Finding Giannis (2019)

TNT

Directed by - Ross Hockrow, Executive Producers - Gary Cohen, Jonathan Givony, Produced by - Gary Cohen, Ross Hockrow, Matt McDonald, Edited by - Ross Hockrow, Pete Vandall, Assistant Editor - Matt "Pablo" Andreana, Post Production Supervisor - Chris Spaide, Line Producer - Niki Usbay McDonald, Production Manager - Matthew Hawes, Camera - Scott Beer, Ross Hockrow, Chris Spaide, Colorist - Ross Hockrow

 

FINDING GIANNIS tells the improbable story of how a poor boy growing up hungry in Athens, Greece became a global hero and the newest superstar in the NBA.  Giannis Antetekounmpo has otherworldly basketball skills that have transformed the Milwaukee Bucks; he and his inner circle share their journey. FINDING GIANNIS dives into Antetokounmpo's ascent from an unknown when he entered the league in 2013 to MVP candidate just a few years later.

We Town (2018)

Sports Illustrated TV

Directed by - Niki Usbay McDonald, Executive Producers - Gary Cohen, Mike Tollin, Produced by - Matt McDonald, Edited & Written by - Ross Hockrow, Director of Photography - Chris Spaide, Post Production Supervisor & Colorist - Chris Spaide, Location Sound - Rob Zogby, Assistant Editor - Matt "Pablo" Andreana, Associate Producers - Jenna Hascher, Matthew Hawes

WE TOWN follows perhaps the greatest high school starting five of all time. Projected NBA lottery picks Mo Bamba and Cam Reddish star for Westtown High School in the 2016-17 season as the team tries to win its second consecutive state championship.

Crowned: Inside the 2018 Westminster Dog Show (2018)

Fox Sports

Directed by - Jake Rogal, Matt Maxson, Executive Producer - Gary Cohen, Produced by - Niki Usbay McDonald, Edited by- Chris Spaide, Matt "Pablo" Andreana, Director of Photography - Oliver Anderson, Post Production Supervisor & Colorist - Chris Spaide, Post Production Coordinator - Matt McDonald, Associate Producers - Matthew Hawes, Billy Hopkins

CROWNED offers a behind-the-scenes look at the nation’s most prestigious canine event. The one-hour documentary celebrates the love that dogs and humans have for one another, while offering a unique look at one of the country’s longest-running sporting events. CROWNED follows the stories of some of the most captivating characters from the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, whether they walk on four legs or two, as they arrive and compete in New York City.

Locked In: The Victoria Arlen Story (2018)

ESPN

Directed, Edited & Produced by - Alison Ellwood, Executive Producer - Gary Cohen, Produced by - Niki Usbay McDonald, Matt McDonald, Director of Photography - Ronan Killeen, Post Production Supervisor - Chris Spaide, Associate Producer - Matthew Hawes, Assistant Editor - Matt "Pablo" Andreana, Production Coordinator - Jenna Hascher, First Assistant Camera - Matt Henderson, Underwater Cinematography - Mauricio Handler

As a young girl, Victoria Arlen dreamed of being an Olympic swimmer. But in 2006, at the age of 11, she was struck with two rare neurological conditions. Victoria went from being an 11-year-old girl to being a teenager with no memory whatsoever. Then suddenly, in 2009, her mind woke up. But she was “locked in” a body that was still asleep. LOCKED IN is the story of Victoria and her family’s struggle to keep her alive. It is also a story of never letting go of dreams.

Born Strong (2017)

Netflix

Directed by - Gary Cohen, Ross Hockrow, Producers - Niki Usbay McDonald, Matt McDonald, Edited by - Ross Hockrow,

Post Production Supervisor - Chris Spaide, Director of Photography - Ross Hockrow, Associate Producers - Matthew Hawes, Matt "Pablo" Andreana, Jenna Hascher, Distributed by - Gravitas Ventures

 

The four strongest men on the planet compete for the crown. We meet each 400-pound giant in his home country, then on to The Arnold (Schwarzenegger) Strongman Classic. Starring Eddie Hall, Hafthor Bjornsson, Brian Shaw and Zydrunas Savickas

Foreman (2017)

EPIX

Directed by - Chris Perkel

Producers - Matt McDonald, Chris Perkel, George Foreman Jr., Executive Producers - Gary Cohen, George Foreman Jr.

