Amy Briamonte is a writer and producer of theatrical and television documentaries. She got her start working in the Brill Building cutting rooms of Paul Schrader, Woody Allen and Brian De Palma before becoming a production executive focusing on nonfiction specials at A&E and Bravo. Since 2000, she’s been an independent writer/producer covering nature, history, and true crime. Her work has appeared on Discovery, ID, National Geographic, A&E, History, HBO and CTV. At Creative Differences, Amy enjoyed the opportunity to co-produce Werner Herzog’s CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS, INTO THE ABYSS and ON DEATH ROW, as well as Erik Nelson’s A GRAY STATE, DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH and 9/10 THE FINAL HOURS. Despite these gloomy titles, Amy maintains she’s a genuinely upbeat person. Current projects include THE TORCH, a feature documentary on guitar legend Buddy Guy, for IFC FILMS, and THE UNFORGOTTEN for ID.
Gavin Hodge is a producer, director and cameraman. After running a creatively successful Film & TV workshop in the London area and making the first 1-hr “Scratch Video” piece commissioned by Channel 4, he moved to Berlin in 1988 to make a film about the German Dada artist John Heartfield, which won several international prizes. Seeing no reason to return to Margaret Thatcher’s UK, Gavin has been living in Berlin for 30 years – the past 16 of which he has worked mainly for major US production companies, Creative Differences being his main and favourite client.
Mark Leggett is a musician who writes music for film and television in Los Angeles. Along with the privilege of working with the Creative Differences team over many years, he has also composed music for many independent films as well as the NBC comedy “My Name is Earl”, Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors” television movies, and PBS “American Masters”, among others. When not composing or playing guitar around the Los Angeles club scene, he tends to his chickens in the backyard.
Erik Nelson is the president of Creative Differences. In 2017, Nelson produced and directed A&E’s feature documentary A Gray State, and is now completing production on a new feature documentary, The Cold Blue, in association with Vulcan Productions which will be released in 2018. In 2005, Nelson produced Werner Herzog’s feature Grizzly Man, Herzog’s 2008 Oscar nominated Encounters At The End Of The World, and the 2011 doubleheader — Herzog’s 3D exploration of the Cave Of Forgotten Dreams and the Death Row feature Into The Abyss. Nelson also directed and produced the 2008 feature documentary Dreams With Sharp Teeth and directed and produced the 2012 animated feature Dinotasia. Both A Gray State and Dinotasia are currently streaming on Netflix. Nelson is also a contributor to Salon Magazine.
Peter Hankoff is a writer, director and producer who’s spent the last 18 years making documentary programs for the likes of National Geographic, History Channel and Discovery Channel. He began as a professional writer when paid $25 for an article published in FILM COMMENT. Investing wisely, he bought more typing paper and continued writing. He has made scores of television documentaries as well as having had dozens of screenplays and projects in development at the major studios and networks over the years. He continues to write when not in production. If there’s anything he’s learned, it’s that history is made up of troublemakers and real estate.
Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. Having co-founded the groundbreaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the 60’s, Richard Thompson and his mates virtually invented British Folk Rock. By the age of 21 he left Fairport to pursue his own career, followed by a decade long musical partnership with his then-wife Linda, to over 30 years as a highly successful solo artist who tours both solo acoustic and with his electric trio. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic, and in 2011, Thompson received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II. A wide range of musicians have recorded Thompson’s songs including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, REM, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Jones, David Byrne, Don Henley and many others. Thompson’s massive body of work includes over 40 albums, many Grammy nominations, as well as numerous soundtracks, including Werner Herzog’s “Grizzly Man”, “Dreams With Sharp Teeth, “JFK: The Final Hours” and “The Cold Blue.” Thompson’s genre defying mastery of both acoustic and electric guitar along with dizzying energy and onstage wit continue to earn Richard Thompson massive new fans and a place as one of the most distinctive virtuosos in Folk Rock history.
Robert Erickson is a Producer, Director and Avid Editor. He got started on Unsolved Mysteries with Stone-faced Robert Stack. Bilingual Spanish he has directed in Peru, Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia and even Puerto Rico (chasing a Chupacabra infestation). Rumor also places him on the CIA Payroll after 6 JFK Assassination docs confirming a single gunman from the 6th floor of the School book depository.
Werner Herzog was born in Munich on September 5, 1942. He grew up in a remote mountain village in Bavaria and studied History and German Literature in Munich and Pittsburgh. He made his first film in 1961 at the age of 19. Since then he has produced, written, and directed more than sixty feature- and documentary films, such as Aguirre der Zorn Gottes (AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD, 1972), Nosferatu Phantom der Nacht (NOSFERATU, 1978), FITZCARRALDO (1982), Lektionen in Finsternis (LESSONS OF DARKNESS, 1992), LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY (1997), Mein liebster Feind (MY BEST FIEND, 1999), INVINCIBLE (2000), GRIZZLY MAN (2005), ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (2007), Die Höhle der vergessenen Träume (CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS, 2010). Werner Herzog has published more than a dozen books of prose, and directed as many operas. Werner Herzog lives in Munich and Los Angeles.
Dave Harding is an enthusiastic “rough and ready” producer of the first order. Launching his professional career as a congressional correspondent and reporting from Washington, D.C. during the Carter administration, Dave was soon eager to trade the soul crushing politics of the early ‘80s for “show business.” He joined the Gibson Guitar Company as a video producer, moved to Nashville, and began producing videos and delivering one of a kind guitars to blues legends, rock stars, country royalty and jazz artists. Dave moved to Los Angeles and helped develop and sold “It’s Showtime At The Apollo” with a pal from Northwestern University and produced the Pilot and the first 6 years of the series 20 year run. But then, basic cable was booming and Dave joined Termite Art Productions as Employee #1. His work with Termite Art, Creative Differences and Lionsgate Television includes “The U.S. vs John Lennon”, “Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man” and exploring the “Dark Secrets of the Lusitania.” Recently, Dave has produced feature docs and high profile TV specials, with recent work including “I Hope You Dance”, “Dick Cavett’s Watergate”, “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary”, “This Is Bob Hope…” for American Masters, and The Sergio Mendes Project, currently in post production.