Shake It Up
CHRIS THOMPSON,Creator & Executive Producer
Veteran Producer Chris Thompson is the creator and executive producer of Disney Channel's new dance-driven sitcom "Shake It Up."
Born in Detroit, and raised in Los Angeles, Thompson began his career at the age of 23, when he was approached by a producer who was impressed by his improv performance at Off the Wall theater in Los Angeles. Thompson thought this was his big acting break, but it was really the start of his prolific writing and producing career (the producer offered him an apprentice writing position on the series "Sirota's Court").
Soon after, he was introduced to producer Garry Marshall and worked as a writer on "Blansky's Beauties" starring Nancy Walker and Scott Baio, followed by "Laverne and Shirley," where he worked as a wriiter, and later as an executive producer, for seven years. Thompson went on to create the buddy comedy "Bosom Buddies" for Paramount Studios. His other writing and producing credits include "The Naked Truth," "Action," "Ladies Man," "The Larry Sanders Show," "House Rules," "Hard Knocks" and over 30 pilots for various networks and studios.
Currently, Thompson lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Curran, his dog, Roscoe and his cat, Ichi.
ROB LOTTERSTEIN, Executive Producer
Rob Lotterstein is the executive producer of Disney Channel's new dance-driven sitcom "Shake It Up."
A native of Roslyn, New York, Lotterstein began his career writing commercials and ads before landing his first writing job on HBO's Emmy Award Winning show "Dream On."
Lotterstein was the creator and executive producer of "The War At Home" for which he was nominated for a GLAAD Award as well as The Humanitas Prize. Other shows he's written for include Darren Star's "Grosse Pointe," "Suddenly Susan," "Ellen," and "Will and Grace."
Lotterstein graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in marketing and went on to earn a masters degree in advertising from Northwestern University. Currently, he resides in Los Angeles with his partner, Phil Oster.
ROSERO McCOY, Choreographer
Rosero McCoy, one of the most versatile and well-rounded choreographers in the entertainment industry is the choreographer on the dance-driven Disney Channel comedy series "Shake It Up." His approach to TV, film, live stage, music videos and commercial projects is to create fresh, innovative yet timeless dance numbers spanning all styles of dance.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, McCoy first discovered his passion for dance when performing in front of his seventh grade class. Never feeling like he fit in, McCoy shined as a performer and relished the excitement of performing before an audience. McCoy attended John O'Connell High School of Technology in San Francisco with the intent of becoming a mechanic until he realized that dance performance could become his future. While in school, he continued to embrace and expand his love and appreciation of dance, frequenting dance clubs and classes as often as possible.
In 1990, McCoy relocated to Los Angeles, honed his technical training in choreography and got his start in the entertainment industry, dancing and choreographing for Usher, Celine Dion, Snoop Dogg and N'Sync. He has since gone on to choreograph projects for Beyonce, Fergie, Tom Cruise, Queen Latifah, Nicole Scherzinger, Ellen DeGeneres, Outkast, Toni Braxton, Tyrese Gibson and Gloria Estefan.
His choreography credits include feature films "Alvin and the Chipmunks," "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," "Step Up," "Beauty Shop," "Vanilla Sky," "Garfield: The Movie" and "Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties." Additionally, he has choreographed major commercial projects for Volkswagen, Target and Sprint.
Most recently McCoy choreographed the Disney Channel Original Movie "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam," a concert tour for Jonas Brothers with special guest Demi Lovato and their friends from "Camp Rock," and MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew."
He enjoys all types of music and counts the work of noted choreographer Barry Lather, Gene Kelly, Janet Jackson among his inspirations. He still frequents Los Angeles dance clubs at least three times per week to keep up with the younger generation of evolving dancers.
His two sons, Emil and Eric, have followed in their father's creative footsteps, becoming a musician and writer, respectively. To wind down after a busy day, McCoy enjoys listening to sound scapes in his Los Angeles home.
Chlōd is the assistant choreographer on the dance-driven Disney Channel comedy series "Shake It Up" and, with her passion for the arts, has intertwined her musicality and unique dance style to create young, energetic choreography.
Born Claude Racine, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, she moved to the United States with her family when she was a young girl. She had her first dance lesson at the age of 8.
Chlōd began her professional dance career with a scholarship to The Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. She set out to pursue dance as a career and began working and appearing in music videos for bands including Blink 182 and Azul Violeta. She was also cast in the musical "The Ten Commandments" which debuted at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
Perhaps the biggest turning point in her career so far has been the opportunity to perform in the Pussycat Dolls Lounge as a member of the dance troupe's Las Vegas revue. It was there that she caught the eye of choreographer and Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin, who cast Chlōd in the music video for the group's hit single "Don't Cha."
In 2005, Chlōd began focusing on her passion for singing and was selected as one of the lead singers in the vocal group Soccx which released two top-10 singles in Germany. Chlōd returned to the United States to pursue a solo music career, but landed a dancing role in a nationwide tour with recording artist Corbin Bleu ("High School Musical") instead. As luck would have it, that tour subsequently led to an introduction to music producers Chay Alexander Wright and Chad Wright, who have been working with Chlōd to record and develop a new solo album.
Among her choreography credits is "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam."
She resides in Los Angeles.
JESSICA REPLANSKY, Costume Designer
Jessica Replansky is the costume designer on the dance-driven Disney Channel comedy series "Shake It Up." Through wardrobe, she expresses the vibrant personalities of the individual characters and creates a colorful palette to showcase the youthful dance atmosphere in the series.
Replansky began her career as a costume coordinator on the set of one of the most fashion-forward television series of all time, "Sex and the City." Under the guidance of visionary costume designer Patricia Field, Replansky learned how to mix fabrics and patterns to create a truly unique yet cohesive look for each character. When the award-winning series moved to the big screen with "Sex and the City: The Movie" and then again with "Sex and the City 2," Replansky joined as the assistant costume designer and helped propel the fashion to new heights.
Her other feature film credits include the similarly fashion-focused movies "The Devil Wears Prada," starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway and "Confessions of a Shopaholic," starring Isla Fisher.
In 2006, Replansky signed on to assist veteran costume designer Eduardo Castro on the ABC series "Ugly Betty," where she helped dress the uber-stylish women and men of the fictional fashion magazine Mode. She also styled both leading ladies of the hit series, America Ferrera and Vanessa Williams, for their respective Entertainment Weekly cover shoots. Moving from the world of high fashion to the world of suburban doldrums, Replansky showed her range as the costume designer on the NBC comedy series "Kath & Kim."
She has worked on numerous commercials for such high-profile companies as Vidal Sassoon and Payless and as a consulting stylist; she helped create the look of CW's promotional campaign for the new series "Hellcats" and "Nikita."
Replansky was born in Rhinebeck, New York. She attended Boston University where she met her husband Matt Fusfeld, a writer on the animated comedy series "American Dad." Currently, she and her husband reside in Los Angeles.