We are a group of passionate filmmakers that have extensive experiences in the industry and share a common goal of making Survivors an excellent documentary. We founded the federally registered 501c(3) non-profit Not One More Time to better help us make Survivors.
Here is a brief introduction to our team members:
Kay Sumner (Producer)
Kay Sumner is an accomplished producer that has been part of the entertainment industry for the past 30 years. Between 1978 and 1981, she was the line producer of Quiz Kids, a Canadian competition show. The first feature-length project that she produced was Shadow Dancing in 1988. Between 2002 and 2012, she produced the hit reality TV show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan. In 2010, she was the executive producer of the documentary Dreams.
The New Quiz Kids with Norman Lear (1981)
CableACE Awards nomination (1982)
- Program Series - Best Children's
Shadow Dancing (1988)
The Genie Awards nominations (1989)
- Best Achievement in Cinematography
- Best Achievement in Costume Design
- Best Original Song
Canadian Society of Cinematography Award (1989)
- Best Cinematography in Theatrical Feature
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan (2002-2012)
Primetime Emmy Awards (2006, 2007, 2009)
- Outstanding Reality Program
Imagen Foundation Awards (2008)
- Best Variety or Reality Series (Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan)
People's Choice Awards, USA (2010)
- Favorite Animal Show
Directors Guild of America Awards (2010)
- Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs nomination (SueAnn Fincke)
ALMA Awards (2011)
- Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act nomination (Cesar Millan)
Murray Sumner (Executive Producer)
Born in Canada, Murray has enjoyed an extensive and varied professional career in the Creative Arts. At age 26, after an art college education and a studio apprenticeship, Murray became a freelance professional photographer with his own studio for over 15 years specializing in food packaging. Transitioning to film, he became a Set Decorator, working on a number of TV shorts features, and also an IMAX film as an Art Director. Woven into his artistic career are a number of others. With a love of the historical, Murray has operated an antique furniture and woodwork restoration business, built or renovated several homes, restored 2 vintage vehicles and multiple Airstream travel trailers. After almost 50 years in the Arts, he continues to actively live in Malibu, CA, with wife Kay on his 40-acre ranch.
Gene Shiveley (Executive Producer)
Gene Shiveley has enjoyed nearly 50 years in the entertainment industry. Gene started at an early age producing and engineering music in Cincinnati. He soon moved to Los Angeles where he trained at Sunset Sound Studios and before the age of 19 became involved with Buena Vista (Disney) soundtracks, working on such movies as Jungle Book, Blackbeard's Ghost, and The Love Bug. Gene continued his education in London working for British Decca Records recording such artist as The Rolling Stones and Ella Fitzgerald, and as early as 1970 was nominated for his first Grammy Award. Throughout his career Gene has been involved with creating over 150 gold and platinum recordings. Vision and determination has never been a shortcoming in Gene’s life; Gene created the first Compact Disc produced in the United States, the first full live digital audio/video recording, the first audio/video satellite uplink-downlink, the first HD live recording and built a 40 thousand square foot production facility for producing and delivering live entertainment to cell phones worldwide.
Toyia Jackson (LA Liaison Producer)
Director, writer, producer Toyia Jackson is a California native. After producing content for radio and co-hosting her own show with the Jacksons, she transitioned her media career into the world of mini-documentaries and music videos. Recently she produced a music video/short for King’s Son Productions that debuted on Billboard’s online music video platform. The short film “Katie’s Tears,” is currently in postproduction and headed to several film festivals. She plans on tackling issues of gentrification and social injustice in the next scheduled projects. Her educational background consists of degrees from the University of Southern California, California State University Dominguez Hills, and Pepperdine School of Law. She previously taught at the Los Angeles Film School and sat on the advisory board. Jackson believes in the art of storytelling in a realistic uplifting manner when it comes to television and film.
Scott Arundale (Executive Producer/Editor)
Scott Arundale has over twenty years of experience as editor and producer of filmed entertainment in Hollywood. He produced and edited the Baz Luhrmann music video “Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen” which aired on MTV and VH1, as well as in Japan, Australia and the U.K. A documentary short that he cut, entitled “Catholic School” was selected for the Sundance Film Festival in 1999. More recently he edited “John F. Kennedy at 100” and “Camp Pendleton 75th Year Celebration.” He is an Avid Certified Instructor for Media Composer and is an associate member of the American Cinema Editors (ACE). Arundale recently published a book entitled Modern Post: Workflows and Techniques For Digital Filmmakers available on Focal Press. He is an Associate Professor and teaches film editing at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Chapman University located in Orange, California.
Matt Dickie (Los Angeles Director of Cinematography)
Matt Dickie is the Emmy award-winning director of photography for all production in the Greater Los Angeles area. In the past ten years, he has worked on over a dozen short films and documentaries. He was a producer, the director of photography, and the re-enactment director for Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, a 2011 documentary about human trafficking.
Michael Wooten (Ohio Director of Cinematography)
Since 2006, Michael Wooten has been working in the film industry in various positions. He was the director of photography for episodes of Pitbulls and Parolees, a reality series on Animal Planet channel. He has also worked in the camera department for dozens of TV programs and feature films, including blockbusters like Captain America: The Winter Soldier.