Executive in Charge of Production
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Billy Frank is a tenacious, iron-willed perfectionist, driven to deliver- and not just as a USA Maccabiah Gold medalist fast-pitch team member! Billy brings these same traits to MIHP, a renowned entertainment company he founded in 1994. Since then, MIHP has been acknowledged by winning numerous awards and has provided exemplary work for major networks and corporations. This success is a direct result of Billy’s leadership, his hands-on work ethic, his commitment to organic storytelling and his philosophy that personal independence is a necessity.
At a young age Billy began his career in music clearance for American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and soon after moved to Dick Clark Productions, working on many hit syndicated shows for Mr. Clark. Coincidentally, recently MIHP was tapped by Music Choice and ABC to produce an international music show, Inside Rising Star, a Dick Clark Production.
Before long, Billy was producing alongside some of the biggest names in the business. Partnering with Bank of America and the Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) to produce a 35mm film, he traveled the world for the international production and launch for the 2000 Olympic Games, worked with Les Moonves on short-form projects that assisted the sales of CBS’s Survivor to multi-million dollar advertisers and executive produced the main title open for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno that ran from 2002-2010, and recently acquired the rights to BB King with the intent to produce a feature film.
Billy works with independents, corporations, major networks, studios and aids with their strategy and creative solutions, not only as an Executive Producer, but also as a DGA Director.
As a successful Executive and Creative Producer from 2009-2011, Billy shared his expertise with the next generation, not only how to make it in film and television, but also empowering them to do it for themselves as an Adjunct Professor for Carnegie Mellon University in the Heinz School’s Master of Entertainment Industry Management Program.
From 2012-2014, inspired by co-creating the sustainable lifestyle show On Begley Street, starring Ed Begley Jr., and featuring Bill Nye the Science guy, Billy spurred a company wide objective to focus upon and deliver more transformational content – or “projects with heart”. This has led the company’s evolution into developing long format programs with meaningful messaging and the recent acquisition of the USA City Games, formerly the LA's Watts Games, and the recently developed digital show The Bow Tie Vet Guy, currently running on Youtube, and being co-produced with Litton Entertainment, a division of Hearst.
In the summer of 2017, Billy traveled to Israel to compete in the 20th annual Maccabiah Games, as a fastpitch player, winning Gold.
Head of Production/CFO
Larry moved out here from central New York after graduating college with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration(with a concentration in Finance) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Bean counter extraordinaire with extensive on-set experience, Larry began his career as a Junior Accountant with the Walt Disney Company after graduating from college and within two years worked his way two steps up the ladder to Senior Accountant for Home Video with Disney.
He continued on almost another year with Disney as a Financial Analyst in the Theatrical Production dept. When he left Disney, he then pursued a career as an independent Production Accountant on several TV shows and movies. After almost 4 years, he was asked to start up a finance department and served as its Director, Finance/Production Accounting for Shukovsky English Entertainment(SEE). Then after 4 ½ years he moved onto LMNO Productions, Inc. serving as Director of Finance while restructuring that finance department and eventually moved up to the position of VP Finance. In mid 2010, he joined MIHP and has been Line Producing most of their productions along with overseeing the finance department there currently.
Executive VP Marketing & Sales
An expert in the corporate world, he pioneered the founding of the LA Marathon sponsorships for it’s first twenty years. He is also responsible for creating multi-million dollar marketing and sponsorship platforms for other events including the Indy 500 and The Taste of LA which later expanded to major cities across the country.
Don innovated by successfully creating licensed opportunities for global brands Vera Wang, Lee Jeans and brand extensions for Kathy Ireland, Joseph Abboud and Carmen Marc Valvo. And most recently is the co-owner of the USA City Games, formally the Watts Summer Games gearing up for it’s 50th year anniversary in 2018.
Director of Development / Producer
Native New Yorker, Laura-lynn Rivera decided at a young age with no connections in film and not a penny to her name that she was going to pursue a career of storytelling. Laura got off to an early start, working at a TV station while in high school and graduating at nineteen with a bachelor's degree in film from Full Sail University. Since her arrival in LA, Laura has worked as a freelance Writer and Preditor (Producer+Editor+Director) on several Commercials, short films and digital series. She has worked for MIHP for six years, working her way up to the head of the development department as their Director of Development.
In her first year as Director of Development, Laura has shepherded many projects and series one in which has taken her as far as the rural tribes of Cambodia to do what she loves - tell stories. Laura currently resides in Sherman Oaks with her husband, where they often go on adventures in the vast terrain California has to offer.
Consults professional sports teams, agents & sports related properties. Former commissioner of United Football League. Served as Senior Vice President of Jacksonville Jaguars.
Multi-Cultural Outreach Director
A strategic, innovative thinker with GM & multi-ethnic, multi-cultural marketing experience. With over 30+ years of experience, she is committed to providing the best in multi-strategic planning and media services.
Raquel recently joined the Make It Happen team in 2014 as a consultant for the LA City Games.
Director of Photography
Mark Eberle is an award winning cinematographer based in Los Angeles, Dallas and Miami who has enjoyed a prolific twenty-year career filming for commercials, network promos and feature films across the United States and internationally.
Passionate about his profession, Mark contributes to every project with exceptional energy and enthusiasm. Versatile and inventive, he strives to discover the most creative, yet effective solutions to any visual challenge. In addition to being a remarkable DP, Mark is also an impressive camera operator, utilizing his experience with a wide range of styles to provide for any project’s needs.
Mark began his career in the film industry in 1977 as a production assistant and flight instructor to Robert Conrad on the NBC Television program “Black Sheep Squadron”. He steadily graduated to higher-level production positions, eventually serving as Supervising Producer on several films for television (MOW’s). Through this period, Mark developed a keen interest in Cinematography and eventually he chose to obtain additional formal knowledge by attending the Maine Photographic Workshops. Later he devoted time as an intern at Pro Gear, a prominent Miami camera rental house at the time. Following his initial camera training in the early ‘90s, Mark began working on numerous productions in the camera department and subsequently advanced through the ranks of camera assistant positions.
The radiant, creative world of Latin Music Videos in Miami launched Mark’s career as a Director of Photography. A natural progression into commercials and feature films eventually convinced Mark to establish himself in Los Angeles. His ongoing commitment to high quality combined with his positive attitude keeps Mark’s satisfied clients calling him back for more.