Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess
Craig Gerber is co-executive producer of Disney Junior's animated television movie "Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess" and the animated series "Sofia the First." Gerber developed both the movie and the series and serves as story editor on the series. He is also sole screenwriter on "Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess."
Gerber has also written for the Disney Fairies film franchise. His prior work includes writing screenplays for Rogue Pictures, Radar Pictures and Intrepid Films.
A graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television, Gerber's career took off after he participated in a screenwriting showcase at the university that led to a major Hollywood studio optioning the first script he had ever written. Gerber is also an award-winning short film director whose comedic short "Hang Time," won Best Narrative Short at the Sonoma Valley Film Festival and Best Digital Short at the Sedona Film Festival in 2003.
Originally from New York City, Gerber currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two young children.
JAMIE MITCHELL, Executive Producer/Director
Jamie Mitchell is executive producer and director of Disney Junior's animated television movie "Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess" and the animated series "Sofia the First."
Mitchell began his animation career working on Disney's first major animated television series, "Adventures of the Gummi Bears." Additional Disney television credits include "Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too," for which he received an Emmy nomination, the Disney Junior animated series "Special Agent Oso," "Duck Tales," "Tailspin," "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" and "The Little Mermaid," as well as the direct-to-video feature "Mickey's House of Villains" and the theatrically released "Duck Tales: The Movie."
Mitchell produced, directed and developed such popular Nickelodeon shows as "Hey Arnold," "Fatherhood" and "Planet Kate," and was responsible for directing the animation for Universal Studios' 3-D Jimmy Neutron theme park attraction.
A native of Los Angeles, Mitchell studied film at Loyola Marymount University. He currently resides in Manhattan Beach, California with his wife and two daughters.
JOHN KAVANAUGH, Songwriter/Music Director
John Kavanaugh is the songwriter and music director for Disney Junior's animated television movie "Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess" and the series "Sofia the First."
A longtime collaborator on Disney projects, Kavanaugh began his songwriting career as a theater major at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Having such close proximity to Walt Disney World, he soon found himself performing live as one of the keyboardists in the "Kids of the Kingdom" band outside of Cinderella's Castle, and worked as a rehearsal pianist, vocal coach and songwriter for stage shows at the Contemporary Resort. Kavanaugh has also composed music for several live stage shows at Disneyland Resort and served as music director on the first season of Disney Channel's "The New Mickey Mouse Club."
Additional Disney songwriting credits include Tokyo Disney Resort's "The Dream Goes On," "It'll Be Magical" and "Sea of Dreams" -- the latter landing at No. 9 on the Japanese pop charts in 2006 -- and the Walt Disney Studios direct-to-video animated feature film, "Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo."
Kavanaugh served as composer for the "Curious George Live!" and "Sesame Street Live" touring stage shows, as well as "The Flintstones" live stage show at Universal Studios. He has also written songs for the Special Olympics ("You're The Dream"), Universal Studios Japan ("Dreams are Universal") and Sea World ("Side By Side" and "We're One").
Other film and theater credits include Nickelodeon's "Globe Hunters: An Around the World in Eighty Days Adventure," the Ovation Award-nominated musical "Having It All," and the 2012 revival of Barbara Epstein's "A-5678! A Musical Revue" at the Welk Theater in San Diego, California.
A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Kavanaugh currently resides in Los Angeles.
KEVIN KLIESCH, Composer
Kevin Kliesch is the composer on Disney Junior's animated television movie "Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess" and series "Sofia the First."
Kliesch has worked as a composer and orchestrator on over 100 feature films spanning the last 16 years, including Walt Disney Studios' "Enchanted," "Tangled," and "The Muppets." He also wrote the underscore for the Walt Disney Studios short film, "Tangled Ever After."
In addition to being nominated for an Annie Award for his work on the "Thundercats" television series, Kliesch was nominated in two categories for the 2012 BSO Spirit Awards, for Best Television Score ("Thundercats") and Breakout Composer of the Year.
A graduate of and former teaching assistant at Boston's Berklee College of Music, Kliesch is originally from New Jersey, and currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and their 4-year-old twins.
SAM RIEGEL, Voice Director
Multi-talented actor, director and Emmy Award-nominated writer Sam Riegel is voice director of Disney Junior's animated television movie "Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess" and series "Sofia the First."
Riegel has been directing voice actors for television animation and video games for more than a decade. His television credits include Marvel Entertainment's "Wolverine," Disney XD's "Penn Zero: Part Time Hero" and "Shred-Force," PBS' "Wild Animal Baby Explorers" and Disney Channel's upcoming "Wander Over Yonder." He also served as loop group director on Disney XD's acclaimed "TRON: Uprising." Riegel's video game credits include "Dead or Alive 5," "Ace Combat 3D," "NCIS," "Bodycount," "Hunted: The Demon's Forge," "Naruto Impact" and "Fallout: New Vegas."
A much sought-after voiceover actor, Riegel has voiced lead roles in television series including "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "WINX Club," "Trailer Trash," "Naruto" and "Happy Monster Band." His video game credits include starring as the voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the recently released Activision game, "The Amazing Spider-Man," based on the movie of the same name. Other lead roles include "Transformers: War for Cybertron," "Fallout New Vegas," "Marvel vs. Capcom 3," "Ace Combat VI" and "Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles."
A talented screenwriter, Riegel was nominated for a 2009 Daytime Emmy Award for the web series "Imaginary B*tches." He has also written projects for NBC, MTV, Comedy Central and Spike TV.
Originally from New York City, Riegel began his career as a child actor in the national tour of "Les Misérables" and later appeared in the Broadway production of "The Sound of Music," as well as in dozens of other plays and musicals on New York's theater stages. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and 4-month-old son.