Sammy Jackson

Executive Producer - Director - Writer - Cinematographer - Editor

Sammy Jackson is an award-winning filmmaker of original programming for History, A&E, Discovery and PBS.  He began his career producing national and regional commercials for clients such as FORD, CADILLAC and PUBLIX, before moving onto independent feature films and dramatic television on such award-winning series as ABC’s Afterschool Specials.  As a filmmaker, he combines his years of experience on large-scale projects with the intimacy of his work as a Producer, Director, Writer, Cinematographer and Editor on such critically acclaimed documentaries as Against The Odds, One Giant Leap, Homecoming, The Day The Towers Fell, Eyewitness In Iraq, The Rape of Nanking, WWII IN HD, The Air War and Vietnam In HD.   


Tracey Connor

Executive Producer - Story Development

Tracey Connor's passion for great storytelling began nearly 20 years ago when she was given the opportunity, as a television reporter to cover the human interest side of life.   But, it would be an interview with a Holocaust survivor and his story of survival that would change the trajectory of her career.   From that first meeting and up until today, she has pursued with passion those stories of unfaltering strength, determination, and perseverance all while facing the eye of a storm.  These elements have stayed constant in whatever role she is in whether  producing, editing or story research.  They are all evident in the over 100 hours of television she has been a part of for the likes of History, A&E, PBS & Discovery.

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Elaine Sharp

Executive Producer International - Story Development

Elaine Sharp is a Producer/Director and a foreign logistics specialist.  Her broadcast career spans two decades and she has been based in the UK, USA and Italy.  She has worked on documentaries and factual content for major international Broadcasters including the BBC, ITV Network, Channel 4 Television, Discovery Channels International, A&E Network USA, ABC Network, WNET/PBS, Mediaset/RTI and Fox Channels International Italy.  After graduating from Columbia University, she began her career in investigative journalism at PBS/WNET in New York working with the twice Oscar-nominated Producer, Roger Weisberg.  She has since acquired diverse production expertise and specializes in international co-productions and overseas location filming.  She can support, inspire, motivate and lead creative and production teams across continents, multiple cultures and diverse projects.


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Shelley Steagall

Producer - Story Development

Shelley Steagall is a journalist always on the hunt for a good story.  Her love of storytelling, research and fact finding can be traced back to her "inquisitive, question everything" grammar school days right through her high school and college years.  After college, where she majored in Journalism, she spent years in the profession working her way up to producer for CBS and FOX affiliates producing daily newscasts and a wide array of specialty programming from sports to community affairs.  But it would be the stories of bravery, strength and survival Shelley worked on as a daytime talk show producer at ABC that gave her career focus.   Her show, The Most Crippling Condition on the life-changing effects of Arthritis would win the prestigious Russell L. Cecil Award and confirm her path as a producer of merit and unparalleled passion.

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Norman Stahl

Writer - Story Development - Historical Consultant

Norman C. Stahl was born in Brooklyn, NY and graduated Brooklyn College. He was a Creative Director at Ted Bates Worldwide Advertising, supervising the Prudential (Piece of the Rock), HBO and Colgate-Palmolive accounts.  Mr. Stahl wrote or co-write five books published internationally by Random House, Time-Warner, McGraw-Hill and Harper-Collins. He has since written more than 220 hours of aired documentary films on historical subjects, mostly for the A&E, History and Discovery.

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Rod Paschall

Writer - Story Development - Historical Consultant

Rod Paschall, an experienced writer, researcher and historian is the author of four published military history books, 55 published magazine articles, and 32 hours of TV scripts that have aired nationally.  His 30 years of military service included assignments in Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Honduras and Laos.  Paschall’s battle awards include two Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.  His qualifications include Special Forces, Ranger, Master Parachutist and tank unit commander proficiencies.  Staff duty assignments were performed at every level from battalion to corps up and the Office of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Colonel Paschall’s academic achievements include a Bachelor of Science degree from West Point, a Master of Science in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a Master of Arts in History from Duke University.  He is also a graduate of both the U.S. Army War College and the Naval Command and Staff College.    

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John Ligato

Producer - Writer - Story Development - Historical Consultant

As a Producer/Consultant, John Ligato’s diverse background in the military and law enforcement make him an integral member of the 43Films’ creative team as he is uniquely qualified to ensure authenticity and accuracy in every story we bring to the screen.  A South Philly native, John is a former Marine who fought in Vietnam and was involved the 1968 TET offensive.  He has three Purple Hearts and has been inducted into the Marine Corps Museum.  Upon leaving the service, he joined the FBI and became a deep undercover agent for 20 years, 8 of which were spent working on organized crime and narcotics investigations.  The 2006 movie 10th and Wolf  was loosely based on his life.  He is the author of multiple books detailing his undercover experiences including, Lerza’s Lives and Dirty Boys.  He has also flown missions for the FBI’s special operations group, hosted a radio talk show for nine years, been a motivational speaker for the US Marine Corps, and has appeared on television series such as A&E’s Runaway Squad, and The American Hero Channel’s series, Against The Odds.  John has also spent the last eleven years teaching college students the in’s and out’s of Homeland Security, Organized Crime, Covert Operations and Constitutional Law.