Our Team

Nicole Hansen
President | n.hansen@greengalaxyent.com

NicoleNicole Hansen is the Founder and President of Green Galaxy Enterprises (GGE), a consulting firm that helps individuals and businesses raise their profiles through sustainable methods in all aspects of production including acquisition, story development, branding, product placement and PR for film, TV, transmedia and events.

Nicole Hansen began her career as an actress and went on to co-produce and act in the feature films that appeared at festivals including Tribeca, Austin, Montreal, Vail and Santa Barbara. She continues to be a member of SAG-AFTRA and the Producers Guild of America including PGA Green. As President of GGE, Nicole produced "Save It" by award-winning 10-year-old Nikos Spiridakis with Executive Producer Marshall Herskovitz. The video debuted as TakePart TV's inaugural release for YouTube at #2 for non-profit videos. It ran on CNN and MSNBC during the 2008 Presidential Debates, and appears on the Weinstein Company's 2009 DVD releases such as The Reader.

Nicole organized and produced the first Renewable Energy Conference and Awards Gala at the UN, sponsored by the Honduran Permanent Mission. She secured notable speakers and honorees such as Dr. Arthur Nozik of NREL, Dr. Daniel Nocera of MIT as well as billionaire John Paul DeJoria. She partnered with Entrepreneurs' Organization Los Angeles to raise funds for renewable energy initiatives and greened their 2009 Business Entertainment Charity event. After the devastating 2010 earthquake, Nicole secured donations of FTL Solar tents to Haiti through Global Green and the Street Children of Haiti.

Nicole has appeared as a panelist at the 2009 Earth Day screening of Fuel and as a panelist for Breathe LA in 2010. She spoke at the 2010 and 2012 Ideation Conferences and for ProVisors on her work to bring renewable energy solutions to Haiti. Active among non-profits, Nicole served on the Los Angeles Regional Council for the National Women's History Museum and as a Master Mentor and Steering Committee member for the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles. She has appeared as a guest of Rachelle Carson-Begley’s MomTV and she publicly advocates for the use of renewable energy technologies to help stem the rise of developmentally delayed children impacted by environmental toxins. She also volunteers and has blogged for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and attends annual "Power Women Power Tools" events. Her memorial to Brian Gerber appears in The Nation. Her current focus is on producing projects for Green Galaxy Pictures.

Alastair Shearman
Technology Officer | a.shearman@greengalaxyent.com

AlastairAlastair Shearman oversees the technological infrastructure of the company and assists with marketing, events, and the design, review, and publication of documents essential to the organization and its clients. In 2009, he also served as the Technical Coordinator of scientists and helped produce the first Renewable Energy Conference and Awards at the United Nations. At Columbia University, Alastair co-developed new operating rules for the Upper Delaware River system, incorporating climatic forecasting, wavelet analysis, and hydrological modeling to better meet the needs of all stakeholders. Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, his team's research was developed further and published in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association, where he is listed as an author. His work on the Delaware River was preceded by practical applications of running numerous models with the OASIS simulation, to better meet the needs of the fisheries downstream of the reservoirs in New York, funded by the Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, and Columbia University. Alastair also worked for the Web Team at the Earth Institute, designing an entirely new site with background programming. At college, he managed the largest political group on campus, the Columbia Political Union, and served as an administrator at Columbia University IT. As a child, he did work as a voice actor that included a small role in Family Guy. He holds a Bachelors of Science from Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, having majored in Environmental Engineering, with a concentration in Water Resources and Climate Risks, and a minor in Economics.

Mia Radcliffe
Sustainable Events Coordinator

Russell SparkmanMia Radcliffe is a versatile producer, caterer, designer, and coordinator, with an extensive background in events and brand partnerships. Originally from New Zealand, she now calls Los Angeles home, and has done so for the past 19 years. Mia has an eclectic list of past clients, including: BMG Chrysalis - Leann Rimes showcase, Heather Graham - Designers For A Cause Event benefitting Cambodian Children's Fund, Carrie Ann Inaba - the Carrie Ann Inaba Animal Project, Rusty Anderson - Signature Gibson Guitar launch benefitting the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Mending Kids International - Wings Around the World Gala, to name a few. She is consistently praised by her clients and peers for attention to detail, while offering them a thoughtful and collaborative approach as she helps them to sustainably execute their own personal vision and style. Mia takes pride in building long lasting relationships with her clients, she is creative, innovative, resourceful, and passionate about every job she takes on.

Partners

Russell Sparkman

Russell SparkmanRussell Sparkman is a new media craftsman with more than 25 years of visual communications experience. In 1999, he co-founded FusionSpark Media, a new media production and marketing communications firm that inspires, informs and influences through authsentic online content supporting corporate, non-profit and government communications initiatives. As CEO, Sparkman has played key roles in all Fusionspark Media projects, including executive producer, chief photographer, videographer, information architect, and project manager. FusionSpark Media was launchedwith the groundbreaking web documentary initiative One World Journeys, sponsored by Epson and partnered with WashingtonPost.com, an innovative approach to original digital storytelling that led to more than a decade of original online storytelling for environmental non-profits and government agencies. Water’s Journey: The River Returns and Water’s Journey: The Everglades, won the Best Interactive at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.Florida Springs: Protecting Nature’s Gems, was awarded the Best Online Reporting award from the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Brent V. Friedman

Russell SparkmanAs a Creator, Writer and Producer, Brent has more than 25 years of experience in entertainment across all platforms. In traditional media, Brent has worked with nearly all the major studios and networks on everything from the classic “Star Trek: Enterprise” TV show to the new hit series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and the feature film “Mortal Kombat Annihilation,” which opened #1 at the US box office. In games, Brent has worked as a Narrative Designer and Writer for some of the top companies in the business such as Electronic Arts, SCEA, ngmoco, Zynga and 343 Industries. His recent project, HALO 4, the latest installment in the blockbuster franchise, hits the market in Fall ’12 and already has 3 million in pre-sales. Combining his traditional media skills with vast interactive knowledge, Brent founded Electric Farm Entertainment, a leading digital media company, in 2006. Before it was sold to Granda/ITV, EFE produced four award-winning multi-platform web series, working with a range of partners including Sony and NBC to Microsoft and Kodak. “Valemont,” Brent’s last EFE project, was produced for MTV & Verizon and set the standard in revenue and reach for original transmedia properties. Currently, Brent is the Co-Founder and CCO of Rainspark Labs, a mobile development accelerator transforming the relationship between the real and the virtual to produce immersive mobile experiences.

