Gina Boyer gained more than 10 years worth of experience in features, television and documentary production before crossing over to the world Real People Casting for commercials, branded content, documentaries, reality tv and UX.
Her first job in NYC was answering phones at Clinica Estetico (the late Jonathan Demme's production company), before producing a slew of non-fiction television and feature projects, including PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL, winner of the Best Documentary prize at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.
As a freelance Project Manager/Casting Director with Genuine: The Real People Company, powered by Strickman-Ripps Casting, she specializes in finding compelling people and stories - whether they are CEO's, award-winning creatives, influencers or overwhelmed first-time moms for projects clients like: Microsoft, AmEx, Dove, Champion, Stouffer's, Lean Cuisine, Apple, and more...
Additional Pinch Hitter Projects clients include: Redglass Pictures, filmmaker Yoruba Richen, Taye Diggs, NHK, and The Youth.
GENUINE REAL PEOPLE (freelance)
November 2009 – Present
Project Manager/Casting Director
Create project methodology for tv, online commercial projects based on clients’ needs. Determine research and outreach strategies, manage research staff, design interviews and outreach, liase with clients, run studio and Skype sessions for top ad agencies, production companies and directors. Spots include: AmEx, Microsoft, Apple, Advil, Lean Cuisine, JetBlue, Dove, Champion, Carhartt, etc.
JEAN LAUGHTON CASTING May 2003 – 2010
Casting Director (freelance) New York/Los Angeles
Ran casting sessions and street recruiting for national television commercials and print advertisements. Clients included: Target, Arthur Elgort, Weight Watchers, Gogurt.
FORK FILMS August 2007 – December 2008
Associate Producer/Production Manager New York, NY
Coordinated and scheduled local shoots, managed budget, researched archival footage, obtained rights and clearances, handled festival submissions, and acted as sales and distribution liaison for Pray the Devil Back to Hell (Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the 2008 at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Witness Award at Silverdocs 2008).
LUXE.TV November 2006 – August 2007
Producer/Writer (freelance) New York, NY
Produced and wrote two weekly six-minute luxury lifestyle segments in New York City for HD satellite network based in Luxembourg.
SEARCHWORKS May 2004 – January 2007
Senior Researcher (freelance) New York/Los Angeles, CA
Created and edited game questions, negotiated contract terms for license agreements, researched, licensed and cleared still photographs, film and audio clips for feature film, television, advertising and game clients. Spent three months creating the database and cataloging inventory for the Joseph Campbell Archive Collection, housed at Pacifica Graduate Center in Montecito, CA.
ROBERT SMALL ENTERTAINMENT July 2005 - February 2006
Co-Producer New York, NY
Produced interviews, supervised edits, negotiated and coordinate talent release agreements, cleared clip and music rights and negotiated license agreements for the second season of TV Land's Top Ten.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC November 2004 - April 2005
Researcher Washington, DC
Researched and compiled stock footage reels for in-house and outside clients for use in feature films, television specials and video games.
FERALFILMS June 2000 - November 2001
Co-Producer New York, NY
Responsibilities included: Directing segments and interviewing subjects for celebrity profiles, researching and developing programs, booking and pre-interviewing talent, acquiring footage and music; scheduling shoots and interviews, writing and directing re-enactments, clearing required licenses and keeping production costs under budget. Credits: Bravo Profiles: Nicolas Cage, Road Map to Pearl Harbor (The History Channel) and Journeys In Black: Master P (BET). Associate Producer on Journeys In Black: Al Sharpton.
GABRIEL FILMS March 1999 - June 2000
Co-Director/Co-Producer New York, NY
Conducted interviews and shoots, coordinated crew, managed budget, wrote and created paper edit, supervised post-production for Voices of Light: The Girls Choir of Harlem, a feature-length documentary commissioned by HBO.
Outreach Coordinator March 1998 - August 1998
Coordinated outreach and grassroots campaign for the Academy award-nominated documentary, The Farm: Angola, U.S.A. Assisted in the planning and coordination of the New York City premiere, and other special screenings. Responsible for the film's worldwide distribution to theaters, film festivals, schools and prisons and coordinated the trafficking of the reels.
CLINICA ESTETICO July 1998 - February 1999
Assistant to Ron Bozman, Executive Producer/UPM Nyack, NY/Philadelphia, PA
Set-up production office, handled travel and administrative duties on the feature film Beloved. Kept script notes and maintained continuity for Second Unit production team.
Office Assistant New York, NY
In addition to performing receptionist duties: wrote script and book coverage, assisted in the coordination of premieres, script readings, casting sessions and Haiti- related special events. Conducted pre-production research for feature films produced by Jonathan Demme and Ed Saxon
EDUCATION Temple University, Philadelphia, PA Bachelor of Arts, Radio-Television-Film.