HAYDEN BLACK – Gordon Winston-Smythe, writer/exec-producer
Hayden is from Salford, England and created & produced the original version of Goodnight Burbank back in ’06. The webisodic version was nominated for a Best Comedy Webby ’08, and won numerous other Best Of awards from iTunes, etc. He’s also been behind two other hugely popular online comedies – Abigail’s Teen Diary (the adventures of a 13 yr old girl w/ a fictional genetic condition that makes her look like a guy in his 30’s) and The Occulterers (a comedy/horror series about dysfunctional ghost hunters). Hayden adores 80’s music & Dr. Who, and loves sushi and Vimto, although not necessarily together. He hates his fellow cast-mates but would never tell them that to their faces.
LAURA SILVERMAN – Whitney Appleby, consulting producer
Laura began dabbling in the arts when she took on the role of a vampire in Buffy – specifically “Vampire 2”. Well according to IMDB – which couldn’t be MORE WRONG. So what the hell, IMDB? When are you gonna take it down? It’s not like she hasn’t asked you to a bijillion times. But what she has done has played major co-starring roles in Dr. Katz, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Comeback, The King of Queens and The Sarah Silverman Program. Laura is thrilled to be a part of the all-new Goodnight Burbank and promises that if IMDB don’t get their act together soon, she will do everything in her power to turn Whitney into a vampire.
Twitter – @LauraJSilverman
DOMINIC MONAGHAN – Paul Lynch
Dominic has played roles as varied as heroin-addicted rock stars on Lost to a Hobbit in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He’s now bringing a whole new smarm to his role as Paul Lynch, Goodnight Burbank’s intrepid field reporter who knows his way around a pun. Both Dominic and his character hail from Manchester, England which helped secure him a role in the series (see Hayden). Dominic has longed to switch his hugely successful TV and Movie careers around for a web show and thinks this might be it.
CAMDEN TOY – Yan Bobek
Camden Toy is best known for playing some of the scariest villains on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. He played one of the Gentlemen in the Emmy Award nominated episode “Hush”, the skin eating demon Gnarl, and the recurring role of The Ubervamp. He also appeared in the fifth season of Angel as The Prince of Lies. Other projects include The Legend Of Zelda, Sebastian, The Godmother, Mansfield Path, Privateer, Trickery Mimicry, Bare Knuckles, Immortally Yours, and last year’s favorite, playing the evil Colonel in the trailer spoof Thelma & Louise II: Avatars Of Pandora on G4TV with Olivia Munn and Eva Amurri. Presently you can see you Camden in Gregori J. Martin’s series The Bay. Upcoming projects include Anthony Brownrigg’s Archaic Redemption, James L. Bills’ Harvest, and Stan Derain’s War of the Dragons.
HADEEL SITTU – Nadira Farhad
Born in Detroit and raised in San Diego, Hadeel Sittu has been steadily working to build a successful career in the performing arts as an actress. After graduating with a BA in English at the University of San Diego she moved to Los Angeles and continues to appear in film, television and commercials. She is currently playing the role of makeup-artist Nadira on Goodnight Burbank and loves the fact that entertainment is a great equalizer!
AMERICA YOUNG – Holly Johnson
America has really been sinking her teeth into the web series world. She has not only worked on her own show “Groupidity,” but has also acted in the animated show “Orlando’s Joint,” “The Romantic Foibles of Esteban,” “Nurses Who Kill”, “Childrens Outreach Crew”, “General Elevator” (directed by Jerry Zucker), and Felicia Day & Kim Evey’s “The Guild.” She’s done mocap for the video games Conan 2009 (A’kana the warrior queen), Marvel Ultimate Aliiance 2 (Dagger, Diamond), Uncharted 2, Quantum of Solace (Vesper and M), Dead Space 2, The Old Republic: Hope and Guitar Hero III, to name a few. Some of the characters she’s voiced are Wendy Darling in “TinkerBell” and Betty Cooper in “Archies Weird Mysteries.” She has stunt coodinated films and music videos such as “Hot and Cold” (Katy Perry), “Outta My Head” (Ashley Simpson), “Scream” (Chris Cornell) and “Pocket Full of Sunshine” (Natasha Beddingfield). And just co-stared in a feature opposite Britney Murphy and Dean Cain called Abandoned. When she’s not seducing the Barbarian King, kicking the crap out of Super- Heroes that support the Superhuman Registration Act, talking to fairies or setting herself on fire, she enjoys sipping herbal tea and sharpening her pair of Sai.
CAMERON BENDER – Chilton Chivers
Born and raised in Midland, Michigan, Cameron Bender moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Michigan State University – a school where he got to play the part of the world famous mascot, Sparty. Surprisingly, he was never asked out on a date because of that. So he packed up his things and moved to LA, where people are less shallow. After starting off small as a stunt player on Lethal Weapon 4, Cameron has continually booked roles over the years, appearing on such shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars and CSI. In the last few years he has booked leads in projects such as Commander and Chief, Lesser Miracles and Inside Jokes (Fox Pilot). Cameron’s plans for the coming year include directing and starring in the new webseries Childrens’ Outreach Crew. He feels that the douchebag population is under-represented in modern media. And he hopes that by bringing real depth to the character of Chilton that maybe the public will be more accepting to the plight of d-bags everywhere.
