary Cohen, Matt McDonald, Post Production Supervisor - Andrew Armstrong Rogers, Line Producer - Niki Usbay, Associate Producers - Chris Spaide, Matt Sheldon, Editor - Chris Perkel


In 1975, Chuck Wepner, a liquor salesman from Bayonne, N.J., fought Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight title. Sylvester Stallone was watching that night and wrote a screenplay that he starred in and won three Academy Awards, including best picture, for the film Rocky, based on Wepner's gutsy challenge. In The Real Rocky, Jeff Feuerzeig ("The Devil and Daniel Johnston") and Mike Tollin explore the colorful life and bloodied career of this unique New Jersey character in their 1-hour ESPN film.

 

 

True Life: I'm a Textaholic

MTV

Directed by Dave Abelson

Executive Producer - Gary Cohen, Producer - Niki Usbay, Production Manager - Matt McDonald, Post Production Supervisor - Andrew Armstrong Rogers, Camera - Chris Spaide, Nick Richter, Matt Stanton, Ryan Kleier, Production Coordinator - Mairin McKinlay, Assistant Editor - Kristen Shaw, Editor - Ken Roeser


What happens when the compulsion to maintain continuous thumb-driven conversations takes control of your every waking minute? On this episode of MTV's True Life, you'll meet two young women who are putting their relationships, health, and even their safety – on the line in order to maintain their addiction to texting. They can't survive without a phone in their hands. Will they limit their obsessions before it's too late?

 

 

Right to Play

ESPN Films

Directed by Frank Marshall

Producers - Gary Cohen, Matt McDonald, Post Production Supervisor - Andrew Armstrong Rogers, Line Producer - Niki Usbay, Associate Producers - Chris Spaide, Matt Sheldon, Richard Carlsen, Editor - Ryan Suffern


Right to Play focuses on the Norwegian speed-skating great Johann Olav Koss and his Right to Play organization, which has the aim of bringing sport to children in war-torn and poverty-stricken areas. A winner of three gold medals at the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, Koss decided when he retired instead of relaxing he would make his travels around the globe with his nonprofit organization.

 

 

Thumbs

MTV

Directed Bill Couturie

Producers - Mike Tollin, Gary Cohen, Field Producer - Niki Usbay, Director of Photography - Gabriel Noble, Production Manager - Matt McDonald, Post Production Supervisor - Andrew Armstrong Rogers, Assistant Editor - Chris Spaide, Editor - Mark Brewer


Documenting the texting lives and habits of six teens from across the country, Thumbs delivers an investigative look at the elaborate world of teenage texters and the integral role mobile phones have come to play in day-to-day communication. A look into the marathon race to the 2010 LG National Texting Championship is also provided by putting viewers right in the action as players get to know their competition and ready their thumbs to compete for the crown.

 

 

True Life: I'm Going to Skatopia

MTV

Directed & Edited by David Abelson

Executive Producer - Gary Cohen, Producer - Amy Maguire, Production Manager - Niki Usbay, Production Coordinator - Matt McDonald, Post Production Supervisor - Andrew Armstrong Rogers, Camera - Nick Richter, Ryan Kleier, Assistant Editor - Chris Spaide


Viewers will be transported to Skatopia, an 88-acre legendary skate park built to attract hardcore skaters from around the world hoping to revel in its unfettered freedom. Meet three young people making the pilgrimage to experience the anarchy that Skatopia is famous for, which might prove to be too much to handle.

 

 

The Flintlock Disaster

PBS

Directed by Matt Sheldon

Executive Producer - Leon Furgatch, Gary Cohen, Producers - Matt McDonald, Matt Sheldon, Director of Photography - Nick Richter, Post Production Supervisor - Andrew Armstrong Rogers, Line Producer - Niki Usbay, Associate Producer - Chris Spaide, Editor - Brian McDonnell, Military Consultant - Robert "Curly" Lehnert


The Flintlock Disaster uncovers the truth about the fateful flight taken by Marine squadron VMF-422 on January 25th, 1944. The squadron was flying away from battle in the Pacific, yet the flight was met with the loss of 23 aircraft and the death of 6 pilots. Discover what happened and who is actually to blame.

