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Carla Ponte is a Brazilian producer and journalist with over 20 years of experience in television that has been marking her path believing in the power of storytelling in different genres, from factual to drama.
From 2008 to 2012, as a Production and Development Supervisor for Discovery Networks Latin America/Hispanic, she was responsible for dozens of shows in different channels, increasing dramatically the Original Production growth in Brazil, achieving International prizes - including an International Emmy Nomination in Current Affairs for The Assassination of Jean Charles – and high ratings with TV Series just as City Eagles, which première put Discovery Channel at #1 on Brazilian Pay TV.
In 2013, Carla Ponte took part in the 1° NETLABTV which selected eight out of 1800 projects presented to Brazilian Pay TV Channels and was a consultant for the 1° Programa Globosat de Desenvolvimento de Roteiristas, that brought to Brazil the Story Seminar with Robert McKee and the Script Workshop with Marta Kauffman, Dan Halsted, Barry Schkolnick, plus Master Classes with Marta Kauffman and Anthony Zuiker.
In that same year she signed as the Production Supervisor for the Kids TV Series Que Monstro Te Mordeu?, awarded with Prix Jeunesse Iberoamericano 2015. Created by Cao Hamburger and Teo Poppovic, the 50 episode Series was a coproduction by Caos Produções and Primo Filmes premiered on TV Cultura and was acquired by Discovery Kids and Netflix. This production led to a collaboration work with Primo Filmes involving TV Projects and specially the TV Series Criminal, created by Paula Knudsen – an Emmy International Nominee Screenwriter. The project received a development grant from São Paulo’s Government after competing against over seven hundred others and is now in negotiation for future production.
Carla Ponte’s career includes passages through MTV as a Producer, Bandeirantes Networks and TV Cultura as an International Editor, TV1 as Sales Manager and various Production Houses as a producer/writer.
Carla Ponte has a degree in Journalism from University of São Paulo – USP.
Carl Propst-daSilva has enjoyed a wide-range of professional experiences, including a corporate position of leadership in the area of television programming operations, theatre educator, and theatre director.
At DIRECTV Latin America he led the programming operations and content management area, which is responsible for the daily operations of all channels on the DTV Latin America network, including DIRECTV’s own origination channels, as well as the VOD/PPV content process in its entirety. This activity required coordination with four broadcast centers (Long Beach, Caracas, São Paulo, and Buenos Aires) and served nine countries in Latin America. In this position, he also spearheaded technical projects, created new tools and processes designed to improve operational efficiencies, and served as the conduit between programming operations and other areas, including legal, program acquisitions, finance, engineering, and in-country management for Latin America. Carl managed a staff of 60 people including direct and indirect reports, spanning several locations: Long Beach and El Segundo - California, Miami - Florida, and Buenos Aires - Argentina.
Before transitioning to the corporate world Carl was a theatre arts educator. In Los Angeles, he taught “scene study” at the Tracy Roberts Studio in Beverly Hills. He also had an extended stay in Brazil where, as Dean of the Teatro Escola Macunaíma, the largest theatre school in Brazil, located in São Paulo, he designed and implemented an innovative curriculum that unified the school’s methodology, and subsequently retrained the teachers to adhere to the new methodology. Along with the owner, Nissim Castiel, he also changed the school’s structure and entry process, which resulted in more than doubling the number of students in two years. Prior to that, he was the head of the drama department at the Fundação Brasileira de Teatro, in Brasília, Brazil, an arts college founded by the legendary Brazilian theatre actress, Dulcina de Moraes.
Carl has been directing theatre since 1983. His first directing assignment was for the American Embassy in Brasília, where he directed “The Good Doctor”, by Neil Simon and “The Miracle Worker”, by William Gibson. Since then, he has directed dozens of projects, including dramas, comedies, concerts, mime shows, children’s plays, etc., in Brasília, São Paulo, and the greater Los Angeles area. Most recently his favorite projects include “Side Man”, by Warren Leight, “Waiting for Godot”, by Samuel Beckett, “The Graduate”, by Terry Johnson, and “Death of a Salesman”, by Arthur Miller, all at the Long Beach Playhouse in Long Beach, California. Before turning his attention exclusively to directing, he worked professionally as an actor in Chicago, Brazil, and Los Angeles. His favorite credits are “Ladies in Waiting”, by Patricia Resnick in Chicago, IL. and “O Conselheiro e Canudos”, by Ricardo Guilherme and staring Jose Dumont, which toured three Brazilian cities, Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília.
Carl holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in acting from one of the most prestigious and oldest drama schools in the country, Chicago’s Goodman School of Drama/DePaul University founded in 1925 — known today simply as DePaul University’s Theatre School. Carl has also expanded his education through several workshops, symposiums and seminars, including “Le Siecle Stanislavski”, (Paris, France) a symposium celebrating 50 years of Stanislavski’s death, featuring, among others, Stella Adler, Sidney Pollack, and Robert Lewis; “Practical Workshop in Directing”, (Los Angeles) UCLA Extension taught by Ernest Pintoff; and “Acting for the Camera”, (Los Angeles) at the American Film Institute, taught by Lou Diamond Phillips and Dean Marlo.