DIAHNNA NICOLE BAXTER – Genevieve Nigwua
Diahnna Nicole Baxter is the Emmy Award-Winning actress/writer/ executive producer from sci-fi thriller SATACRACY 88. She also took home the Peoples Voice 2007 Webby Award in on-line drama and was named an Official Honoree of the 2008 Webby Awards. A graduate of Duke, her studies of Literature and African/Women studies took her to Cairo, Egypt where she worked with famed activist and writer Nawal Al-Saadawi. Returning to the states with a new worldview and inspiration, Diahnna integrated her love for acting and passion for studies of marginalized voices with performance. She went straight to NYC where she trained extensively in the Stanislavski method at the Elaine Aiken Actor’s Conservatory and performed in many off-Broadway shows, commercials and film. Diahnna made her debut as an actor/writer in LA with the #1 Off Broadway hit “Pieces (of ass)”. A member of the LA Writers Lab, she continues to write and is attached to shoot a feature in Nigeria and Los Angeles next fall. She is proud to join the Goodnight Burbank news team.
STACEY SCOWLEY – Marcella Harvey
Stacey Scowley’s lunchtime auditions and assorted “appointments” during her time as a Fox Jr. Publicist helped launch a successful career that now includes more than 60 national commercials, as well as television and film roles. In addition to her commercial roles, Stacey has guest starred in a number of television shows including Nip/Tuck, My Boys, Cold Case, Entourage, Come To Papa, Dollhouse, Monk and Alias, and she has a recurring gig on Family Guy and awaits a pilot pick up for Common Law. She has also appeared in the movies Walk Hard with John C. Reilly, Eagle Eye with Shia LaBeouf, and The Big Year, coming out in October, as Jack Black’s ex wife.
Stacey was born and raised in the bay area, just east of San Francisco. She has two sisters and a brother, who are in the business as well. She resides in Los Angeles.
ADRIENNE WILKINSON – PAISLEY PARKER (WEATHERGIRL)
Adrienne may be best known for her role as Xena’s daughter from the hit series “Xena: Warrior Princess,” but she has made many notable appearances in film and tv including “Charmed,” “Days of Our Lives,” “ER,” “Angel,” “Venice the Series” and “Reflections,” for which she won Best Female Performance at the Beverly Hills Film Festival (2008), and Best Actress at the Big Easy Shorts Festival (2008). She has voiced more than 40 characters in animation and video games including DAUGHTER on Star Wars: The Clone War and as the voice, and physical model, for Maris Brood, the female Jedi in the “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” franchise.
DEANNA RUSSO – NERYS (EP6)
A proud New Jersey native, Deanna Russo is most famous for her work on Knight Rider andYoung and the Restless. Most recently she has been seen recurring on Gossip Girl andRescue Me, though she mostly enjoys performing with her improv team, Mahogany, and doing stand-up. You can also catch her directing/writing/producing web content for Funny or Die, College Humor, as well as the comedic web series Real Life with Married People.
JOEL BRYANT – Officer Starsky (Ep3)
Joel Bryant was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, graduated from Pepperdine University and now calls LA home. He’s been in films (“The Heartbreak Kid,” “Music Within,” “Baby Blues” plus a bunch more), on TV (“Monk,” “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” plus a bunch more) and a lot of national commercials. He pays dues to 3 unions, so he’s been in all sorts of theatre and will be heading to Broadway this Fall to understudy in “Fat Pig” written and being directed by Neil LaBute. He’s played all over the US on stand-up comedy stages and is one-half of the award-winning comedy duo “Deven & Joel” who have literally performed all over the world. On the web, he’s been nominated for a Streamy Award for “After Judgment” and produces and stars in the award-winning web series “Suck and Moan.”
CHRISTOPHER MAY – Gavin (Ep5)
Originally from the small town of Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, Christopher studied acting at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. After eight years in New York City as a member of the a capella quartet JQ and the Bandits and appearing in numerous Off and Off-Off Broadway shows, Christopher made the move to L.A. His most recent credits include Guest Starring roles on Castle, Bones, CSI :NY, Heroes, Cold Case, and a recurring role as Carl Revis on the new NBC hit, The Event. His most recent film credits include Lions for Lambs directed by Robert Redford and Believers from the makers of the Blair Witch Project. Along with being an actor Christopher can also be seen performing around the world with his Tribute to the Beach Boys, Surfin’ Safari, and his ukulele cover band, Uke Box Heroes.
