Founder and CEO
Michael Pellerin, founder and CEO of Pellerin Multimedia, Inc. (PMI), is an award-winning DVD producer and filmmaker. He and his PMI team have produced more than 100 hours of behind-the-scenes documentaries for DVDs and earned numerous honors, including The DVD Academy’s “Best Disc of the Year” three years in a row for the Collector’s Editions of The Lord of the Rings, produced for New Line Cinema.
For the past five years, PMI, a Los Angeles- and New Zealand-based company, has worked with Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson on all of his films, producing all the behind-the-scenes material for The Rings trilogy and, most recently, Universal’s King Kong.
On Kong, Jackson specifically brought Pellerin and his team in to produce the full spectrum of video materials – behind-the-scenes documentaries, television specials, promos, marketing spots, internet content and the DVD. The Oscar-winning director also elicited Pellerin’s help on a unique bonus feature for the Warner Bros. DVD re-release of the original 1933 King Kong – the famous “Lost Spider Pit” sequence. Jackson and Pellerin co-produced and directed a re-creation of this missing scene using exactly the same stop-motion cameras, techniques, period miniatures and props as the original filmmakers.
While PMI’s roots are in DVD production, the company has evolved into a creative multimedia one-stop shop for original programming and entertainment marketing for DVDs, EPKs, Internet, Television, Trailers, and more. PMI’s team of accomplished producers and editors has created projects that range from promotional in-theater campaigns for Cinemedia and VW, to television specials and marketing campaigns, to groundbreaking internet content, such as Peter Jackson’s “Production Diaries” – a grassroots internet promotional campaign for King Kong. The Diaries, a revolutionary idea realized by Jackson and Pellerin, gave fans weekly access to behind-the-scenes action throughout Kong’s two-year production, highlighting unique and never-before-seen-aspects of the filmmaking process.
Besides Pellerin’s impressive body of work with Peter Jackson, he has created award- winning DVD special editions of many of Disney's modern classics: Fantasia, Tron, Atlantis, Dinosaur, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame - and produced segments for the Tribute to Monty Python Special for HBO.
Pellerin also has collaborated on DVDs with well-known directors such as M. Night Shyamalan on The Sixth Sense, Tim Burton on The Nightmare Before Christmas and John Lasseter on Toy Story and A Bug’s Life.
His credits also encompass supplementary material for the home video and laserdisc releases of Walt Disney's classic masterpieces Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, as well as The Three Caballeros and Alice in Wonderland.
Several of Pellerin’s previous works have been acknowledged with the coveted "Best Disc of the Year" award, and two of his titles were chosen for the "Ten Best Discs of All Time" list in recent Ultimate DVD Magazine consumer polls.
Jeff White, now with PMI for over two years, was the Executive Producer of Universal’s King Kong Extended Edition, Warner Bros. 1933 King Kong, Universal’s King Kong Theatrical Edition, and Peter Jackson’s Production Diaries. Currently, Jeff is co-producing the feature documentary, Game On.
Prior to his acclaimed work with Peter Jackson, Jeff began filmmaking at U.C. Berkeley. He continued his studies in entertainment law at Boalt Hall and the UCLA School of Law. Some of Jeff’s first producing credits include The Boss’ Son and Circle of Power. He then went on to work in the feature production department of Warner Bros. and produced several projects at Walt Disney Pictures and Columbia Pictures. He also spent five years with Henry Winkler and Ann Daniel’s production company, Winkler-Daniel Productions, as the VP of production at Paramount Pictures.
Jeff White has worked as the Visual Effects Producer on several projects including, Alexander Payne’s Sideways, Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown, Walter Salles’ Dark Water, Edward Zwick’s The Last Samurai, and Andy Davis’ Collateral Damage and Holes. Additionally, productions such as Nobody’s Children, The Sinking of The Rainbow Warrior, and The Christmas Star, have allowed Jeff to work in Romania, New Zealand, and Canada. Jeff’s television credits include the popular series, Beverly Hills, 90210.
Among his many talents, Jeff has taught courses on producing motion pictures for UCLA Extension, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the Producers Branch for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Nichols Fellowship Committee. He has been a part of the Visual Effects Nominating Committee for the Oscars®, and on the panel of the Sundance Film Festival Digital Films.
Kevin Lee Miller
Kevin Lee Miller is a native of Los Angeles where his parents performed and ran an acting school for nearly 40 years. He spent eight years as a television and film actor before moving behind the camera to write, direct, edit and produce.
Working primarily in the world of documentaries, Miller’s credits include the feature film Imagine: John Lennon (Warner Bros.) and the television special 25x5: The Continuing Adventures of the Rolling Stones (CBS). Among Miller’s prime-time producing and editing credits are the Emmy® Award-winning 20 Years of Comedy on HBO, Disney Goes to the Oscars (ABC), Mary Tyler Moore: The 20th Anniversary Show (CBS) and 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (NBC).
Miller also spent ten years in broadcast promotion and marketing, first as a producer and editor for Electric Ideas and eventually as Creative Director at Our Gang Productions. During that time, he generated thousands of promos for most of the major studios and networks. Most recently, Miller produced close to 30 hours of behind-the-scenes documentaries for the Special Extended DVD Editions of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the 1933 version of King Kong.
Phil Savenick has produced programming for deluxe DVD and Laserdisc editions for over a decade. He and his company TV IS OK produced deluxe laserdisc editions for dozens of Disney Classics including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alice In Wonderland, and Beauty and the Beast, winning the prestigious “Disc of the Year” for Lion King in 1996 and Toy Story in 1997. With the advent of DVD, He wrote and produced the bonus materials for best sellers like Monsters Inc., The Sixth Sense, Tron, Winnie the Pooh, and many more. In 2000, their Toy Story Ultimate Toy Box was voted “Best in Show” at the DVD Awards. More recently, he produced added value documentaries for the original King Kong, Some Like It Hot and Open Season.
As a writer-producer, Phil created many of television's most highly regarded compilation documentaries dealing with TV and it’s history, like CBS's 50 Years of Television: A Golden Celebration, ABC's 40th Anniversary Show, HBO's 20th Anniversary, The Mary Tyler Moore Show's 20th Anniversary, and Rick Nelson: A Brother Remembers. He served as co-producer of the specials The Museum of Television and Radio presents The Funny Women of Television, M*A*S*H: Our Finest Hour, Phil Donahue’s 25th Anniversary Special, The Best of Disney’s 50 Years of Magic, and HBO’s Monty Python Reunion Tribute in 1998. His film clip tributes have also appeared on several Emmy Awards broadcasts, as well as The Oscars, The Grammys®, Bob Hope's 90th Birthday, Comic Relief, and others.
In addition to producing music videos for Elton John, Billy Joel, and Tom Petty, Phil’s montage sequences were featured in the movie biographies This is Elvis, Imagine: John Lennon, and the TV specials Heroes of Rock n Roll, Motown 30: What’s Going On and the Grammy lifetime achievement tribute film for Paul McCartney.
He has been Emmy-nominated, three times as co-producer of Donald Duck's 50th Birthday, Great Moments in Disney Animation, and for editing clip segments for The 75th Annual Academy Awards. In 1996, Phil produced 20 Years of Comedy for HBO, which won him the Cable Ace® for Best Comedy Special. 100 Years of the Hollywood Western garnered the Cine Golden Eagle award, a Film Advisory Board award, and the Western Writers Spur award for best documentary.
Phil and his production company, TV IS OK Productions, also created and produced Disney Sing-Along Songs, the most successful made-for-home-video series in history.