Edited By - Ross Hockrow, Post Production Supervisor - Chris Spaide, Director of Photography - Kenny Stoff

Associate Producer - Matthew Hawes, Line Producer - Niki Usbay McDonald

In 1994, at the age of 45, George Foreman completed the greatest comeback in the history of heavyweight boxing. Not only did he reclaim the crown that was lost in spectacular fashion 20 years earlier to Muhammad Ali, but he would go on to complete an unparalleled personal transformation, from reviled street bully to beloved teddy bear. FOREMAN is the unlikely story of a boxer who struggles with, and later establishes, a sense of purpose on his remarkable journey to achieve the impossible.

Believeland (2016)

ESPN Films

Directed by Andy Billman

Producers - Gary Cohen, Matt McDonald, Scott Raab, Brian D'Ostilio, Associate Producer - Adam Weinrib, Line Producer - Niki Usbay McDonald, Director of Photography - Adam Zebersky, Chris Spaide, Editor - Jeff Reilly 

 

The Drive. The Fumble. The Shot. The Decision. José Mesa. And so it goes for Cleveland sports fans. Years of getting so close, followed by years of futility and heartbreak. So what keeps the fans returning for more? BELIEVELAND attempts to explain the devotion of Cleveland sports fans throughout the decades.

 

100 Greatest Moments in Sports (2016)

Sports Illustrated

Directed by Matt McDonald

Producers - Gary Cohen, Paul Doyle Jr., Associate Producers - Colin Fields, Matt Hawes, Steve Kaplan, Vin Mizzoni, Post Production Supervisor - Chris Spaide, Line Producer - Niki Usbay McDonald, Editors - Brian McDonnell, Eric Paulen, Ron Reggio, Graphic Design - Nikolay Lyutskanov

 

The moments that make sports great are the ones that take your breath away. You remember these moments not only because of the magic you saw unfold on the field or the court or the ice, but because you remember where you were as you watched. You remember who you were with and how you felt. These are the moments that transcend statistics and final box scores, that shaped sports history and our connection to each other.

 

Jimmer Fredette's Journey From Top to Bottom (2016)

VICE SPORTS

Directed by Ross Hockrow

Producers - Gary Cohen, Matt McDonald, Catlin Callaway, Executive Producers - Mason Gordon, Will Kiersky, Mike Tollin, Camera - Ross Hockrow, Chris Spaide, Editor - Ross Hockrow, Supervising Producer - Dan Bradley, Line Producer - Niki Usbay McDonald, Production Assistant - Matt Hawes


Jimmer Fredette was the biggest star in college basketball at BYU. He was a top 10 draft pick in the NBA. And now, he's in the D-League, trying to claw his way back onto the big stage in front of tiny crowds with the Westchester Knicks. In this VICE Sports exclusive, Jimmer and his family take us through the journey to this point and we get a behind-the-scenes look at his life out of the spotlight.

 

Ride Along: Danilo Gallinari (2016)

VICE SPORTS

Directed by Ross Hockrow

Producers - Gary Cohen, Matt McDonald, Catlin Callaway, Executive Producers - Mason Gordon, Will Kiersky, Mike Tollin, Camera - Ross Hockrow, Greg Eakins, Audio - Dan Johnson, Production Support - Chris Spaide, Editor - Ross Hockrow, Supervising Producer - Dan Bradley, Line Producer - Niki Usbay McDonald

 

Danilo Gallinari was once the neophyte toast of New York City. Now he's a seasoned vet coming back from a major injury in Denver. Through it all, he's been the most famous Italian basketball player in the world. In our newest episode of RIDE ALONG, we flipped the format with a bike ride to the Pepsi Center and discussed everything from getting traded for Carmelo to the crime lords that fill his Netflix queue.

