THE TEAM

 
 
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RIAZ PATEL  President

Two-time Emmy Nominee Riaz Patel creates and Executive Produces authentic and transformative shows for all major networks. His shows have been commissioned by and seen on AMC, TLC, Lifetime, OWN, Science Channel, MTV, Vh1, Style, A&E, Bravo, Syfy, TruTV, and others. His most recent work on Season 5 of Mary/Mary for WeTV was nominated for an NAACP Image award in December 2016...

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DREW HUNTER  Head of Development

First and foremost, Drew wants you to know that he’s from the South.  Born in Tennessee and raised in South Carolina, Drew grew up dreaming of entertainment and his hopeful, eventual role within it.  His obsession with all things media - pop-culture, film, television, technology, video games (which fully continues to this day) - ensured that his destiny was sealed.  After making his first film at 5 with his family’s VHS camcorder, teaching himself to edit at age 12 and graduating high school with honors in Media Production, Drew was ready to move on – to film school at Chapman University just south of Los Angeles.

After film school, Drew was added to the Axial Entertainment team as an Assistant to Executive Producer Riaz Patel, who would become an incalculably important mentor, inspiration and friend (Riaz may deny that last one but in his heart he knows it’s true).  Through the “Riaz Patel Producer Training Program,” Drew rose through the ranks to become a Co-Executive Producer within Axial as well as it’s head of development.

Drew greatly enjoys all phases of production (Development, Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production) and brings a unique and extremely diverse skillset to each.  From manning a camera to writing copy to editing to graphic design to special effects and animation, Drew loves (and actively pursues) fresh challenges, adding new abilities to his roster and utilizing every tool he has learned.  With a positive attitude, exuberant energy and infectious sense of humor, Drew attacks projects with gusto, always striving to do more and be better, while leaving everyone around him with a smile on their face and a laugh in their belly.

Outside of entertainment, Drew loves the outdoors, camping, backpacking, his three dogs, reading, history, football and yes, in a perfectly cliché piece of Southern Americana, playing the banjo.  He thanks you for reading this bio and enduring the strange, formal third-person style of it all.

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JB ZIMMERMAN  Head of Casting

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, JB developed a passion for the entertainment industry at an early age. From film and television to music and video games, JB constantly immerses himself in all avenues of entertainment, technology and pop-culture.

With his humor and dedication, JB worked his way up from Executive Assistant to a Development and Field Producer. And his cheerful attitude and people skills excelled his success as Casting Director across all of Axial Entertainment’s production and development projects. Constantly evolving his diverse skillset in pre, post and production, JB’s orchestrated projects ranging in everything from docu-series to game shows.

With abilities both behind and in-front of the camera, JB continues to hone his talents on social media and hosting at AfterBuzz TV, the world’s largest online network. Eager to work, create and laugh with others, JB brings enthusiasm and ambition to every project he comes across. 


DAVID GARFIELD  Head of Story/Post

With more than fifteen years as a story savant, David Garfield has become the Lord of the Edit Bay, starting back with the movie-dream-wish-fulfilment show Into Character, up to the game show Race To Escape.  Along the way, he’s worked on family transformation shows (Family SOS with Jo Frost), docudramas (Mary Mary), celebreality (I Heart Nick Carter) and makeover shows (How To Look Good Naked).  He also received a DaytimeEmmy Nomination two years in a row for How Do I Look?  Dealing with story from soup to nuts, he is equally comfortable crafting a story from scratch, seeing it through on set, or piecing it together in the bay.