 

 

Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?

ESPN "30 for 30"

Directed by Mike Tollin

Producers - Gary Cohen, Matt McDonald, Post Production Supervisor - Andrew Armstrong Rogers, Production Manager - Niki Usbay, Associate Producer - Pete Genesi, Editor - Greg Parsons


In 1983 the upstart United States Football League (USFL) had the audacity to challenge the almighty NFL. The new league did the unthinkable by playing in the spring and plucked three straight Heisman Trophy winners away from the NFL. Almost a quarter of a century later, Academy Award-nominated director Mike Tollin showcases the remarkable influence of those three years on football history and attempts to answer the question, Who Killed the USFL?

 

 

Biography: Eddie Murphy Special

Biography Channel

Directed, Edited and Produced by Eliza Kurtz

Executive Producer - Gary Cohen, Co-Producer - Matt McDonald, Production Manager - Niki Usbay, Post Production Supervisor - Andrew Gauthier, Additional Editing - Andrew Armstrong Rogers, Associate Producers - Robert Kuban, Joanna Abad, Director of Photography - Ken Preston, Rights and Clearances - Alana Kulba


Nine separate episodes of Biography featuring the stories of Hollywood celebrities like Denzel Washington and Justin Timberlake, including an Emmy-Nominated two-hour special on Eddie Murphy.

 

 

Biography: 8 Episodes

Biography Channel

Executive Producer - Gary Cohen, Supervising Producer - Matt McDonald, Production Coordinator - Niki Usbay, Producers - Andrew Gauthier, Richard Carlsen, Tara Stromberg, Michelle Groskopf, Issac Gillespie, Sean Canino, Editors - Dave Abelson, Brian McDonnell, David Kaush, Michael Kasino, Rights and Clearances - Alana Kulba


Nine separate episodes of Biography featuring the stories of Hollywood celebrities like Denzel Washington and Justin Timberlake, including an Emmy-Nominated two-hour special on Eddie Murphy.

 

 

Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith

ESPN series

Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith was a nightly one-hour television show on ESPN2 hosted by Philadelphia Inquirer columnist and ESPN reporter Stephen A. Smith. Quite Frankly's format includes discussion on topics including the worlds of sports, politics and current events.

 

 

dLifeTV

CNBC series

dLifeTV is the first of its kind — a weekly television series dedicated to empowering the millions of Americans living with diabetes.

 

 

Dead Tenants

TLC series

Dead Tenants follows the journey of the Preternatural Research Society (PRS) – a team of paranormal investigators – through the attics, basements, living rooms and back yards of the most haunted houses in the country. Dead Tenants sends the ghostbusters in to help families to confront the spirits of the deceased that will not give up their residence.

 

 

Strong Island

MTV (Pilot episode)

Directed by Katy Chevigny

Executive Producer - Gary Cohen, Producer - Amy Maguire, Associate Producer - Matt McDonald


Five friends make their way into adulthood as they support and distract each other from their dreams and goals. Welcome to Long Island, the suburbs on steroids.

 

 

Smart Revenue

Corporate Marketing Research Short Videos

Triple Threat created short videos for Smart Revenue to help them provide clients with "Shopper-Centric Insights" (In-Store Research) to identify shopper segments, need-states, purchase drivers, trip-types, navigational patterns, and closure rates. The videos helped Smart Revenue provide shopper information for their clients like General Mills, Walmart and Nestle.

 

 

World Fishing Network (WFN)

Web (wfn.com)

The World Fishing Network provides a daily escape for over 50 million recreational and sport fishing enthusiasts in USA and Canada with programming dedicated to covering every aspect of fishing. We provided many short featurettes for the website.

 

 

Indestructibe Man

A&E Pilot

Directed by Lucas Platt

Executive Producer - Gary Cohen, Producer - Brian Golding, Editor - Dave Abelson