 

The Ball-Catching Expert Who Caught A-Rod's 3000th Hit (2015)

VICE SPORTS

Directed by Ross Hockrow

Executive Producers - Mason Gordon, Will Kiersky, Producers - Gary Cohen, Matt McDonald, Catlin Callaway, Camera - Ross Hockrow, Chris Spaide, Editor - Ross Hockrow, Assistant Editor - Alex New, Supervising Producer - Dan Bradley, Channel Manager - Jon Weidman,  Production Assistants - Marlena Fishell, Jack Harrison

 

Zack Hample isn't your typical fan at a ball game. He's there to snag baseballs, and do it with a studied, meticulous approach. In this VICE Sports exclusive, we hung out with the "Ball Hawk" in the days following his catch of Alex Rodriguez's 3000th hit.

 

Bronx Fight Club (2015)

VICE SPORTS

Directed by Ross Hockrow

Executive Producers - Mason Gordon, Will Kiersky, LAD Productions, Producers - Gary Cohen, Matt McDonald, Catlin Callaway, Laticia Rolle, Dorian Forbes, Albert G Sye, Tiffany Mills, Camera - Ross Hockrow, Chris Spaide, Nick Richter, Editor - Ross Hockrow, Assistant Editor - Alex New, Supervising Producer - Dan Bradley, Production Manager - Niki Usbay McDonald,  Channel Manager - Jon Weidman, Production Assistants - Katherine Chung, Rosemary Keough, Will McAdoo, Vin Mizzoni, Adam Weinrib

 

Neighborhood boxing has been going on in The Bronx for decades. Gather up some folks from the neighborhood, get a few kids to throw some gloves on and charge everybody $5 to watch. Now, two men are taking it to a different level. With support from 50 Cent and prizes like automobiles for top winners, underground boxing is making a big push in the BX.

 

Pot Barons of Colorado (2014)

MSNBC

Directed by Niki Usbay McDonald

Executive Producers - Gary Cohen, Rasha Drachkovitch, Producers - Richard Carlsen, Rob Fisher, Dani Guitelman, Matt Liston, Matt McDonald, Post-Production Supervisor - Brian Golding, Director of Photography - Chris Spaide, Camera - Ethan Pisz, Nick Richter, Gorge Gallardo, Editors - Ross Hockrow, Ken Roeser, Peter Vandall, Emmett Adler, Assistant Editors - Chris Gebhard, Lillian Janney, Dean Karoliszyn, Mark Lichtenstein, Eric Psihoules, Jason Reimann, Erik Ryden, Kellie Sieban

 

 

Playing for the Mob (2014)

ESPN Films

Directed by Joe Lavine & Cayman Grant

Producers - Gary Cohen, Matt McDonald, Ousie Shapiro Associate Producer - Anthony Buzzetti, Post Production Supervisor - Erik Ryden, Line Producer - Niki Usbay McDonald, Director of Photography - Ronan Killeen, Editor - Andrew Moreale

 

What happens when you combine "Goodfellas" with college basketball? You get "Playing For The Mob," the story of how mobster Henry Hill -- played by Ray Liotta in the 1990 Martin Scorsese classic -- helped orchestrate the fixing of Boston College basketball games in the 1978-79 season.

 

 

True Life: I'm Being Recruited (2014)

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

 

On this episode of True Life you'll meet three top performers trying not to choke as they make the biggest decision of their lives.

 

 

True Life: I Need to Change My Man (2014)

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

 

Two young women are so annoyed by their significant other's career and lifestyle choices - that they're ready to end their relationships. Can they persuade their mates to change before it's too late?

 

 

Requiem for the Big East (2014)

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, Director of Photography - Ronan Killeen, 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 (2014)

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 (2013)

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 (2013)

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 (2013)

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.

 

True Life: I Need to Leave My Mom (2013)

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 (2012)

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?

 

 

Right To Play (2012)

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.

 

 

The Flintlock Disaster (2012)

PBS

Directed by Matt Sheldon and Matt McDonald

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.

 

 

Catching Hell (2011)

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.

 

 

The Real Rocky (2011)

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 (2011)

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?

 

 

Thumbs (2011)

MTV

Directed by 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 (2011)

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.

 

 

 

Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL? (2009)

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 (2008)

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 (2007 - 2008)

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.

 

 

Strong Island (2006)

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.

 

 

DLIFETV (2005 - 2008)

CNBC series

 

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

 

 

Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith (2005 - 2007)

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.

 

 

Dead Tenants (2005)

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.

 

 

Indestructible Man (2007)

A&E Pilot

Directed by Lucas Platt

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

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