Sarah Backhouse
Media Partner

Sarah BackhouseSarah Backhouse is Founder of Future360.tv – an online video platform dedicated to uncovering sustainable innovation. Future360.tv uses video to tell powerful stories about why sustainability matters.
A TV host, producer and sustainability expert, Sarah has lived in Sydney, London and Los Angeles, where she worked for a diverse array of broadcasters including: CNBC, BBC, PBS, Fine Living, Sci Fi Channel, Discovery Channel and Planet Green.
A sought after emcee, keynote speaker and interviewer, Sarah has participated in SXSWEco, the UN’s Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization, the Governor’s Global Climate Summit, and has interviewed heads of state and leading sustainability experts.
Sarah honored as one of Asia Pacific’s Leading 50 Women at the 2011 Advance Women’s Leadership Summit, one of Australia Unlimited’s Global 50 in 2013, and was a host on Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Reality in 2011 and 2012.Sarah Backhouse
Sarah was born in the UK and raised in Australia and Japan. She graduated with Bachelors degrees in Economics and Japanese Studies from the Australian National University and Keio University, Tokyo, and speaks fluent Japanese.
www.sarahbackhouse.com www.future360.tv

Darren Moore

Darren MooreIn 2006, Darren’s founded an “eco-logical” business, Ecovations™ , to support the use of sustainable building practices and lifestyle choices. Ecovations Lifestyle Inc has grown into an alternative building methods and materials innovator. In 2008, Darren became the co-host of a television show, Alter Eco on Discovery Communication’s new channel Planet Green. This lifestyle documentary show created and presented by Adrian Grenier centered on living responsibly, including the first LEED Certified re-constructed home in California.
Since then, Darren has been involved in various lifestyle and building related shows as a contributing producer and on-camera personality. Coco Eco Magazine is a new paperless high fashion and lifestyle green magazine for women. Created for the savvy and stylish ecoista, Coco Eco Magazine embraces living consciously without sacrificing style and grace. He’s also Ed Begley’s personal renovation contractor.

Advisory Board

Eda Benjakul

Eda Benjakul Eda Benjakul is a master of product placement and productions, most recently serving as the Tradeout Manager for Expedition Impossible. She has also worked on product placement for Face Off, Marcel's Quantum Kitchen, Your OWN Show, and HGTV Design Star. She is a pioneer in the entertainment commerce space in the 1990s as a member of the start-up teams of IZ.com (an online broadcast entertainment program allowing viewers to purchase items featured within the entertainment program) headed by entertainment heavyweights Scott Schwartz, Scott Sternberg, Rob Kenneally and ReplayTV. Eda also developed the integrated branding on the original Apprentice television program produced by Mark Burnett Productions for NBC. Her producing credits include Chef Hunter, Bachelor Pad, There Goes the Neighborhood, The Marriage Ref, Let's Make a Deal, Big Shot Live, The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, The World's Funniest! She holds an MBA from New York University.

Dr. Carl Liggio

Carl Liggio Carl has a bachelors, masters and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Systems Analysis and Economics for Public Decision Making from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering also from The Johns Hopkins University. He previously worked for Orion Power Holdings as a pricing and operations strategist, performing quantitative analysis, asset optimization and commercialization. Orion was purchased by Reliant Energy where he was briefly a market analyst. He left Reliant to start Meissa Consulting LLC, a consulting company specializing in operations management consulting. In 2006 he joined US Power Generating Company where he was the Director of Commercial Strategy and Alternative Energy Programs. At the time USPowerGen had no energy management infrastructure in place. Carl was instrumental in building the asset management desk and its business processes. At USPowerGen he was an asset manager for the New York City portfolio, and later supported the asset management desk, analyzing operations, developing and validating bidding and commercial strategies, and developing tools to manage the commercial operations. Carl currently sits on the board of advisors to the New York Association of Energy Economics.

Marshall Herskovitz

Marshall HerskovitzWriter, director, producer Marshall Herskovitz has enjoyed a distinguished career in the separate worlds of film and television. He attended Brandeis University and then the American Film Institute, where he and Edward Zwick met in 1975 and formed their long and successful creative partnership.
Following AFI, Herskovitz wrote and directed for several television series, including Family and The White Shadow, until he teamed up with Zwick to create the explosive television movie Special Bulletin in 1983, for which Herskovitz won two Emmys -- for best dramatic film and best writing for a dramatic film -- a Writers Guild Award, and the Humanitas Award.
In 2003, Herskovitz co-wrote and produced The Last Samurai, directed by Zwick and starring Tom Cruise. He and Zwick most recently produced Blood Diamond in South Africa, which Herskovitz also co-wrote. Herskovitz lives with his two daughters in Los Angeles. An active environmentalist, he has served on the board of several organizations committed to preserving America’s precious natufal resources. He is President Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America.
An active environmentalist, he is the founding member of 1Sky and has served on the board of several organizations committed to preserving America's precious natural resources. Read "Marshall Herskovitz: World War II the Key to America's Energy Future" in Forbes.