SOPHIE REICHL – Priscilla (Ep4)
I met America Young and life hasn’t been the same. I’m an actress & rock singer (I’m playing at the Key Club on May 21, 2011) whose only made $136.97 in my entire life. Which is 11 years. I have three acting credits on IMDB and all of them are correct, so take that Laura Silverman (I love you Mommy Whitney)! I can also be seen on other web shows like The Guild: The Guild Sells Out, The Manka Brothers, Children’s Outreach Crew, It Casting, and a lot of my own really bad YouTube videos. I loved being Priscilla best of all and I really loved being with Hayden and the cast & crew of Goodnight Burbank.
Canyon Prince (Director EP4-6)
Canyon is a director who works within the worlds of both traditional and new/trans media. He is Exec Producer and Owner of a production shingle Vanguard Media Group LLC, established in 2006. His original episodic shows include “First Edition” (2010 Feel Good Film Festival & 2010 Anaheim Intnl Film Festival Official Selections), a comedy look at the comic book industry, and “The Romantic Foibles of Esteban” (2009 Feel Good Film Festival Official Selection), the smart comedic web mini-series about the perils of online dating.
Harry Sherman (Designer/Animator)
Harry still can’t believe that he gets paid to create art all day. His designs have been seen on national television on a daily basis for over 20 years. He works on television, film, internet, and corporate projects through his design company, Realize Design (www.realizetv.com ) His comedy clients include Tosh.0 on the Comedy Central network, The Daily Habit on the Fuel network, The Wayne Brady Show, and many Hayden Black productions. As a Twitter addict, Harry rants about music, politics and art as @justthinking.
Dana Jones – Production Designer/GNB Cameraman/Editor Ep5
Dana is a jack of all trades. He loves to write, direct, camera operate, edit and as of recent, production design & act. Dana made the move to Los Angeles from his hometown of San Clemente in 2010 to focus on his career in the entertainment industry. Already showing promise at the age of 20, his film Flying for Mice won Best Student Short Film at the Feel Good Film Festival in 2010. And if there’s one show he could watch forever it would be Attack of the Show.
Melanie Snow – Hair (Eps 2-6)
Melanie has been doing hair & makeup styling for TV, Film and Web Series for almost 10 yrs. She is originally from Boston Massachusetts, but has made LA her home for the past 8 yrs. (Until global warming delivers on its promises, she has no intention of facing another New England winter.) Between on set gigs she works at Dylan Keith Salon in Burbank as a color and extension specialist. Her work has been seen on “Six Feet Under”, “Desperate Housewives”, “Goodnight Burbank” and most recently just completed work on the 3D film “Static” expected in theaters in early 2012. In her spare time she volunteers for The Red Chair Children’s Theater productions to remind herself just how much small children freak her out.
Marc Aramian – Sound Designer (Ep1-4)
Marc is a composer, music producer, sound designer and supervising sound editor. He’s worked on hundreds of scores for film, TV, records and commercials. Musical career highlights include two foreign features (both nominated for Best Score in the Asian equivalent of the Academy Awards), over 90 TV shows for non-fiction networks (two of which won Emmys and one of which won a Peabody Award), six record albums, hundreds of commercials, one commissioned musical for Tokyo’s “Broadway,” seven computer games, and the Flag Ceremony for the ’92 Olympics in Barcelona. He was the music supervisor on three Disney video games, High School Musical: Karaoke, Cheetah Girls: Dance and High School Musical 3: Dance.
CHRISTIAN BURTON – DP (Ep3-4)
Chris has been working in the entertainment industry for 40 years, starting as a child actor in commercials. He joined International Photographers Guild Local 659 (Local 600 now) in1987. He’s been working as a Cinematographer since 2005 shooting HD including features such as Blind Date, CaddyShack II, Bull Durham, Ghost Dad, In Dreams, Broken Arrow and TV including Star Trek: Next Generation; Deep Space Nine; Voyager, Melrose Place, Baywatch, 90210.
Phil Ashcroft – Co-producer
Phil has extensive global multi-media experience, having worked for the BBC in the UK and latterly in the USA for 10 years. Whilst at the BBC, Phil was responsible for the global brand management of “Top Of The Pops”, the worlds largest music show. He was also responsible for developing a range of groundbreaking broadband websites, including “Tellytubbies”, “Planet Earth” and several other high profile shows. He was also responsible for producing the content for BBC Worldwide’s first ever mobile comedy clips on cell phones including clips of “The Office”, “Little Britain” and “Dr Who” in the UK and around the world. Whilst living in Los Angeles as Head of US Business Development for BBC Worldwide, Phil developed the first original digital content for ABC’s “Dance War” and structured the BBC’s first branded entertainment deal in USA for “A Question Of Sport”.Phil came to work with Evil Global Corp over the earlier version of Goodnight Burbank and was a co-producer of The Cabonauts and The Occulterers. Phil was on the executive committee for the Mobile Entertainment Awards and is Co-chair of BAFTA’s new media committee and has previously worked with the British Government on it’s trade missions to California.