Founder and Head of Production
Shane Salk is an award winning producer whose interest in audio drama stems from a childhood love of cassette recordings of vintage radio programming. He co-created and produced the first audio drama of its kind to be distributed by Internet podcasting: a weekly adventure series performed with a full cast, sound effects and music. We’re Alive: A Story of Survival launched in May 2009.
An early adapter of novel Internet marketing methods, Salk took advantage of cost-free promotion on the Internet to establish a fan base and spur its growth. He contacted independent websites and blogs frequented by the show’s target audience, thus bringing in an initial set of listeners who then spread word through social media and unsolicited reviews. Listeners were impressed with the high production values, complex sound design and a script written specifically for audio drama presentation. Fan-generated content began to appear (websites, blogs, art, music, stories). As the popularity of We’re Alive steadily grew, Salk continued his cost-free promotional campaign by bringing the series to the attention of mainstream news organizations, resulting in print and online interviews with the creators along with profiles of the program in Time.com, The LA Weekly, The Orange County Register, The Guardian and IGN.com among other. For additional promotion and revenue generation, Salk also produced celebrity events including live performances and appearances by the cast at Comicon.
By the time Episode 42 was released, shortly after the beginning of the second season, the cumulative number of downloads reached one million. Within four months, the two million mark had been passed and by the end of the second season (71 episodes) the cumulative total was almost five million downloads. Three months after the Season 4 Finale (Episode 139 in July 2014), more than 40 million episodes had been downloaded. The current total is well over 150 million.
We’re Alive was a five time winner and two time finalist for National Audio Awards and was included in “Best of” lists on iTunes and Zune, three times. We’re Alive and its creators were at the forefront of Internet audio drama — they are presented as the case study for “Radio Drama in the Modern World” in The Radio Drama Handbook (2011), a textbook and report of an academic research study.*
Salk’s audio drama adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was released simultaneously in English and Spanish, by Blackstone Audio on CD and by download. Produced and with sound design by Shane Salk, starring Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulson (Emmy Award winners for their roles in Pinky and the Brain), and Neil Flynn. The show was directed by award winning producer and director Bill Holmes. A Christmas Carol received the Parents’ Choice Award for Story Telling in 2012.
Salk’s other credits as producer, director and sound designer of audio productions range from a sitcom series on LA Talk Radio to a fantasy/action pilot starring Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest), to original short stories and pilot episodes for children’s shows, serial action/adventure, mystery and comedy shows. In the video realm, Salk has produced short films and a web video series that have appeared in several festivals around the country. He is sought after by producers of both audio and video projects because of his willingness to provide voluntary consultation. Initially trained as an actor (Chapman University, BFA), Shane has appeared in several dozen stage, screen and voiceover/audio roles. He has performed live stand-up comedy and improvisation. He originated the Genie in Disney Cruise Line’s production of Aladdin.
* Hand, Richard J. and Mary Traynor, The Radio Drama Handbook: Audio Drama in Context and Practice. Continuum, 2011.
“A masterpiece of teaching and research… ” (Tim Crook, Head of Radio at Goldsmiths, University of London); “…excellent illustrations of the role of audio drama in contemporary media and its rediscovery by young media entrepreneurs.” (Frank Chorba, Founding Editor, Journal of Radio & Audio Media).
Bill Holmes has been part of the voice-over world for more than 30 years as an actor, director, producer and teacher. In 1990 he founded Compost Productions, an award-winning LA-based full service production company and post-production house.
Holmes has appeared in hundreds of local and national commercials and promos on radio and TV. As The Voice Doctor he is a highly regarded acting and voice-over coach. Holmes has directed and worked alongside some of the legends in the voice-over community, including Ed Asner, Sean Astin and Piper Laurie. Recently, he has been producing and directing independent audio projects, including both the English and Spanish language versions of Shane Salk’s award-winning audio drama adaptation of A Christmas Carol, featuring Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen and Neil Flynn (in English) and Ruben Garfias, Jojo Henrickson and Alex Fernadez (in Spanish).
Holmes has been producing independent feature films since 1999. He was Associate Producer for Best Man in Grass Creek, an award-winning offbeat romantic comedy. He produced The Barrio Murders, a dark and funny murder mystery that was invited to The Chicago Latino Film Festival. He also produced and directed the multiple-award winning horror film Stump the Band. He was in charge of post-production for the highly acclaimed documentary, Inspire Me: Weightless Flights of Discovery.
Bob Bergen has been a working voice-over actor for 35 years and is one of a handful of actors who share the honor of voicing classic Looney Tunes characters for Warner Brothers. He has been an active member of the Television Academy since 1994, where he served on the Board of Governors and 10 of the 21 committees devoted to key initiatives. He was a member of the Performer's Peer Group Executive Committee for four years, Chairman of the Governors Award Committee for one, and is currently Chairman of the Primetime Emmy Awards Committee. Other committees he has served on include the Television Academy Honors Committee, the Governors’ Ball Committee, the Diversity Committee, the Creative Arts Emmy Committee and the Membership Committee. He has been a co-host and an announcer for the Creative Arts Daytime Emmy Awards,
He has been the principal voice for Porky Pig since 1996 and has played other Looney Tunes characters as well including Tweety Bird, Sylvester, Jr, and Speedy Gonzales. He is heard in dozens of animated features, including Minions, A Bug’s Life, The Emperor’s New Groove, Up, WALL·E, Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. He voices Luke Skywalker in both the three Robot Chicken: Star Wars TV specials and in the Robot Chicken TV series. He currently works in more than a half-dozen other animated TV series.
Bergen was nominated for an Annie Award in 2004, for Emmy Awards in 2011 and 2013 and for six different Annual BTVA Voice Acting Awards between 2011 and 2015. He has been teaching an animation voice-over workshop in Los Angeles for 30 years and he teaches weekend intensive workshops throughout the US and Canada.
Jojo Henrickson is a multi-talented writer, director and actor who is helping to redefine American Latino cinema. He is known for his work in film as a screenwriter, director and editor and for his work in television as a producer and director. His television projects include local and national Spanish language productions at KRAC in Los Angeles and at NBC’s Telemundo Network.
In 2001 he wrote and directed the independent feature-length mystery The Barrio Murders, which was invited to festivals and immediately picked up for video distribution, where it has earned more than five times its budget. He wrote, produced, co-directed and edited the 2006 multiple award-winning, rock-and-roll/horror/adventure feature Stump the Band. He received critical acclaim as the screenwriter of Ladrón Que Roba a Ladóon (Lionsgate, 2007), a subtitled Spanish language heist/con-man film set entirely in the United States. In 2009 Henrickson wrote, co-directed and co-starred in GB: 2525, an action/sci-fi feature film set in the barrios of Los Angeles in the year 2525. Most recently he directed The Fear Box: 666 Telemarketing, a thriller short film with 12 nominations and four wins in film festivals around the world in 2014-2016.
Dave Berges is Vice President of Operations at Compost Productions, an award-winning LA-based full service production company and postproduction house. He has more than 30 years of experience in multiple media formats as a technician and producer, including 25 years as technical manager and line producer for the ABC Radio Network where he coordinated coverage of breaking news and special events and designed studios and systems used by Tom Snyder, Sam Donaldson and others.
In 2004 he co-produced and edited critically acclaimed music videos for The Mockers, a well-known Spanish pop rock band. Berges has produced short films, industrial narrations, motivational videos and hundreds of radio commercials for Compost Productions. He designed all the technical systems for the feature length film Stump The Band and was the principal resource for all aspects of its post-production. He received a Best Sound award for Stump The Band at the International Microcinema Film Festival in Chicago.