Jon is an Emmy-award winning documentary producer, writer and (former) television executive. Jon has produced, directed and written films and shows for PBS, NBC, the National Geographic Channel and Tech TV. Most recently, Jon was at National Geographic Television where he was the senior executive producer of event programming and the executive producer of Explorer, the premier documentary strand on NGC. His favorite movie is Chinatown but he wished he had directed The Thin Blue Line. When not at work, he races bicycles or searches with his family for the perfect burrito.
Mark is a filmmaker who has produced and directed films and shows for PBS, HBO, National Geographic, Discovery and Disney. At PBS station WNET in New York, Mannucci was the co-creator of the Emmy and Peabody award winning City Life and Egg the Arts Show. Mannucci’s films include five films he made for National Geographic with Jon Halperin as EP. To Catch A Smuggler, was one of the Channel’s highest rated shows. Inside Death Row, a film about the last days of three condemned men in Texas, won a Television Academy Honor for Television with a Conscience. Mannucci and Halperin decided to continue their collaboration by founding Room 608 in the spring of 2012. Mannucci preps for big shoots by watching West Side Story, Dog Day Afternoon and a Hard Days Night.
Elizabeth Westrate is a filmmaker with over twenty years of production experience, leading complex international projects for a broad range of clients. Her work has been broadcast widely on PBS, HBO, Amazon, NBC, Sundance Channel, Public Radio International and at major film festivals and museums. For Room 608, Westrate was Series Producer on I CONTAIN MULTITUDES, a twelve part science series for PBS Digital about the microbial world. Westrate was Director and Producer of the critically acclaimed documentary A FAMILY UNDERTAKING (PBS/POV), among many other films. She was Series Producer of thirty episodes of the innovative PBS series, E2: E2 DESIGN, E2 ENERGY and E2 TRANSPORT and Line Producer for high-profile documentary projects such as AMERICAN JAIL for CNN, the upcoming Israeli television series, THE NEGOTIATORS, and multiple projects for BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and Thrill Hill. Westrate enjoys working with Mark Mannucci and Jon Halperin, even during long conference calls, which says a lot about how much she genuinely likes them.