Susan spent the first decade of her distinguished career as an award-winning broadcast journalist in several major television markets. A talented interviewer and writer, she honed her communication talents and quickly became a news anchor and producer. She then took the position of bureau chief at a major TV station in New York City, the nation’s number one news market, before jumping into the world of public relations and corporate communications.
She has held several senior positions including: head of the corporate division at Golin/Harris and the healthcare group at Fleishman Hillard, two of the world’s premier public relations firms; media manager and spokesperson for a major pharmaceutical company; and, director of communications for the CBS network affiliate station in Los Angeles.
Susan also has expertise as a media and presentation trainer. She has worked with several hundred senior executives and companies to enhance their internal and external messaging. Susan has successfully handled several high profile crisis situations as well, e.g., devising a media response on behalf of blood product manufacturers following AIDS contamination of the international blood supply; message training for a leading on-line music provider involving international legal and licensing issues. In addition, Susan has produced numerous creative corporate and employee video programs for a variety of Fortune 500, mid-level and non-profit clients.
Susan earned her BA degree in English from Stanford University.
Producer & Editor
Kristin Finkle is passionate about storytelling and has been producing/editing creative and compelling videos for Big Bite Productions since 2009. Her production skills span research and story development, field producing, video editing, photo restoration, and animation. Kristin is proficient in Final Cut Pro, After Effects and Photoshop.
Kristin graduated in 2002 from California State University Long Beach with a degree in psychology, which makes her a keen observer and gives her insight into the lives of the people she interviews. She’s skilled at finding where the story is and what makes the person a compelling subject.
She has produced and edited a wide variety of corporate videos and related content including: annual tribute videos for Stanford Professionals in Real Estate; episodes for a new Jewish Life TV series, America Undiscovered, about unsung Jewish Americans throughout North America; more than 50 segments for an online original series about the environment called “Working for Green”; and Big Bite- trademarked “Moving Memoirs”, posterity portraits that showcase and preserve the legacy of a cherished family member.
Kristin resides in Redondo Beach, CA and works at Big Bite’s office in Santa Monica.
Director of Photography
John is a four-time Emmy award winning cameraman with over 30 years of experience covering everything from news, sports and features to documentaries, corporate and music videos. John has travelled the world shooting on the ground, in the air and underwater to get the pictures to tell the story. He has received numberous awards for his work locally, nationally and internationally. John's skills and passion for telling a compelling story allow him to adapt to whatever the situation requires to get the job done, whether working in war zones or capturing exclusive images during the 9/11 attacks. In addition, his strong production background gives him a complete technical understanding of what is needed to make any story come to life. That understanding, together with his ability to work with all types of talent under any condition makes John a highly respected videographer whose images are compelling and engaging.
Denise Soulam brings more than 30 years of television production experience from her career at The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She produced the show’s famous Christmas products segments, wrote lead-ins to the comedy segments, and headed up the research department. Additional experience includes:
Wrote comedy for Joan Rivers and Jay Leno
Coordinator between show writers, producers, design teams, and on-air talent
Photographer for show bumper slides used between commercials
Supervised show’s photo and graphics departments, e.g., arranged photo shoots, oversaw licensing of photo library
Research and write stories/scripts for America Undiscovered
Photographer for Worldwide Orphans Organization events
Denise attended Mount San Antonio Jr. College and Cal Poly, Pomona. She also takes UCLA extension classes as often as possible.
Writer & Producer