Gonella & Michaelson
Throughout their enduring business partnership, Daniella Gonella and Jay Michaelson have re-shaped the production landscape since founding DG Productions.
Jay commented: “Our main passion and focus for the industry is creating fresh new concepts resulting in exceptional independent films". Daniella added; "We make Studio quality projects with the integrity and passion of an independent production company". DG's Mission: "to make movies which touch, move and inspire" says Jay.
Based at Pinewood Studios in the UK, and with international offices in Europe and the USA, DG works all over the World using their global network of experienced, multi-lingual crews encompassing the creation and production of commercials, music videos, corporate and branded content.
Daniella has strong views on DG's work ethic; "Working with award-winning industry talent and the most effective set up, we dedicate ourselves to delivering hard-hitting, brand-promoting content across the board, whilst keeping our client’s objectives our highest priority".
DG Productions knows that experience matters and is proud to have a portfolio of diverse film projects in different stages of development and completion.
Jay says "DG is presently in pre-production with an unbelievable true story, 'Immigrant' written by Rob Siegel (‘The Wrestler'). A quite exceptional movie."
DG has raised $15M for 'Hour Of The Gun' a movie based on the true story of the most notorious gun-slinger, John Wesley Hardin. We are casting, targeting A-List talent like Matthew McConaughey for the lead of Hardin. DG has also raised the last piece of production funds for 'Dark reflections' by Eric Blakeney and is in negotiation on that project, which stars Nicolas Cage. It's due to go into production at the end of 2016.
DG is producing 'One In A Million'. "It's a strong character driven action drama set to the backdrop of NASCAR. This movie is standing out as it’s not a typical auto racing film and introduces a legend NASCAR fans never got to meet" says Daniella.
DG has optioned a multi-million dollar music-driven CG animation movie 'Superhumans' written by Greg Johnson and to be directed by David Weinstein and is currently in development with ‘Beholden’ written by Justin Nicholls and Adam Howes. It features the story of two MMA fighters who are bound by the past and fighting for the future, due to go into production at the beginning of 2016. Casting is underway.
Jay insists: "We love each and every one of our amazing projects and each artistic work benefits from our business-minded approach. It's important to respect the work and look after the interests of investors in equal measure. In this way, we can deliver great work on time and on budget"
DG is currently in pre-production with the true story of “The Mud Hut” starring the hottest actor in America right now, Taraji P Henson. It's due to be shot in Georgia September 2015.
Daniella added; “All our work is generating phenomenal interest and creating a buzz. We are producing “Sparrow's Call” - a film by Billie Vee and as you can tell from our log lines it's a dramatic drama featuring unconventional love. A horrifying crime unfolds. Mind-blowing revenge-sex or serene forgiveness? Find out the hard way.”
Previous movie credits include: “Ex-Terminators”, a dark comedy that stars Heather Graham, Jennifer Coolidge, Amber Heard, Joey Lauren Adams and more. Directed by Emmy-nominated DP/Director John Inwood from “Scrubs” and written by Suzanne Weinert who was VP of Julia Roberts’ Shoelace Productions.
“The Legend of Hell’s Gate: An American Conspiracy” a western that stars Eric Balfour, Lou Taylor Pucci, Henry Thomas, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Summer Glau and more.
Our multi-award winning documentary, “In A Whisper”, continues to sell world-wide and shows no signs of slowing down. “In A Whisper” is a first ever competition between three of the top horse whisperers in the world, shot entirely in the middle of Sundance Square, downtown Fort Worth, Texas.
“Grand Champion”, written and directed by Barry Tubb. The film boasts an all-star cast that includes Joey Lauren Adams, Emma Roberts, Bruce Willis, Jacob Fisher, Buck Taylor as well as appearances by Julia Roberts, George Strait, Natalie Maines, Charlie Robison, Robert Earl Keen, Joe Ely and many more.
We have worked along-side the likes of Disney, Warner Bros., BBC, SKY, UTV, Turner Networks Television, Hallmark Entertainment, DePasse Entertainment, Larry Levinson Productions and Von Zerneck Sertner films.
Other credits include “Dead Man’s Walk,” “Rough Riders,” “U.S. Marshalls,” “Camp Charlie,” “Finding North,” “Party Girls,” “75 Degrees In July,” “ Holiday In Your Heart,” and “Still Holding On.” Commercial credits range from Dr. Pepper, American Airlines, Chevy, Direct TV, and Doritos to name but a few. Along with over 20 years-experience in Broadcast Television delivering diverse programming formats for commercial output on all channels. This includes everything from prime-time entertainment and commercials to news and current affairs.
Jay and Daniella welcome joint venture partnerships and often co-fund development and production.
DG Productions - Bringing Creativity to Life.
Tony started his career at Saatchi and Saatchi. He has served as creative director at six of the UK’s top agencies, including Simons Palmer Denton Clemmow and Johnson, CDP, TBWA, Faulds of Edinburgh and partnered in his own agency with Malcolm Moore, and more recently at Leo Burnett.
Amongst his many achievements Tony wrote Nike's commercial ‘Parklife’, which was placed 15th in Channel 4’s Top 100 Ads and featured in the TV programme ‘Ads that changed the World’.
His awards include: five D&AD Yellow Pencils, four Cannes Gold Awards, and numerous Silver and Bronze. Whilst at Leo Burnett, Tony led the DfT Drink Drive and Teen & Child Road Safety campaigns to win seventy seven awards, twenty two of which he won personally.
Most recently, he won the Campaign Big” and RAB Gold Award for his Drink Drive 'Search' Radio ad. He also won for his critically acclaimed ‘Just Passing By' TV commercials for McDonald’s, which took awards at Creative Circle, British Television Awards, and The New York Festival.
Tony is proud to be found amongst the pages of the 2013 Campaign A-list and has served on juries at Cannes, Dubai Lynx Awards, New York Festival, Clio, Creative Circle, The Roses, AME and D&AD.
Other global clients include: MTV, VH1, British Bakeries, Accurist Watches, upmystreet.com to name but a few and has recently been working in Chicago at DDB as Creative Chief on the McDonalds business.